The Best Foundations for Dry Skin 2020: Get That Dewy Fresh Look

Aug. 26, 2020
We review 7 of the best foundations for dry skin. Learn what ingredients to look for and find the best product for your needs and budget.
If you suffer from a dried-out complexion, foundation is essential in your makeup arsenal. 
However, if you use the wrong one, you’ll highlight—and possibly worsen—flaky, parched skin.
Heavier formulas can overwhelm your skin and appear cakey. A matte finish won’t look so flawless if your complexion is dehydrated. 
Ideally, you should try light to medium ultra-hydrating foundations. Bonus if it’s water-based or moisturizing. Let’s delve into our seven picks for perfect coverage!
#1. Best Matte
Chic Dior hits the top of our list with Dior Forever Undercover Foundation. For one, this formula allows you to achieve that coveted matte finish without worsening dry spots.
The water-based, fluid-wear foundation blends seamlessly without being overly heavy. It’s paraben-free to avoid potential skin irritation if you’re sensitive. 
It’s also the best foundation for combination dry skin, as it suits oily and normal types too. 
You shouldn’t have to worry about repeated touch-ups, as Dior claims it’ll last up to 24 hours. Some users report experiencing a slight transfer, but nothing too serious.
#2. Most Innovative
Japanese beauty brand Shiseido has a reputation for epic skincare products. 
The Synchro Self-Refreshing Foundation is one such example—features read more like a futuristic device than makeup!
This formula syncs up with your unique skin type to self-refresh. ActiveForce Technology prevents sweat, oil, and facial movement from spoiling your coverage.
Synchro is free of all the standard toxins such as parabens and sulfates that further irritate your skin. You’ll also get protection from the sun, which is important for dry skin: it’s SPF 30.
Finally, this foundation is a proud Allure Best of Beauty winner. 
#3. Best for Glow
If you want your dull, dry skin to look glowy and radiant, the Luminous Silk Foundation by Armani Beauty is a worthy choice.
The formula is inspired by charmeuse silk, which is known for its beautiful sheen.
You’ll get a flat, seamless finish—if you want that airbrushed look without filters, this foundation might do the trick. It layers on smoothly to produce a healthy, hydrated complexion.
Another advantage is that it suits multiple skin types. If your dry patches are localized to certain areas like your cheeks, it shouldn’t appear heavy on your oily or normal areas. 
#4. Best for Healing
Are you eager to do more than conceal your dry skin? Born This Way Foundation by Too Faced includes beneficial ingredients to soothe parched skin and promote moisture.
Coconut water works to replenish moisture, and Alpine rose encourages a resilient complexion. This foundation also includes hyaluronic acid to combat aging.
Born This Way delivers medium coverage, but is lightweight to apply for a dewy-fresh finish. There is one potential drawback—you might need more product than you expect if you want heavier coverage.
Lastly, it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and doesn’t contain harmful parabens. Plus, Lady Gaga fans will appreciate the name. 
#5. Most Versatile
This full-coverage liquid foundation is an all-in-one product that does it all. It moisturizes, conceals imperfections, and offers a refreshingly natural finish. 
You can use it as a primer, and it suits combination and oily skin too. This creamy foundation also includes powerful SPF 50 for comprehensive protection. 
Aside from shielding your dry skin, it can also work to improve it. Collagen helps to preserve skin elasticity, and peptides and hyaluronic acid reduce unsightly wrinkles.
Some reviewers have found that this foundation worsens oiliness. If you have combo skin, keep that in mind.
#6. Best Budget Pick
Your foundation for dry skin doesn’t have to break the bank. This foundation is hydrating, anti-aging, and improves skin tone.
It contains wholesome vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and hydrate dried-out skin. Vitamin B3 helps strengthen your skin’s barrier too.
You can anticipate covering up those flaky dry patches—it delivers a lightweight coverage that hides imperfections well.
This foundation can go the extra mile to last for long days out: users report it’s delightfully long-lasting.
#7. Most Natural
Achieving a natural look with foundation is challenging when you have dry skin—dry patches can interfere with smooth coverage.
Ultra-HD Invisible Cover Foundation delivers on the name. It’s super lightweight and practically melts into your skin for a smooth, airbrushed complexion.
The liquid is easy to blend in, and it contains smart adaptive pigments—fancy!—to adapt to your skin tone. There are over 25 shades, so you’re bound to find a perfect match.
Best Reviews
I was so excited to try these out because I love moisturizers & I am always in search of a good one! These looked & sounded very promising! They’re from a woman owned company, completely natural, vegan, & cruelty free! However, I was quite disappointed. EARTH HARBOR - MERMAID MILK Nutrient Glow Moisturizer This moisturizer claims to give you a glow right away & it contains spirulina + matcha. I was excited about the matcha because it has so many amazing benefits for skin. It has a very whipped consistency which I like. However it always contains essential oils that were strong, although not toooo strong for my liking. But I’m really just not a fan of essential oils in my face creams. The moisturizer did make my skin appear a little brighter but the cream just sat on my face. All day long I could touch my face & still feel the cream sitting there! I hate that feeling! It also almost gave me a greasy appearance after a while? Not a fan. EARTH HARBOR - SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme This one was absolutely awful. If I could give it 0 stars I would. It says to use it at night time & the apply it at least 5 minutes before bed so it can absorb on your face & not your pillow. It contains Sea Retinol + other Superherbs which normally make me love a product! But that just wasn’t enough here. First, when I put it on my face my eyes started to actually burn & I felt suffocated from the scent. It was THAT strong. Guys, I’m not being dramatic at all. The smell like attacked me it was crazy! I have never had something like that happen with a face cream! I couldn’t believe how strong the fragrance was. & to top it off, it wasn’t even a pretty smell. My husband described it as smelling like floor cleaner. But I powered through. The longer I had it on, the more “used” to the smell I got. So, I wore it overnight. But then I woke up even more upset with it! I had pilling all over my face. It almost looked like my face was peeling but it wasn’t, it was jus the cream. One thing I cannot stand about a moisturizer is pulling. That’s enough for me to throw it out! It also didn’t really even moisturize my face that well! All in all, I hated this experience. But if you want, you should try them out for yourself, don’t let my experience deter you from trying something new! I however, will be sticking with my Youth To The People Dream Mask & Superfood Whipped Moisturizer! Love those two!! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream 💗💗💗 @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩🤩 Something thing I am very particular about is my moisturizer. My skin barrier tends need the extra TLC and the best thing to give it is moisture. So when I look for a moisturizer I need something that gives me instant hydration and doesn’t clog my pores. So when I received the : BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer I was so excited! The Brand : ✨Black Owned ✨Women Owned ✨Cruelty Free ✨Non-Comedogenic ✨Vegan ✨Paraben Free 🔑 Ingredients : ✨Aloe Vera Juice ✨Shea Butter ✨Evening Primrose Oil Okay, as you can see your girl woke up DULL! The only thing I did for this video was wash my face and use this to show y’all the transformation! I was using this EVERY night but last night I used my acne treatment routine and your girl FELT THAT (salicylic acid can be so drying to my combo skin). What’s my favorite part? This baby doesn’t have a smell or heavy greasy feel, so it perfect year round! At $21 this is a DEAL ! (The line I used on my cheek covered the entire bottom portion of my face!) Have you tried this brand?
Stay Young Forever? ✨
Stay Young Forever? ✨
That’d be great right? Well in taking those steps, I definitely recommend these amazing serums. I was gifted the: Intoxicated Cosmetics: Snake Serum Bee Serum Snail Serum I started using the Snail Serum last night first and wow did I notice a difference. The Snail Serum mainly targets dryness. I used this in place of my usual night time serum and boy did I notice a difference. I N G R E D I E N T S : All Serums contain: ✨Niacinamide Bee Serum: Bee Venom Plant Based Stem Cells Royal Epigen Snake Serum Snake Venom Green & White Tea Extract Peptides Snail Serum Snail Peptide Hyadisine Echinacea Moronga Oil Extract I definitely will try the other serums in my routine as I get used to the Snail Serum but so far my skin is definitely happy. What serum would you like to try?