21 Best Foundations For Dry Skin

These foundations will keep your skin hydrated.

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For those of us who have dry skin, a hydrating foundation is super helpful to having smooth, healthy skin. The best foundation for dry skin is moisturizing and will hold to skin better for your makeup.

Picking the right foundation is important. We've all made mistakes and bought those drying foundations, which result in rough and red parched patches that cling, look cakey, and settle in all the wrong ways. They can make our skin look ashen or old.


A hydrating foundation, on the other hand, is kinder to your skin, your other makeup, and to your well-planned selfies. So take a look at a few options we've chosen for you.

1. Gabriel Cosmetics Moisturizing Liquid Foundation

Made with sesame, avocado and primrose oil, this creamy and luxurious foundation is a full coverage liquid foundation is made with naturally derived ingredients to even out skin tone and give skin a silky, natural finish.



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2. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer 

This foundation and concealer in one is a powerhouse. It combats skin imperfections in one-step with via a creamy, lightweight, liquid foundation and the concealer provides long-lasting, full coverage.


(Walmart, $8.97)

3. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

A multitasking gel cream that combines hydrating skincare benefits with naturally radiant coverage, this foundation will nourish and hydrate dry and distressed skin.


4. Erborian BB Crème


A five-in-one BB Cream that is made with ginseng for flawless-looking coverage and protection. This lightweight, five-in-one primer provides a buildable and mattifying coverage for your perfect base to be worn alone or under your favorite makeup look.

(Sephora, $39)

5. Dior DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation


This spray foundation has an airbrushed effect that works because of light-diffusing pigments that instantly smooths the look of skin and boosts radiance for a perfect complexion that lasts all day. The unique micro-diffusion system delivers a fine mist of foundation to provide a soft, velvety complexion.

(Sephora, $62)

6. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35


This BB cream is everything you need. It primes, perfects, and hydrates as it helps to avoid shine and protect with SPF 35, and reduce appearance of fine, dry lines.

(Ulta, $42)

7. Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda

This skin treatment helps with invisible correction and nude coverage via transparent pigments that are suspended into a water-based texture allowing the skin to reflect light in multiple directions for an enhanced glow while blurring imperfections. Hyaluronic acid and mannose complete the formula by adding deep hydration with a weightless feel.


(Sephora, $120)

8. Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

A flexible, liquid foundation made from pigments that blur and perfect to reflect your perfect skin tone for light, buildable coverage and a radiant finish. The foundation features a curated array of nine flexible shades that flatter all skin tones.


(Sephora, $44)

9. Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 15

A foundation that smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles and sagging skin, and delivers a radiant glow for a smoother, firmer, youthful-looking complexion. It is formulated with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, an advanced form of hyaluronic acid that plumps and tightens appearance while filling in deep wrinkles.


(Sephora, $56)

10. Laura Geller Quench-N-Tint Hydrating Foundation

This intensely hydrating foundation will quench thirsty skin with a wash of color. Coverage is as weightless and refreshing as a splash of water. Apply a small amount to the face with fingertips, starting from the center of the face and blending outward.



11. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+

This color-correcting cream provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. It is clinically tested to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance the look of brightness.


(Sephora, $38)

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12. Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation

This foundation offers buildable coverage with luminous finish, via collagen. And hyaluronic acid works to continuously hydrate, plump skin and refine pores, never allowing it to crease, cake or fade.


(Ulta, $39)

13. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

A youth-boosting, light coverage, radiant foundation. Ideal for people that want buildable, light coverage with a sheer finish, it features SPF 15 to protect from UV damage.

(Sephora, $46)

14. 100% PURE Fruit Pigmented® Full Coverage Water Foundation


This ultra-hydrating foundation gives you full coverage with a satin, slightly dewy finish. It's formulated with healthy ingredients like hydrating aloe, protective green tea, anti-aging red wine resveratrol and Alpha Lipoic Acid, reparative vitamin E, and skin-softening super fruit oils from pomegranate and acai berries.

(100 Percent Pure, $41)

15. Dr. Hauschka Foundation


This naturally luminous and nourishing foundation is great for all skin types. Formulated with mineral pigments and botanical ingredients like pomegranate, macadamia nut oil and coconut oil to hydrate and protect skin, and create a flawless complexion with light to medium coverage.

(Lovely Skin, $35)

16. Artistry Hydra-V™ Sheer Weightless Foundation SPF 15


This foundation instantly gives you the dewiest finish in the Artistry™ face portfolio. The dropper in the cap dispenses the perfect amount of foundation and glides onto skin so it appears healthy looking, flawless, refreshed and hydrated.

(Amway, $44)

17. Osmosis Colour Performance Wear Satin Foundation


This silky-smooth, vegan liquid foundation provides long-wearing, buildable coverage with a lightweight feel on the skin. It features calming chamomile to promote anti-aging and hydration while smoothing and plumping the skin to deliver a flawless, rejuvenated look. 

(Osmosis Skincare, $48)

18. Younique TOUCH MINERAL Liquid Foundation


This liquid foundation is fortified with rich, nurturing ingredients to help your skin look smoother, more even, and younger than ever. Advanced liquid-to-powder formula allows for smooth, buildable coverage that dries to a matte powder and blends flawlessly for a perfect finish. 

(Younique Products, $39)

19. ILIA Tinted Moisturize


A semi-matte formula with soothing botanicals to help calm and revitalize the skin. Aloe Vera aids in long-lasting hydration with White Tea and Rosemary Extract combat free radicals. Seal in moisture with Sodium Hyaluronate to promote skin microcirculation beneath the surface, resulting in a smooth and all-around fuller appearance.

(Aillea, $42)

20. ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation



Aloe leaf, rose hip, jojoba and marula oils soothe irritations, tame redness, plump fine lines, and ensure the formula effortlessly melts into skin for a more even, luminous appearance. Blurs imperfections and minimizes pores for a complexion that looks refined and refreshed. 

(Aillea, $54)

21. Vapour Organic Beauty Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation


Vapour’s Fine Art Infused Color enhances your unique beauty with a newly expanded shade range. The organic and wild-crafted antioxidant-rich ingredients in this breakthrough formula include brightening Camellia and Vapour’s proprietary Herbal Enlightenment Complex: Frankincense, Tulsi and Lotus.

(Aillea, $54)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at alywalansky@gmail.com.

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