These Are the 18 Best Foundations For Dry Skin, According to Makeup Artists
Foundation is already one of the hardest (and most expensive) makeup items to shop for, but when you have dry skin, the search can be even more of a struggle. When your skin is dry, foundation can look patchy, feel incredibly uncomfortable, and even flake off in extreme cases — all of which get exacerbated in the Winter when the air becomes cooler and drier. This can be incredibly frustrating to the point you've given up on wearing foundation all together — although that doesn't have to be the case. With the help of some of the most well-respected makeup artists in the business, we narrowed down the exact foundations they rely on when they work with clients who have dry skin.
It's important to remember that choosing the correct foundation for your skin type is just half the battle. If you have dry skin, what you prep your skin with is just as important. "I recommend applying a hydrating moisturiser or hyaluronic acid serum prior to foundation, to help combat skin dryness and flaking," says Dr Alexis Granite, consultant dermatologist at Cadogan Clinic. (For some recommendations, check out our list of moisturisers makeup artists like to use beore makeup.) Makeup artists Katie Jane Hughes and Tom Pecheux also like to bring face oil into the mix — yes, in addition to a serum and a face cream — applying it on super dry patches as a spot treatment.
Your application tools also play a big role. Both Lisa Potter Dixon and Hughes told POPSUGAR they prefer using smaller brushes (such as eyeshadow brushes, for foundation application) as opposed to larger ones to allow more precision and control — only spot treating areas where coverage might be needed.
To help you on your quest for the absolute best foundation to use on dry skin, read on to see which formulas the pros keep in their kit (spoiler alert: most of them are liquids, a couple are creams, and they're all super hydrating and blendable), why they love them, and exactly how they use the product for the best finish. Armed with this information and product recommendations, you'll have the dewiest complexion in no time.