9 Hydrating Foundations Perfect For Dry Skin

These formulas are game-changing.

dry skin, foundations, makeup, beauty

The change of seasons has a way of taking its toll on us—especially when it comes to our skin. Sure, the cold temps (and wind) are one thing to cause our skin to act up, but the central heating indoors is another. It inevitably leaves our skin in its worst condition. We’re talking about infuriating dry, flaky patches, and overall tightness. And if you suffer from a dry visage all year round, you’ll know that it only gets worse at this time of year.

So, to keep our skin healthy and hydrated as the colder months wear on, we make a few changes—and that includes reaching for a new foundation. After all, what’s the point in looking after our skin if it’s covered with drying makeup?

Ahead, you’ll find nine of the best moisture-packed foundations.

1. L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation

L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation, dry skin, foundations

According to Tobi Henney, makeup artist to the A-listers, this affordable foundation is on her list of favourite foundations for dry skin. The lightweight formula brightens and nourishes the skin (thanks to vitamins A and C, wheat germ and grapefruit extract), whilst providing all day coverage with a natural, radiant finish.

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2. Chanel Vitalumière Aqua

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, dry skin, foundations

Healthy, luminous, radiant—three words to describe this cult-favourite foundation. The fluid formula has a soft, water-light texture, and offers an undetectable no-makeup makeup finish.

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3. Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation, dry skin, foundations

Available in 40 shades, this water-based, cruelty-free foundation has a silky, hydrating feel and imparts a dewy, medium-to-full coverage finish. It contains vitamin C and vitamin E to help protect against free radicals and combat dryness, redness, and inflammation.

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4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea, dry skin, foundations

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation is another hydrating formula that really delivers on its promise. It covers imperfections without feeling heavy and makes skin look plump, healthy, and even — not parched or lacklustre.

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5. Mecca Cosmetica In A Great Light Compact

Mecca Cosmetica, foundations, dry skin

This cushion compact houses a nourishing formula that’s easy to blend and appears glow-y not greasy, all while packing a serious sun-protecting punch. Pop it in your handbag for easy, on-the-go touch-ups.

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6. La Mav Organic BB Creme

La Mav Organic BB Creme, dry skin, foundations

Despite this product’s BB creme moniker, it offers a flawless, medium coverage. Plus, the formula is made with aloe vera and jojoba oil to hydrate dry skin, and rosehip and avocado oil to help fight free radicals.

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7. Crop Natural Liquid Foundation

Crop Natural Liquid Foundation, dry skin, foundations

This radiant skin perfector from Crop is super-hydrating (thanks to Anionic Clay and vitamin E) and has medium-to-full coverage, which helps to correct the appearance of uneven skin tone and blur fine lines.

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8. Paula’s Choice The RESIST Anti-Aging Serum Foundation

Paula's Choice, dry skin, foundation

Not everyone with dry skin wants a dewy look, which is why moisturising, matte foundations like this one are so great. The serum-foundation hybrid also diffuses imperfections and visibly softens and improves signs of aging.

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9. PÜR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation

PÜR Cosmetics, foundations, dry skin

This foundation is perfect for those who want to enhance the look of their skin through a light tint. It’s made with Swiss Alps-sourced mineral water to hydrate the skin for a fresh, smooth finish.

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