9 dewy-finish foundations that'll work a treat on dry skin
Hello hydration *and* coverage.
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / June 19 2023
Finding the best foundation for dry skin can be tough. For us dry skin sufferers, several things stand in the way of our flawless base goals: a rough texture due to flaking, a tight, parched feeling, a dull appearance, and the highly likely event that foundation will settle in our dry patches. We sure pulled the short straw, didn’t we?!
If your complexion runs dry, chances are any foundation that claims to mattify is your worst nightmare; instead, words like ‘hydrating’, ‘dewy’ and ‘non-cakey’ get you excited, because moisturising formulas and luminous finishes are definitely your friends.
But considering a lot of bases claim to be just that and don't always deliver, we've rounded up the tried-and-true foundation formulas that will indeed transform your flaky, dry face into the perfect smooth, supple canvas.
Here are nine foundations that work an absolute treat on dry skin...
Eye of Horus Skin Tint Serum
This complete-converge foundation may be lightweight, but it has plenty of active skin care benefits. The natural, vegan-friendly and ethically sourced formula contains a unique infusion of ancient oils including moringa, abyssinian, marula and Nigella, along with hemp, pomegranate and baobab oils to help boost collagen production, lock in moisture, and maintain softness, hydration, and elasticity in skin.
$75 at a-beauty
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Ah, the classic case of 'it's a cult-favourite for a reason'. This glowy base was definitely designed with dry skin in mind; it's packed with glycerin, a hearty humectant that'll get to work on dehydration while the brightening, natural-finish formula handles coverage.
$113.01 at Amazon
Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation
Revlon Illuminance Skin-Caring Foundation
This nourishing, brightening foundation is the secret to skin looking luminous on the surface while also enhancing overall beneath-the-base radiance. With natural, buildable coverage (that happens to pack plenty of glow power), it uses a combo of hyaluronic acid and squalane to up your skin's hydration stocks and help it hold moisture for longer.
$21.47 at Chemist Warehouse
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
It may be a luxe buy, but you'll definitely feel (and see) the difference on your skin with this light-as-air fluid foundation. It won't cling to any dreaded dry spots, and the mix of nourishing oils it hosts will help you swap dehydration for dewiness.
$105 at Myer
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation
If you lead an active lifestyle, the fact that this featherlight foundation is waterproof and sweat-resistant will be a definite win for you and your dry complexion. The finish is natural-looking yet luminous, and it delivers that second-skin look and feel we all crave.
$75 at Sephora
Innoxa Hydrating HydroBoost Foundation
Find yourself wishing you could go for seconds of your serum, rather than base when your skin is struggling with dehydration? Well, this serum-foundation hybrid is here to offer both intense hydration and dewy coverage in one streamline step.
$14.95 at Amazon
Designer Brands Luminous Hydrating Foundation
This gel-like option might be cheap as chips, but its impressively hydrating hyaluronic acid, green tea and vit-C blend will bless you with the glossy, glowy 'rich girl' skin finish you've been longing for, while also diving deep to nourish below the surface.
$22.99 at Adore Beauty
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
Worried that all full-coverage formulas will be heavy, cakey and drying? Don't be. This one is loaded with glow-enhancing grape seed oil to ensure that your base looks perfectly polished, but feels fresh and hydrating.
$59 at Sephora