Hello, my beauties!
I’m sure, there must be many of you, struggling everyday with dry, dull and parched skin. It gets really frustrating at times, to cope up with such skin type as even the makeup products don’t seem to work well. It’s extremely hard to achieve a base that makes the skin appear dewy, hydrated, glowing and even.
Most of the times, deeply nourishing moisturizers and serums work quite well, but can a makeup base ever be complete without a foundation that suits your skin type well? No.
So, here we bring to you, an exhaustive list of foundations that’ll minimise a lot of your dry-skin worries. It includes tried and tested products, including a wide range of foundations with both high- end options as well as the affordable ones.
Let’s get started…
High-end foundations for dry skin type
Were you constantly in search of a foundation that is luxurious, trusted and worth all the hype?
Has money never been a hurdle for you, as far as the quality of makeup products is concerned?
Let’s talk about the foundations that not just come from high- end brands, but also make every penny of yours, worth spending..
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation
Do most of the foundations give your face a dull, uneven and patchy look? Then, you really need to bring this luxurious product, absolutely worth each and every penny.
This lightweight foundation by Chanel, provides a medium coverage and a charismatic glow to the skin. It has a flowy consistency and blends pretty well into the skin. You’re sure to flaunt that silky smooth, glowing skin, all through the day. Happy?
Shade range: It comes in about 17 shades.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation
This luminous foundation fulfils all what it claims, which is why, it really is a top choice for most. The super lightweight formula and somewhat fluid texture, melts into the skin like magic! And the most important part, no matter how patchy your skin may be, this baby is “adamant enough” to not settle down in the fine lines, NO MATTER WHAT. It provides a literal “luminous” finish, doing complete justice to its name! And the dewy finish lasts for quite a long time, keeping all your worries at bay. Go, get this one!
Shade range: It comes in an exhaustive range of 30 shades.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
This superbly awesome product by MAC certainly lives up to all the expectations. It comes with a light weight formula that beautifully hydrates your skin, giving it a smooth and even finish. Along with that, it offers a medium coverage that protects your make up base from looking “too much”! It gives a natural finish to the skin and adds a subtle glow to it. This one’s my personal favorite, for every day casual looks.
Shade range: It comes in 18 shades.
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
Hats off to the level of coverage, this foundation offers! Even the tiniest bit goes a long way, and is more than sufficient to take care of all the dark spots, shadows, discolorations and acne marks. And it doesn’t stop here! The staying power too, is just beyond words. Truth be told, it gets better as the day passes, and looks prettier with each hour. Neither does it settle in the fine lines, nor does it highlight any dry patches that you might have. So, a perfect win-win situation! GO FOR IT.
Shade range: It comes in a wide range of 34 shades.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
The best part of this foundation by Charlotte Tilbury is that never appears “too much” on the skin. Packed with goodness of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and dimethicone, this mind-blowing product is worth every penny. Only a little bit of this, goes quite a long way, melting seamlessly into the skin, giving it a flawless finish. Also, it takes all your dry-skin worries away, by blessing your skin with the amount of moisture it needs.
A “magic” foundation, indeed!
Shade range: This foundation has around 20 shades.
Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Foundation
Stubbornly sticking to its name, this foundation by Clinique provides an “even better glow” to the skin. It offers a light but buildable coverage and surprisingly never appears to be cakey, even after layering. It gifts your skin with a glow that lasts throughout the day.
Along with that, neither does this product enhance the fine lines, nor does it stick to any dry patches. In fact, it nourishes and moisturizes the skin amazingly well; make it look brighter and healthier.
Shade range: It offers around 15 shades.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, 2.0, 1 Ounce
The best part about this foundation is its ability to moisturize the skin along with providing a formula that is oil- free. It provides a sheerer coverage, but is more than enough to conceal minor redness, spots and pigmentation. It instantly makes the face look a lot smoother, brighter and better. The coverage can very well be increased by layering it, as the foundation doesn’t get cakey and is quite buildable. On top of that, it comes with SPF 20, which is going to give your skin an extra protection from the harmful sun rays.
It gives you a pretty amazing finish and stays on for almost 6 hours without the requirement of any touch- ups.
Shade range: It offers around 5 shades.
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation
Ready to add a boost of hydration to your face? Go, grab this foundation by Covergirl!
This commendable product is a blessing for dry-skinned beauties as, it instantly adds a subtle glow to the face, making your skin appear a lot healthier and smoother! On top of that, it also comes in the budget-friendly category and offers a wide range of shades as well. Yayyy!
Shade range: It has an incredible range of 40 shades.
Affordable foundations for dry skin type
Higher price tags definitely do not assure good quality. Nowadays, many popular and trusted brands have been launching affordable options, in order to cater to a wider audience. In fact, everyone has the right to use fine quality makeup on, even if it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. Agreed?
Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
I know. I know. No affordable foundations list can ever start without mentioning about this super-commendable product by Maybelline. This one’s undoubtedly the MOST LOVED foundation that comes at a ludicrously reasonable cost. And the quality is to die for! It offers a buildable coverage and makes the skin appear extremely appealing. It maintains the hydration levels, making your skin feel smooth, supple and moisturized. Also, it is based on a completely non-comedogenic formula. Such amazing product, at this price range, is no doubt, a steal deal! Go, grab it!
Shades Range: It comes in 22 shades.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint with Hyaluronic Acid, Lightweight Water Gel Formula, Moisturizing, Oil-Free & Non-Comedogenic Liquid Foundation Makeup, 40 Nude Color, 1.0 fl. oz
Dry skinned beauties will find respite in this saturating, moisturizing formula, packed with the goodness of hyaluronic acid. This lightweight water-gel formulation by Neutrogena, adds the exact amount of hydration your parched skin craves for. Its liquid texture, blends like magic, giving your skin an instant boost of hydration. It makes the face appear bright and refreshing, all through the day. On top of that, it never feels heavy and is also completely oil-free, reducing any future risks of acne. In fact, its weightless formula hardly makes the foundation recognizable on the skin. Not just it feels light, but appears so too!
Shade Range – It is available in 10 shades.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
This is truly a “gift of hydration” by L’Oreal Paris, as it is packed with almost 40% of water. No matter how dry and parched your skin may be, this will undoubtedly be your savior. It gives an instant glow to the face and provides an even finish. On top of that, it is enriched with the goodness of vitamin A, vitamin E and SPF 20 for extra protection from UV rays.
Shade Range– It is available in 15 shades.
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation
In an astounding 31 shades collection, this commendable product by Revlon, offers a formula that feels extraordinarily comfortable on the skin and far better than expected. If you live in busy city that exposes you to dirt and pollution on an everyday basis, then you really got to try this foundation. The primary reason for which is, its anti-pollution benefits that strengthen your skin to battle the effects of pollution. Along with all this, another incredible benefit is that it never feels heavy or cakey on the skin, and provides a medium coverage that is quite buildable as well. For the dry skinned beauties, it instantly provides ultra-hydration that never appears excessively shiny or greasy. Last but not the least; it comes with a pump, which makes the application, both easier and hygienic.
Shade Range: This foundation is available in a wide range of 31 shades.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Hydra Touch Powder Foundation
Matte textures are too much in trend these days. But do you feel saddened for not being able to use a matte foundation, just because you belong to the “dry skin type”? Then, we’re here to unravel the biggest surprise for you!
This amazing product by Nyx is basically a powder foundation that gives a matte finish, without compromising with hydration. It can be used as a powder or be mixed with water, serum etc. to be utilized as a foundation. The blendability of this foundation is excellent and it instantly gives a fresh look to the skin. The formula of NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Powder Foundation, is undoubtedly a blessing for almost all the skin-types, and especially the ones with dry, parched skin.
Shade range: Isn’t that flattering! It is available in just 6 shades.
e.l.f. Cosmetics BB cream
I know, this one’s a BB cream and not a foundation but the pigmentation it offers, makes it worth, all the hype. The excellent formulation of e.l.f. Cosmetics BB cream, is packed with goodness of aloe vera, jojoba oil and vitamin E. It moisturizes the skin pretty well, and never settles in the fine lines or dry patches. Also, this product feels extremely light weight on the skin, and offers a buildable coverage, that never feels cakey, even on layering. This incredible product, comes in a budget, and is indeed a must-try.
Shade Range: This amazing product is accessible in 6 different shades.
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation
This one’s undoubtedly a “holy grail” for all the dry skinned beauties out there. It offers a semi-matte finish, still taking care of hydration. The formula is enriched with glycerin that locks moisture into the skin, and prevents any sort flakiness or dryness. The foundation, basically comes with a dropper and has a runny consistency. The texture and finish are both, beyond expectations, and are sure to satisfy you. It gives a sheer coverage but you won’t really have an issue by building it up, as it doesn’t have a tendency of getting cakey or patchy. Also, it looks quite natural and never accentuates the pores or lead to acne.
Shade Range : It comes in almost 15 shades, catering to a wide range of skin tones.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Longwear Foundation
With medium coverage, its incredible formula of this foundation by L’Oreal, professes to last as long as 24 hours. The product melts beautifully into the skin and adds an incredible dewy sheen, to the driest of skin types. It conceals the imperfections quite well, and never looks or feels heavy even after putting on a few extra layers. The coverage, on the other hand, can easily be built up from medium to full. Its staying power is undoubtedly commendable and the formula too, is to die for!
Shade range: There are just 12 shades accessible in the UK.
How to apply foundation on dry skin?
If you have a dry skin type, you must have experienced days when makeup just adheres to the dry flakes, giving your skin an unexpectedly uneven finish. It in fact looks extremely patchy and unflattering.
Your skin, basically needs a proper regime that ensures adequate hydration, before applying any sort of makeup products. Below mentioned, are some steps that if religiously followed, are sure to give you a skin that seems to “glow from within”.
Ready? Let’s begin, then..
Begin with EXFOLIATION
The first and foremost step to ensure an even application of a foundation, is to exfoliate your skin, every night. You can either use a washcloth or a mild scrub for this purpose. Actually, the skin that’s most likely to be affected by dryness is usually around your nose and the chin. This dry, parched, flaky skin is supposed to be removed, to ensure a smooth finish.
Never replace a MOISTURIZER
The actual fact is that no matter how hydrating a foundation may claim to be, or how glowing it may make your skin look.. IT CANNOT REPLACE A MOISTURIZER! Okay? Okay.
Dry skin always needs to be deeply nourished using a good quality moisturizer. Always hydrate your skin well, before applying a foundation, and you’ll spot the difference yourself!
PRIMER is a must
There are basically 2 reasons behind wearing a primer- firstly, it creates an even base, smoothening out any dry flakes, patches, open pores etc., and secondly, it keeps your makeup in place for quite a long. Primers help to hydrate and prep the skin well, before a foundation.
So, my dry skinned beauties, you really can’t afford to skip it!
Choose the RIGHT FOUNDATION
You obviously need to maintain a long distance from matte foundations, as they can dry your skin further, and even enhance the appearance of flakes. So, you really need to search for a foundation that provides moisturization and gives a dewy finish. A very simple idea is to look closely at the product’s name, and go for a product that has “aqua”, “hydra”, “dewy” or “luminos”, in its name.
Use cream products
Powdery products have a tendency to suck more moisture from the skin, thus making it look dryer than before. So, the best solution is to choose cream products over matte and powdery ones. Creamy products add an instant glow to the face, and make it look much more hydrated.
Get glowing with an HIGHLIGHTER
No matter how dry and dull your skin might seem, a touch of highlighter can undoubtedly, add the sheen it needs. All you got to do, is apply it on your cheekbones, and you’ll need nothing more after that. Other than providing the required glow, it also defines the face pretty well.
Makeup brushes, to your rescue
You must be knowing that brushes are a lot gentler on skin and are easier to work with. When it comes to dry, flaky skin, it is not advisable to use your fingers for blending the foundation. Instead, try using a makeup brush, in repetitive tapping motions in order to evenly spread the foundation.
Ditch makeup setting powders. NOW.
Did you think, makeup setting spray just does the job of keeping all of it in place?
Did you use a loose powder, to set your makeup, all these years?
Well, in both the above cases, you really need to change your thoughts. Actually, a good quality makeup setting spray, has a moisturizing effect, and instantly gives your skin a dewy finish. It is always preferable to ditch a setting powder, as it tends to exacerbate the dry look. Spritz some setting spray and you’re sure to fall in love. Really!
Home-made face packs, you must try
Remember what your granny used to always say about home-made masks? All of those ideas and advices, still hold completely true. Preparing your own face packs, can be more than magnificent, as it involves trusted ingredients that are completely natural. Using these masks, once or twice a week, can literally bring absolutely unexpected changes to your skin ( positive, obviously! ).
• Mash a ripe banana, add one teaspoon olive oil and one tablespoon honey to it. Apply this mixture, evenly on the face, and leave it for almost 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
• Take yoghurt in a mixing bowl, and add good amount of rose water to it. Apply a thick layer of this face mask on the face. Leave it on for 25 minutes and rinse it off.
• Make a thick paste of carrot, add a teaspoon of honey and good amount of aloevera gel to it. Mix this well and apply it evenly for not less than 20 minutes.
• Curd and gram flour (besan) face pack, works amazingly for dry skin. You just need to mix 2 tablespoons of besan, 1 tablespoon of curd, a little honey and a pinch of turmeric. Apply this on your face, for almost 10-15 minutes.
And we finally come to the end! Hopefully, it was informative and helpful enough for those struggling with dry, parched and cracked skin. It gets all the more important for all those belonging to such a skin type, to take special care in ensuring optimum hydration. Makeup application, is indeed a frustrating task, as it tends to stubbornly cling to the dry patches.
Follow the above mentioned skin care tips and select the foundation that suits your budget, from the exhaustive list we’ve curated for you.
We’ll come up with another super-informative article, very soon. Until then, take special care of yourself and keep the smile alive!