The 11 Best Foundations for Dry Skin That Give You a Dewy Glow

Quench dryness, smooth texture, and blur imperfections with these hydrating foundations. 

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8 of the Best Foundations for Dry Skin on a colorful background

Unlike oily skin that can be mattified or acne-prone skin that can be covered up, dry skin is difficult to deal with when it comes to foundation. Unfortunately, sometimes foundation can actually bring more attention to drier skin types, as a foundation can highlight flaky, dry patches on your face.

Tired of dryness ruining your makeup? We've rounded up the best foundations for dry skin that come recommended by the pros for their hydrating and skin-perfecting capabilities. There's something for every budget and makeup preference, and they each have earned glowing reviews from beauty lovers.

Best Overall: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Ulta Beauty

This fan-favorite foundation is a top pick for Thomas because of its multitasking formula. "The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation gives a buildable medium to full coverage that also allows skin to breathe, and is transfer-resistant for up to 16 hours," she explains. "The texture of this foundation is packed with humectants, leaving the skin looking and feeling luxurious and glowing." Not only is it great for adding moisture back to the skin, but it also features a trio of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts to create a smooth and dewy complexion. The foundation is available in 34 shades and uses specialized color-matching technology for a second-skin-like finish.

Best With SPF: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40/35

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

The Intensive Skin Serum Foundation perfects your complexion while protecting it from the sun's damaging rays with its SPF 40 protection. Rather than using a thick foundation over dry skin, try this serum-foundation hybrid from Bobbi Brown, which contains weightless, tone-perfecting pigments through a cold-fusion process for a more flawless finish. A foundation that treats the skin while hiding imperfections, this lightweight foundation helps to fight against environmental stressors while perfectly hydrating dry skin.

Best Skin-Like: Nudestix Tinted Cover Foundation

NUDESTIX Tinted Cover Skin Tint Foundation

Sephora

Heavy foundations can have an adverse effect on dry skin, resulting in a caked-on look.

If you're a fan of minimalist, no-makeup makeup, this sheer foundation wears like a tinted moisturizer and glides onto dry skin seamlessly. Its texture-smoothing formula doesn't settle into dry patches and instead, creates a your-skin-but-better finish. The foundation was created with innovative Korean skincare technology, beautifully marrying color cosmetics with skin-improving ingredients for a softer, smoother, and brighter complexion.

Best Pore-Blurring: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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Luminous Silk Foundation

Nordstrom

For makeup wearers battling dryness and enlarged pores, this luxurious foundation is oil-free (great for those with dry, sensitive skin with acne) and delivers a satin glow finish with medium coverage. Formulated with a patented process that allows the pigments to lay flat on the skin's surface for an airbrushed effect, this foundation comes in 40 shades and is great for giving lackluster skin a boost in radiance.

Best With Skincare Benefits: Kosas Cosmetics Tinted Face Oil

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation

Kosas

This oil-based skin tint from Kosas blankets super-dry skin in serious hydration with a sheer wash of color for lightweight coverage. Featuring nourishing ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, and more, this foundation is a beautiful mix of skincare and color in one. Together, they moisturize, plump, soothe, and brighten, leaving the skin balanced and nourished with a velvety-smooth finish.

Best for Glowing Skin: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Foundation

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Foundation

Nordstrom

"I love the Laura Mercier Silk Crème because it's formulated with hyaluronic acid for maximum hydration," explains Thomas. Created specifically for normal to dry skin, this long-wearing pick offers medium to full coverage while smoothing skin texture and evening out skin tone. The result? A photo-ready complexion that's absolutely radiant.

Best Budget: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint with Hyaluronic Acid

If you're looking for a more affordable option, this pick from Neutrogena features ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, the dry-skin darling of skincare. Lightweight while simultaneously hydrating, this tint offers 24 hours of moisture with its breathable, water-gel formula. It's oil-free, non-comedogenic, and comes in 10 shades. It's not hard to see why it has more than 4,500 five-star ratings on Amazon.

Best Full-Coverage: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Sephora

A hybrid between skincare and foundation, this pick from Charlotte Tilbury features ingredients to help hydrate, protect, and perfect the look of your skin—it'll leave you with a flake-free, flawless finish throughout the day. This pick is great for those looking for a mattifying full-coverage foundation, and with 44 shades available, it caters to a variety of skin tones.

You can also buy the foundation at sephora.com, where it's earned more than 158,000 "loves" from shoppers.

Best for Mature Skin: Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Foundation

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Foundation

Nordstrom

This serum-like foundation from Hourglass is powered by the brand's Matrix Regeneration Complex, which helps to target the visible signs of aging by helping to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Ideal for dry, mature skin, this formula has UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection and is lightweight and buildable.

Best Stick: Mented Cosmetics Skin by Mented

Mented Cosmetics Skin by Mented

Mented

If you love a stick foundation formulation, look no further than Skin by Mented. This hydrating foundation offers a natural finish, is easily buildable, and contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and grape seed oil.

"Creamy, hydrating, great coverage, and a wonderful shade range for women of color," an Ulta reviewer shared. "I feel seen! I love it and my makeup always looks so natural and not cakey or dry."

Best Long-Wearing: Make Up Forever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation

Make Up Forever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation

Sephora

"This foundation comes in 50 different shades for the perfect match, and also comes with a technology that will adjust to your skin tone," explains Thomas. With a medium, buildable coverage plus hydrating hyaluronic acid, this foundation blends beautifully into the skin and won't budge all day.

If your go-to shade is out of stock at sephora.com, you might have better luck at makeupforever.com.

How to Pick the Right Formula

"When working with clients with dry skin, my mission is to find foundations that have hydrating and nourishing ingredients, which not only improve texture and tone, but also a formula that will give a healthy radiant glow," explains celebrity makeup artist Mila Thomas. "Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, humectants, and emollients are both plumping and hydrating, making the skin supple and soft—liquid and cream formulas are also moisturizing and easily blendable, giving a more seamless silky coverage."

For those with drier skin, you want to avoid any foundations that claim to be quick-drying and have a matte finish. "Alcohol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid are great for acne-prone skin, clogged pores, and blackheads, but [these ingredients in some foundations] lack the moisture that is necessary for dry skin types and ultimately can make your skin even dryer," says Thomas.

Other Ways to Combat Dryness

Regardless of how hydrating a foundation might be, Thomas urges those with dry skin to prep the skin with a primer, moisturizer, and/or face oils, which will make a major difference in your foundation application. "I love primers with a milky and creamy texture with ingredients that add extra hydration and plumpness to the skin," explains Thomas. "If your foundation is water-based, layer a water-based primer underneath, and if it's an oil-based foundation, use an oil-based primer."

Some of Thomas's favorite primers are Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer ($39; sephora.com) and Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer ($39; sephora.com). "When I need an extra boost of moisture and glow, I love adding Diana Madison Beauty Glow Topia Face Oil ($45; revolve.com) which contains prickly pear seed oil loaded with fatty acids, as a cocktail mixed into the foundation or applied directly to the skin with my fingers."

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