The 10 best foundations for dry skin

The key to a perf makeup look? The base, AKA the foundation. Think about ityou wear foundation all day, every day (in comparison to your highlighter or bronzer, which only make an appearance in small doses). If you struggle with dry skin, you're all too familiar with the do's and don'ts of finding that perfect pairing. To help you find a fierce formula that works for *you,* we've rounded up the 10 best foundations for dry skin. Scroll for your ultimate Sephora wishlist...

Benefit Cosmetics Flawless Brightening Foundation

Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation, Benefit Cosmetics, $30

If you're looking for a beginner foundation that's easy to use and lasts all day, this one from Benefit is for you. With 12-hour wear and SPF 15 to protect from those sun rays, this foundation has it all. 

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup

Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Clinique, $33

This buildable foundation from Clinique is great for dry skin, thanks to Vitamin C *and* ultra-hydrating Vitamin E. The formula is so light that it feels weightless on the skin—and it lasts up to 24 hours. Plus, did we mention the radiant dewy finish? 

Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Foundation

Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation, Colourpop, $16

This dermatologist-tested foundation gives you that trademark, skin-like finish (on a budget, natch). It's packed with ingredients like coconut water, fruit extracts *and* hyaluronic acid to nourish your dry skin and leave you feeling cool and confident.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty, $38

Just one pump of this hydrating foundation can give you a full face of smooth skin with medium to full coverage. Can't find a good shade match? Don't stress. With 50 shades to choose from, your perfect pairing is just waiting for you.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Stick

#FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick, Huda Beauty, $39

When it's a quick jog or a late-night swim, this foundation has you covered. It's sweat-resistant *and* waterproof, making it the perfect summer beauty buy. Thanks, Huda Beauty!

Juvia's Place I Am Magic Foundation

I Am Magic Velvety Matte Foundation, Juvias Place, $22

With 42 shades, there's no doubt that Juvia's Place will have a match for you. Although there's a matte finish, this foundation has a dewy lewk that helps skin look (and feel) less dry.

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

Flex Foundation Stick, Milk Makeup, $36

TBH, a foundation stick is *vital* to an on-the-go lifestyle. This stick from Milk won't leave you with any creases, and it's bascially made for sensitive skin. The medium coverage formula includes blue lotus and chamomile to moisturize and reduce redness. 

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation

Pro FIlt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation, Fenty Beauty, $38

There's a common rumor that powder foundation and dry skin don't mix, but we're here to tell you they *totally* can. This foundation from Fenty Beauty is a poreless powder that acts like a second skin. Plus, the portable compact is basically made for purse travel.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer 

Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, Rare Beauty, $29

Singer and actress Selena Gomez does not disappoint with this skin-blurring light coverage foundation. If a minimalist makeup routine is your jam, this was made for you! Not only does it apply like lotion it's vegan and cruelty-free with a glowy finish. 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Flawless Coverage Natural Finish Foundation, Too Faced, $45

This foundation is photo-friendly (perf for impromptu Insta flicks) and oil-free to protect those pores. And, thanks to the hyaluronic acid, your skin will feel super soft and ultra moisturized at all times.

Need some more beauty advice? Check out these posts for more:
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by Taylor Hancock | 8/2/2022