Ah, dry skin. For years I believed that all foundations were evil. That they all brought with them the horrors of “cake-face” and the wonderful highlighting of all of those little dry patches around my nose. I believed that there could not possibly be a foundation for me, and that my face was forever doomed to be a patchy, dry, exposed mess.
That being said, obviously at some point I realized that my foundation woes were totally unfounded. I discovered that a good base & foundation combo could hydrate my skin, while leaving it free of irritation and redness. Today I’m sharing with you my top five foundations for we parched folk.
Base & Primer
For a very long time, I did not believe that primer was something that actually did anything. I’m including a moisturizer and a primer here because I feel that they truly prolong my makeup, and keep my skin looking fresh and glowy underneath my foundation.
The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is a gel-like moisturizing primer which provides a really nice layer of moisture to the skin before beginning your makeup. It is formulated using coconut water and probiotics which refresh your skin and leave it feeling super quenched. Too Faced is also a cruelty-free brand, and the product is vegan & paraben free.
My absolute favorite moisturizer is the No. 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream for Dry/Very Dry Skin. It’s super moisturizing, not greasy, and it absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling smooth & hydrated. I use this before applying my makeup (my foundation has SPF, otherwise I’d use a daytime moisturizer with SPF), and it makes my skin feel super healthy.
I’ll be rating these using a couple of different factors. First up: coverage. How well does it cover up blemishes and hyperpigmentation? Secondly: Finish. Does it give a luminous, healthy glow? Does my skin appear hydrated and quenched? Third on the roster: shade range. How many skin tones does the foundation line accomodate? Are there three pale shades or a good selection across the spectrum? Finally, hydration. Does my skin feel hydrated? Do I feel like my face is moisturized and not crusty af??? Oh and SPF because PROTECT YOUR SKIN PEOPLE!
My favorite foundation – the one I’ve been using for the last month, is the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. It has a runny consistency, and applies with a sheer coverage that is easily buildable. My shade is 202 Creamy Natural. The foundation is super lightweight on the skin, and gives a super natural glow which leaves skin looking fresh and dewy. It claims to have a 24-hour wear time, which I can’t attest to, but it does last on even the longest, hottest days on the skin.
SHADE RANGE: 3/5
The next foundation, which I’ve raved about in many-a-YouTube video is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. It has a gel-like consistency and comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which makes for easy and hygenic application. The foundation gives a medium coverage, similar to the Pro-Glow, and applies super easily and well over dry skin. The shade I use is Vanille, but their color range is super limited.
SHADE RANGE: 1/5
Next up is the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I wrote an entire post praising this foundation a few years back, and I totally still love it. It’s the most high-coverage of the bunch, and it gives more of an airbrushed finish than the others. It doesn’t give as much of a hydrated feeling as the others do, but it’s the best in terms of coverage/finish performance. The shades I’ve tried all pull a little yellow, so they’re not great for red undertones, but I always come back to this one. My shade is Punjab.
SHADE RANGE: 5/5
Next up is the cushion foundation. This is generally a great formula for drier skin. I love the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion, but the one I’m currently using is the Troipeel H+ Cushion, which I wrote about here. I actually prefer the L’Oreal cushion, mostly because of how much easier it is to get, and the larger shade range. Cushion foundations go on with a sponge applicator and have a thicker consistency, which provides better, buildable coverage. They’re super hydrating, but can be a little less hygenic (I fear sponges in general).
SHADE RANGE: 4/5
Finally we have the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation. This one is my least favorite of the bunch because the shade I have totally doesn’t match my skin, but I love the formula. It’s sheer, but a bit thicker, so the moisture level feels higher than the others. This one definitely feels like a foundation, so you don’t have the same lightweight feeling you’d get with something like the Pro-Glow. This one is a little better for acne-prone skin, as it’s non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores.
SHADE RANGE: 4/5
Do you have any amazing foundation choices for dry skin? I’m always on the hunt for the best of the best, though I’m pretty smitten with the Pro-Glow.