I consider myself some of an expert when it comes to make up for dry skin. I have extremely dry skin. There is no “combination” anywhere. For those of you who have oily skin, you may not be able to understand the curse of dry skin. Sure, we don’t really have to powder as much or use mattifying primers. But if we don’t moisturize properly or use the right foundations, our makeup will look blotchy and uneven, any dry skin will look flaky, and our skin is more prone to wrinkles.
In the past few years, I have done a lot of research into finding the best foundations for my skin and I think I have found 4, at different price points, that work best my dry skin. If you suffer from dry skin, hopefully these will work for you too!
L’OREAL True Match Lumi has been one of my favorites for years! Mainly because I can get it from Target and it’s less than $20. It is 40% water which is great for dry skin. It also provides that dewy glow that most of us dry-skin girls don’t get naturally. I typically just apply this with my fingers so that my body heat warms up the foundation and it works into my skin naturally.
MAC Face and Body is my current everyday foundation. It has light coverage that is a bit buildable, but provides the most natural finish I have ever gotten with a makeup. You can also feel your skin just drink up the moisture and once it settles, I completely forget I’m wearing makeup. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender and get a pretty flawless finish. Sometimes I mix it with my moisturizer for a homemade tinted moisturizer.
NARS Radiant Cream Foundation is another foundation that is in my rotation when I am traveling (because it’s not a liquid, so I can just pack it in my makeup bag) or when I need a bit more coverage. It has medium to heavy coverage (depending on how you apply it) and is great for special events when you are looking to get that flawless face. Of the cream foundations I have tried, it is the only one that doesn’t cling to my dry skin or leave a powdery finish. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender when I want a medium finish or a foundation brush when I want a heavier finish.
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat is a foundation I have only tried a sample of, but absolutely love it. The only reason I have not purchased yet it is because I have all 3 of the above mentioned foundations and it’s pretty expensive. However, the samples I got for free from Sephora have lasted quite a while. This foundation offers a medium coverage and leaves a lovely luminous finish. One draw back is that it has quite a strong scent. Nothing offensive, but if you are sensitive to scents, you will not like this one. I like to put this foundation on with a slightly damp foundation brush for an air-brush finish.
Dry skin or not, what is your favorite foundation?