The Best Foundation for Dry Skin – 2023 Reviews and Top Picks

The Best Foundation for Dry Skin – 2023 Reviews and Top Picks

In our commitment to help you find products that will best fit your skin type, we’ve gathered the top performing foundations today to give you the best foundation for dry skin. We selected our number one product based on its finish, longevity and ability to keep your skin hydrated.

For a glowing look that all day, we highly suggest L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Face Pro-Glow Foundation. It has a hydrating formula that's light on the skin.

It has a dewy finish that won't sink into your pores or cling to your dry patches.

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation gives a matte airbrushed finished. Although it's matte, it isn't the type that can suck out all the oil in your skin.

It's easy to apply but you still have to be careful when it comes to blending to avoid making it look clumpy on your skin.

Offering a satin finish and a blend of antioxidants, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is another good foundation for dry skin. It has a hydrating formulation that can brighten the way your skin looks.

With added vitamins, it can give you more than just coverage.

Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation promises a dewy,semi-matte finish despite its creamy texture. It's a long-wearing foundation that promises 16 hour-wear.

Max Factor Panstik Foundation is easy to carry around since it's a stick. It glides on easily on the skin to give you asoft, dewy finish.

It contains the least amount of product in this list but the coverage it can give you is superb.

2017’s Reviews of The Best Foundations for Oily Skin




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0.6 fl. oz




1 fl. oz



Maybelline New York

1 fl. oz



Max Factor

0.5 oz


#1- L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Face Pro-Glow Foundation

L'Oreal Paris

L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Face Pro-Glow Foundation is a product that can give you an all day glow. It can last up to 24 hours on your skin.

Aside from being long lasting, it’s also hydrating which makes it the best product to use on dry and flaky skin. It’s lightweight, too.

As for its consistency, it’s a bit thinner and more watery than L’Oreal’s Matte foundation. You can easily spread and blend it on your skin.

It won’t cake or clump up even if you build it up. Take note, that it can only offer light to medium coverage so a second layer might be necessary if you have trouble areas you want to cover.

The foundation is packaged in a standard squeeze tube. If find it nice since it’s hygienic but it be quite hard to get the last bit of the product out.

What We Like:

  • Dewy finish
  • Hydrating formula
  • Long lasting
  • Doesn’t cake
  • Affordable

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Doesn’t offer full coverage
  • Touchups may still be necessary, especially during the hot weather

#2- Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation


Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation has moisturizing ingredients packed in a litte jar. At 0.6 fluid ounce, it has less quantity than your average foundation.

It has a small range of shades, with most colors having pink undertones. This may be a problem for those poeple who have yelow undertones.

When it comes to texture, it’s creamy but light.

The foundation leaves a matte finish but it’s not the type that can extremey dry your skin out. In fact, you’ll find it soft on the skin.

When blended properly, you can get an airbrushed finish from this product. You can either use a makeup sponge or a foundation brush for its application.

Despite its benefits with dry skin, this foundation from Covergirl isn’t that long lasting. It tends to wear off within a short time.

What We Like:

  • Airbrushed finis
  • Easy to apply
  • Doesn’t dry out the skin

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not that long lasting
  • Tend to be chunky when not blended properly

#3- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation isn’t as sheer as you’d think it is. In fact, it offers a sheer to medium coverage and a satin finish.

Its hydrating and lightweight formula can improve the overall look of your skin- from brightness, complexion and texture. Aside from these benefits, I’m impressed that it actually has vitamin C.

This vitamin isn’t only a great help in improving your skin’s elasticity but it can also help reduce the appearance of your dark spots.

You can also find antioxidants, like turmeric extracts, in this foundation which I think is nice if you want to slow down the signs of premature skin aging.

One thing I don’t really like with this foundation is its packaging. Dispensing is a bit difficult since it doesn’t come with a pump; you’d have to buy it separately which can even make the foundation a lot more expensive than it already is.

What We Like:

  • Lightweight
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Has antioxidants

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Poor packaging
  • Pump has to be bought separately
  • Expensive

#4- Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

Maybelline New York

a comes in a nice and sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser that can be locked. This is actually nice in preserving the product but it can be quite irritating, especially when the foundation starts to accumulate and dries at the nozzle part.

Its texture is a bit thick and creamy but it’s not that heavy on the skin. It’s really good for dry skin since it blends easily and leaves a dewy, semi-matte finish.

It minimizes pores so you get an airbrushed-looked. In terms of coverage, it offers a medium to full coverage without looking cakey as you build the product up.

The foundation promises to give you 16 hours of wear.

What We Like:

  • Sturdy packaging
  • Long wearing
  • Leaves dewy matte finish

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Pump is not hygeinic
  • Can cause breakouts in some people

#5- Max Factor Panstik Foundation

The Best Foundation for Dry Skin – 2023 Reviews and Top Picks

Max Factor Panstik Foundation is a convenient makeup item to keep in your purse. Primarily, it’s a stick so it won’t take too much space.

Another reason is that it acts as both concealer and foundation. It’s very creamy but blends easily on the skin.

It won’t cling or enhance your dry patches. It won’t even streak and feather on your face.

You’ll only need a small amount of the poduct to get full coverage which means a single stick can last you a long time. Keep this in mind as it’s very easy to go overboard with the product.

And once you do, you’ll end up looking cakey.

What We Like:

  • Can be used as a concealer
  • Little goes a long way
  • Leaves a dewy finish

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Transfers easily
  • Comes in a small size

Reviews and Comparisons of The Best Foundations for Dry Skin


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Top-Rated Foundations for Dry Skin 2017

L'Oreal Paris
The Best Foundation for Dry Skin – 2023 Reviews and Top Picks
The Best Foundation for Dry Skin – 2023 Reviews and Top Picks


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Maybelline New York

Max Factor











Dewy, semi-matte

Soft, dewy


Light to medium (buildable)

Light to medium (buildable)

Sheer to medium

Medium to full coverage


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How To Wear Foundation When You Have Dry And Patchy Skin

Dry skin can be uncomfortable and wearing foundation can only make it worse- or not.

Well, that actually depends on what type of foundation you’ll use and how you’ll apply it. Keep in mind that your makeup will only look as moisturized and flawless as the skin underneath it so it’s essential that you soothe your dry skin first.

Tip #1 Exfoliate

Exfoliation is an essential skin care routine, especially if you have dry skin. If you want a flawless finish, you need to get rid of the dry patches on your face first.

Exfoliating, however, shouldn’t just be done whenever you’ll be applying makeup. To keep flakiness at bay, you need to regularly buff away your dead skin cells using a gentle exfoliator.

You can use a wash cloth or a gentle chemical peel to make sure you don’t go overboard.

Tip #2 Moisturize

Although some foundations have hydrating components, you still shouldn’t miss applying a good layer of moisturizer before your makeup. The best moisturizer for dry skin shouldn’t be petroleum-based as it will only sit on top of your skin.

Tinted moisturizers can help but they can only get half of the job done. They can’t provide full coverage or even give your skin full hydration.

I suggest you use a separate moisturizer to hydrate your skin and leave the coverage to your foundation.

Tip #3 Choose the right foundation

Essentially, you should choose a foundation with a dewy finish or something that’s luminous. Your skin doesn’t produce as much oil as oily skin does so you can skip the oil-control foundations- uness you are acne-prone, too.

Waterproof foundations are also not that good for dry skin since they tend to suck out moisture from the skin which can lead to dry patches and flaking. If you can, find products that have added skin benefits like SPF and antioxidants too boost your skin’s health.

Powder foundations are your skin’s worst enemy so make sure you choose cream products instead. Powder tends to absorb moisture which can make your skin even drier.

Tip #4 Avoid using your fingers

Getting an even finish with dry skin can be challenging so you might be tempted to use your fingers to even out the product. The problem with this is that the skin on your face is already dry and your fingers can absorb the moisture your foundation is supposed to leave on your skin.

Instead of your fingers, use beauty tools instead. You can use a brush or a makeup sponge to press the product on your skin.

Of course, you have to make sure that your tools are clean first before using on your skin. They can introduce bacteria which can lead to a lot more problems than just dryness.

Dry Skin Foundations

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Dry skin is tough to conceal. The more layers you do, the more the dry patches become noticeable.

And for this exact same reasons, we’re picking L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Face Pro-Glow Foundation as the best foundation for dry skin. With its hydrating and long lasting formula, we feel that it’s the best product that can address your skin type’s special needs.

Plus, it has a dewy finish that can keep your skin radiant and glowing for several hours.


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