Ok, quick question to all the dry-skinned ladies out there…how long did it take you to find a perfect foundation? Me? Over 30 years if we count from the day I was born and 15 from the moment I started using makeup. When I was younger I could have gotten away with a lot more, recently my skin has zero tolerance for unsuitable formulas. If it’s too matte or too full coverage, it will pretty much emphasize the smallest dry flake I wasn’t even aware of and make me look much older.
Yup, it’s not easy having dry skin sometimes… The good news is that I now have a pretty good selection of products that work and I am more than happy to share my favorite foundations for dry skin with you. Unfortunately, they are mostly high end, but I honestly struggle with finding a good formula in a more affordable price range. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation
This is by far my favorite foundation for dry skin, although it’s not for those of you who like full coverage. The MUFE Water Blend is rather lightweight and provides a light-medium coverage at best. It will even out your skin tone but don’t rely on the product for covering imperfections.
However, what you get here is a beautiful finish on the skin and great lasting power (even if not set with powder). The foundation makes the skin look healthy and glowy, but doesn’t cling onto dry patches or emphasize drier areas few hours down the line. I’ve used it in extreme heat and humidity conditions and it passed pretty much every test.
Because the consistency is on the watery side, I would recommend applying the product with a brush (my favourite one is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) and really buffing it in. It works very well with the Beauty Blender, but you will use much more product this way.
it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+
If you do like more coverage, I’d recommend the it Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s really great for pretty much every skin type, but dry ladies can really benefit from this product. The coverage is as high as you can get in a tinted moisturiser. In fact, it can easily take on some of the foundations you may be currently using. At the same time, the finish of the product is extremely natural.
No matter what application method you prefer, the cc cream blends into the skin seamlessly and doesn’t emphasize dryness. It also has a 50+ spf with very little or no flashback in photos and no greasy feeling. Similarly to the Water Blend Foundation, it does not require powder on top as it sets within a couple of minutes. The lasting power is good, but it can sometimes sink into the lines closer to the end of the day, so make sure to prep the skin well and drink a lot of water.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
The Nars Tinted Moisturiser is very similar to the it Cosmetics product in terms of the level of coverage, but it does have a more dewy finish. It is quite thick but spreads well and you don’t need to use a lot of product. You may want to set this one with powder though (at least in the t-zone), as it stays a bit tacky otherwise. It sits on the skin nicely and is capable of covering minor imperfections, but unfortunately doesn’t contain spf.
This tinted moisturiser should stay in good shape for 6-7 hours and it won’t start breaking apart or sliding down your face by lunchtime. My face tends to get a bit shiny few hours down the line, but it’s nothing that a blotting paper couldn’t fix. If you’re having trouble finding your match in the it Cosmetics CC+ Cream and don’t mind the lack of sun protection, you may want to give this one a go.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation
Moving on to foundations again, here’s a must have in my makeup stash. The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua is pretty much flawless. It provides medium coverage but can be built up to full with another layer. At the same time, it doesn’t look obvious on the skin and doesn’t cling onto dry areas. The product is easy to blend and works with every application method I can think of.
The finish of the Aqua foundation is natural with a very subtle glow. There’s no obvious sparkle in the product, but it does add a lot of radiance and freshness to the skin. My favorite thing about it, actually, is that it stays fresh and maintain the appearance of well moisturised skin throughout the day. It’s not that common on dry complexions so kudos to Koh Gen Do for creating a product that keeps the dryness at bay.
Bourjouis City Radiance Foundation
The only more affordable product I can recommend is the Bourjois City Radiance foundations. Actually, Bourjois has a couple of good options (i.e. Healthy Mix), but I like this one best. It’s very glowy, but looks beautiful on the skin – I was really obsessed with it in colder months. Because of the glow factor, you may want to apply a light layer of powder on top, but it would last for hours without that step as well.
The City Radiance foundation provides medium coverage but layers well. It also contains SPF25 and an “anti-pollution screen” to prevent carbon particles from siting on top of the skin (I’m not sure how much of it is true though…). The consistency of the product is on a thick side, so don’t go overboard when squeezing the tube. I find that it works great when you start with a light layer and add more product in areas that need more coverage. In terms of the best tool to apply it, my pick is the Beauty Blender.
Over to you guys! I would love to know if you have tried any of the products mentioned and what are your favorite foundations for dry skin.