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5 Best-Selling Hydrating Foundations to Add to Cart If You Have Dry Skin

The best part is they’re all under $17!

October 09, 2023

Just because you have dry skin doesn’t mean your skin has to look dry. While you may notice that your skin looks less dry and requires less attention during the summer, winter is a completely different story. Along with padding your skin care routine with the likes of hyaluronic acid serums and rich night creams, you should also adjust your makeup routine accordingly. This means reaching for hydrating foundations and base products that can make your skin look and feel hydrated. Finding a good foundation that matches your skin tone and undertone perfectly is tough enough, so we’re here to lend a hand — read on for five of the best-selling, hydrating foundations from the drugstore.
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Are Liquid Foundations Good for Dry Skin?

If you have dry skin you should absolutely be reaching for cream or liquid foundations because their formulations tend to be more hydrating than their powder counterparts. The reason is because liquid foundations are often infused with ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid or ceramides that help restore the skin’s hydration to eliminate that dry, dull look. 

Which Foundations Are Hydrating?

Here are five, hydrating foundations to consider.


L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum

If your foundation and hyaluronic acid serum had a baby, this makeup-skin care hybrid would be the offspring — make that the glowy, hydrating offspring. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this lightweight tinted serum evens out skin tone while boosting hydration and giving the skin a healthy, glowy look. Its light to medium coverage is a great choice for daytime and no-makeup makeup looks.  

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation

This drugstore favorite is lauded for its diverse shade range (47 to be exact) that’s organized by warm, cool and neutral undertones. But it also has a hyaluronic acid-infused formula that has a creamy, blendable texture to moisturize the skin. It’s a solid choice for all skin types, especially for those that want a little extra hydration as the seasons progress. 

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation

Having dry, textured skin does not mean you have to sacrifice coverage for your makeup to look good. This medium to full coverage formula does it all; it provides SPF 25, lasts for up to 24 hours, resists sweat, transfer and smudging and feels (and looks) weightless on the skin. Plus, the natural finish is especially flattering on dry and dull skin textures so you don’t have to worry about your makeup looking cakey. 

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50

Dry skin and aging often go hand in hand. When it comes to foundation for aging skin, stick with one that’s formulated specifically for mature skin types like this one. It offers all-day hydration — which is just what you need. Plus, the lightweight formula provides just enough coverage, evening out your skin tone with a natural-looking, glowy finish. It also includes vitamin B3, which works to reduce signs of skin aging, and has built-in SPF 50, to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation

Having consistently dry skin can lead to other skin care concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles. This four in one balm foundation can tackle those concerns while giving you buildable coverage. Formulated with a firming serum, it has four unique benefits — it firms overtime, smooths lines, conceals imperfections, and evens tone. This foundation’s balm texture melts into the skin upon application, so you can have comfortable coverage throughout the day.

What Should You Apply Before Foundation?

Before you apply foundation you should always prime the skin. Not only will this help your makeup to last longer, but it can help address certain skin concerns such as redness, big pores and dullness. The L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Dullness Reducer contains niacinamide to brighten the skin and has an orange base that color corrects dullness. 

How Do You Make Foundation Look Good On Dry Skin?

There are two things to keep in mind when you want foundation makeup to look good on dry skin.

Exfoliate Before Applying Makeup

If you have dry, dull skin, that means your foundation may look patchy and textured. To fix this, you must exfoliate to remove dead skin cells that contribute to the lackluster, gritty look. Try an exfoliating cleanser like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser; micropearls and glycolic acid will help boost radiance and remove impurities, helping your foundation look smoother and last longer.   

Remember to Prime the Skin

Again, if you don’t prime your skin before applying foundation, your dry skin may not look its best under foundation. If you’re dealing with a lackluster complexion as opposed to redness, prime with L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, a glow-enhancing primer that contains glycerin and micropearls for 24-hour hydration and a luminous glow. 

Next: Skin Undertones 101: How to Determine if You Have Warm, Cool or Neutral Undertones

Photographer: Stephanie Price, Photo Assistant: Thomas Miller, Digi Tech: Sergio Colon, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Makeup Artist: Kelly Bellevue, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Rika Watanabe, Wardrobe Assistant: Fausti, Models: Jacky Lee, Anastasia Offutt

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