Finding the best foundation for dry skin is a top priority in the winter months. This is a time when skin tends to itch, crack, and break more than usual— especially for those with sensitive skin. “Winter is a tough time for people who suffer from dry skin. Harsh cold weather, combined with dry ‘heated’ air can make normal routines of daily showers one more complicating factor in keeping skin supple,” says dermatologist Paula Bourelly, MD of Olney Dermatology.
But beyond doubling down on our hydrating face masks and thicker face and body creams, adopting a foundation for dry skin is also a game-changer. “Having a proper skincare routine that’s very hydrating and finishing it off with a hydrating foundation adds longevity and a more flexible wearable finish that ages best over time,” makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez says. “Keeping the skin fresh and moisturized keeps your glam stretchy, luminous and effervescent.” Gutierrez reaches for Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish foundation “for its serum-like texture and healthy finish.”
Below, find 15 additional options to help you find the best foundation for dry skin for this winter—and beyond, because why not be extra dewy and moisturized all year-round?
Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation
This foundation is perfect the person who still wants their skin to look natural and dewy. Thanks to a concoction of oils like avocado, meadowfoam, red raspberry, jojoba, rosehip and more, this foundation gives your skin all the hydration it needs while offering an enhanced glow and light coverage.
Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum
This foundation gives the skin a moisturizing boost with a thin veil of makeup that includes vitamin E oil, antioxidants, and peptides. The foundation not only works to cover blemishes but also reduces wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dull- looking skin with neuropeptides, daisy flower extract, and bisabolol.
Black Opal Even True Foundation
This hydrating liquid foundation is an all-in-one complexion perfecter. Not only does it nourish skin with licorice root extract but also hides imperfections like hyperpigmentation, acne and more well with its lightweight and full coverage formula. The hypoallergenic formula is also safe for sensitive skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Hoping for a dewy finish? Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer should be your go- to. It not only protects the skin from sun damage with an SPF of 30, but it also takes away the appearance of skin impurities and adds hydration with macadamia, tamarind seed extract, and kukui seed oil.
Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
This liquid foundation offers medium coverage and is perfect for those with dry skin because of the infused grapeseed oil and sodium hyaluronate, which helps replenish the skin. The easy-to-use tube is perfect for the girl on the go.
Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF
This paraben- and fragrance-free tinted moisturizer offers a full day’s worth of nourishment for all skin types. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and aloe water for maximum skin health and dewiness. SPF coverage protects skin from environmental aggressors as well.
Armani Beauty Neo Nude Foundation
If you’re in need of an instant hydrating and skin-plumping fix, this foundation should be in your rotation. Hyaluronic acid and moisturizing glycerin are the stars of this buildable coverage show.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Foundation
This lightweight, water gel and hyaluronic acid formula not only leaves the skin more hydrated, but is also oil-free and non-comedogenic, so you don’t need to worry about it clogging your pores.
The Lip Bar Skin Serum Foundation
This foundation has a built-in brush to make application easier for the busy body. The formula lasts for eight hours and is deeply nourishing thanks to hyaluronic acid and Irish moss extract.
Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
This foundation is vegan, hypoallergenic, and hydrating—perfect for those with sensitive and dry skin. The coverage is buildable so you’re able to play around with what suits you best on any given day. Babassu, vitamins A & E, hyaluronic acid, fatty acids and antioxidants offer skin nourishment and a plump feel.
Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation
This foundation not only includes SPF 35 to protect the skin, but also pansy extract, which keeps the skin from drying out throughout the day. The coverage lasts for 24 hours, with a glowing finish that avoids looking too shiny or oily.
Chanel Les Beiges Foundation
This foundation features light protective pigment and antioxidants which lessen the damage caused by pollution, free radicals, and blue light. It’s also made up of 40% water which helps to keep the skin hydrated.
UOMA Beauty Say What?! Foundation
This foundation incorporates berry extract for hydration, along with a formula that delivers a flawless, pore-blurring finish. It’s also vegan and paraben- free, making it great for all skin types.
Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation
Dermablend’s foundation delivers all-day hydration through a smooth, creamy formula, while also protecting the skin with SPF 30. The coverage stays on for 16 hours, and works wells even over acne, rosacea, and vitiligo.
Mented Skin Foundation
This stick foundation is easy to apply, offers buildable coverage, and moisturizes thanks to sodium hyaluronate, castor oil, and grape seed oil.