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If you wear foundation that makes your dry patches visible: stop. These are the foundations – from full coverage to medium coverage – that will actually work for your skin type


We’d be utterly lost without foundation, but that doesn’t mean we can just put on any foundation and be done with it – we all have to use one that’s suitable for our skin type. And, if yours is dry (and it may well be given the cold weather), here are our absolute favourites. Here’s to a base that makes you look moisturised.

The Best Glowy Finish Foundation For Dry Skin


NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow Naturally Radiant foundation (£10)


A glowy finish foundation is probably just what your heart desires if dryness has left your skin looking dull. And the NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow Naturally Radiant foundation provides medium but buildable coverage that will take you from a night out to the taxi home (it lasts for 12 hours, in other words).

The Best Full Coverage Foundation For Dry Skin


Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Hydrating Foundation (£27)


Fenty Beauty has always been a brand that pushes boundaries, so it’s no surprise that its PRO FILT'R Hydrating Foundation should be similarly innovative. How? Well, it’s a hydrating foundation with full coverage that actually lasts. You can thank the grape seed oil in its formula for how pleasant it is to apply.

The Best Value Foundation For Dry Skin


L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (£9.99)


If you’re looking for a foundation that is as excellent for your dry skin as it is in terms of value, look no further than L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation. Boosted with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and aloe vera, it provides a natural glow that won’t unsettle sensitive skin.

The Best Radiant Finish Foundation For Dry Skin


No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation (£15)


Who can be surprised that a moisturising foundation with medium coverage – such as the The No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation – should be just the tonic for dry skin? By grace of its added grapeseed oil and vitamins, it will leave you with skin that luminous.

Best Lightweight And Buildable Foundation For Dry Skin


Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hyaluronic Acid Sheer Coverage Foundation (£26.50)


Skin Feels Good. Isn’t that – in the simplest of terms – exactly what you want from a foundation when you’re suffering with irritating dry patches? Look no further, then, than the Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hyaluronic Acid Sheer Coverage Foundation. With hydrating credentials aplenty, it’s a buildable base that will make you look like yourself, but better.

Best Medium Coverage Foundation For Dry Skin


Revlon ColorStay Foundation For Normal/Dry Skin (£12.99)


A medium coverage foundation for dry skin that lasts for 24 hours? How good does that sound? And it also contains hyaluronic acid to improve your skin over time. We’re sold.

Best Foundation For Dry Combination Skin


Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Foundation SPF 45 (£36)


Given that it is both moisturising (thanks to the IonCharged Water Complex) and noncomedogenic (meaning that it won’t clog your pores), the Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Foundation is a blessing for those of us with dry combination skin. And with an SPF 45, you can rest assured your skin is protected, too.

Best Foundation For Sensitive Dry Skin


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (£35.50)


We live in a tough world, so it’s nice to know that we can at least give sensitive and dry skin a bit of a break with a suitable foundation. As its name would suggest, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation illuminates the complexion bit by bit, leaving you with lots of confidence.

Best Foundation For Dry And Redness-Prone Skin


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Original SPF 50+ (£32.50)


We know that this is technically a CC cream as opposed to a foundation, but we just had to give it a mention, as it has so many great benefits. The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream has – inhales deeply – enough coverage to disguise redness, ingredients that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, SPF 50 to discourage those wrinkles from even appearing in the first place and a bursting trophy cabinet.