Dry skin can strike at any time—it doesn't just have to be during the winter; it can occur year-round. This means that a lot of the time, no matter what's going on with the weather, your skin can do that awful flaky thing, especially when you've got makeup on. And no item in your makeup bag is as unforgiving as foundation when it comes to emphasising dry, dehydrated skin. So what do you do if you've switched up your skincare routine but still have dry-looking skin? Read our guide to the best foundations for dry skin, of course. A hydrating foundation is what you need to invest in. Take a look at nine of our favourites.
So fluid, you'll have to move fast once you've pumped a little of this out on the back of your hand. It goes on more like a pigmented face oil, rendering skin unfathomably sheeny without slacking on the coverage front. It goes on great over even the thickest moisturiser, and it's formulated with bamboo, mushroom and lychee extracts that ply skin with barrier-strengthening and hydrating molecules.
What it's best for: Dry skin in need of serious help
This is for those who really need a lot of moisture in their makeup. It goes on sheer but still gives a great overall finish. Plus it has SPF 30, so you're protecting your skin at the same time.
What it's best for: Light, buildable coverage and a dewy finish
This really is magic. Okay, maybe not actual magic, but not far off. It includes that wonder ingredient hyaluronic acid draws water in, giving you a plump, hydrated-looking complexion.
What it's best for: Anti-ageing, and hiding blemishes
A serious contender for being the most moisturising, Chanel's foundation also contains hyaluronic acid, which adds moisture to the skin. Top application tip: Apply with your fingers for the best results.
What it's best for: The glowy finish.
Not just a great hydrating foundation, this should be inducted into our hall of fame for the best foundations ever. It's extremely watery, so it feels like you're adding a shot of moisture to your skin. Watery doesn't equal nothing-y; this gives a satiny, no-budge finish.
What it's best for: Anyone looking for a does-it-all foundation
There's a good reason this product is so popular. It's not just the reasonable price; it also delivers everything it promises, giving your skin a boost with a fantastic finish to boot. Be warned: It does come with a fruity scent.
What it's best for: Results on a budget
This is an A-list favourite (the Olsens are fans), and it's easy to see why. The liquid foundation gives your skin moisture but also brightens the face too. Ideal for summer when you want a lighter coverage, but we'd wear this year-round.
What it's best for: Luminosity
A creamy consistency, this is for those who want the most natural look. Use it as you would a concealer to target redness and blemishes to even out your skin tone without overloading your complexion.
What it's best for: A no-makeup makeup look
We've spoken in detail before about our love for liquid foundation in cushion compacts, not least because it makes it handy for quick makeup retouches and applying foundation on the commute. This one by Lancôme is easily one of our favourites. Simply apply by using the sponge; then push onto your skin—how hard you press depends on how much coverage you want.
What it's best for: Retouching your makeup on the go