Best Foundation for Dry Skin, Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin

Best Foundation for Dry Skin, Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin


There is a whole range of foundations on the market today, but which one is the best for your skin? Well that depends on your skin type. Ultimately the goal of your foundation should be to ensure optimum hydration for your skin in order to keep it healthy, supple and soft and give you that “wow!” look. The foundation you use should also not clog your pores.

Read this comprehensive guide to find more about best foundations.

Best Drugstore Foundation for Dry Skin

Also referred to as base, foundation makeup was traditionally meant for a single use: creating a consistent complexion on your face while acting as a canvas for the other makeup.  However, modern foundations come with different formulations for different skin. If you have a dry flaky skin for example, you will specifically need a foundation that moisturizes your skin.

Dry skin foundations are widely available in drugstores, but you need to consider several factors when deciding the one to go for. For example, while some foundations will provide just a small extent of coverage (just a small hint of color) others will “scream” loud and cover any marks or blemishes on your skin.

Different drugstore foundations will promise different things. For example, in addition to moisturizing the skin on your face, there are some that will claim to reduce skin ageing and sagging. But it deserves to be mentioned that not all foundations live up to their expectations and you might want to look around before you settle for any product.

In addition to their extent of coverage, you will also want to consider the shades available and the type of finish (could be matte, semi-matte or luminous).

It takes some digging and weighing of options to identify the perfect match for your skin, but the best drugstore foundation for dry skin is one that not only adds moisture to your skin, but also makes your skin look consistent and healthy.

Before applying the foundation you should consider exfoliating your skin to remove the dry, dead skin cells and thus enhance the spread of the foundation. Here are a few drugstore foundations that you can consider if you have a dry skin:

  1. Revlon ColorStay
  2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact
  3. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer
  4. Revlon Photoready Foundation – Good if the dry skin is not flaky
  5. NARS Sheer Glow

Best Liquid Foundation for Dry Skin

Perhaps the best liquid foundation for dry skin is the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat which not only works great for dry skin but also for oily skin. It is thus an ideal foundation for people whose skin fall in between oily and dry or changes from season to season. With a semi-matte finish, Le Teint Touche Eclat brightens the skin without making it look so shiny and conceals imperfections on the skin very gracefully.

Other dry skin foundations you may consider are:

  • Clinique supermoisture makeup
  • Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation
  • Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation
  • Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation
  • Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation

Best Powder Foundation for Dry Skin

As with liquid and stick foundations, powder foundations work great for dry skin. Hydrating powder foundations are usually blended with more effective moisturizing ingredients than regular pressed powders. Words such as “compact makeup” and “foundation” on the packaging will help you identify the hydrating powder foundations. Perhaps the best powder foundation for dry skin is Clinique Supermoisture Makeup.

Best Full Coverage Foundation for Dry Skin

A full coverage foundation is ideal for covering any blemishes and red marks on your face to give you an even tone. While getting an even tone is great, it is not advisable to use a full coverage foundation on a daily basis as it could clog your skin leading to a break out.

A full coverage foundation should ideally be used alongside a moisturizer in a ration of 1:2 or 1:3 for foundation and moisturizer respectively. Thus a pea size amount of foundation should be used with twice or thrice the amount of moisturizer.

Revlon Colorstay foundation (for dry/normal skin) is probably the best foundation for dry skin out there. Although it has a medium coverage, you can build it up to full coverage.

Other Types of Makeup Foundations for Drying Skin

BB creams make for a great alternative to foundation as well as primers to them. BB cream is supplies the skin with moisture and provides numerous skin-care benefits. One product you may consider is the Maybelline Dream Smooth BB Cream which has a dewy finish and falls within the light color range of 4 to 5. When applied beneath another foundation with more matte finish, the Maybelline Dream Smooth BB Cream gives a faint glow.

Best Foundation for Dry Sensitive Skin

If your skin is as well as sensitive, then you may consider using Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation. The hydrating effect of maracuja oil coupled with its soothing effect that reduces skin irriation and redness, Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation is easily the best Foundation for Dry Sensitive Skin.

Best Foundation for Dry Acne Prone Skin

If you have a dry skin that is prone to acne, you should consider doing away with any matte finish foundation and instead choose a foundation with a rather dewy finish. Neutrogena Healthy Skin is perhaps the best foundation for dry acne prone skin. You may as well consider using a concealer to cover any skin imperfections. Another product you may want to consider are:

  • Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup – Some users have reported positive results for acne

Foundations for Other Different Skin Types

Some people suffer from very dry skin that is way above what comes to mind when most people talk about dry skins.  If you are one of them, here are some foundations you may want to consider using:

  1. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mouse
  2. No. 7 Mouse Foundation
  3. Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
  4. Bobbie Brown Moisture Rich Foundation
  5. Laura Mercier Cream Silk Foundation
  6. Maybelline Dream Smooth BB Cream:

If you have normal to dry skin, you will want to consider using Revlon ColorStay Makeup (for Normal/Dry Skin). There are as well those people with a combination skin; a kind of skin that vary between oily and dry depending on the environmental factors. Such people may want to consider using the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat for foundation.

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