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    17 Foundations Dry Skin Just Can't Get Enough Of

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    1. Colourpop Pretty Fresh Foundation isn't dewy but it's far from matte. Get into this vegan, alcohol-free miracle that'll last all day. Do your skin a favor and check out this coconut water and hyaluronic acid-infused formula.


    Promising review: "Just looks like lovely skin! Not overly dewy and doesn't settle in any lines. It applies great with brush or sponge. Good medium coverage for me but I can definitely build it up. Really one of the best foundations I've found for my dry skin." —Sharonie

    Get it from Colourpop or Ulta for $16. (available in 42 shades).

    2. Fenty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation has grapeseed oil, a super hydrating ingredient that'll banish your tight, dry, skin for the long haul. It's got a natural, not dewy, medium to full-coverage finish and comes in 40 signature colors.

    Fenty Beauty

    Promising review: I've been using Fenty products for a year and a half now and I loved the original foundation but I always had to really hydrate my face before putting it on since I have SUPER dry skin. So when this product came out I was so excited to try. I have to say it is the ONLY foundation I use and I do not intend on changing that. It has great coverage, but doesn't dry out my skin and never looks cakey. The tone completely matches my skin and I love how Fenty has always tailored to different undertones as it makes the blending seamless. Even though I don't wear makeup every day, I do wear it several times a week and one product lasts me a few months which I just ADORE. Love, love, love, this product and cannot stress that enough! —MADDIEMOX23

    Get it from Sephora for $35 (available in 40 colors).

    3. Mented Skin is the foundation stick that will keep your gorgeous, deeply complected skin from looking dull and ashy. Beyond being Black-owned, Mented is also cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested, and vegan! Get into the ultra-hydrating formula that's not messy and perfect for travel.

    Model wearing the foundation, a shade swatch, and the foundation stick
    Mented Cosmetics

    Promising review: "Foundation is great! Moisturizing and very lightweight!" —Ashley C

    Get it from Mented Cosmetics for $30 (available in 16 shades).

    4. NYX Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation might just be the best contradiction you'll ever put on your face. For starters, it's got a matte finish that doesn't sacrifice luminosity. You'd expect a vegan foundation to break the bank, but this gem is only $10. With a lovely medium to buildable coverage, your skin will be the main attraction in all of your virtual meetings.

    Foundation swatches on four arms in different skin tones

    Promising review: "As someone who has to do a multi-step skin prep before putting on foundations because my skin is super dry, I hate when foundations still cling on to those ugly dry patches. This foundation does not do this as much as the other foundations I have tried does this. I am a deeper toned African-American woman, and this foundation (Cocoa) matched my skin tone beautifully with only a little adjustment needed for discolorations around my lower face. However, this foundation does not hold up against humid Georgia weather but it also did not have me looking like a oil slick. I believe because my skin is naturally dry, as this foundation started to wear down I looked more dewy than oily, so people with oily skin might want to powder more or avoid this radiant foundation. It transferred a little but the next time I wear it, I will wear more powder with it." —Chantia King

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in 45 shades).

    5. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation lives up to its cult-favorite status. The secret is Armani's signature Micro-fil technology, which makes application easier than ever. You can count on medium coverage, natural-looking finish that's sensitive skin-friendly.

    A before/after of a model with and without the foundation

    Promising review: I can't say enough great things about this foundation! It truly is the best foundation I have ever worn. I have very dry skin that is very pale with freckles so it can be hard to find the right shade and one that doesn't cake on too much. This makes my skin feel and look silky and with a nice glow — it also covers up any blemishes, redness, and lines. —pixieinthecity

    Get it from Sephora for $64 (available in 24 shades).

    6. Milani Screen Queen Foundation is that GIRL. It comes in 45 shades, so it's basically the Oprah of drugstore foundations. YOU GET A FOUNDATION, YOU GET A FOUNDATION, EVERYONE GETS A FOUNDATION that strengthens the skin's microbiome, protects from digital pollution, and perfects the skin. It's the gift that keeps on giving.


    Promising review: "Screen Queen gives my $50 foundation a run for its money! At first I used Screen Queen on the weekend. I used the expensive foundation during the week. Since Ms. Rona hit I started using Screen Queen everyday. She doesn't disappoint! People are shocked when I tell them what I'm using. Screen Queen wears like a $50 foundation for me. Looks so natural and dewy. I have to touch up maybe once during the day. Thus foundation is AWESOME!"—agentcurls

    Get it from Ulta for $13.99 (available in 45 shades).

    7. Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF 45 works with your skin, not against it. IonCharged water, probiotic technology, and chia-seed extract are key to its "skin-loving" effects. Estee Lauder makes award-winning makeup and skincare, so you'll get the best of both worlds in a single product. Prepare to kiss your hyperpigmentation goodbye, the foundation has SPF 45.

    A model with skin imperfections / Same model with even skin
    Estée Lauder

    Promising review: "It goes on so smoothly (I use a brush) on my skin and I don't have to use a lot. Start with a little, because it gives great coverage, especially when it sets. I didn't realize that I put too much foundation the first time. You don't know until it dries and you realize your face looks cakey. So the next time I put a little amount and rubbed it all over my face, set it, and it was perfect." —Estée Lauder Customer

    Get it from Ulta for $45 (available in 20 shades).

    8. Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation is an extremely comfortable, hydrating foundation that comes in nearly 40 shades. It minimizes the appearance of fine lines for up to 24 hours!

    Model with uneven skin / Same model with even skin

    Promising review: "I have tried several foundations. I have extremely dry skin and frequently get dry patches and this foundation just smoothed over them and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I got a trial size of it and fell in love with the formula. Even with the humidity in my area it holds up well. It’s just really skin like while still managing to help smooth and even everything out. I had to order the full-size bottle. Wasn’t even interested in trying it since it wasn’t a 'sensitive skin' foundation according to filters but so glad I did. —Smashbox Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $38 (available in 37 shades).

    9. Bare Minerals Hydrating Foundation Stick Complexion Rescue Broad Spectrum SPF 25 will deliver skin-quenching hydration without clogging your pores. Since it's water-based, it melts seamlessly into skin. If you're into tinted moisturizers that can do some heavy lifting, think medium-coverage, this is for you.

    Model with minor blemishes and slight redness / Same model with evened out skin

    Promising review: "I love this foundation stick! I have super dry skin and this makes my skin look great. I just rub the foundation stick on my face then use my fingers to rub the foundation into my skin. I do notice that if I put oil on my face before the foundation stick then my face can look a little too oily. If I just use a regular moisturizer then the foundation looks great! I just love that the foundation stick is easy to use since I don't use a brush with it and that it is a great product to use when traveling. Hotels especially make my skin dry but when I use this foundation stick I don't feel my face looks dry." —Angela3

    Get it from Sephora for $32 (available in 20 shades).

    10. Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover is just what the doctor ordered for days you wake up with dry patches. This all-in-one foundation and concealer was brought to you by a Black-owned company *and* it has vitamin E to repair skin. Designed to minimize the appearance of pores, it can be built to your preferred coverage. Their color additives and mixers were made to help you nail that perfect shade.

    The foundation bottle
    Danessa Myricks

    Promising review: "I bought the set which comes with little tubes which are PERFECT for my kit. This formula needs to be cut with oil or moisturizer to function as a foundation-otherwise you get an incredibly thick concealer which is excellent for spot coverage. I mix this with the Prism FX and also the beauty oil, the coverage is lovely and the finish is beautiful. I really recommend this product. I have yet to meet a skin tone I can’t match with it." —ruthlessrocks

    Get it from Danessa Myricks Beauty for $5 – $28 (available in 29 shades).

    11. Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is one of the best drugstore formulas around. Not only is it hydrating, it'll also protect your skin thanks to SPF 18. Maybelline didn't skimp on the ingredients either —the product is dermatologist- and allergy-tested, noncomedogenic, AND fragrance-free.

    The foundation bottle

    Promising review: "I apply this product with a damp beauty blender and it is perfect. I used to use the matte + poreless foundation but stopped using it. The dewy + smooth foundation keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day long. It doesn't flake off like other foundations with dry skin." —Maybelline Customer

    Get it from Ulta for $7.99 (available in 24 shades).

    12. Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation was crafted by the icon herself. Volcanic seawater and red algae are central to creating a supple, refreshed skin. It's expensive, but at least you're supporting a Black-owned business run by a literal genius.

    Pat McGrath Labs

    Promising review: "This foundation makes my dry skin look moisturized all day long. It is so pretty!! Instantly became my favorite foundation. Light to medium coverage. Looks even better when you build it up. Almost like a tinted moisturizer but way better!" —Jule1234

    Get it from Sephora for $68 (available in 36 shades).

    13. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF 30 literally knows your skin so the longer you wear it, the better. Prepare to end the day with silkier, smoother skin than you started with. It's formulated to be weightless but it definitely doesn't compromise on coverage.

    A model with minor discoloration / Same model with flawless skin

    Promising review: "I debated for a while about getting this foundation. I have dry skin and my rosacea is hard to cover on my cheeks in particular. This foundation not only covered it completely, it didn't increase the appearance of flakes as many foundations I've tried have. I've had no irritation and it wore well all day long. I'm so thrilled to have found my new go-to." —realmadridfan

    Get it from Sephora for $47 (available in 30 shades).

    14. Beauty Bakerie Instabake Aqua Glass Foundation makes dewy skin possible for even the driest of skin types. It's all because of its fast-absorbing water-based formula. To get reach *peak* hydration, pair it with Wake and Bake Oil — you won't regret it....did we mention Beauty Bakerie is Black-owned?

    Beauty Bakerie

    Promising review: "This is seriously the best foundation I have used...I put it on at 6 a.m., two soccer games, and 12 hours later it's still flawless! It blended so well and it looks so natural while covering all my red spots/uneven skin. Worth every penny of the price." —Veronica

    Get it from Beauty Bakerie for $34 (available in 30 shades).

    15. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 is ideal for people who need to look flawless on camera and in person. Its watery consistency guarantees a stunning sheer to medium coverage finish. When it comes to color, you already know Bobbi Brown delivers.

    A model with minor discoloration / Same model with even skin
    Bobbi Brown

    Promising review: "I love this foundation! I really like the “your skin but better” look and this provides that for me. I have used two bottles now. I have dry to normal skin which can be a bit dull. I feel like this helps my face to look radiant and fresh. The foundation is very watery in consistency so I apply with a brush or my hands. I can’t say enough about this foundation." —amcat1

    Get it from Sephora for $50 (available in 30 shades).

    16. CAP Beauty Khjaer Weis Cream Foundation is pricey, but hear me out! You're paying for a reusable, metal container that sustainably designed and totally clean. The replacement foundation pans are $40. Its formula is everything you love about dewy makeup minus the runniness or grease. While the product definitely applies thin at first, you can build to full coverage.

    Swatches of the foundation on three arms in different skin tones
    Kjaer Weis

    Promising review: "I purchased the Cream Foundation Refill to pop into my Kjaer Weis compact, after hitting pan on my initial purchase. I could not be happier with the application and quality of the product itself; or more enamored with the sustainability-focused packaging. The cream foundation doubles as a concealer. It goes on best with a synthetic foundation brush. It can be worn sheer or applied for fuller coverage. I work hard to keep my adult acne and rosacea in check, and this product supports my effort. I use 'lightness' on only the center of my face, for a no make-up look. My sheer application reduces redness and uneven spots without causing breakouts or settling into pores or wrinkles. I second the review that recommends the Beautiful Oil to prime (I use it as to moisturize, too). I use the KW translucent powder to set, too. Consider me a devotee." —Kjaer Weiss Customer

    Get it from Kjaer Weiss for $68 (available in 14 colors).

    17. The Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation by *British accent* Charlotte Tilbury is everything dahling! Sweat-proof? Check. Full coverage? Check. Transfer resistant i.e. mask friendly? Absolutely. If you have dry to normal skin, this hybrid skincare foundation is the yin to your yang.

    A model with slight redness / Same model with even skin
    Charlotte Tilbury

    Promising review: "This is my all-time favorite foundation! I’ve been trying to find a foundation that works for my dry skin and had read a couple of reviews that this product would be good for dry skin. So I decided to purchase it even though I do think the price is somewhat steep, and I am shocked! I applied it at 11 a.m. and it still looked perfect at 9:30 p.m.! I was even sweating and it still looks great! Doesn’t leave me with any cakey-looking or dry areas but yet still gives me that semi-matte look I like! Will definitely be re-purchasing this." —alexaaiello

    Get it from Sephora for $44 (available in 44 shades).

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