What’s the best foundation for dry skin?

Hydration is key when looking for a foundation that suits dry skin. Follow our guide to ensure

Hydration is key when looking for a foundation that suits dry skin. Follow our guide to ensure you achieve a perfect finish.

What’s the best foundation for dry skin?
What’s the best foundation for dry skin?

Dry skin can be tricky to work with when it comes to foundation. Instead of hiding imperfections or uneven skin tone, some foundations will actually serve to exacerbate dry skin even more. The wrong formulations can make skin look even drier, highlighting patchy, flakey areas and settling into lines making skin appear dull and parched.

But don’t give up. Hit on the right formula and your foundation can deliver a much needed hydration boost to your skin while simultaneously evening out skin tone by adding a veil of pigment.


The importance of SPF

Dry skin often goes hand in hand with a damaged skin barrier. Your skin barrier works best when the cells are plumped with water - lack of hydration means the skin barrier becomes more permeable to environmental aggressors such as UV rays. To help protect skin you should always wear sun protection beneath your foundation or, even better, look for a foundation that offers an SPF20 or more.


How to choose a foundation for dry skin

As dry skin is easily irritated and can suffer from redness, flakiness and blemishes, it’s important to select a foundation formula that not only provides excellent coverage but also helps to boost moisture levels whilst being light and workable. It is also imperative to use products that won’t irritate your skin. Look for labelling that states that the makeup is for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic and nickel-controlled such as the La Roche Posay makeup range. Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation SPF25 (available in six shades) has been specifically developed for sensitive and intolerant skin. The lightweight formula uses purified high coverage pigments along with neurosensine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to instantly soothe irritated skin while providing a natural finish. The formula minimises the appearance of imperfections and redness thanks to its ultra-buildable coverage. Not only has Toleriane Teint been tested in clinical conditions to be safe to use on allergy-prone skin, the kind-to-skin formula is designed to calm skin on application and reduce sensitivity after use.


How to apply foundation for a perfect finish

How you prep your skin for foundation is going to make all the difference to the final outcome as the more hydrated your face is the more even the coverage. The key here is layering. First cleanse, using a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for dry skin, to ensure that any dead skin cells and flakiness is removed and to start your hydration journey. Follow with a calming toner such as La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water mist to further add moisture and then lock this in with a good dollop of moisturizer. Now your skin is prepped and for a perfecting layer of foundation.


Be confident on how to cover imperfections, redness and an uneven complexion on dry skin using appropriate makeup and skincare for your skin type. Flawless skin can be yours.