Image: Shutterstock/RomarioIen
Image: Shutterstock/RomarioIen

Many of us suffer from dry skin and the irritation, redness, and roughness that can accompany this condition. There’s nothing more annoying than buying a brand-new foundation product, only to have it irritate your skin, or come out looking grainy or flaky! Fortunately, we’ve done our homework and discovered the best foundations, BB creams, and CC creams for dry skin types.

One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to makeup: The smoother and more hydrated the canvas, the easier it’ll be for your makeup to work for you. Make sure that you exfoliate your skin at nighttime to clear away dead skin cells, eliminating flaky patches of skin that show up underneath your makeup. Follow up with a moisturizer before bedtime, and apply another coat of moisturizer (or a moisturizing primer like Dermalogica’s Hydroblur Primer for $48) up to an hour before putting on your foundation. This will ensure that you start with the perfect canvas!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (for $7.39): This is a great, low-budget option that will hydrate your skin while covering up imperfections. It uses a water-gel formula to moisturize your skin, and it has an SPF of 30. It also gives your skin a smooth appearance, making rough or scaly patches disappear!

EX1 Cosmetics’ Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (for $17): This foundation won’t help to moisturize your skin, like some of the pricier options on our list, so it’s important to wear a light coat of moisturizer underneath. The great news is that it’s lightweight and won’t look cakey over dry skin. It’s also super blendable and buildable, so you can customize it to suit your look.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (for $39): This water-based formula helps to moisturize your skin while blurring away imperfections and evening skin tone. It contains mineral-rich, marine plant extracts to nourish and soothe your skin, and vitamin E to heal and hydrate. It has an SPF of 15, which is lower than the other products listed in this article.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector (for $39): Clinique products tend to be great for sensitive skin, so this CC cream won’t irritate your already dry skin! The product works to moisturize your skin while color-correcting, and it has an SPF of 30. Note that this is a CC cream rather than a foundation, ideal for those looking for light coverage.

Oxygenetix’s Oxygenating Foundation (for $66): Oxygenetix is the perfect union between science and beauty. It was specifically developed to help conceal and diminish the appearance of skin wounds, scars, rashes, and—you guessed it—dry skin. The Oxygenating Foundation helps to moisturize your skin while blending seamlessly over dry patches. Bonus: it has an SPF of 25! If you have a serious dry skin issue and you want a foundation that will help heal the problem while covering it up, this might be the option for you.

Pro tip: When you’re shopping for makeup, make sure to check the ingredients list on any product you’re considering to ensure that it’s free of parabens and sulfates. These chemicals will dry out your skin over time, exacerbating the problem. They can also be absorbed through your skin and built up in your system over time, contributing to more severe health problems.

Camille Bond is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has interned in the film industry and the publishing industry, as well as for a political campaign. When it comes to the world of beauty and wellness, she loves researching natural skincare brands, concocting DIY recipes, and discovering new mediation techniques!