We Found the 14 Best Foundations For Dry Skin on the Market

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If you've ever applied foundation only to feel your skin flaking off in tiny bits just a few hours later, you know the struggle of having a dry skin type. You probably stack your skin-care routine with products that boast ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, but you shouldn't stop there. When you're naturally prone to dryness, you need a foundation that will keep your skin moisturized — not make your complexion feel like the Sahara Desert.

With that in mind, the following foundations are lightweight, while still giving you beautiful coverage. They come in a variety of finishes, ranging from satin to radiant, and are available at all price points.

Keep scrolling to shop the 14 best foundations for dry skin.

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Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
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Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

As far as lightweight, hydrating foundations go, the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation ($48) checks all of the boxes and then some. The serum-like formula melts into the skin to the point of feeling like you're not wearing anything at all.

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Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation SPF 15
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Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation SPF 15

A blend of water, marine plant extracts, and vitamin E make the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 ($39) ultra-hydrating and great dry skin. While it contains a small amount of SPF, you should still wear sunscreen with 30 or more UV protection underneath.

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Fenty by RihannaPro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
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Fenty by RihannaPro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

47 shade options make the Fenty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation ($36) incredibly inclusive. It offers medium, natural coverage that you can wear for hours and it will still feel comfortable on the skin.

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Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation
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Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation

In the market for a foundation that offers good coverage but feels more like a tinted moisturizer? The Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation ($29) is buildable and has a lightweight, radiant finish.

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Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation
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Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation

Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera make the Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation ($7) great for dry skin. It won't settle into dry patches or fine lines even if you wear it for hours on end.

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Giorgio Armani Neo Nude True-To-Skin Natural Glow Foundation
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Giorgio Armani Neo Nude True-To-Skin Natural Glow Foundation

Just as its name suggests, the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude True-To-Skin Natural Glow Foundation ($40) enhances your skin by boosting its radiance. The finish is light and feels more like a tinted serum than a foundation.

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream ($40) is a color-correcting full-coverage cream with SPF 50+ built-in. It's packed with collagen, antioxidants, and vitamins that keep skin radiant and smooth.

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BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
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BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20

The BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($35) goes on superthin and leaves a natural, breathable finish. It also contains SPF 20 to help protect your skin against sun damage.

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La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

La Mer's Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 ($125) feels weightless on your skin. It's based on the same formula as the brand's legendary cream and will keep skin feeling hydrated and soft all day long.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($47) leaves a satin finish that evens out skin's texture and helps brighten it. It's an editor-favorite for its ability to provide smooth coverage without masking your natural skin.

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Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation
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Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation

The Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation ($39) offers light coverage with a satin finish. If you're looking for a foundation that will show off your skin's natural texture and just slightly improve it, this is for you.

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Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation

Unlike most matte foundations, the Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation ($38) won't leave your skin feeling dry. It's also oil-free and packed with hyaluronic acid.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) is a lightweight liquid foundation that comes in 40 shades. It has a weightless texture, despite excellent color pigmentation.