6 Facial Moisturizers to Wear Under Your Favorite Foundation This Winter

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Fact: you can be absolutely obsessed with a thick, rich moisturizer but also despise the way it layers under foundation at the same time. Maybe it just feels too heavy with foundation applied over it, or perhaps it is a tad too oily and causes your foundation to slip around or even pill.

Since moisturizer is a skin-care essential, especially in the winter, the solution might just be choosing a lighter or nongreasy formula that still doesn't skimp on hydration and layers well with makeup. (You don't want your foundation to flake or crack, either!)

If you're on the hunt for a different moisturizer to pair with your favorite makeup products, consider some of the lightweight, nongreasy, and fast-absorbing options ahead.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Pure Skin Moisturizer
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Pure Skin Moisturizer

Made with sensitive skin in mind, the new dermatologist-developed e.l.f. Cosmetics Pure Skin Moisturizer ($12) has a nongreasy formula that's free of fragrance and enhanced with soothing oat milk. The formula also features hyaluronic acid and allanoin to provide deep, plumping moisture to the skin. The brand also specifically claims it wears well under makeup.

Well People Fresh Dew Snow Mushroom Gel-Cream Moisturizer
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Well People Fresh Dew Snow Mushroom Gel-Cream Moisturizer

The new Well People Fresh Dew Snow Mushroom Gel-Cream Moisturizer ($22) is a lightweight "gel-cream" moisturizer hybrid that's designed to provide the skin with essential moisture from ingredients like snow mushroom and hyaluronic acid. Once applied, it's meant to give the skin a dewy finish, which could pair nicely with a dewier tinted moisturizer or foundation product. The addition of broccoli-seed oil is said to help smooth and brighten the skin.

Shani Darden Skin Care Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer
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Shani Darden Skin Care Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer

The Shani Darden Skin Care Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer ($48) is designed to give skin the hydration it needs via hyaluronic acid without leaving behind a greasy residue or clogging the pores. The addition of hydrolyzed collagen is meant to help plump up the skin, too.

KORRES Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream
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KORRES Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream

In addition to hydrating the skin, the lightweight, gel-based KORRES Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream ($36) works to minimize the appearance of pores. Thanks to the addition of salicylic acid, the formula works to keep those pores clear, too.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Hydro-Gel Moisturizer
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Hydro-Gel Moisturizer

The e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Hydro-Gel Moisturizer ($12) works to fight off dryness and dehydration with the help of ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. It has an easy-to-apply, fast-absorbing, gel-based texture that's also said to wear well under makeup.

Tatcha Water Cream
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Tatcha Water Cream

If you're in the market for a moisturizer splurge, consider the deeply hydrating Tatcha Water Cream ($69). It has a water-based formula that's enhanced with ingredients like Japanese wild rose and Japanese leopard lily to help control oil production, support skin health, and improve the appearance of pores.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Face Cream SPF 30
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Face Cream SPF 30

The e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Face Cream SPF 30 ($12) is perfect for those who prefer a lightweight, cream-based moisturizer and want an extra layer of sun protection in their routine.