As someone with dry skin, I hate winter. Especially the tail end. That’s when my dry skin is at its worst – because the cold, windy, dry air has been at my skin for MONTHS. When it comes to choosing a foundation, people with dry skin really need to be picky to avoid having flaky, cakey, foundation. I have purchased many and more different foundations based on YouTube videos and online reviews, and in this post I will detail 4 different foundations at different price ranges that I have found to be excellent on my driest, flakiest days.
1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation ($12.99, 1 oz.) & L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($16.99, 0.52 oz.)
Both of these foundations are fantastic for dry skin. They do not emphasize flakiness and they don’t dehydrate the skin. The reason I’ve grouped them together is because they are very similar to each other; both in name, and in formula. The bottled True Match Lumi is a better value since it has a lower price and more product than the cushion. The bottled True Match Lumi is a medium coverage foundation with decent lasting power, and comes in over 30 shades ranging from light to dark, and in cool, neutral, and warm undertones. The cushion foundation is more light to medium coverage, but offers a much more luminous, dewy finish. My skin is dry and it makes my skin look WET upon application, and this is the only foundation that can do that on my skin. However, the cushion does not come in as good of a shade range as the bottled Lumi. I suspect L’Oreal will add more shades if the sales are good enough. If you are able to find a shade match, and a light, luminous finish is what you’re looking for, then the cushion is definitely worth looking at. I think the packaging is super convenient and when I apply with my beauty blender, the whole process takes like 7 seconds. BUT if you don’t want to spend $17 on a drugstore foundation with light coverage, or want more coverage, or a better shade match, then you can’t go wrong with the bottled L’Oreal True Match Lumi.
2. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($44.00, 1.9 oz.)
This is my favorite tinted moisturizer that I’ve ever tried. I have tried the Wet ‘n Wild tinted moisturizer, the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, the Maybelline BB cream, and the Smashbox BB cream. This is my favorite out of these types of products. The main reason is that this tinted moisturizer offers hydration AND coverage. Usually BB creams and tinted moisturizers have very sheer to light coverage. I’m not about that life. I have redness and uneven skin tone that I like to cover. The NARS tinted moisturizer offers pretty much a medium coverage. It feels very nice going on the skin, and smells awesome. I do not use this alone as my moisturizer, I still use a separate moisturizer with my skincare routine, but I LOVE using this as my foundation in the summer. It gives me some extra SPF, and nice, glowy skin.The price of this is definitely higher than the L’Oreal foundations I’ve mentioned earlier but this also comes with a lot of product in the bottle at almost 2 ounces. Most regular liquid foundations are 1 oz. So to me, that makes it a pretty decent value for such a high quality product and a prestigious brand. (But let’s be real, I find it easy to justify spending $$$$$ on makeup almost always.)
3. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, ($62.00, 1 oz.)
This is probably my all-time favorite foundation. It is very similar to the L’Oreal True Match Lumi, but better. It looks like skin when it’s applied, and lasts a suprisingly long time considering the luminous finish. Often times you will sacrifice lasting power on a foundation for luminosity and non-flakiness, but not with this foundation. This is the foundation that I wear when I want my skin to look perfect, or when I’m just having a really dry day. It also comes in a very wide shade range of various undertones. I’m not going to lie, I did NOT buy this at full price. I waited for a Sephora VIB 20% off sale, and made the purchase then, which made the price slightly more acceptable in my mind. I usually only need one pump of this foundation to get medium coverage, so it has lasted me a long time. Also, apparently Sephora is now offering a lot of the shades in a travel size, at a relatively similar price per ounce compared to the full size. If you want to really invest in a high quality foundation for dry skin, I can’t recommend this enough. If you are wary of the price, go ask for a sample at Sephora, and remember that Sephora and Nordstrom both have excellent return policies in case it doesn’t work out. But I’m willing to bet it will!
A note on applying foundation on dry skin:
Recently, I’ve discovered that using dense buffing brushes or kabuki brushes can emphasize flakes on my skin despite my best efforts with skincare and using high quality makeup. I really recommend using something soft on the skin, like a stippling brush, a beauty blender or similar sponge, or just your fingers! Using really dense buffing brushes can pretty much exfoliate your skin as you are applying your makeup, and lift up flaky skin that you didn’t even notice before.
So that is all for this post. I know that there are probably dozens and dozens of products that are just as good as these, that I have not mentioned. But I am only one person and can’t possibly try them all! Feel free to leave questions, comments, or even your own dry skin recommendations down below!