7 Foundations You'll Love If Your Skin's as Dry as the Sahara Desert

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When it comes to finding the right foundation, ladies with dry skin have it especially tough. As if finding the perfect combination of desired coverage and finish isn't enough of a challenge, you then have to make sure it's not going to turn your skin into a patchier, flakier version of itself as it wears on. To save you all the guesswork, here are the tried-and-true formulas we trust for thirsty AF skin.

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1 The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Skin Glowing Balm Makeup

This new tinted moisturizer works for normal skin too, but in our minds it was practically created for dry skin. The super-hydrating, balm-like elixir will enhance your natural skin, providing a luminous glow while subtly evening out tone and texture.


The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony, $36; sephora.com.

2 CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers Foundation

If you're on a drugstore budget, but have sensitive or acne-prone dry skin, this will be the best bang for your buck. This super-moisturizing, long-lasting formula always goes on smooth, feels light on the skin, and will cover an impressive variety of imperfections.


CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers Foundation, $6.99; amazon.com.

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3 MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation

This water-based, gel-serum foundation will feel like heaven on dry skin while delivering F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S coverage. The kicker? It also boasts SPF 30 sun protection AKA will keep you looking younger longer.


MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, $33; macys.com.

4 Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydration Foundation

A drugstore unicorn, it makes it easy for a matte finish and hydration (hello, water-attracting glycerin!) to coexist. The secret is the whipped texture that makes yielding a smooth, velvety face beat a cinch.


Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydration Foundation, $10.00; ulta.com.


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5 Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go

If you're of the no-makeup-makeup camp, one pea-sized press of this take-it-everywhere liquid compact will give you semi-matte, dewy, and luminous coverage that lets your freckles live. It also boasts its own tri-moisture complex with hyaluronic acid to ensure your skin is hydrated all day long.


Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go, $45; sephora.com.

6 Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

The holy grail formula for that lit-from-within look, this elixir is comprised of special nude-glow pigments that are practically invisible, as well as natural floral water, which keeps skin moisturized and promotes elasticity.


Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15, $50; sephora.com.


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7 L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

This formula is a go-to for Beyoncé's makeup artist Sir John, so like, need we say more? But seriously, this satin-y matte foundation will take dry, sallow skin and turn it into a gorgeous soft glow (with SPF 20, no less!) like magic.


L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, $10.99; target.com.

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