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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.