In our recent attempts at finding the best foundation for dry skin, we discovered that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Full-coverage formulas tend to show flakes, while lightweight foundations can go on patchy and uneven. So we decided to call in some help from the pros—the ones who know which bottles hold the secrets to second-skin textures on any skin type since they do it daily.
“Because dry skin tends to be uneven with smooth areas as well as dry, flaky patches, the wrong foundation will exacerbate all of the issues by looking quite uneven,” says celebrity makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen, basically echoing everything we’d discovered. Reiss-Andersen has a couple of tricks, like adding small droplets of Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil to foundation for a dewier finish, or opting for a damp Beautyblender over a brush for application. While those methods help boost the smoothness of any formula, it also makes sense to start with the right one.
“Choose the texture well,” she advises. “Look for products that hydrate.” We asked her—and six other celebrity makeup artists—to weigh in on the ones that have earned a spot in their makeup bags. Below, the 25 best foundations for dry skin—with a flake-free finish guaranteed.
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