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The Best Moisturizing Foundations For People With Dry Skin  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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The irony of dry skin is that you want to cover up that flakiness and irritation with foundation, but most foundations only emphasize your skin issues. Enter these hydrating products that won't dry out your skin! The best moisturizing foundations basically act as two-in-one products: they provide one part moisturizer and one part coverage. You can find great dry skin foundation at any price point, too. From La Mer’s over $100 Soft Fluid Long Wear to CoverGirl’s under $10 Vitalist Healthy Elixir, there's something for everyone.

No matter what you’re looking for in your next product—whether a dewy, serum-based texture or a formula with anti-aging properties—great foundation for dry skin isn't hard to find.

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An incredible 20% water formula makes Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation a must-try. Besides being super-hydrating, it's packed with antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals, and it contains SPF 15. 


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The more than $100 price tag might seem steep, but this foundation from luxe brand La Mer is so worth it. It'll quench your dry skin's thirst with its blend of Soft Velvet Algae and the brand's nutrient-rich "Miracle Broth" that soothes and repairs. On top of that, it includes SPF 20.

Matte-finish foundations only draw attention to dry skin—a dewy finish formula is key for adding extra moisture. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is a go-to for those whose skin needs a little love.


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The high concentration of water in Becca's Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation instantly hydrates dry skin, providing medium coverage and a lightweight feel.