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Finding the right foundation shade can be challenging, but even that seems easy compared to finding a formula that won't exacerbate dry skin symptoms. While most foundations offer coverage over blemishes and imperfections, not all can keep flaking and dryness at bay. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best foundations that not only hydrate but offer long-lasting coverage at a wallet-friendly price point.
Here, the best drugstore foundations for dry, parched skin.
Best Overall: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint
Parched skin will find relief in this moisturizing formula, made with hyaluronic acid, the OG of hydration. The liquid texture feels refreshingly smooth when applied and provides an even and light coverage. Because it acts somewhat like a moisturizer, skin looks fresh all day without reapplication. The your-skin-but-better finish is ideal for those who want just a hint of coverage, but with all the moisturizing benefits.
Best Natural Formula: Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation
While we love a natural-looking finish, nothing beats natural ingredients. This 98.9% natural mineral makeup provides a medium to full coverage, masking all blemishes and imperfections all while plumping and nourishing your skin. Natural moisturizer (and ethically sourced) meadowfoam seed oil feeds thirsty skin without causing greasiness. The dermatologist-tested formula doesn’t feel heavy or cakey, so it’s ideal all year round, especially in the hot summer months when wearing foundation can sometimes feel like too much.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid
Users love that this product not only felt great on their dry, sensitive skin but also was gentle enough to wear all day long—no breakouts or irritation in sight. This liquid foundation glides easily onto the skin and blurs any imperfections as well as fills in any fine lines. Apply with a big, dense brush to really buff the formula on for a flawless result.
Best Protective Formula: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation
In a world where selfies reign supreme, you’ve gotta look your best. In a whopping 31 shades, this super-comfortable formula feels great on the skin and looks even better. Among its many benefits, users love the medium coverage—specifically because the foundation doesn’t look too sheer or too heavy. And while it’s ultra-hydrating, there’s no shiny or oily finish, which is a must for the perfect photo opp. Another great perk: it’s an anti-pollution formula, which combats the outer forces (especially if you live in a busy city) that are not great for your skin. What we love is the convenient pump, because the less mess while on-the-go, the better.
Best Cushion Compact: Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation
The best thing when it comes to a cushion compact is its convenience. Inside this handy compact is a small, soft cushion that is completely saturated with liquid foundation, plus an applicator—which means no accidental makeup bag spills and no extra effort. Simply dab the sponge onto the cushion to collect the color, then swipe on areas where coverage is needed. The pigmented formula is buildable, so start light and add as you need more coverage for that just-got-back-from-vacay glow. This do-it-all product makes a full face on-the-go the easiest part of your morning routine.
Best BB Cream: Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
A multitasking powerhouse comes in the form of a little tube. One of our favorite BB (beauty balm) formulas, it is made up of game-changing mineral pigments that instantly adjust to your skin’s shade. Translation? Everyone can use this cream. Plus, because it’s a BB, it literally does everything for your skin—think brightening, masking, blurring, priming, and most important, moisturizing. A product so simple, you apply and smooth with your fingers for a healthy glow, and you’re ready to take on the day.
Best Powder: NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Powder Foundation
For those with dry skin that prefer a matte finish, this is for you. Users love this pressed powder for its user-friendly packaging and versatility. You have the option to apply like a traditional powder, or if you’re looking for more flexibility, add water, serum or other liquid-like texture into the mix. The formula features moisturizing botanical extracts that keep skin looking well-hydrated and fresh. For best results, apply with a powder brush and sweep across areas that need a little boost.
Best Anti-Aging Foundation: No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15
Well, hello, firmer skin! This serum foundation packs a punch—both a skincare and makeup product, it’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients that help give skin a tighter and brighter appearance. While it masks imperfections, it also works underneath that coverage to bring back skin’s elasticity, unclog pores, and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Best CC Cream: Lumene CC Light Cream SPF 20
Uneven skin tone, beware. This creamy, buildable color-correcting cream masks redness and discoloration without plugging up your pores. While the coverage is buildable, this formula is meant for those who believe in the less-is-more approach—a little does go a long way here. Plus, with broad spectrum SPF 20, you get extra sun protection to back up your daily sunscreen.