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Finding the perfect foundation when you have dry skin can be tricky. You want to find something that gives you coverage without making you look flaky or dull. Thankfully, when it comes to shopping for your perfect match you don't need to spend a ton. Here, the best drugstore foundations for dry, parched skin.
Best Overall: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth
If you want the best of the best, look no further than this Maybelline foundation which comes in a Dewy and Smoot and Matte finish. The Dewy and Smooth version is preferable for dry skin since it won't accentuate flakes. One problem when shopping for a foundation is finding the right shade for your skin tone, but with this formula, you are sure to find a match with 24 different hues. Plus, it has a SPF 18!
The foundation’s creamy formula comes with a light vanilla/vaguely perfumey smell typical of drugstore makeup. It’s unobtrusive for the most part, though those more sensitive to fragrance might disagree.
The hydrating formula leaves a dewy finish that can be blotted down to a velvet finish. It’s forgiving if you have texture or scarring and covers up hyperpigmentation without trouble.
Applying with a makeup sponge creates beautiful, natural-looking coverage. The only complaint is the foundation can be too dewy, but that’s easily fixed with the right primer or powder. Another flaw is the packaging. Without a dispenser, it’s easy to accidentally pour out too much product, but it’s a small trade-off for the price and results
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best Maybelline foundations.
Best Budget: Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer
This multi-tasking foundation from Milani supposedly counteracts under-eye circles and redness as a foundation and concealer in one, woo-hoo! The medium- to full-coverage formula (it’s buildable) never gets cakey and feels lightweight even after multiple layers. And the positive reviews aren’t just because of the price—this foundation really does perform if your concerns are coverage and difficult-to-disguise dry patches.
One reviewer suggested gently pressing light layers of foundation into the skin to build lush, natural-looking coverage. The result is a dewy finish that’s soft and glowy, rather than overly shiny. The foundation itself is a gentle, thick formula that rolls over whatever you’re trying to conceal—redness, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, you name it—while hydrating skin.
Best Full-Coverage Foundation: Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation
The good thing about full-coverage foundation is how it glides over skin without emphasizing too much. The bad part? Sometimes high-coverage foundation feels like an extra layer of goop on your face. Not the case with this Maybelline foundation. Available in 28 shades, the lightweight, creamy formula is ideal for dry skin. The airbrushed finish covers up practically everything (that being said, a little goes a long way).
It’s hard to predict if a foundation will oxidize since it depends on your skin chemistry (your face oils, for example), but you might want to keep that in mind when selecting a shade. It has a pump dispenser so you don’t end up with puddles of product in your hands.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation
If you like to be proactive about your acne, there’s this salicylic-acid-infused foundation from e.l.f. The full-coverage foundation also contains witch hazel, an astringent, and soothing aloe (a plus for dry skin!). It evens skin tone and covers up redness as the foundation helps gently clear existing breakouts. It’s lightweight, and the fluid formula is easy to blend and build in layers. The packaging is appealingly simple, like the rest of e.l.f.’s products, dispensing just the right amount of foundation from the squeeze bottle’s tiny nozzle.
Take a peek at some of the other best foundations for acne prone skin you can buy.
Best Dewy Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation
The Pro Glow foundation doesn’t look like much, at least until you put it on. Squeeze the bottle and out comes a creamy foundation that covers up hyperpigmentation and redness with a soft, glowy finish. The coverage leans toward medium, but builds well without caking up, and never feels heavy or oily. And, thankfully, it’s very hydrating.
The Pro Glow foundation comes in a squeeze tube. The shade range doesn't have as wide of a variety as some of our other picks.
Our writers spent 45 hours researching the most popular drugstore foundations for dry skin on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different foundations overall, screened options from 11 different brands and manufacturers, read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 2 of the foundations themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.