Even the greatest foundations may be off-putting if the texture isn’t right for your skin. The incorrect base can settle into fine wrinkles, exaggerate peach fuzz, and grab onto skin flakes when your skin is dry. It’s here that moisturising formulas come in handy. These choices, which are often filled with oils and acids, claim to soothe skin, hydrate without seeming greasy, and photograph well. I experimented with a variety of matte and dewy finishes to see which ones could conceal flaws on my dry skin without seeming like a thick coating of spackle. Continue reading to find out which ones gave the most glowing, natural-looking skin and which ones didn’t.
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
The name doesn’t lie: this product applies smoothly and gives you a dewy appearance. This choice is a bargain, with buildable coverage, SPF 18, and a sleek pump applicator that surprised me with its lasting strength and moisturizing benefits. It’s also the best-rated dry-skin foundation on Amazon, with over 5,000 five-star ratings.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation
I usually use a brush or a sponge to apply my foundation, but I swiped L’Oréal’s stick on my face straight from the bottle and blended it with my fingertips. The creaminess of the recipe made it easy to apply to my skin. It worked well for me in blurring my pores and giving me a smoother, more radiant complexion. Expect medium coverage, which will disguise flaws without making you appear like you’re wearing an impenetrable mask.
MACStudio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
This foundation moisturised my skin and provided a nice, uniform finish. The mild recipe gave medium coverage without being “too much” for a Monday morning. I used a wet sponge to apply it. The end effect was similar to my regular tinted sunscreen for the day, but with more coverage and a longer wear duration. I was self-assured enough to forego concealer, bronzer, and blush.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is a cult favourite for good reason, despite its higher price tag. The lightweight fluid texture dissolved into my skin without leaving lines or sticking to dry spots. I tried shade 5.5, which is a little bit dark for my pale skin, but it blended in well and gave me a lovely sheen that lasted all day.