Celebrity Makeup Artists Say These Foundations Are Best for Dry Skin

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Dry skin has a mind of its own, so when it comes to your foundation, picking one that will keep skin dewy, not flaky, is key. If the latter sounds all too familiar, take one of these foundations out for a spin— makeup artists’ orders.  

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation ($47)

“Dry skin is often dull skin so the radiant finish to this foundation works beautifully to revive and lift the complexion,” says celebrity makeup artist Michael Patterson. “It also has a ton of humectants—think little moisture magnets for the skin—to provide 24-hour hydration.” Even better, according to Patterson? The radiant microcrystals that deliver a “social media filter” effect to the skin.

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Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($48)

Celebrity makeup artist Dusty Starks swears by this hydrating foundation that gives the most beautiful “luminous, subtle glow” to dry skin. “It glides on smoothly and won’t cling onto any dryness. Plus, it can be built up without ever looking cakey.”

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Kosås Tinted Face Oil ($42)

Justin St. Clair, makeup artist to the stars, describes this oil as a weightless, lighter-coverage formula. “It’s perfect for enhancing the complexion and leaving the skin supple and beautiful.”

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La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation ($120)

“This foundation blends beautifully and provides even, medium coverage,” says celebrity makeup artist Katie Danza. But it gets better: “Since it’s La Mer, it contains their famous Miracle Broth, which is packed with antioxidants and keeps your skin super hydrated—and it has SPF 20! It’s pricey, but worth it.”

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Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Foundation ($13)

“Working on the Maybelline backstage team for New York Fashion Week, this was a go to for creating a glowy radiant complexion,” says Patterson. The secret: Hyaluronic acid, which works wonders in plumping the appearance of lines and delivering a dewy result. “My preference is to use a damp beautyblender and stipple this foundation as needed, starting in the center of the face and working out.”

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KohGenDo Maifanshi Moisture Foundation ($70)

Starks says this celeb-favorite foundation literally melts into the skin. “It’s creamy, lightweight, moisturizing finish works wonders for drier skin that needs a boost of hydration. The finish is like second skin.”

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Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation Cream ($78)

This rich, nourishing option is St. Clair’s pick for dry, mature skin.  “It also provides medium coverage for a flawless finish.”

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($46)

“This product is iconic for a reason,” says Danza. “It’s definitely lighter coverage, but it makes skin feel moist and hydrated while evening out skin tone and protecting it with SPF 20. I think everyone should own this!”

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