12 Hydrating Foundations Perfect for Dry Skin


Lori Leib, makeup artist and creative director for Bodyography, says there’s a new spin on the “dewy” skin trend: “I am loving the look of super hydrated, oil-slicked skin—it is a fresh take on dewy. You can really see if a person takes good care of their skin when it naturally glows, even with foundation on,” she says, adding that a major mistake women make when applying foundation is packing on powder immediately following. “This can look very heavy and caked on. Another mistake is to apply a cream highlighter over powdered foundation, layer creams on creams and powder on powder for the best effect. I think depending on the person, both matte and hydrating foundations can be fabulous, but my preference is hydrated, glossy skin with matte eyes and lips.” Not sure how to get it right? Let these makeup picks pave the way.

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bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($30)

This lightweight fluid foundation has SPF, so many shade options and the ability to actually correct skin-tone troubles as you wear it.

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glo minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation ($56)

Light-diffusing diamond powder makes this very moisturizing foundation just look like you are glowing, as antioxidants and vitamins work behind the scenes to keep your skin healthy. 

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FLOWER Beauty E.E. Erase Everything Ultimate Foundation ($13)

One of the secrets behind Drew Barrymore’s dewy skin, this cream-like, whipped foundation is totally different than every other formula you’ve ever tried. It’s balmy but light, sheer yet actually covers—plus, it has the power to last all day.

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Hush + Dotti Organic Liquid Foundation ($48)

This 90-percent organic and vegan is truly “buildable” and prides itself with being good for sensitive skin and packed with non pore–clogging ingredients. 

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jane iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream ($48)

This popular BB cream was just reformulated and now features coconut alkanes—plus, the line has expanded its shade options so it’s even easier to get that perfect color.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($13)

Like the name suggests, this is one foundation that successfully stays looking fresh and hydrated for 24 hours. 

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Laura Geller Cover Lock Cream Foundation ($38)

New from the brand comes this highly pigmented, cover-everything (even scars and tattoos) foundation. 

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Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 ($10)

It’s a foundation! It’s a concealer! It’s totally foolproof! All you need is one pump of this makeup multitasker to erase under-eye circles, redness and just about everything.

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Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation ($15)

This powerful pick counts Tepezcohuite, which is known to regenerate the skin of burn victims in hospitals, as its star ingredient, while a proprietary complex of apple and lentil extracts provide instant, long-lasting hydration.

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Urban Decay NAKED Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector ($34)

Nourishing ingredients—peptides, vitamins, hydrators and SPF 20—make this oil-free option more of a skin treatment than a foundation. 

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint ($15)

The brand calls its latest water-gel color intro as “better for your skin than wearing nothing at all.” It plumps up skin, leaves it looking moisturized and seems to “blur” away every imperfection as soon as you apply it.

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Bodyography Natural Finish Foundation ($26)

This high-tech, oil-free foundation has a proprietary “Photo Control Technology and a High Reflective Index System” that makes skin look and feel like silk. 

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