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14 Best Foundations for Dry Skin

Get extra coverage while keeping dry patches at bay.
14 Best Foundations for Dry Skin
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Get extra coverage while keeping dry patches at bay.

If you have dry skin, we're pretty sure you're quite familiar with the challenge of finding the perfect foundation. With so many matte products out there that would just worsen everything, some people would opt not to use a base altogether.

When your skin falls in that spectrum, using the wrong base can settle in those fine lines, then end up caking and latching onto skin flakes. More than just coverage, your foundation must have hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to helps hydrate the skin, and serums to heal those dry areas while having the perfect finish that would give you that healthy glow.

Here, we've curated a few foundations, both from high end and drugstore brands, that are not only moisture enriched but also provide extra coverage while keeping dry, patchy skin at bay!

1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

It's a cult favourite for a reason! It has a lightweight formula that melts into your skin, giving off a dewy, radiant glow that lasts all day. This gives a light to medium coverage that's buildable without settling into any lines or clinging to any dry patches.

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GIORGIO ARMANI Luminous Silk Foundation, P 3600, Nordstrom 

2. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Made to be seamless on camera and in photos, MUFE actually reformulated it but it still has the same effortlessly smooth effect for those ultra HD moments. This foundation offers a full coverage with a semi matte finish. It provides a wide range of shades for every undertone possible so you’re sure they've got you covered!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation, P2830, SM Megamall

3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Many claim that this is the ultimate “my skin but better” foundation; it's an expensive option, but definitely worth the money. It has a watery consistency that's extremely lightweight. This just looks absolutely beautiful on the skin! It creates a smooth and dewy canvas that lasts all day, and also contains SPF 15 so you get a little sun protection, too!

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CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, P2500, Rustan’s

4. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Its satin-like finish is never cakey, even when layered on the skin, making it one of the best formulas for dry skin types. This takes time to settle into the skin but when it does, it sets beautifully and with a dewy finish.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, P2900, Rustan’s

5. L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation

If you're a full coverage girl and don't want break the bank, then this is for you. We're very impressed with the number of shade options, too—something that’s not common with drugstore brands. True Match applies with a velvet finish and contains tiny specks of light-reflecting particles for that added glow.

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L’OREAL True Match Liquid Foundation, P500, BeautyMNL

6. Laneige BB Pore Control Cushion

Koreans are known for their chok-chok or glass skin look and if you’re into it, then this is for you. This comes in a compact case that’s refillable and travel-friendly. It provides full, smooth coverage that minimizes the appearance of pores while giving you that dewy, signature Korean glass skin. Finger hearts required!

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LANEIGE BB Pore Control Cushion, P1500, Althea Korea

7. MAC Face and Body Foundation

Usually found in a professional makeup artist’s arsenal for its versatility and effortless application, its lightweight formula and light to medium coverage is simultaneously buildable and easily sheered out for a natural finish. Best to set this with powder to prolong its longevity throughout the day.

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MAC Face and Body Foundation, P1900, Rustan’s

8. Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation

Say goodbye to dry patches with this all-in-one serum and foundation that evens out your complexion while hydrating parched skin. Infused with cranberry oil, a known ingredient that’s rich in antioxidants and fatty acids to nourish and improve skin elasticity, it has a powder finish that looks and feels comfortable on the skin.

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DIORSKIN Nude Air Serum Foundation, P2890, Rustan’s Makati

9. V&M Naturals Silk Serum Foundation

V&M Naturals is a proudly local brand that advocates using all-natural ingredients that are safe even for breastfeeding moms who want to look fresh all day! This serum-infused foundation is water, sweat, and oil-proof for up to eight hours.

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V&M Silk Serum Foundation, P595, BeautyMNL

10. The Ordinary Serum Foundation

If you also happen to have sensitive and dry skin, then this is worth a try. Containing high quality, no-frills ingredients that The Ordinary is known for, this specifically targets those skin concerns. It has a watery consistency that applies like a dream, leaving a light, semi-matte finish that's totally breathable. Take note, though, that it does oxidize, so choosing a shade lighter than your usual would be best. Also, it's a cruelty-free option that’s free of alcohol, gluten, and oil. Fun fact: When it was initially launched, it had a 25,000 waiting list! 

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THE ORDINARY Serum Foundation, P770, BeautyMNL

11. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

This is another one of those dropper-dispensed, serum-type foundations that's infused with skincare properties such as neopeptides to help minimize appearance of wrinkles and other skin brightening antioxidants. Its lightweight, skincare-enriched formula helps visibly smoothen the skin and even out dark spots with continued use.

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PERRICONE MD No Foundation Foundation, P2950, Rustan’s

12. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

If you prefer a flawless satin finish that doesn't dry out the skin, this foundation is perfect! It boasts medium to full coverage, plus it's oil-free and stays on for hours. Containing coconut water and hyaluronic acid for hydration and alpine rose to brighten the skin, it's best applied with a damp sponge. No need to set with powder!

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TOO FACED Born This Way Foundation, P2350, Sephora.ph

13. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

This creamy, waterproof 2-in-1 foundation and concealer from Hourglass gives the hydration your skin needs while providing the perfect coverage without adhering to dry, flaky skin. It's highly pigmented, long-wearing, and provides the fluidity of a liquid foundation.

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HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, P 2850, Sephora.ph

14. Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

Can’t be bothered with primer? This foundation from Benefit not only gives off a natural matte finish but blurs out pores and texture on the skin, too. Absolutely lightweight, a little goes a long way, and it works great with sensitive skin, too!

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BENEFIT Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, P 1920, Greenbelt 5

Regardless of your preference, at the end of day what’s important is that you really listen to your skin. Choose products that provide more than just coverage or finish and opt for the ones that also nourish and heal. 

Did we miss out on anything? Sound off in the comment box below! 

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