The Best Foundation Tips For Dry Skin

When it comes to foundation, dry skin can really dampen the vibe (pun intended). Despite using liquid formulas, dry skin can soak up moisture faster than a sponge in a puddle leaving you with a cakey finish.

But don’t give up just yet! Instead of trying to find the best foundation for dry skin, the solution is to incorporate skincare and makeup tips that’ll work with — instead of against — your dry skin.

Now with that said, here are the best foundation tips for dry skin that’ll leave your complexion looking fresh, hydrated, and flawless all day long.

  • Start with a fresh slate
  • One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to wearing foundation with dry skin is — you guessed it — dry patches. 

    foundation on dry skin with dry patches

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    It’s important to prep the skin accordingly so that your foundation has the smoothest canvas possible to lay upon. One of the best ways to combat dry patches is with gentle exfoliation. Our Night Off Face Wash uses real green tea leaves to help gently slough away any dry patches without stripping any moisture from the skin. It also contains apricot seed oil which is deeply nourishing and great for parched skin. 

  • Lock in moisture for all-day hydration
  • Once you’ve gently exfoliated it’s time to level up the hydration. Do your skincare regime as you normally would, aiming to add in as much moisture to your skin as possible with serums and your go-to moisturizer. Then, before you go in with foundation, lock in all that hydration using a protective primer (like our Pregame Primer) to create a barrier that will help your skin retain moisture while also shielding it from environmental stressors and harsh ingredients in makeup.  

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  • Set smartly 
  • If you have dry skin, then you know most setting solutions are geared toward oily skin types. Case in point? Powders, which aren’t a great choice as they can emphasize dry patches on the skin and lead to flaking or a cakey appearance throughout the day. Instead, opt for a hydrating setting spray (without alcohol) to set your foundation. Our Pregame Setting Spray is alcohol-free and loaded with 10% glycerin to give your skin an extra boost of hydration AND keep your makeup looking fresh all day. 

    Before and after of foundation using Pregame Setting Spray

    If you haven’t been able to achieve the dewy finish of your dreams, try some of these tips the next time you wear foundation.