8 Foundations That Won’t Make Your Dry Skin, Well, More Dry

When you have dry skin, you’re more likely to be fully committed to your skin-care routine in January than any possible New Year’s resolution. From heavy moisturizers to hyaluronic acid serums and even desk humidifiers, ’tis the season to stock up on anything and everything that might provide you with a much-needed H2O boost. So why give your thirsty skin all that TLC only to then layer on a foundation that will leave you drier than you were in the first place?

Do your dehydrated skin a favor and opt for formulas that support all the time and effort you’re putting into staying well-moisturized, instead of working against it. “If you have dry skin, look for [makeup] products that contain hydrating ingredients to help moisturize the skin as well as provide coverage,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD.

The right foundation with the right ingredients won’t just make dry skin look good; it’ll make it feel good, too. Ahead, our favorite formulas that do exactly that, so you’ll stay perfectly hydrated through Dry January and beyond.

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Lancôme SKIN FEELS GOOD Skin Nourishing Foundation

Not only does this lightweight formula provide SPF 23 coverage, but it also packs in proven hydrating ingredients to keep skin happy. “The base of this foundation contains ingredients to help support dry skin, such as hyaluronic acid and moringa seed extract,” says Dr. Zeichner.

Lancôme SKIN FEELS GOOD Skin Nourishing Foundation, $, available at Sephora

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

After Fenty Beauty fans with dry skin longed for a hydrating version of the bestselling Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, the brand launched its sister product. This iteration has the same buildable and long-lasting coverage — in the exact same 50 shades — but delivers a hydrating finish.

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, $, available at Sephora

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Liquid Makeup Tint

If you’re looking for lighter coverage (and a lower price point), then opt for this under-$20 pick recommended by Dr. Zeichner. The water-gel foundation plumps the skin and delivers hydration all day long.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Liquid Makeup Tint, $, available at Walgreens

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF 30

There’s no need to whip out the face mists for 4 p.m. touchups with this advanced formula, which self-refreshes for up to 24 hours with its proprietary ActiveForce Technology that keeps the coverage from fading or caking over time.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF 30, $, available at Sephora

Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation

Why restrict avocados and ginger to your shakes and pressed juices when you could also have them in your foundation? That’s exactly what you’ll find in this product’s brightening complex, which works to improve the skin’s natural moisture levels as you wear it.

Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation, $, available at Sephora

Tarte SEA Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

This foundation isn’t called “sea water” for nothing: Much like a splash of water to the face, this formula provides instant hydration with marine plant extracts, vitamin E, and plenty of (you guessed it) water.

Tarte Water Foundation Broad Spectrum , $, available at Sephora

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm

Dr. Zeichner loves this formula for its duality of full coverage and hydration. “It’s loaded with hyaluronic acid and avocado oil, which is a natural emollient,” he says.

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, $, available at Sephora

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

You’ll practically forget you’re wearing makeup with this pick, a serum-infused foundation that delivers light to medium coverage while also nourishing the skin with aloe leaf extract and jojoba oil.

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation, $, available at Space NK

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