The best full coverage foundations for dry skin, in every finish imaginable

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Infamous for its ability to suck skin of every last drop of moisture, most people think full coverage foundation is a no-go for dry skin. We beg to differ. Here’s our curated edit of formulas that promise to hydrate.

Searching for the best foundation is a little like figuring out your signature scent. You mix a bunch, have a drawer full of half-used bottles but until you’ve found ‘the one’, you’ll keep on searching for the next. 

Because there are so many kinds of foundations (and skin types) to consider, finding your favourite formula can be a bit of a slog. Do you want a glowy finish? Are you looking for something matte? Do you want to cover blemishes? Finding the perfect foundation is essentially finding the perfect skin base – so it’s important to get it right.

If you’re looking for the best full coverage foundation for dry skin – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve swatched, tested and approved so many formulas, we’re confident we’ll have found ‘the one’ for you.

But, before we get on to the best full coverage foundation for dry skin – let’s talk application.

What is the best way to apply foundation for dry skin?

If you have very dry skin, you’ll be well aware of what a nightmare it can be applying foundation. You want coverage, not cakeyness, and applying a full coverage foundation over parched skin can be a recipe for disaster. Luckily, we’ve got a foolproof three-step guide for the best way to apply foundation for dry skin.

1. Exfoliate

The key to a smooth, flawless foundation finish ultimately starts with skin prep. Exfoliating away any dry, rough patches (especially around the nose and chin) can help your foundation apply smoother and last longer.

2. Hydrate

If your skin is thirsty, it’s important to hydrate it first – before applying your foundation. Opt for a nourishing moisturiser or primer, that will give your skin a much-needed drink and provide an even, soft canvas for foundation application.

3. Use tools

To give your foundation a great starting point, buff and blend it in with a fluffy brush or make-up sponge. Brushes and sponges are gentler on the skin, and won’t disrupt any dry patches or flakiness like your fingers might. 

The best full coverage foundation for dry skin

Ready to find the best foundation for you? These are Stylist’s top pick of the best foundation for dry skin: 

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