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The Best Foundations for Dry Skin

Choosing a foundation for dry skin can be challenging. An incompatible formula may accentuate dry patches and flakiness, creating an uneven finish. The pigment, finish and coverage have to be just right, while still offering radiance, moisture and longevity.

Read on to discover what to look for in a foundation for dry skin and the find the best No7 foundation to achieve a healthy-looking glow.

What foundation is good for dry skin?

When choosing a foundation for dry skin, look for radiance-boosting formulas that offer lightweight, breathable coverage and hydration to the skin.

Liquid foundation

Powder and matte foundations often cling to dry areas, while heavy and matte formulas may end up looking cakey on the skin. Instead, opt for a lightweight liquid foundation that provides hydration while concealing imperfections.

Hydrating and moisturizing ingredients

The best foundations for dry skin are water or serum-based formulas that contain moisturizing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides, to help hydrate the skin and prevent the foundation from settling into dry patches.

Glowing properties

Dry skin naturally produces fewer natural oils than normal skin types, often creating a dull and lackluster appearance. To help promote radiance and add a boost of moisture, opt for a foundation that delivers a dewy glow and satin finish. Mattifying formulas are best avoided.

Light, buildable coverage

Less is often more when it comes to makeup for dry skin. Look for a foundation that provides lightweight or medium coverage to conceal dark spots and uneven skin tone, without looking cakey.

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How to prepare dry skin for foundation

Following a healthy skincare routine before applying makeup will positively impact the longevity and finish of a foundation, particularly on dry skin. For a flawless application, ensure skin is cleansed, moisturized and primed before applying base makeup.

Step 1: Cleanse the skin with a hydrating cleanser, like No7 Nourishing Gel Cleanser.

Step 2: Hydrate the skin with a serum and moisturizer for dry skin, like No7 Restore & Renew Duo.

Step 3: Prep the skin with a primer, like No7 Airbrush Away Primer, to help create the look of a perfected and smooth base.

Step 4: Apply the foundation for dry skin with a foundation brush, sponge or fingers.

The best foundations for dry skin

  1. Stay Perfect Foundation
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    Stay Perfect Foundation

    Boasting a hydrating formula, this is one of the best lightweight foundations for dry skin. With up to 17 hours of wear, it creates a natural, flawless-looking complexion and stays put all day. The breathable formula provides medium coverage with comfortable wear that won’t cake or flake on dry skin, for a radiant, healthy-looking finish.

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  2. Lift & Luminate Foundation
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    Lift & Luminate Foundation

    Formulated with the same anti-aging ingredients as No7 Lift & Luminate Serum, this serum foundation provides all day hydration to restore suppleness and support plumper-looking skin. Boasting a medium coverage formula infused with Vitamins A, C & E, it instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while skin is left with a radiant finish and healthy-looking glow.

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  3. Protect & Perfect Foundation
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    Protect & Perfect Foundation

    No7 Protect & Perfect all-in-one foundation for dry skin is enriched with age-defying skincare ingredients to instantly perfect the appearance of skin, while providing 24-hour hydration. The medium coverage formula helps to conceal blemishes and blur the appearance of lines and pores for smoother-looking skin.

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  4. Restore & Renew Foundation
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    Restore & Renew Foundation

    Suitable for dry skin, No7 Restore & Renew Foundation has a flexible formula that moves in harmony with your facial expressions, providing a smooth, skin-enhancing finish that leaves skin feeling hydrated. This light to medium coverage foundation is also powered by No7’s Restore & Renew Serum technology to visibly improve the 5 key signs of aging, for skin that appears lifted and firm.

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