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The Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin in 2020

Hydrate and stay covered with these drugstore foundations

The only thing worse than dry skin? A foundation that only makes it more thirsty. And it’s not just the annoying rough patches and “tight” feeling that makes this skin type difficult, it’s the fact that face makeup likely won’t produce the dreamy and dewy glow you want. Instead, the liquid or powder formula may cake up, flake, or cling to the most dry patches of your face for a not-so-cute look. So annoying.

But, you can still achieve a flawless, full-coverage look with foundation while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy - all you need is the right drugstore product. Despite being way less pricey than luxury makeup like the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, these drugstore foundations are just as effective in concealing imperfections, balancing out skin tone, and creating a radiant glow… all while keeping your skin packed with moisture.

Now that is the dream for your dry skin. Try these top-rated drugstore foundations with extreme hydrating power!

Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena, $17

Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena
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Sometimes the name of a beauty product just speaks to you, like the Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena. If you couldn’t tell, it’s extremely hydrating, and basically the holy grail drugstore foundation for those with dry skin. Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that you’ll encounter quite a bit with your skin type, as it holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, and Hydro Boost is packed with it to give your dry skin a hydration vacation. This moisturizing power is what smooths out dry patches and creates an even canvas for foundation application, and Hydro Boost will keep you looking fresh and flawless with 24 hours of coverage. The kind that definitely won’t cling to dry patches or settle into fine lines, either! 92% of MIRA guests with dry skin approve of this drugstore foundation, while 99% love the smooth application and 93% say it’s ultra-hydrating.

HD Liquid Coverage Foundation by Catrice Cosmetics, $11

HD Liquid Coverage Foundation by Catrice Cosmetics
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“Best foundation I have tried in a long time. Blends well, high coverage but not heavy. Stays put all day through an 11 shift with a mask on. Doesn’t make my texture worse.” A drugstore foundation for dry skin that’s lightweight, hydrating, and quarantine-friendly? That’s why Catrice Cosmetics is one of the best affordable brands, ever. HD Liquid Coverage Foundation forms a natural finish that’s smooth, stunning, and won’t dry out your skin… and lasts for 24 hours to keep the reapplication process to a minimum. Our community gives this drugstore foundation nearly perfect ratings for hydration, pore minimizing, non-creasing, and being lightweight… and this 100% cruelty-free product is also loved by beauty influencers like Patrick Starr and Sylvia Gani!

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation by Maybelline, $8

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation by Maybelline
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“Love this foundation! Gives you a healthy and glowy look without looking oily! It is a buildable foundation. I would definitely recommend it to people w/dry to combination skin!” While there are definitely exceptions, those with dry skin will generally want to avoid drugstore foundations with a matte finish, as this can accentuate rough patches or cause more dryness. Instead, give yourself a dewy glow with this Maybelline favorite! Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is like an IRL Instagram filter, yet still looks natural enough for everyday makeup. Blend it out for a demi-matte finish that lasts all day, powered by Glycerin to hydrate the skin and SPF 18 to protect against harmful rays from the sun. This drugstore foundation has 20+ shades to fit nearly every skin tone and undertone combination, and 93% of our community agrees that it's a super hydrating foundation and great for dry skin.

Age Perfect Makeup Serum Foundation SPF 50 by L’Oreal, $13

Age Perfect Makeup Serum Foundation SPF 50 by L’Oreal
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Sadly, mature and dry skin often go together - as our body’s natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen production go down as we age. This means less moisture, firmness, and radiance within the skin, and it’s definitely not fun. But there is a silver lining that comes with your first few silver hairs, which is that you now have an excuse to buy all the best hydrating and anti-aging skincare products… like the Age Perfect Makeup Serum Foundation SPF 50 by L’Oreal! Formulated with SPF 50, Vitamin B3 and Hydrating Serum, your skin will always be protected against harmful UVA rays and the fine lines that come with it. You’ll also feel nourished and hydrated throughout the day as your skin radiates with this medium-coverage foundation.

Color Perfect™ Oil Free Liquid Make-Up by Black Radiance, $6

Color Perfect™ Oil Free Liquid Make-Up by Black Radiance
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Black Radiance is one of the best makeup brands specially designed for women of color, with a selection of lip, eye, and face products that help you achieve complexion perfection - without having to worry about redness or looking ashy. Color Perfect™ is a best seller, and it’s clear why this oil-free, full-coverage formula is so beloved. It glides on smoothly and blends out beautifully (92% of guests agree!) for a natural, long-lasting finish...and the hydration power means your skin will always be moisturized and left with glowing radiance. Choose from 24 shades that MIRA guests say are hydrating, buildable, long lasting and brightening.  

True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup by L’Oreal, $13

True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup by L’Oreal
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“This stuff is amazing!!! I just ran out of mine and I’m def going to buy more! It makes your skin look so healthy.” This is definitely a drugstore foundation that you want to stock up on, as it keeps your dry skin feeling soft, hydrated, and luminous 24/7. Just how moisturized will your skin be, exactly? We’ll let the numbers speak for themselves, as True Match is made with 40% pure water for all day hydration, and 90% of our community agrees that this is one of its best qualities. But you’ll also notice an even and more refined skin tone, courtesy of Vitamins C and E for a nourishing, brightening complexion boost. And we can’t forget SPF 20, which helps keep your face protected from the sun’s harmful rays as you achieve a dreamy summer glow, even when it’s almost fall. Do yourself a favor and try this dreamy drugstore foundation, which also happens to be one of the best makeup dupes for the iconic Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation!

Covergirl X Olay Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Foundation by Covergirl, $18

Covergirl X Olay Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Foundation by Covergirl
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You may have heard about beauty influencer collabs, but what about brand collabs? Two of our favorite drugstore brands came together to launch this drugstore foundation, which has all the hydrating, anti-aging, and smoothing power you would expect from Covergirl and Olay. Simply Ageless contains Vitamin C, the top antioxidant for brightening and evening out your skin tone, along with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Even if you’re still in your 20’s or 30’s, this drugstore foundation is ideal for dry skin and makes a great addition to your early anti-aging skin care routine!

Healthy Mix Serum Foundation by Bourjois, $13

Healthy Mix Serum Foundation by Bourjois
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Anybody with dry skin knows that gel makeup is an incredible thing. The lightweight texture feels soothing and refreshing on the skin, and you’ll receive all the imperfection-blurring power of makeup without the rough patches and irritation that often come with it. Healthy Mix Serum is a hybrid makeup-skincare product that infuses your skin with vitamin-rich litchi, pomegranate and goji extracts for a brightness and hydration boost, and the blendable gel texture produces an even, natural finish that lasts for 16 hours. No imperfections, dry patches, or sinking into fine lines… only a healthy and moisturizing drugstore foundation that demonstrates the beauty of gel makeup products. 98% of MIRA guests say that Healthy Mix Serum is lightweight, and 93% agree that it’s hydrating and blends well.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick by Neutrogena, $17

Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick by Neutrogena
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You know the Hydro Boost liquid foundation we told you about earlier? This drugstore foundation stick also hydrates and delivers the dewy skin of your dreams, and has a buildable, creamy formula that takes your complexion to the next level. Like its liquid cousin, the Hydro Boost Hydrating Stick is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid - infusing your face with moisture as you glide across your forehead, cheeks, and jawline for a smooth and stunning finish. Speaking of which, this medium-coverage foundation can also be used as a multipurpose product for glowing skin on the go. Invest in a shade that’s deeper than your natural skin tone to use Hydro Boost as a contour stick, or one that’s slightly lighter for a full-coverage concealer that hides dark circles, dark spots, and blemishes. Regardless of how you use Hydro Boost, your dry skin will always be hydrated and dewy with this top-rated drugstore foundation.

Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation & Concealer by Milani, $10

Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation & Concealer by Milani
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“It is that natural yet full coverage foundation I’ve been searching for. It has a subtle glow after about 12 hours but it lasts a very long time and does not irritate the skin. Very affordable and covers beautifully.” Even NikkieTutorials can’t get enough of this drugstore foundation, and one look at her flawless complexion shows that Conceal + Perfect does just that. It has top ratings for staying power, hydration, quality, and water resistance, and you’ll easily cover up dark spots, blemishes, and other imperfections with this full-coverage formula, leaving skin with a naturally radiant finish that stays in place day. And as the name suggests, it’s a multipurpose tool that lets you cover up the dark circles from last night’s 2AM study session while spreading the glow throughout your entire face. Awesome, right? Conceal + Perfect is ideal for those with dry (and combination, and oily) skin, and you’ll always be feeling fresh with this $10 drugstore favorite.

Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15 by no7, $16

Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15 by no7
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We know what you may be thinking. “Serum and SPF? Is this a skin care product, or a foundation that’s going to give me a dreamy glow?” The answer is both, and it’s the best thing ever. Lift & Luminate lives up to its name, with an anti-wrinkle peptide formula to prevent and reduce early signs of aging, along with Hyaluronic Acid and Hibiscus to hydrate and plump up your complexion. And then there’s Vitamin C, the powerhouse ingredient that needs no introduction. Indulge in this affordable, drugstore foundation that gives your skin a lift while protecting against sun damage and creating a healthy, gorgeous glow. No dry skin patches in sight!

Find more the best drugstore foundations for all skin types on MIRA.