The Top 5 Foundations For Dry And Irritated Skin

If you have dry or irritated skin then you’ll know the struggle to find a foundation that doesn’t feel like you're wearing a heavy mask all day. You equally don’t want to apply a foundation that will further aggravate the skin. For this very reason, we recommend starting with Dew to both color correct and treat areas of redness or inflammation before makeup application.

How Dew works is that green cancels out redness on the color wheel. The formulation is also infused with soothing ingredients such as eucalyptus, jasmine and neem. What’s also great for irritated skin is that none of our products contain sulfates, parabens or phthalates. So, you’ll be calming and correcting your skin instead of just covering it.

Now we have your skin sorted, it’s time to complete your base. The following 5 foundations pair excellently with Dew. We’ve given you some variety depending on whether you want an everyday look or something a little more glam.

Giorgio Armani - Luminous Silk Foundation

A gorgeous, lightweight award-winning foundation that is available in 30 shades. We love luminous silk as the coverage is very buildable. So, if you have dry skin you can apply it where you need it without caking the face with too much foundation. After all, foundation will cling to dry areas of skin, so it’s best to apply it only where you need it. The result gives a naturally flawless finish. This foundation is perfect for when your skin needs to look its best without the need for a heavy base. It’s also widely used backstage on TV too, so it looks equally great in the office as it does on camera.

Smashbox - Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

If you have dry skin, choosing a foundation with the word ‘hydrating’ in it already lets you know you’re onto a winner. This foundation has 40 shades that are available in a wide range of undertones. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid, which is the number one skincare ingredient for anyone with dry skin. It helps smooth and plump parched skin. This foundation also claims not to oxidize or cause breakouts. It gives a medium to full coverage with a matte finish. It’s also transfer-resistant too.

Makeup Forever - Reboot Foundation

Specifically formulated for dry skin, The Reboot Foundation from Makeup Forever promises to boost the skin’s hydration levels by 26%. It contains ginseng to stimulate collagen production, and camellia japonica to help restore the skin’s natural glow. It’s also formulated with mondo grass to help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. The line has a total of 26 shades and gives a satin coverage.

It Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+

Fancy something a little lighter on your skin? The ‘Your Skin But Better’ CC+ Cream from It Cosmetics has been developed with plastic surgeons. The aim is to give the feeling of foundation, but with a tonne of skin boosting and protecting ingredients. The formulation includes hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins. It’s also rare to find foundations that contain SPF 50+, which is an incredibly high level of protection. A common myth is that we only need to wear SPF in the summer, but actually it should be worn all year round to prevent premature aging caused by the sun.

Tarte - Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection

Anyone who has used Tarte products before will know they are infused with a rich and sumptuous array of skincare products. When it comes to having dry skin, their water foundation is perfect. It contains marine plant extracts and antioxidants to hydrate skin and protect it against pollution. Each purchase of this foundation also includes a Quench Hydrating Primer, a 4-in-1 Mist Spray and a Tarte Blending Sponge. The formula gives a medium coverage with a naturally radiant finish. This foundation is available in 30 shades.

If you have dry or irritated skin, we hope you find the above foundations helpful when used in combination with Dew. Have another foundation recommendation for us? Be sure to follow and tag us over on Instagram and we’ll take a look!