Best Foundation For Dry And Sensitive Skin

The foundation is the pickiest makeup pick girl has to face. Especially besties with dry and sensitive skin are always picky about their makeup foundation.

It is very important to pick the right formula because what you put onto your face can make or break your skin.

For dry skin, the solution is to pick an intensely hydrated foundation to overcome dry patches and that stays longer than an ordinary foundation.

Sensitive skin besties must and should be very careful while picking their foundation because the wrong formula can give them facial redness, irritation, or even severe breakout.

To find the best foundation for dry and sensitive skin we conducted hours of research and we are glad to share it with you all.

We recommend you read the complete post to know about the right foundation for your skin type and to know additional information on how you can make your dry and sensitive skin work better under foundation.

So, let’s get started besties!

Understand your Skin Type

Before jumping to our list of ‘Best Foundation for Dry and Sensitive Skin’ it is better to discuss different skin types.

Here’s a question for you all, how do you know that you have dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin?

Maybe many of you just guessed your skin type and don’t know it.

Remember, foundations for oily skin can not work for dry or sensitive skin and the other way around.

It is very important that you know and understand your skin type only then you can pick a foundation that is actually for your skin.

We suggest you know and understand your skin type before you spend money on buying makeup foundation especially if you are a beginner.

This video will help you understand your skin type.

Our 5 Foundation Picks for Dry and Sensitive Skin

1.      L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation

Loreal true match

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation is the perfect fit for both dry and sensitive skin besties.

The formula of this foundation is great, it contains up to 6 pigments that make it the Perfect Match. Vitamin E and Glycerin helps lock skin moisture which is great for dry skin.

The foundation is free of Alcohol or any fragrance that makes it a perfect match for sensitive skin as any fragrance either mild or strong could irritate sensitive skin.

Note: Sensitive skin besties should do a patch test before applying to the whole face and if irritation occurs discontinue using the foundation.

As far as the blending is concerned L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation blends very smoothly all thanks to Vitamin E, Panthenol, and Glycerin. It is a medium-coverage foundation but can be buildable.

The best thing about this foundation is it is extremely affordable and it comes in a wide color range all cool, warm, and neutral tones which is why in customer testing about 99% of women found their exact skin match.

Pros

  • Formulated for both dry and sensitive skin
  • Comes in wide color shades
  • Cruelty-free
  • Affordable

Cons

  • It oxidizes

2.      MAC STUDIO SCULPT SPF 15 FOUNDATION

MAC Studio

Next, we have MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation. This creamy gel foundation can work equally great for both dry and sensitive skin.

Whether you want to create a natural makeup look or glam this foundation can work because of its medium to full coverage.

This foundation is formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to protect from UVA/UVB rays. The gel formulation is to provide intense hydration and revitalizes the dullness of the skin.

The best thing about MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is that it is non-acnegenic which means it won’t make your skin break out and is suited for acne-prone skin as well.

The foundation contains Micronized Silicon Pigments which help the foundation stays longer on the skin and in smooth blending.

Note: Apply the foundation in less quantity, two or three squeezes are enough to cover the face and neck by providing medium to full coverage.

The foundation comes in tube packaging in almost 17 colors for warm, neutral, and pink undertones. The foundation is dermatologically tested and suited for all skin types.

Pros

  • Contains SPF 15
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Dermatologically tested

Cons

  • Can settle into fine lines because of the creamy consistency

3.      Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi brown stick

Next, we have Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick best for dry skin. It can also work for sensitive skin because the foundation does not contain any harsh ingredients and is absolutely Alcohol-free.

The coverage of Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is medium-to-full buildable, the texture is thick creamy, and provides a very natural skin-like finish.

The best thing about this foundation is instead of its creamy texture it does not feel heavy on the skin, it blends like butter making the skin look hydrated and dewy.

The foundation contains She Butter which can cause breakouts so if you have active acne due to any hormonal imbalance you better not go for this foundation stick.

It is recommended to apply the foundation by spotting it around your face and neck, and blending it with your fingers it will give warmth which helps in the smooth blending of this creamy foundation.

Tip: You can double the foundation on areas where you usually apply concealer.

The foundation comes in stick packaging and is costly compared to the other two discussed above. The foundation comes in 30 shades and is cruelty-free.

Pros

  • Being a thick-creamy foundation it blends like butter
  • No harsh ingredients
  • Can be doubled to use as a concealer

Cons

  • Not so affordable

4.      ILIA True Skin Medium Coverage Serum Foundation

ILIA foundation

ILIA True Skin Medium Coverage Foundation is equally great for both sensitive and dry skin. This foundation is formulated with Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Squalane, and Niacinamide which helps soothe sensitive skin and dry skin.

Niacinamide is a magical ingredient for sensitive skin as it controls skin redness and irritation. Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, and Squalane help the skin lock its hydration and provides a very subtle and natural finish.

This foundation is non-comedogenic and allows the skin to breathe. The coverage of this foundation is light-to-medium, if you want a full-coverage foundation then this foundation might not be fit for your desired look.

This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump. It comes in 30 shades and is vegan and cruelty-free.

Pros

  • Skin-friendly products
  • Soothes dry and sensitive skin
  • Non-comedogenic

Cons

  • Might not provide full coverage

5.      Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Rare beauty foundation

Last but not least, in our list of ‘Best Foundation for Dry and Sensitive Skin’ we have Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 formulated best for dry, sensitive, and combination skin.

This liquid-tinted foundation provides light coverage by giving your skin good hydration. This foundation is great to create natural or no-makeup looks because it is not buildable.

The best thing about this tinted moisturizer is it’s free of Parabens which makes it a good fit for sensitive skin besties.

The foundation does not sit on dry patches and leaves a radiant and glowing finish all thanks to its formulation.

One thing that you must keep in the notice before buying this foundation is it contains SPF 20 however, the preferable amount to protect from UVB/UVB rays is SPF 30.

The Rare Beauty Positive Light Foundation comes in 20 shades. A non-comedogenic, weightless, breathable foundation with a non-sticky finish.

Pros

  • Provides radiant finish
  • Best for natural makeup look
  • Parabens free

Cons

  • Can not go for medium to full coverage

Hacks to Apply Foundation on Dry & Sensitive Skin

No matter how good or expensive makeup foundation you have if you don’t know how to apply it correctly, it’s a waste.

Here are a few simple hacks that will help you apply foundation correctly on dry and sensitive skin:

·         Skin prep is your friend

Whether you have dry or sensitive skin without skin prep you can never ace your desired makeup look.

To prep your skin for makeup you need to cleanse your face completely. We recommend you use gentle cleansers like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.

After cleansing apply a hydrating toner this is free of Alcohol or any Fragrance. We recommend you use Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner.

Hydration is the keyword to dry and sensitive skin. If you have extremely dry skin we recommend you use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream else you can use La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer (best for both dry and sensitive skin).

Tip: You can also add Hyaluronic acid or any facial oil that you normally use in your skincare regime to prep your skin.

·         Less Foundation

For both dry and sensitive skin, the formula for a subtle look is ‘Less is More.’

Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal says: ‘Less makeup is more on dry skin and too much caked on makes your skin more dehydrated or parched.’

It is recommended to apply a thin layer of foundation that has sheer light to medium coverage. For dry and sensitive skin creamy foundations are a better pick, remember, dab not drag.

Dragging will irritate your skin and your foundation will sit into fine lines. Use a wet beauty blender to blend your foundation for a radiant and dewy finish.

Tip: For sensitive skin, it is better to apply foundation on areas where you really need it and you should be careful about the formula of the foundation.

·         Use Clean Makeup Tools

It is very important to keep your makeup tools clean to avoid skin irritation and allergies. Whether you have sensitive or dry skin it is suggested to clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders once a week.

We recommend you use MAC Cosmetic Brush Cleaner to clean your makeup brushes. If you don’t have time to wash your makeup tool every week we recommend you use Felico Brush Cleaner Spray.

Also, use your makeup tools gently, don’t rub harshly. It will make your skin more sensitive and cause more skin issues. It is on you to wear your makeup responsibly else you might end up destroying your skin.

Final Verdict

We have shared out top 5 picks for dry and sensitive skin foundation in this guide.

In the end, we can say that, if budget is not your factor to concern you can go for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. The formula of the Bobbi Brown Foundation is great for both dry and sensitive skin.

If you want a good quality foundation on a budget then definitely try L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation is our personal favorite recommendations for dry and sensitive skin besties.

No matter which foundation you pick remember, it is very important to first understand your skin type. We have shared hacks that will help you apply the foundation perfectly on dry and sensitive skin.

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