Choosing a Foundation for Dry Skin
People with dry skin know how challenging it is, especially while choosing products for skincare and makeup. They cannot be careless with the products they use on their skin. Hence, BP Guide has compiled this article to help people with dry skin choose the ideal foundation for themselves. This article is the perfect guide to finding the ideal foundation that will deliver coverage for skin imperfections while respecting the limitations of dry skin.
The Types of Skin Foundations
The best way to start understanding what foundation will suit dry skin is by learning about the different types of foundations. Currently there are five types of foundations available; liquid, cream, mousse, serum and powder. Read on to learn more about them.
Liquid foundation comes in either oil-based or water-based formulas. They come in fluid consistency, making it easier to apply to the skin. They spread smoothly across the skin and blend perfectly. Furthermore, liquid foundations are versatile and can use them to achieve any of the three coverages; light, medium and full. You can expect two types of finishes from liquid foundations, the first is dewy which gives a youthful glow to your appearance and the second is matte which appears marble smooth and natural. Liquid foundations are ideal for dry skin as the fluid texture provides much-needed hydration.
Cream foundation is also ideal for dry skin. It provides medium coverage which means it can hide fine lines and light blemishes. If you have dry skin and an event coming up then cream foundation is the way to go. It lasts upto 10 hours without creasing or cracking. But if your skin is extremely dry then cream foundation will be counter productive as it will start to crease soon after application. This can be avoided by a simple trick which is to wear a layer of primer or moisturizer before applying the foundation. Cream foundations are capable of matte finish only, so avoid it if you are looking for a luminescent look.
Mousse foundation is what you get when you bring together the best of both liquid and cream foundations. You will get the benefits of both these foundations and hence mousse foundation is becoming more popular by the day. It has the texture of a cream foundation but the lightness of a liquid foundation. Hence, mousse foundations are long-lasting like cream foundations but do not settle into skin ridges causing creases and cracks because it is lightweight like liquid foundations.
Mousse foundations give matte finish and provide medium coverage. You should look no further than mousse foundation if you have dry skin. Both liquid and cream foundations are ideal for dry skin and a product that contains the best of both should definitely be the first choice of people with such a skin type.
The newest form of foundation available is the serum foundation. It is extremely hydrating, almost like a moisturizer. In fact, it won’t be incorrect to term the serum foundation as a tinted moisturizer. It is smooth and fluid like a moisturizer and provides coverage like a traditional foundation. Serum foundation is ideal for all skin types. It gives a matte finish that looks natural and provides medium to full coverage. There is however one major drawback of serum foundation and that is it sets quite quickly, which means you have to move fast while applying the foundation otherwise the coverage would be uneven.
Powder foundation is the most well-known type of foundation. They come in, as the name makes it clear, in fine powdered form and can be applied with a puff sponge or a makeup brush. They are a lifesaver for people with oily skin but are a curse for dry-skinned people. The powder texture absorbs excess oil from the skin and brings about a balance in skin hydration. But there are times when powder foundation mixes with the oil secreted from the skin and forms clumps.
This can be avoided by using the right amount of foundation and broad stroke application by a puff sponge or a makeup brush. In addition, regular touchup is required to prevent the formation of clumps as the skin will constantly secrete oil. Powder foundation on dry skin is a nightmare. It is unable to fill in the ridges that are so common on dry skin and the lack of hydration on the face will make you look lifeless.
30 Best Foundations for Dry Skin in India: A Curated List for Your Convenience
It has become clear that the options for dry skinned people are liquid foundations, serum foundations and mousse foundations. Following are 30 products belonging to the above three categories. Go through them and find the best foundation for yourself.
12 Best Liquid Foundations In India
1. Revlon ColorStay Foundation with SPF 20
This liquid foundation from Revlon comes in 4 shades that cover almost all the different hues of the Indian skin tone. The formula is fortified with SPF 20 and gives commendable protection from sun damage. As a foundation, it provides medium to full coverage and gives a matte finish that appears natural. It lasts up to 24 hours post-application. The net weight of a bottle is 30 ml and it is priced at Rs. 1,285.
2. Long-wear Foundation from Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown’s Mini-Sized, all-day wear liquid foundation is the perfect skin tone corrector for you. It is breathable and weightless wear that lasts up to 16 hours post-application. The formula is humidity and sweat-resistant that does not crease or crack. It provides full coverage and comes in 9 shades. You can buy this product for Rs. 1,990.
3. 3D Foundation from Lakme Absolute
This liquid foundation from the Lakme Absolute range is an absolute must in your makeup kit. It provides 3D coverage and hides all skin imperfections to give a smooth, flawless and velvety finish. The foundation sits lightly on the skin and gives both matte and shiny appearances. The formula is fortified with SPF 30 which means it protects from sun damage besides providing even-toned skin. The foundation lasts up to 16 hours post-application. This product is available in 10 shades that more or less cover the different types of Indian skin tones. The net quantity of the product is 15 grams and comes at a price of Rs. 750.
4. Poreless Foundation from Maybelline New York
This foundation for Maybelline New York is ideal for Indians as it comes in 17 shades that covers every Indian skin tone. It is lightweight and sits comfortably on the skin allowing the skin to breathe. The best feature of this foundation is that it does not clog the pores thus preventing a myriad of skin problems. The formula is fortified with clay that controls oil and gives a matte, natural finish. A bottle contains 30 ml of foundation and comes at a price of Rs. 549.
5. LOreal Paris Long-Lasting Foundation
LOreal Paris’s Foundation from the Infallible range lasts up to 32 hours with no necessity of touch ups during that time period as there will be no fading or shifting. Its formula is waterproof and fortified with vitamin C. The waterproof formula prevents damage from sweat while the vitamin C gives an added luminance to your appearance. Besides, it has SPF 30 which protects from sun damage. The foundation has a matte finish that looks smooth and natural. It is available in 11 shades. 30 ml of this product comes at a price of Rs. 1,199.
6. Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation
Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation is an ultra-light foundation fortified with SPF 8. It blends perfectly with your skin covering pores and other skin imperfections. The result post-application is a smooth, matte finish that looks natural. The foundation is so lightweight that it almost feels like a second skin. You will have no discomfort wearing it throughout the day. It is available in 4 shades and 25 ml of this product comes at a price of Rs. 325.
7. Insight Light Foundation
This Foundation from Insight is ultra light and long wearing foundation. It is so light that you will not even feel that you are wearing foundation. The smooth and silky formula blends easily with skin covering all skin imperfections and leading to an even-toned appearance. It has a matte finish that controls oil and results in a non-greasy look. Besides, the formula is fortified with SPF 15 thus you will receive protection from sun damage while looking flawless. It is available in 7 shades; 3 shades each for light and medium skin tones and a shade for dusky skin tones. The net weight of the product is 20 ml and comes at a price of Rs. 200.
8. M.A.C Foundation for a Studio Finish Look
The cosmetic brand M.A.C needs no introduction. It is the queen among cosmetic brands and has made itself a standard to live up to. Hence, it comes as no surprise that their foundation is a state-of-the-art product which is a must-have in your makeup kit. The liquid foundation provides medium to full coverage that hides all skin imperfections to give a smooth, matte finish.
It blends effortlessly with the skin and results in a non-greasy, even toned, breathable and non-caking layer of foundation that sits lightly on the skin and lasts throughout the day. In short, M.A.C ‘s Foundation gives a studio finish and is an ideal base for your makeup look. The formula also contains SPF 15. It is available in 10 shades that cover different Indian skin tones. 15 ml of this product is priced at Rs. 1,750.
9. Plant-based Foundation from Ruby's Organics
Ruby’s Organics’ Foundation is unique in the sense that it is entirely plant-based. This eco-friendly company steers clear of synthetic chemicals, animal testing and non-biodegradable ingredients. Their foundation is 100% organic, natural, vegan and fragrance-free. Thus, you will be supporting environment-friendly business practices (the need of the hour) by buying their foundation. Coming to the foundation’s characteristics, the formula is enriched with jojoba oil, argan oil, coco caprylate and montmorillonite clay. They moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin from sun damage. The foundation is super light which allows the skin to breathe. The result post-application is flawless, even-toned skin with a matte appearance. It is available in 7 flexible shades that suit all types of Indian skin tones. 30 ml of this product is priced at Rs. 1,650.
10. Estee Lauder Natural-looking Foundation
This foundation from Estee Lauder gives a matte finish and lasts up to 24 hours. The formula is humidity and sweat-resistant and results in a flawless, even-toned complexion that requires no touch-ups for as long as you are wearing it. It is a lightweight foundation that allows for comfortable wear. The SPF 10 protects from sun damage. It is available in 2 shades and 15 ml of the product is priced at Rs. 1,850.
11. L.A Girl Foundation for HD Coverage
This Liquid Foundation is fortified with antioxidants which provide hydration to the skin and result in an illuminating glow that improves appearance. This lightweight foundation blends smoothly with the skin and provides full coverage hiding blemishes and giving even-toned skin in the process. Visible pores are also covered resulting in a smooth and flawless finish. This long-lasting foundation comes in 13 shades. The net weight of each shade is 28 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 1,250.
12. Daily Life Forever52's Foundation with UHD Finish
This Foundation provides medium to full coverage and is highly effective in hiding visible pores, uneven skin tone and other skin imperfections. You will get a smooth, flawless and matte finish that will not only appear perfect but also natural. The foundation lasts up to 24 hours with no need for touch ups for the duration you are wearing it. There are as many as 22 shades available under this brand of foundation so you will definitely find the shade you are looking for. The net weight of each bottle is 30 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 875.
10 Serum Foundations
13. Lakme Absolute Foundation Fortified with Argan Oil
This foundation from Lakme Absolute is enriched with argan oil that provides hydration to the skin keeping it soft, dewy and supple. The formula also has SPF 45 which protects skin from sun damage. Besides, the foundation is of a silky, fluid consistency that blends smoothly with the skin giving medium coverage and a dewy, radiant finish. This foundation is available in 6 flexible shades that suit all Indian skin tones. The net quantity of this product is 15 grams and it comes at a price of Rs. 750.
14. Lightweight Foundation from Sugar Drop
This Base Serum Foundation is the perfect compliment to a flawless makeup look. It is a lightweight foundation that provides a refreshing feel upon application instead of weighing your skin down. It has a velvety and fluid texture that spreads evenly across the skin giving an even toned and flawless complexion. This foundation can provide medium to full coverage, and can cover your skin perfections effortlessly. The 10 flexible shades suit all types of Indian skin tones. The net volume of the product is 20 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 899.
15. Clinique Foundation with SPF 20
This Serum Foundation from Clinique will elevate your bare minimum look. The formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and vitamin C that delivers a matte-satin finish and full coverage that makes skin look smooth, beautiful and natural. The other characteristics of this foundation are that it provides protection from sun damage (SPF 20), is sweat and humidity-resistant, is non-acnegenic, is waterproof, oil-free and lasts up to 24 hours. It comes in 42 shades. You can buy one bottle for Rs. 3750.
16. Lotus Herbals Weightless Foundation
Lotus Herbals’ Foundation has a serum formulation that provides deep hydration and has a weightless texture. It sits lightly on the skin and does not feel like you have applied any foundation. The ultra-fluid consistency spreads smoothly across the skin and blends perfectly giving perfect coverage to hide your skin imperfections and signs of aging. The result is smooth, flawless skin that looks sublime. In addition to it, the foundation provides protection from sun damage as it is fortified with SPF 20. This foundation is available in 5 shades and 20 ml of a shade is priced at Rs. 725.
17. Faces Canada Second Skin Foundation with SPF 15
This Foundation from Faces Canada provides medium to high coverage and a natural matte finish. It is of light, non-oily formulation that blends smoothly with the skin and hides visible pores, dark spots, uneven skin tone and other skin imperfections. The formula is also fortified with SPF 15 and marine sea algae extract. This foundation is available in 14 shades. The net quantity of the product is 15 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 899.
18. Revolution Relove Foundation for a Dewy Finish
Revolution Relove’s Foundation is an ultra light makeup base that spreads smoothly across the skin. The formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid that keeps skin plump and hydrated while delivering a smooth, flawless and dewy appearance. It is available in 15 shades. The net weight of one bottle is 25 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 699.
19. The Ordinary Foundation with SPF 15
The serum foundation from The Ordinary Colours is anything but ordinary. It is a luxury foundation that gives the perfect base for your makeup. This lightweight foundation provides medium coverage and hides visible pores, fine lines and other skin imperfections delivering a smooth, flawless and even-toned complexion. The formula also protects from sun damage as it is fortified with SPF 15. It is available in 15 shades. The net weight of this product is 30 ml and it is priced at Rs. 596.
20. Water-based Foundation from PUR Hydrafluid
This water-based serum is encapsulated with a water complex, and the water is sourced from the Swiss Alps which ensures that the serum is enriched with one of the purest and mineral-rich waters on the planet. It is an extremely lightweight serum that spreads smoothly across the skin that provides the right amount of coverage while maintaining the “bare minimum look”- you get a perfect complexion but the layer of foundation is not prominent. The results post-application would be a dewy, hydrated and glowy finish. It is available in 5 shades. The Foundation is packed in a tube of 30 ml capacity and it is priced at Rs. 3,860.
21. Mamaearth Foundation fortified with Vitamin C and Turmeric
Mamaearth’s Serum Foundation is enriched with Vitamin C and turmeric extracts. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and brightens the skin. It is also known to counter damage caused by free radicals. Turmeric is a medicinal herb used by Indians since ancient times. It has anti-inflammatory properties and gives a soft, healthy glow to the skin. Besides, the foundation provides perfect coverage and lasts up to 12 hours. The results post-application would be smooth, flawless skin with a youthful glow. It is available in 7 shades and 30 ml of a shade is priced at Rs. 599.
22. Blue Heaven Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid
Blue Heaven’s Foundation is fortified with hyaluronic acid that provides hydration to the skin, SPF 25 offers protection from sun damage and anti-pollution properties. It blurs skin imperfections and gives an even-toned appearance, provides buildable coverage, keeps skin hydrated and lasts throughout the day. The foundation is available in 7 flexible shades that suit all types of Indian skin tones. You can buy this foundation for Rs. 350.
8 Mousse Foundations
23. Lakme Foundation with Matte Finish
This foundation from Lakme provides complete coverage, hiding pores and giving a smooth, matte finish. It is a feather-light product that blends with your skin evening out your skin tone in the process. The foundation provides added protection from the sun as it has an SPF value of 8. The result post-application would be soft, peachy and flawless skin that lasts upto 16 hours. The foundation comes in 8 different shades that cover almost all the variations in Indian skin tones. The net quantity of the product is 25 grams and it comes at a price of Rs. 750.
24. Faces Canada Foundation for Smooth Coverage and Sun Protection
This Mousse Foundation transforms from a creamy texture to a matte finish upon application. It sits lightly on the skin and provides medium coverage that results in a smooth and flawless look. Besides, the formula is fortified with SPF 10 which means it provides added protection from sun damage. The most noticeable drawback of this foundation is the paucity of available shades. Only two shades are available which are suitable for people with beige or slightly tanned skin tones. The product comes in a user-friendly tube and its net weight is 30 grams. It is priced at Rs. 999.
25. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for a Silky Smooth Finish
This mousse foundation from Revlon blends in easily with the skin and doesn’t look patchy or cakey post-application. It gives full coverage that hides acne, dark spots and scars, and gives a flawless, silky smooth, even-toned appearance that lasts up to 24 hours.
One of the pet peeves of applying foundations is having to bear the product's fragrance for as long as you are wearing it. Luckily, this foundation has no fragrance. You will get added sun protection benefits as the formula is fortified with SPF 20. The matte finish makes the effect look natural. Like the previous product, the negative aspect of this foundation is that there are very few shades available (3 shades). The net weight of the product is 23.7 ml and comes at a price of Rs. 1,295.
26. Essence Soft Touch Foundation for a Natural and Soft Glow
Essence Soft Touch is a cruelty-free, vegan company that is Europe’s number one cosmetic brand. Their mousse foundation has a delicate texture that blends easily with the skin. The result is a smooth and natural-looking matte finish that imparts a soft glow. The lightweight and delicate texture of the foundation allows the skin to breathe making it comfortable makeup wear. The formula is silicone and paraben-free so you don’t have to worry about side effects. The only issue with this product is that it comes in only two shades; one for toffee skin tones and the other for porcelain skin tones. The net weight of the product is 16 grams and it comes at a price of Rs. 500.
27. Lightweight Foundation from Swiss Beauty
This primer mousse foundation from Swiss Beauty is the perfect base for your makeup. It is extremely lightweight that blends easily with the skin and hides acne, dark spots and scar marks within minutes. It provides full coverage with matte finish that gives a flawless and natural appearance to the skin. The product comes in 6 shades. The net weight of the product is 40 ml and it comes at a price of Rs. 449.
28. Lakme 9 to 5 Foundation for Everyday Wear
Lakme’s Mousse Foundation from its 9 to 5 range is a weightless cosmetic product that one can wear comfortably throughout the day. It is the best friend of busy working women who more often than not find themselves with no time or situation to go through the entire routine of applying foundation. It blends smoothly and gives a natural matte finish that emanates a soft, youthful glow. The foundation provides full coverage and lasts throughout the day. It is available in 4 shades and is appropriate for people whose skin tones range from wheatish to tan. 6 grams of this product is packed in an easy-to-carry pocket-sized tube and is priced at Rs. 170.
29. Long-lasting Foundation from NY Bae
NY Bae’s Mousse Foundation gives a natural matte finish and a hint of radiance. It is so lightweight that you won’t even feel that you have applied foundation; the coating of foundation feels almost like a second skin. The foundation is long-lasting and you will not require any touch-ups throughout the day. The best feature of this foundation is that the formula is enriched with 8 essential oils to give a hydrated glow. It comes in 10 shades that cover almost all Indian skin tones. 22 grams of this product is priced at Rs. 349.
30. Sugar Foundation for 24 hour Coverage
This mousse foundation from Sugar gives full coverage and a flawless base that lasts up to 24 hours. It blends easily with the skin and results in an evened-out skin tone that covers all imperfections. It also gives a radiant glow post application that will make you look youthful. The rich and creamy formula of the foundation is fortified with Portulaca Vita and prevents caking and creases. It is available in 14 shades and is priced at Rs. 799.
First, choose the type of foundation that suits your skin. Coloured moisturizer, cream foundation, or liquid foundation. Then take the foundation brush, apply the foundation from the center of the face and blend. Always choose a shade that looks natural for a perfect finish. Otherwise, your makeup might end up looking all caked up.