15 Foundations For Sensitive And Dry Skin

Submitted By Jenny Smith  

To know about what role foundation plays in the enhancement of a typical makeup, we need to understand what exactly a foundation is and what its basics are.


Foundation is a liquid form of makeup that is applied on the face to give a uniform and even tone to the skin. It is best used to cover flaws, blemishes and spots but sometimes it is used to change the skin tone of a person. The process of applying foundation on the body is referred to as “Body Painting”. Foundation is available in liquid form but it can also come in cream or powdered form, and can be oil free, water baser or oil based. A true foundation is first matched to the type and texture of the skin you have, considering the fact that you have oily or dry skin. When selecting a foundation color, always select the shade that matches closest to your skin color. To correct the blemishes, spots, dark circles or redness on the skin, it is recommended to apply a foundation primer first in order to even the skin. The actual finish of the foundation depends on the way it works with your skin type and tone. That why it is advised by experts to experiment different shades until and unless you find the correct one.


The first ever foundation that was used way back in early 19th century was available in the form of a pan-cake. This product was used commercially for film actresses, the results were so over-whelming that they insisted for using them for your personal care. This is a breakthrough formula that was the first time combination of a foundation plus powder all in one. Traditionally these foundations were available in the oil-based form but later on innovation had been done to improve the quality and types of foundation. Till 1940 the use of foundation was disreputable as it was known to be used as a primary source of makeup for the film industry but after that it became one of the successful makeup launches of all times.


The color classification is different for different companies. Most companies classify their foundation shades as Cool, Neutrals and Warm but some classify as Warm, Beige, Sand, Ivory and Natural. According to makeup artists Cool is a light toned foundation, Neutral is a medium toned and Warm is a dark toned. Different foundation colors can be mixed together to get a new tone that will be closer to your skin color.


Different artist differ from the idea of using specific foundation for the wearer. Sometimes using a mismatch tone can be used to achieve a desired result. An excessive red toned complexion can be easily minimized by using a beige shade of a good quality foundation. Also a dull toned complexion can be outraged by using a Cool shade of the foundation. The selection of a foundation shad all depends on the makeup artists how they want to enhance your skin tone. For personal use a foundation can be tested on the side of the hand exactly below the thumb to get the correct idea.


Coverage basically means the opacity of the foundation makeup on your skin.

  • Sheer: It is the most transparent form and contains little pigmentation.
  • Light: It is not the opaque form but can cover uneven tone and blemishes.
  • Medium: Provides a good coverage when tinted with some pressed powder.
  • Full: Coverage is quite opaque and gives a long lasting finish.


These are the tools with which the foundation is applied on the skin.

  • Finger Tips.
  • sponge.
  • Brush
  • Air Brush.

If you have a sensitive and dry skin, don’t be afraid to use a foundation, as you have the right to look gorgeous and beautiful. The key is to hydrate your skin. Most f the foundations for sensitive and dry skin usually clog pores, therefore always look for a foundation that lets your skin breathe in and provides ultimate hydration. Let us look into the list of 15 most favorite foundations for sensitive and dry skin; you will definitely get an idea what you are looking for.

“Foundations are one of the best makeup products that are used to hide skin problems and provide an even skin tone.”

15. Mac Studio Sculpt Spf15 Foundation

MAC STUDIO SCULPT SPF15 FOUNDATIONMac Studio is a gel based foundation that provides light to full coverage. It’s beautiful, lusty and creamy fluid texture lets your skin breathe and hydrates it eliminating all types of dullness. It also covers dark circles, blemishes, spots and scars and gives an even skin tone. After its application the skin feels fresh and it lasts for about 12 hours. For a proper application, start with little amount foundation while taking it on your finger tips and spreading across the skin. Two small squeezes taken from the tube can provide a moderate to full coverage.

14. Makeup Forever-hd Foundation

MAKEUP FOREVER-HD FOUNDATIONthis multipurpose foundation can be used for dry to oily skin and is the best foundation for dry skin. Being a High Definition foundation, it primarily focuses on the skin and is great if you are planning a photo shoot. Most foundations available in the market only covers blemishes and dark circles, however this one also cover hyperpigmentation. This formula gives your skin and flawless finish and gives a comparative full coverage on the skin. This foundation is best if you want to look like a celeb.

13. Clinique Super Balanced Makeup

CLINIQUE SUPER BALANCED MAKEUPIt is one very important foundation that is perfect for dry and sensitive skin and contains a good amount of moisturizer. This foundation is best for this purpose and as it work both as a moisturizer and a foundation. It provides a medium coverage leaving your skin flawless with matte finish. To apply onto your skin use your finger tips for best results.

12. Victoria’s Secret Tinted Moisturizer

VICTORIA’S SECRET TINTED MOISTURIZERVictoria’s Secret lovers definitely love trying out this foundation. This is a quick application foundation that works best for work and school and can make a place in your bag as the best makeup for sensitive skin. Tinted moisturizers are perfect for dry and sensitive skin as it contains a good amount of skin moisturizers that hydrates the skin all day long. The foundation formula doest over-dry your skin and has a lower level of pigmentation. It provides a natural look and provides Sun UV protection. It is like wearing a transparent or invisible makeup. So for making your skin health better, bring this gem home today.

11. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

MAYBELLINE FIT ME FOUNDATIONFor mild coverage and fresh look, using Maybelline Fit Me foundation can be the best choice. It is not only long-lasting but also gives a dewy and glowing finish, which is best for sensitive and dry skin. The foundation stays for about 8 to 12 hours and you still feel fresh and satisfied without causing any lines and wrinkles, maintaining the even tone of the skin. Use a foundation brush to apply this foundation and flaunt out with a beautifully prepared skin.

10. l’oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

L’OREAL TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE FOUNDATIONwhen you talk about perfection, you talk about L’Oreal for sure. This liquid foundation has a vast range of match correcting shades to set with your skin tone. It gives a non-greasy texture and provides a natural look to your skin. The foundation stays on the skin for about 8 to 12 hours and doesn’t form any wrinkles. This foundation is also best to cover dark circles and lines on the skin. This product is quite easy to afford and the application is pretty quick.

9. Bare Minerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

BARE MINERALS BARESKIN PURE BRIGHTENING SERUM FOUNDATIONBare Minerals foundation is said to the one of the good-for-you foundations that gives your skin a very smooth and subtle finish. Most of their products are way to go easy to apply and perfect for your skin. It not only brightens your skin but also evens the tone to the perfect color. It has a very good add on as it protects your skin from sun exposure and is perfect for all skin types, whether it is sensitive, normal or dry. On top of everything it improves your skin tone and gives a natural finish.

“Always look for a foundation that is light like an air and provides a nice coverage to your skin.”

8. l’oreal-Visible Llift Serum Absolute Age-Reversing Makeup

L’OREAL-VISIBLE LIFT SERUM ABSOLUTE AGE-REVERSING MAKEUPThis is one of the best anti-aging foundations that leave your skin smoother for long time. As the name suggests it gives a perfect lift to the skin, provides full time coverage and covers all sort of scars, freckles and dark circles. It is best for women aging 40 and above as it rejuvenates your skin and gives a younger look. The best part is it is provided with a brush applicator.

7. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATIONPeople looking for perfection and brand will always go for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The durability and feeling of this foundation seems as light as an air and the best part is it is super-hydrating for your skin as it is also the best foundation for dry skin. If you have a sensitive and dry skin, you can also choose this foundation without any fear of disappointment. It is one of the next generation foundations that provides a silky finish, restores moisture in the skin and adds a beautiful glow to your skin. You will surely love this once you’ll try.

6. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZERIf you are looking for a foundation for sensitive skin with less coverage then you can always opt for this tinted moisturizer. Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer provides ultimate protection, hydration and light coverage to your skin. A light foundation in the morning can work best for university, college or work, if you crave for evenness and protection from the sun exposure. Being an affordable and quality product, you can always carry it in your bag and use as a moisturizer.

5. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation

REVLON COLORSTAY WHIPPED CREAM FOUNDATIONRevlon has come up with some very cheesy and elegant products of all times especially a foundation made for dry skin and other types. The foundation carries a whipped and creamy texture that will hydrate your skin and will provide an even finish. This mousse foundation is best for sensitive and dry skin. It doesn’t even cover up your skin problem but it also corrects the over-tone of your skin. So if your skin is brittle, dry and flaky, this is the ultimate and best choice to rejoice your skin.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATIONThis brand is all about making best makeup and skincare products, using the best possible natural products and is titled as one of the best foundations for sensitive skin. This foundation provides you full coverage and if you are a matte texture lover on your skin then do try this foundation from Tarte. Above all, it doesn’t clog your pores or damage your skin in any way like most of the full coverage foundations do. The formula of the foundation is packed with loads of vitamins and minerals that will moisture, brighten and soften your skin tone.

3. Ysl le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT ILLUMINATING FOUNDATIONFor medium to full coverage you can definitely try this YSL product and is perfect for women with dry skin and who look for makeup for sensitive skin. It is very light, free from major harmful synthetic ingredients and is perfectly manufactured to beautify your skin naturally. You will see the difference once you will try it. The foundation can be applied using a foundation brush for best results.

2. Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab

COVERGIRL & OLAY TONE REHABAs the name suggests this CoverGirl product is best for women of all ages. It provides a medium coverage and covers all sorts of scars, blemishes, uneven tone, spots and lines. This foundation is loaded with Olay’s hydrating serum that will retain the water quantity under your skin and will not let it dry for long time. It is perfect for keeping your skin smooth and hydrated all day long.

1. Le MÉtier De BeautÉ

LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉFor a nice and smooth coverage always opt for foundations that are light and airy and this foundation is one of them. It helps to cover spots, blemishes and scars along with hydrating your skin. Never the less it is best choice for women having uneven dry and sensitive skin. Its application will improve your skin and will provide a flawless and even finish all day.

Some Useful Tips While Applying Foundations

  • Before applying a foundation, make sure your skin is properly washed using a good quality face wash.
  • Use an ice cube and rub it all over your face so that it terminates all your skin pores and helps easy application of your favorite foundation.
  • Use a primer before applying a foundation. This will increase the life of foundation on your skin.
  • If you are applying a foundation with your fingers, make sure they are properly washed and if with other essential then keep them neat and hygienic.
  • If you feel sweaty after applying foundation, use a bloating paper to remove the oil and sweat.
  • Keep your all type of foundations away from direct sunlight and keep them in the fridge if the room temperature in not suitable.
  • Always finish up your foundation with a coat of pressed powder to give a long lasting look.

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