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Top 10 Foundations for Dry Skin in India| Updated March 2021

10 best foundation for dry skin in india

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Fenty Beauty Pro Foundation
  • Mild Hydration
  • Instantly brightens
  • Full coverage

94%

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L’oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation
  • Breathable formula
  • Fits a budget
  • Long lasting

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation+Concealer
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Conceals and defines
  • Light on the skin
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Foundations come in many formats, liquid, cream, mousse, stick, powder compact etc. One needs to choose the best foundation that suits their skin tone and skin type.
Foundations are broadly categorised into foundations for oily, dry and combination skin type. The foundations that are liquid and powder suit oily skin type and the dry skins are better off with mousse, stick and even liquid foundations to an extent.

For foundation novices, we have curated a list of our Top 10 foundations that suit the women with dry skin. Read on to find out.

Top 10 Best Foundation For Dry Skin | Product Review

  1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

Fenty Beauty is an iconic brand despite its recent presence and the Pro Filt’r Foundation is no doubt one of the best dry skin foundations with its light, full-coverage, hydrating formula.

  • Best Foundation for Dry Skin
  • Matte finish
  • Full Coverage

QUALITY

99%

SKIN SAFETY

99%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

FINISH

98%

USER RATING

88%

BRAND TRUST

90%

About Product :

Fenty Beauty is a brand by Pop Singer and Sensational Celebrity Rihanna. The Fenty Beauty range was launched by Rihanna a few years ago but has taken the beauty world by a whirlwind by their very inclusive and diverse range of products and for all shades of skin.

Product Features :

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation comes in an elegant glass bottle with a pump top for no direct contact on skin. It is perfectly chic to carry around with no worry of spillage. The foundation comes in a wide variety of shade that suits almost all shades of skin tones. You can pair them with the true match concealer stick to create a beautiful full face of makeup or apply a light coat for a natural no make-up look.

Pros : Cons :
Lightweight formula Too expensive
Non tacky, non-sticky texture
Builable, matte finish formula
Self-moisturising formula
Easy to carry packaging

  1. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation+Concealer

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

Clinique is a popular drugstore brand in the world and has an amazing formula that works both as a foundation cum concealer and gives you the perfect base.
  • Best premium pick foundation
  • Dewy finish
  • Medium coverage

QUALITY

97%

SKIN SAFETY

97%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

FINISH

96%

USER RATING

92%

BRAND TRUST

95%

About Product :

Clinique is a fancy drughouse brand that has a range of amazing skincare products and cosmetics that have skin care benefits. Clinique products are formulated by Dermatologists and skin specialists in an attempt to provide essential skincare solutions to users through their diverse range of skincare and cosmetics.

Product Features :

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer is a classy foundation bottle made of high quality acrylic with a dip stick brush wand that gives direct application on skin. The wand has a brush end which is perfect for picking the super creamy formula and applying it to the skin. The product is light and easy to carry and the formula is quite breathable despite the thick cream texture.
Pros : Cons :
Creamy, feather light texture Heavy for normal skin type.
12hrs staying power
Breathable formula
Hydrating cream - for dry skin
Non-comedogenic

  1. L'oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
94%

Our Review

Loreal has outdone itself with its True Match liquid foundation- one of the most commonly used foundations in the world currently – it has a very easy to work with formula made for dry skin.
  • Best Budget Buy foundation
  • Dewy finish 
  • Med to full coverage

QUALITY

98%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

FINISH

97%

USER RATING

78%

BRAND TRUST

95%

About Product :

L’oreal Paris is a fashion giant and owns most of the iconic brands worldwide in the skincare, beauty and fashion industry. L’oreal Paris range of cosmetics are one of the most sought after and has been endorsed by almost all top billed celebrities. Their products are quite the sensation.

Product Features :

The L’oreal Paris True Match Super blendable Liquid comes in a stylish glass bottle with a pump nozzle for easy application. It is travel friendly. The foundation has a very light texture and is perfect for everyday usage. The foundation comes in a wide variety of shades to suit all kinds of Indian skin tones. 

Pros : Cons :
Blendable, light weight formula Lots of duplicates
Buildable - natural to full face
Includes SPF 17
Vit E
Nourishes the skin

  1. Maybelline New York Super Stay 24Hr Full Coverage Liquid Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
93%

Our Review

Maybelline is a true blue cosmetic brand with almost all of its products running for the trophy. The Superstay Foundation is no different – with its long lasting buildable formula.
  • Best drugstore foundation
  • Natural Finish
  • Medium coverage

QUALITY

97%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

98%

FINISH

96%

USER RATING

76%

BRAND TRUST

95%

About Product :

Maybelline New York  is an affordable cosmetics brand for the young and independent women of the modern age. It is make-up on the go with a full range of cosmetics at a very cost efficient price. But that does not mean that the product is any compromise. Maybelline foundations are one of the No.1 in the market.

Product Features :

The Maybelline Super Stay Liquid foundation comes in a classy glass bottle with a pump nozzle for no-contact dispensing of foundation. The product is for Normal to combination skin tone but fares well for dry skin beauties as well. Just apply a hydrating primer base and you are good to go.

Pros : Cons :
9 shades, full coverage Not for extremely dry skin
Suits all Indian Skin tones
Matte finish
Non-comedogenic formula

  1. Milani Conceal+Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation + Concealer

Critik Overall Rating
93%

Our Review

The Milani Concealing foundation gives you a perfect canvas to go on with your best face forward – its creamy concealing formula does all the skin correction for you.
  • Best formula foundation
  • Natural to matte finish
  • Medium to full coverage

QUALITY

97%

SKIN SAFETY

97%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

FINISH

96%

USER RATING

88%

BRAND TRUST

85%

About Product:

Milani Cosmetics is a major fashionable drugstore brand across the world. Milani has some of the best correctors and concealers in the market. They have a wide variety of blushes, contours, baking powders. This foundation has some serious pigmentation and coverage for normal to dry skin.

Product Features :

The Milani Cosmetics Conceal and Perfect Foundation + Concealer comes in a very chic glass bottle with a pump nozzle. It’s very easy to carry packaging and looks quite expensive even though it’s not. The formula is quite pigmented and covers most blemishes and corrects imperfections in a jiffy.

Pros : Cons :
Covers all skin imperfections Shade mismatch is common
Under eye, redness, pigmentation
Covers blemishes and acne marks
Highly pigmented, buildable formula
Natural to full coverage

  1. Revlon Colorstay Makeup - Liquid Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
92%

Our Review

A renowned global brand, the Revlon Colorstay is true to its name by giving true coverage and for a seriously long lasting amount of time.
  • Best Long lasting foundation
  • Matte Finish
  • Medium to full coverage

QUALITY

97%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

FINISH

98%

USER RATING

78%

BRAND TRUST

90%

About Product :

Revlon is a high street fashion name but has a lot of diverse products that cater to all different budgets This foundation is the premium version of their regular liquid foundation. The Revlon Colorstay Makeup has a airbrush finish 

Product Features :

The Revlon Colorstay Makeup comes in a glass bottle with a pump nozzle for easy dispensing. It is also highly convenient to carry. The makeup comes in a very dense formulation with a high coverage appearance and is perfect for dry skin beauties due to its deep intense formulation.

Pros : Cons :
Colorstay SoftFlex Too intense for everyday wear
lightweight 16hr formula
Long stay, smudge proof
Includes SPF 20, shine free
Full coverage, lightweight

  1. Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
92%

Our Review

How can we forget Lakme when we speak of cosmetics? This oil- in serum foundation has a perfectly hydrating, skin nourishing argan oil extract base that helps in hydrating the skin.
  • Best Skin Nourishing Foundation
  • Natural, dewy finish
  • Medium coverage

QUALITY

98%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

FINISH

95%

USER RATING

72%

BRAND TRUST

95%

About Product :

Lakme is a household name for all Indian homes and there can not be a home with no Lakme product in it. Lakme has probably the biggest spread of makeup, cosmetics and skin care products. It’s a drugstore brand and most of its products can be found easily anywhere. The Absolute range from Lakme is a nichè offering with a few types of foundations, compact powders, lipsticks and blushes.

Product Features :

The Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation comes in an attractive serum like format in a small glass bottle with a dropper. The Argan oil infused foundation has many benefits to the skin apart from covering imperfections. The formula is also sun and age defying and is perfect for dry skin beauties out there due to its nourishing abilities for the skin.
Pros : Cons :
Moroccon Argan Oil infusions Might be too oily
Hydrates and nourishes the skin
Skin healing, hydrating, anti-ageing.
Buildable formula with SPF 45
Waterproof, transfer proof, sweat proof

  1. LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
90%

Our Review

The LA Girl Pro Coverage is a perfect foundation for a professional finish. This glamorous formula is hydrating and breathable and covers imperfections in a skin-like appearance
  • Best Airbrush finish foundation
  • Glossy finish
  • Medium to high coverage

QUALITY

96%

SKIN SAFETY

96%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

FINISH

95%

USER RATING

80%

BRAND TRUST

90%

About Product :

L.A. Girl is a very popular brand for cosmetics amongst young women because of their amazing range of cosmetics. A very affordable brand that makes good quality products at a cost efficient price. Their HD range of products are designed to meet specific issues such as high coverage and photo-ready looks.

Product Features :

The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation comes in 16 shades and is a lightweight breathable formula. It comes in a cute glass bottle with a pump format for a non-messy application. The foundation has a medium coverage and can be applied as is for a natural glow up or build on to provide a full glam look. This foundation is perfect for dry skin types as the formula is naturally moisturising in nature.

Pros : Cons :
Light, blendable formula Not very lightweight
Medium coverage formula
Tiny moisturiser droplets
Breathable and lightweight

  1. NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte but not Flat Liquid Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
91%

Our Review

The NYX foundation gives you an instantly radiant, alive appearance with its vibrant formula that does not look cakey or dull.
  • Best radiant skin foundation
  • Natural finish
  • Medium coverage

QUALITY

95%

SKIN SAFETY

95%

VALUE FOR MONEY

94%

FINISH

94%

USER RATING

82%

BRAND TRUST

90%

About Product :

Another great cosmetic brand for makeup artists and stylists, NYX is for the ultra modern men and women for varying beauty needs of the new era. NYX has some of the best foundations and eyeshadow palettes that are popularly used by makeup artists across the world.

Product Features :

The NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Liquid Foundation  ranges between sheer to full coverage with a highly pigmented creamy matte formula. The foundation comes in a tube format and can be easily packed in your makeup vanity and is super easy to carry. The formula is super full coverage and can be used for full glam looks.

Pros : Cons :
Buildable formula Very full coverage
Full coverage foundation
Long stay, light weight
Transfer proof, smudge resistant
Highly pigmented, creamy

  1. Sugar Drop the Base Serum Foundation

Critik Overall Rating
89%

Our Review

Pears Pure And Gentle Shower Gel with 98% pure glycerine is known to hydrate and moisturise for a glowing skin.
  • Best Serum foundation
  • Soft Matte finish
  • Full Coverage

QUALITY

95%

SKIN SAFETY

96%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

FINISH

95%

USER RATING

74%

BRAND TRUST

80%

About Product :

Sugar is a brand new entrant in the Indian cosmetics market in the year 2017 and has some seriously good foundations, lipsticks and eyeliners. They have recently introduced skincare products as well. The brand focuses on young and iconic, strong women of the modern age. It’s easy, affordable, no hassle makeup for the fast paced lifestyle.

Product Features :

The Sugar Drop the Base Serum Foundation comes in a small glass bottle and has a unique dropper wand that lends a precise amount of product each time you use it. The foundation has a serum like texture and gives the benefits of skincare thanks to marine algae extracts. The product has been recently introduced in the market by Sugar.

Pros : Cons :
Lightweight texture - for everyday usage Not very full coverage
Medium to full coverage
Skin caring Serum base
Marine algae extracts - combats ageing
Waterproof - dermatologically tested

Conclusion

These are the 10 best foundations for dry skin in India. They are a perfect addition to your make-up closet. When buying a good foundation, keeping in mind the type of skin you have, the undertone you have and the overall skin tone you have are very necessary. These are the 3 basic criteria that you need to check-off before buying a good foundation. Some people have combination skin – which means that certain areas of the face seem dry whereas certain areas of the face seem oily.

Testing your skin type before buying foundation

The best test to find out if your face is oily, dry or a combination of the two is to wash your face off with a good cleanser and wait for 30 mins without applying any product on your face. Use a bloating paper to rub on your face and all your key areas such as nose, chin, forehead. 

  • Check for oil traces, if you have none, it means you have dry skin, if you have some regular oil smudges then you must have normal skin type. 
  • If you have oily patches near your nose, chin and forehead (which is your T-zone), then you must have combination skin. 
  • But if your bloating paper is completely bloated with oil, it means you have oily skin. This test will help you determine your foundation type.

Finding the right shade of foundation

Another important test is to find the right shade and the right undertone for your skin. The test for this is very simple and can be done at home. All you need is your forearm and some jewellery.

  • Check your forearms – if you have green veins popping out, it means you have a warm undertone. This can be confirmed with jewellery as well. Check which jewellery looks good on you – silver or gold. Gold jewellery looks best on warm undertone skin.
  • If you have blue veins visible, it means you have a cool undertone. This can be confirmed with the jewellery test as well. If silver jewellery compliments your skin, it means you have a cool undertone.
  • If you have both blue and green veins popping out from the skin, it means you have neutral undertones. This kind of skin undertone can wear all kinds of jewellery.

To match your foundation shade, apply it on your wrist and blend it out, use a small patch on your jawline as well. Buy the tone that blends perfectly into your skin and looks just like your skin. This is the kind of foundation that will cover all your pores and blemishes in one go.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Are foundations safe for dry skin women? Will this dry my skin out further?

Foundations are perfectly safe to wear on dry skin. The foundations for dry skin come with an oil base with moisturizing ability. This makes sure your skin is hydrated and yet not oily. Some foundations have serum or oil concentrates in them which naturally nourish the skin from within.

2. How different are oily skin foundations from dry skin foundations?

Oily skin foundations have oil absorbent compounds that tighten pores and soak in excess oil on the skin’s surface. This makes the skin look matte and clear all day. On the other hand, dry skin foundations have hydrating compounds that provide moisturising effect to the skin.

3. How long does a foundation for dry skin last? Do dry skin women need to top it off more often?

In most cases, dry skin women do not need to touch up makeup any more often than oily skin users. Dry skin women need to apply a moisturiser beneath the foundation to keep their skin hydrated through the day.

4. Does body wash remove dead skin cells?

Foundations for dry skin come in sheer natural finish, glossy finish, matte finish and dewy finish.

5. When it comes to price, does one have to go for an expensive foundation for a better coverage and finish?

Absolutely not! Expensive foundations would obviously have some skin helping benefits such as SPF, anti-ageing complex or similar properties that help the skin from within, but if you need to go for a cost effective solution, we have some very good products in the list discussed above which give you amazing coverage and finish without burning a hole in your pocket.