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Finding the right foundation can be a challenge for women with dry skin. The wrong formula can dry your skin out even more and settle into fine lines and wrinkles—and who wants that? These basic dos and don’ts are good guidelines that help steer you in the right direction.
Do: Read the label and make sure there’s oil in there. Oil-free foundations are not for you.
Don’t: Salicylic acid is too drying for your skin. Make sure your foundation is free of this ingredient, which is usually found in blemish-fighting formulas.
Do: Look for SPF.
Don’t: Powder foundations and dry skin don’t mix. Opt for a more moisturizing liquid.
Now that you know these rules, it’s time to start shopping! If you’re heading to the drugstore, check out Cover Girl Smoothers All Day Hydrating Make-up for Normal/Dry Skin or L’Oreal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup SPF 20. At the department store, try M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation, Diorskin Sculpt Foundation or Chantecaille Real Skin Foundation. And if you prefer a tinted moisturizer, I recommend Trish McEvoy Protective Shield Moisturizing Tint SPF 15. A few words to the wise: Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, especially when it comes to foundation. More expensive products use better pigments, so if you’re going to splurge, this is when to do it.
Must-know info: Just because your foundation has SPF doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. Studies show that the sun protection claims on cosmetics are nowhere near their real sunscreen counterparts.
When you finally find a foundation that works with your skin instead of against it, you can enjoy a beautiful, radiant complexion courtesy of a bottle!