10 Makeup Products Your Dry Skin Needs Now

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I have the world's driest skin. No, really, I'm not exaggerating. One day without my favorite serum and my parched complexion is tight, flaky, peeling and all around unpleasant. With winter weather approaching and holiday travel plans in the works, my already dry skin needs some extra tender lovin' care. 

The biggest struggle for me is finding makeup that doesn't make matters worse. When looking for foundations, concealers, CC cream (and all the other products we don't really need, but have to have) there are a few key ingredients I look for: 

  • Hyaluronic Acid: This incredible ingredient prevents transepidermal water loss, and improves the skin’s barrier and overall hydration. HA molecules work like moisture magnets to hold water in the skin and prevent dryness. Formulas with hyaluronic acid help stimulate growth and compensate for our declining natural levels, which result in a happy, quenched complexion. Anytime I can get my hands on something that has HA, I slather it all over my thirsty skin. Life-changing! 
  • Almond Oil: Also known as sweet almond oil, this is a non-volatile, non-fragrant oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient. Almond oil is a rich source of skin-replenishing ingredients including triglycerides and several fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and myristic among them). Not only is it amazing for fine lines and wrinkles, but it moisturizes your skin. When this is paired with cosmetics, it can stop your skin from getting flakier and drier than it already might be. 
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil: Sea buckthorn (or Seaberry) bushes produce orange berries that are extremely high in Vitamin C (hence the vibrant orange berries). Sea buckthorn berries contain vitamins A and E, as well as amino acids and antioxidants. The berries are commonly used to treat colds, fevers and canker sores...but the cosmetic world has recently caught on to this amazing super berry. When used in cosmetics seaberries are healing and restorative, as well as anti-bacterial, making it a popular choice for a natural preservative. My favorite part? Sea buckthorn is used as a moisturizing ingredient and also an anti-aging ingredient due to its high levels of antioxidants...giving you the hydrated, dewy look all day long.
  • Coconut Oil: Who doesn't love coconut oil? It's become a staple in everyone's home for a number of uses these past few years. We've all seen the long laundry list of uses for this popular ingredient. Coconut oil’s emollient properties make it a popular choice for cosmetic products, used to moisturize and soften skin and hair. Coconut oil is said to be effective in treating dandruff, dry and itchy scalp, dull hair, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and is used in many anti-aging skincare products. Coconut oil adds a protective layer, helping skin to retain moisture. It's also suitable for sensitive and irritated skin, which makes it an incredible choice for products that can appeal to the masses. 

My favorite cosmetics that give dry skin some major love:

Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation


This cushiony, full-coverage foundation is packed with hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold up to 1,000x it's weight in water. Which means it retains a looooottttt of moisture, which is exactly what us dry skin divas need ($39) - BUY NOW

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish 


The almond oil in the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder helps keep your makeup looking silky smooth all day, making it the perfect finishing powder. I personally don't like heavy face makeup. I love using flawless finish over a hydrating foundation (when I want full coverage), CC cream or my concealer. The powder seals your look without making it look dull, dry and lifeless ($44) - BUY NOW

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation


This very satiny concentrate blends so easily, leaving your skin dewy, soft, even and radiant. It feels incredible light, while giving you rather full coverage ($47) - BUY NOW

Bobbie Brown Moisture Rich Foundation


Bobbi Brown's super moisturizing, medium-coverage foundation is packed with hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil and plant oils. It honestly feels so nourishing you can easily mistake it for a luxe face cream ($50) - BUY NOW

Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation


Easily one of my favorite foundations, this very blendable and silky formula will leave your skin feeling ultra-hydrated while giving you maximum coverage ($64) - BUY NOW

Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder


Charlotte worked with laboratories for five years to create her ‘miracle in a bottle’ Magic Foundation. Featuring a weightless, ‘hyper-intelligent’ hydrating formula super-charged with vitamin C, Genius Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and mushroom extract, it glides on like a dream, concealing imperfections and transforming skin of all ages, tones and types. With all the aging and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream, you’ll enjoy flawless, air-brushed, perfect-looking skin every single day ($45) - BUY NOW

Touche Éclat Le Teint


Longtime fans of YSL’s Touche Éclat concealer will love the foundation version of the skin-brightening formula. The medium-coverage, milky, liquidy foundation even has a broad-spectrum SPF 19 protection. A few drops even out imperfections and illuminate skin without drawing attention to wrinkles and fine lines, while giving you an even tone ($58) - BUY NOW

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation


The Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is a total dupe of many high price foundations out there. It's packed with Vitamins C, E and B5, designed to give your skin an instant anti-fatigue effect while keeping it dewy and hydrated. For under $X, this drugstore brand is a total steal and a half ($9 - $17) - BUY NOW

BareMineral Complexion Rescue

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BareMineral's Complexion Rescue won the Allure Best of Beauty award for the mineral foundation category back-to-back for the past two years for a reason. It feels like a gel moisturizer but gives skin the natural-looking coverage of a CC cream. Plus, the finish is naturally dewy and not at all parched leaving your skin very hydrated ($29.50). Pro tip: Bare Mineral's brushes are also incredible and I see a BIG difference when I use them with their products - BUY NOW

Bye Bye Foundation™ Full Coverage Moisturizer™


This first-ever full-coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics™ lets you say bye bye to foundation—and hello to beautiful, flawless-looking skin. Perfect for all skin types, Bye Bye Foundation™ covers absolutely everything while truly caring for your skin. More than a foundation with skincare thrown in, or skincare with a hint of color, this game-changing formula is infused with proprietary 3D SKIN FLEX™ Technology to deliver weightless coverage that lasts all day and is clinically shown to improve the look of your skin, even after you take it off. The formula is packed with anti-aging ingredients that infuse moisture deep into your skin to help treat and correct the look of aging skin with mineral-based SPF 50+ broad-spectrum physical sunscreen to protect you from future damage ($65) - BUY NOW

10 Makeup Products Your Dry Skin Needs Now