During the winter months, skin can get really ugly really quick. Dry air sucks all of the moisture out of your complexion, leaving it flaky, cracked, and red from harsh winds. On top of the discomfort, covering up the seasonal damage is also a challenge since your regular products may exaggerate your complexion’s dryness. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: switch up your foundation. Since your complexion isn’t the same all year long, neither are your makeup needs. Swapping your foundation for a moisture-rich formula will give dry skin an extra dose of hydration and a smoother, even finish. Read on for some of the best moisturizing foundations to use on winter skin.
1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Marvelous Mousse Transformative Oil-Free Foundation
A mix of moisturizing ingredients like coconut water and amino acids keeps the finish of this transformative foundation, which goes on like a mousse and is a lightweight powder once applied, smooth throughout the day.
2. Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
This foundation is tailored for dehydrated skin with a smoothing concentrate that works with skin’s texture for a seamless, luminous finish instead of accentuating any seasonal-induced rough patches.
3. Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20
A double-duty formula that contains emollients and antioxidants will repair a dry and flaky skin texture, while providing even, long-lasting coverage to improve the current appearance of your weather worn complexion.
4. Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15
Consider Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich Foundation a triple threat: It gives you full-coverage with a radiant finish to brighten dull complexions, moisturizes dry, winter skin, and contains SPF 15 to shield skin from the sun’s rays, which are harmful no matter the season.
5. Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
This mineral foundation provides full-coverage like a cream, but hydrates and glides on smooth like a sheer foundation. Its 60% encapsulated water formula makes it a moisture-rich option for intensely parched skin.
6. CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation
Part traditional liquid foundation, part hydrating serum, CoverGirl & Olay’s formula covers imperfections while working to improve skin tone and texture over time.
7. Elcie Micro Silque Foundation
Safflower oil lends a smooth, hydrating finish to this buildable foundation that also boasts vitamins A,C, and E, along with antioxidants to prevent environmental damage.
8. E.L.F. Moisturizing Foundation Stick
Buildable coverage lets you apply as much foundation as your skin needs, while maintaining a natural look that doesn’t draw attention to flakes. The addition of antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients like shea, vitamin E, avocado, and aloe, amongst others in this convenient stick, boosts hydration and nourishment to replenish and repair skin from seasonal elements.
9. Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation
Light diffusing spears mask a worn, flaky complexion with this medium-to-full, long-lasting foundation that also hydrates skin without adding extra shine.
10. Clé de Peau Beauté Silk Crème Foundation
Full coverage with a luminous finish and moisturizing humectants means you’re in for a foundation that will stay in place throughout the day without causing further dryness.