10 Amazing Base Products for Dry / Dehydrated Skin

A couple of weeks ago I posted Making Matte Products Work For Dry Skin. It seemed to go down really well, I wanted to post more posts aimed at dry / dehydrated skin. Regular readers will know that I struggle with dehydrated skin and stopping my skin drinking the moisture out of my base products. So here I am with 10 amazing base products for dry skin...


For me primer is such an important step, it acts as a barrier between my skin and foundation, adds hydration and adds a glow. My favourites are:

Becca Back Light Priming Filter | £32 | POST 

This is probably one of my all time favourite primers. It's a glow-y primer without having any chunkyness or glitter to it. This is a seriously glow-y primer so I like to use a pump all over my whole face, I find this gives me a subtle sheen without looking like a disco ball. It smoothes over everything and leaves a great base for makeup. The radiance it gives can also be seen subtly under most foundations. I can't recommend this enough!

Too Faced Hungover Primer | £27 | POST

Another great primer for dry or dehydrated skin comes in the form of the Too Faced Hungover Primer. This is more of a hydrating primer rather than one that gives glow, but because it's hydrating and it's packed full of skin loving ingredients it gives a natural glow. This is great for adding hydration and leaving the skin soft and smooth, ready for makeup. This stops most foundations from drying out my skin. It's just brilliant!


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

Concealer isn't something I really struggle with, there are a few I have that look dry and cake-y on my skin, but they don't actually dry my skin out. So I only have one in this post, or it would have been super long! And it's the famous NARS Creamy Concealer. This is my all time favourite. It works well at covering both, dark circles and blemishes in a super creamy blend-able formula. I also find this doesn't crease under my eyes. It's a brilliant all rounder.


This was such a tough category I have loads that I'm really enjoying and work well on my skin. If you'd like to see a dedicated foundations for dry skin, let me know in the comments!

Milani 2in1 Perfect on Concealer | £11 | POST

This is basically everything anybody would want in a foundation, in a bottle. The formula is incredibly light and blend-able but still offering full coverage. The finish is satin and looks very natural on the skin, without drying out or clinging to dry patches. The staying power varies on me, with a good powder it lasts all day but without setting it lasts around 4 hours. Over all, this is a great affordable foundation!

LA Girl HD Illuminating Foundation | £9 | POST

I just can't stop talking about this! It's such an amazing, affordable find. I wont go into too much detail, But this is one of the best foundations I've tried in a long time. It's lightweight, has a good medium to full coverage. Long wearing and has a lovely soft focus, radiant finish. I still can't believe this is just £9! See my full review with swatches here.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue | £27 | POST

Another firm favourite! This is a tinted gel, bb cream hybrid kind of thing. The formula is light weight and very hydrating. The coverage is medium but build-able and the finish gives such a nice radiant glow. This was my go to summer base, but it's still great for autumn winter, when my skin starts to get even more dehydrated.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £27 | POST

This is the most full coverage of the bunch. I only need one small pump to cover my whole face. The formula is incredibly creamy and easy to blend out. It's described as having a modern matte finish, so I'm guessing this means satin because that's how it looks on the skin - very natural. It doesn't cake up, cling to dry patches or dry skin out. All nighter is pretty fitting name because the staying power is very good! If a full coverage, long-lasting foundation is what you are looking for, look no further!

Clinique In The Nude Chubby Stick Foundation | £23 | POST

Clinique have formulated the perfect on the go foundation. This is so easy to apply and blend - just draw on and blend with a brush. The coverage is light to medium but easily build-able, without becoming dry or cake-y. Which is actually surprising considering this is a stick foundation! It lasts around 6 hours on me but I have heard some say the staying powder isn't great. But over all, this a great natural looking, everyday foundation.


Powders are so tricky when you have dry or dehydrated skin. Up until the beginning of the year I rarely used them because they were just too drying. But I since found a couple that are brilliant..

Hourglass Ambient Light Palette | £59 | POST

These are the powders that gave me hope. I have the set of three, that comes with:

Dim Light - which is a neutral Beige colour.

Incandescent Light - Is a light Beige colour with neutral undertones.

Radiant Light - is more Bronzey in tone and adds warmth to the complexion.

Each powder is designed to give the skin a soft focus finish and a subtle glow. Which this palette does, it also does a good job at setting my makeup and helps it last that bit longer. These powders aren't mattifying though, which I don't mind. They are finely milled, soft powders don't dry my skin or leave it looking cake-y. These are pricey but well worth the investment, especially if you struggle with powders too. See my full review with swatches here. 

RCMA No Colour Powder | £10.50 | POST

This powder has a lot of hype around, it sold out so quickly when it finally came to the UK via BeautyBay. And the hype is just. It doesn't contain colour or translucent pigments so it won't interfere or change the colour of any other base products, it just sets them perfectly. This is mattifying but not drying or cake-y. It can also be re applied throughout the day without become cake-y. This is easily the best setting powder I've tried. I've also heard people with oily skins raving about this too so it's pretty universal.

There you have 10 of my top products for dry or dehydrated skin.

Have you tried any of these? What are you recommendations?

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