If you have really dry skin what foundation do you use?

(45 Posts)
Marmaladecat1 Wed 23-Apr-14 18:49:04

I'm using clinique better than erm...something! Foundation. It's all cakey and powdery on my face.
I use Nivea express hydration primer

And bottom butter as a moisturiser

What now?

I'm fed up of this! sad

LittleBellaMummy Wed 23-Apr-14 18:55:25

Some of the Dior foundations are pretty good. If you don't mind a light coverage try a tinted moisturiser?

Incapinka Wed 23-Apr-14 18:59:01

I use Bobbie brown. I use cliniques dramatically whatever moisturiser, followed by BB primer (which I love) and then their foundation and this does the trick and lasts...

mrsbucketxx Wed 23-Apr-14 19:01:38

I use no7 serum then day cream then b from super drug 16 hour foundation,

If I dont use both serum and day cream it looks awfull.

ElBombero Wed 23-Apr-14 19:02:40

Very interested in this thread. I recently bought Estée Lauder DW which was to thick and cakey, thrived to EL DW light n well it's too light

PlantsAndFlowers Wed 23-Apr-14 19:03:05

Bobbi Brown tinted balm

Realitybitesyourbum Wed 23-Apr-14 19:03:22

Try a mineral foundation . Much better for dry skin. I use body shop one and its lovely, not cakey at all!

McFlurry Wed 23-Apr-14 19:11:45

You need a better moisturiser. Bottom butter is a barrier cream, not a moisturiser.

I have super dry skin (and eczema). I am currently using Simple replenishing moisturiser which is proving very effective (I'm usually a brand snob so am presently surprised by this discovery). My foundation is Chanel vitalumiere.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Wed 23-Apr-14 19:13:41

I use l'oreal mineral foundation

Onlyconnect Wed 23-Apr-14 19:17:57

I second Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser. It's lovely and great for dry skin. I use Dior Forever foundation.

vintagenurse Wed 23-Apr-14 19:25:24

I have horrible dry flaky skin, combined with cystic acne and lots of red acne scarring to my face. I have got the cystic acne under control with epiduo cream on prescription and I was using a face wash but I think washing with water was aggravating the dryness, so I am using a wipe off nivea cleanser which has improved things.

I use simple moisturisers and for foundation I am mixing a blob of clarins beauty flash balm with a smaller blob of rimmel matte foundation, mixing them together and then applying to the face. This has really improved the flaky cakey look.

summerlovingliz Wed 23-Apr-14 19:37:17

Dior BB cream, it's lovely for dry skin

jan2014 Wed 23-Apr-14 19:49:10

laura mercier do foundation for dry skin. im very pleased with mine, so natural and healthy looking.

bishboschone Wed 23-Apr-14 21:17:20

botanics bb cream .. I moisturise morning and night and this keeps my skin looking quite dewy .

piscivorous Wed 23-Apr-14 21:25:10

I'm the same, everything goes caked and powdery on me even with a primer. I am using Garnier Miracle Cream at the moment which just gives a touch of colour while moisturising but cannot find anything with any coverage that is ok

I have dry skin mainly in patches on my forehead and cheeks. Moisturiser and foundation used to be a nightmare. I swapped to using Salcura in January and have had no dry skin since. The best foundation IMO is Chanel vitalumiere aqua.

Snog Wed 23-Apr-14 22:43:13

Use dermaflannel then touche eclat - looks like you are not wearing foundation!!!

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 23-Apr-14 22:47:43

I have really dry skin. There are two moisturisers that I really like -YSL touche eclat foundation and chantecaille oil free gel foundation. The chantecaille one has better coverage, but the YSL one makes my skin glow.

I also like Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser for summer.

singaporeswing Thu 24-Apr-14 04:28:55

I have really dry skin. The only thing that has cleared up my dry patches is Origins Make a Difference moisturiser in the evening and then a decent primer in the morning.

I've started using Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme foundation and it is gorgeous. Really smooth, blends fabulously and good coverage without being cakey.

I have had a lot of comments about my dewy skin since using these products.

Walnut8 Thu 24-Apr-14 05:16:59

I used Chanel when my skin was dry. I actually think I was just overcleansing (and using acne creams) and not moisturising enough. Now that I've sorted my acne, I use the intensive Cetaphil moisturiser under Revlon Colorstay or Lancome foundation and no longer have dryness issues. I had really flaky, dry awful skin for a while and it was impossible to get foundation to look decent.

Lottapianos Thu 24-Apr-14 08:39:09

Really dry skin here too. I use sunflower oil for cleansing and use Astral for day and Nivea for night. Skin is glowing. I use Rimmel Match Perfection foundation.

Your diet can help improve dry skin too - loads of water, good fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts. No fags. Watch the booze, sugar and caffeine.

BumgrapesofWrath Thu 24-Apr-14 09:08:42

Really dry skin here. I use MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 foundation, and I also use their Prep and Prime. I find my skin doesn't look patchy or flaky when I wear it.

BumgrapesofWrath Thu 24-Apr-14 09:09:08

Oh, and moisturiser I use Aveeno

MillionPramMiles Thu 24-Apr-14 09:53:22

Have you tried mixing a moisturiser into foundation? I mix Clinique's moisturiser into their most moisturising foundation before applying.

A lot of the other brands I've tried (MAC, Bobbi Brown etc) have aggravated my eczema.

ElBombero Thu 08-May-14 07:27:11

Where sell Laura mercier?

DoItTooJulia Thu 08-May-14 07:45:44

I second the YSL foundation. Dewy and not at all drying. I also use maybelline dream satin liquid (maternity leave meant I could afford the YSL sad).

I use Dead Sea magic moisturiser underneath.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 07:59:46

Have you tried applying your foundation with a real techniques stippling brush? Makes a huge difference.

I use Revlon colourstay,I actually prefer the oily skin version, weirdly I find it more moisturising.

I would ditch the bottom butter-it's really not a moisturiser as someone else said. Also, primers are better for (and aimed at usually, with some exceptions) oily skins. Dry skin will have no problem keeping foundation on. If you want to use a primer look for a hydrating one or one that's designed to add glow, like Laura Mercier's radiant one. You need to really up the moisture in your skin. Try Hydraluron under a rich moisturiser. Both Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier do great foundations for dry skin. I love Giorgio Armani too (Luminous Silk).

LosBreakingBad Thu 08-May-14 09:48:20

I have naturally dry skin that is now post menopausal. I have tried everything over the years. Some things have worked to an extent but I have recently discovered Weleda Skin Food. It is fantastic. It made a huge difference to my skin just after one night. You need to warm a pea sized amount in your hands and then gently massage it in. I use this over Superdrug vitamin e oil and it has transformed my skin. It's only £6 on Amazon.
I use No7 long lasting foundation applied with a Real Techniques foundation brush and my skin glows. I have had so many compliments since using this routine.

nyldn Thu 08-May-14 10:10:38

erborian bb cream is lovely. also, bioderma moisturiser.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 10:48:19

Try mixing primer with your foundation?

Amarena Thu 08-May-14 11:27:30

I have dry skin and have used Revlon Colourstay for years, it's great.

However my skin has been bonkers dry recently and I was debating changing foundation as it was clinging to dry patches etc. However, I've swapped my moisturiser to Eucerin Dry Skin Replenishing Cream - about £8 I think, in Boots. My goodness, it is FABULOUS. My skin is really hydrated and glowy and the foundation is back to wonderfulness again!

So in a nutshell, I love Revlon Colourstay foundation for my dry skin but it's worth trying the Eucerine as it's been a real revelation for me!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 11:38:02

Amarena-have you tried the oily version of colour stay, much better than dry formula weirdly.

I've just discovered eucerin-fab isn't it?!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 11:38:45

Sorry, I've already mentioned that earlier.

Amarena Thu 08-May-14 13:14:52

Hi Dame,

Yes, funnily enough I picked up the oily version the other day to try it and it seems great! Do you find that the colours are a bit different between the two versions? I did a comparison and was surprised that the oily version was a lighter colour so decided to try that instead.

The Eucerin is amazing; I used to use Ponds dry skin version, but I completely adore the Eucerin and don't think I'll go back now. It goes on so nicely and really hydrates my skin. I was at my wits end and am so glad I picked it up to try!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 14:00:06

The oily version does seen to run lighter, yes.

I'm using the anti redness eucerin, it's fab stuffsmile

DisgruntledAardvark Thu 08-May-14 14:07:30

I usually wear Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser or Armani Shaping Cream foundation, the big difference I've found in terms of not going cakey is applying it with my fingers, rather than a brush or a sponge. I was also really disappointed with the Revlon Colorstay for dry skin - I looked like a walking corpse who'd been hit in the face with a board duster.

KellyHopter Thu 08-May-14 14:12:44

You need to sort your skin out.
No foundation will stop it being (really) dry.
Put the best foundation on dry skin and it will turn cakey and patchy and messy looking, even the cheapest bog standard foundation (in the correct shade) will look massively better than that when applied to skin that's in a good condition.

KellyHopter Thu 08-May-14 14:13:39

I'm not saying sorting your skin out is easy btw, just that your problems don't stem from the foundation so you need a different approach.

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 08-May-14 14:20:25

Get thee a tub of Astral or a tin of blue nivea for starters.

I have dry skin but since going back to basics and using those, it's much better.

I have tried every foundation going, and the best IMO are the creamy ones in dippy pots. My current favourite is the Max Factor Whipped Cream one. It's lovely.

I find Clinique foundations very harsh and drying (oil free of course) and I have a bottle of Dior Forever which is nice, but again drying. I've run out of Whipped Cream so am currently mixing the Dior with Rimmel Wake Up and it's just about right.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 14:33:06

I don't agree entirely with sorting your skin out and foundation will be fine. I'm always disappointed at how cakey foundations are no matter how good your skin is or how well you apply it.

MillionPramMiles Thu 08-May-14 15:02:35

Kelly/Dame: interestingly I asked a Clinique counter woman about this recently as have had similar problems (and tried a few different foundations). She also recommended sorting out the skin first (moisturise and exfoliate) and didn't hold much store by primers for dry skin.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 08-May-14 16:26:06

I don't get on with any primers except for Lanacane anti chaff gel which is the same as the Smashbox one.

SchnitzelVonKrumm Thu 08-May-14 21:47:06

Chantecaille Future Skin or YSL Touche Éclat. Both glide on.

SchnitzelVonKrumm Thu 08-May-14 21:49:33

Ooh I am thirding the YSL. if you go to the counter they will give you a decent sample - enough for a few days.

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