The Best Under-$20 Foundations For Dry Skin

No matter your skin type, most of us have experienced dry, flaky skin at one point or another — be it due to genetics or a seasonal shift in the weather. In fact, it's a common misconception that oily skin types don't suffer from dry patches or overall dehydration.
Anyone who's tried to conceal a cheek covered in flakes or dry patches knows its a feat that can make you lose faith in the entire foundation category, all before you take a sip of your morning brew. Apart from sufficiently hydrating your skin prior to makeup application, which makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes says is the secret to dewy skin, the foundation formula you reach for matters a lot, too.
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That's why we've scoured the drugstore in search of foundations that won't just smooth over dry patches, but one that will help hydrate your skin, too. The best part? They all ring up for under $20. Curious? Keep scrolling to check them out.
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This creamy foundation's medium-to-full-coverage formula covers everything from dark spots to pimples, all while looking fresh and dewy on our skin all day.
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Do you love Revlon Colorstay's long-wear qualities but hate how it sucks the life out of your skin during seasonal changes? Reach for the brand's dry skin version now. The formula is designed to smooth over dry patches and has SPF 15.
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NYX's Total Control drops may have a matte finish, but they can be mixed into face lotions or tinted moisturizers for custom coverage for an added boost of hydration.
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It's hard to go overboard with this sheer-but-buildable foundation. The formula itself is so lightweight that it melts into the skin, blurring imperfections without accentuating dryness.
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Burt's Bees' first foray into complexion products allowed for the creation of a luminous, sheer-coverage foundation that's formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrolatum, or synthetic fragrances. It's loaded with meadowfoam seed oil to hydrate your skin, too.
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If you're a fan of the classic True Match foundation from L'Oréal, then you'll love this hydrating remix (no, but really, it's 40% pure water). Some fans even say the instant healthy glow is better than the top luxury foundations out there.
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Who says you have to shell out $30 or more on a dewy-finish foundation? This drugstore favorite leaves you with glowing skin, which will be a major trend for fall according to makeup pro Mario Dedivanovic.
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Skip the serum and upgrade to a foundation serum. Yep, it's a 2-in-1. You get the coverage you need while also getting the benefits of ingredients typically found in skin care, like grape seed oil and vitamin C.
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