Moisturizing Foundations that Combat the Dry Winter Weather, Because Flaky Cake Face is So Not Cool

Regardless of skin type, the cold winter weather brings out the dryness and flakiness in the best of us. And slathering foundation on top of parched skin? No good. Because really, what's worse than cake face except for a flaky cake face? But sometimes all those moisturizers and hydrating masks just aren't enough. So why not make your foundation work for you in more ways than one? Even if you have oily skin, a little extra moisture in the winter never hurt anybody. If you find that your skin needs a little extra TLC, don't stop at your skincare. Look for a moisturizing foundation. Here are eight of the best to get you started.

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar Foundation

This foundation has all the benefits of the brand’s cult favorite moisturizer, Hope in a Jar, with a light-to-medium coverage.


bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

As far as lightweight coverage goes, this new tinted hydrating gel cream is tops. It’s definitely leans more towards a moisturizer than full-on foundation, so it’s perfect for anyone with dry skin (clinical studies showed a 215 percent increase in skin hydration) who’s focused more on preventing flakes than covering blemishes.

$29, starting in February

Laura Mercier Moisture Suprême Foundation

Skin’s moisture barrier is improved with AC Moisture Plex, which prevents water loss, so this foundation will keep you hydrated all day with a medium-to-full coverage, natural-looking finish.


e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Don’t be fooled by the under $10 price — this stuff is legit. The stick formula makes it perfect for quick, non-messy touchups throughout the day.


It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

This CC cream is clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration by 79% along with a host of other benefits including sun protection and anti-aging.


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Great news for any NARS-obsessed women with dry skin! They’re super popular Luminous Powder Foundation is now available in liquid form. It has a super cream formula that’ll blend right in for a dewy, medium coverage finish.

$48, starting February 1

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

Formulated with Benefit’s own Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, this light-to-medium coverage foundation provides protection from the sun, environmental stressors, and aging all while keeping skin moisturized.


Dior Diorskin Éclat Satin

Infused with the exclusive Hydra-Diffuse AEE complex, this foundation moisturizes all day while providing the complexion a radiant, satin finish.


Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

Developed by a dermatologist, this foundation is supposed to improve the skin’s natural moisture throughout the day while blurring imperfections to make it looks as if you’re not wearing any makeup.


Stila Perfect & Correct Foundation

Infused with Stila’s own Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex and advanced emollient system, this foundation hydrates and moisturizes skin while also correcting imperfections.


Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation

Skin’s moisture is boosted with the help of ingredients like glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and muru muru seed butter, so this medium-coverage foundation can lock in hydration.