Reader Query : Foundation for dry, flaky skin


A reader recently asked me for recommendations for foundations for  extremely dry skin. Since I’m in the oily girls gang, my knowledge of hydrating foundations isn’t as good as ones for oily skin! Can you suggest good foundations for very dry skin?


Reader Query : Foundation for dry, flaky skin

Reader Query : Foundation for dry, flaky skin




As far as I know, The Body Shop foundations (Especially Extra Virgin minerals) is wonderful for dry skin and so is MAC Mineralize Satin Finish. Clinique makes excellent foundations for all skin types too.


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  1. janis j.
    February 7, 2012 / 12:15 am

    i come in DRY skin gang of girls….and i have as yet only found bourjois healthy mix foundation to be helpful in the medium coverage deptt. for light coverage its ponds TM of course….NONE for full coverage as of yet…even mac satin finish wasn’t great…and remember there’s only 3 things for us dry skin gals moisturise moisturise moisturise!!!! 😉 😉 also i will b following this space carefully to find a full coverage foundie!!!

  2. Sunandha
    February 7, 2012 / 8:44 am

    How about the Revlon color stay for dry skin. I havent used it but it is for dry skin isnt it???

  3. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 / 11:05 am

    Thank you Ankita for Putting my query on the blog, Now i can have the opinion of all your readers. I’ve tried revelon colorstay but it did not work for me. I am thinking to buy extra virgin cream compact, or the liquid foundation in this range. Lets see if they work for my skin.

  4. Revathy
    February 7, 2012 / 11:46 am

    I am in the dry skin gang too… (but not very dry)… i hv been using Oriflame’s Matte foundation so far and its a good buy… offlate for around 3 months i m using.. Revlon Photoready Foundation.. which I am seriously in love with… it gives medium coverage and lasts for th whole day.. jus touch up required… many hv been asking me u r looking fresh even at the end of the day… so think u can give it a try… Maybelline’s BB Cream in Radiance is also good and instantly brightens up the face…

    One important point would be.. never forget to apply a moisturiser before you go ahead with your foundation.. very important for dry skin beauties.. so that the foundation doesnt appear cakey on the skin…

  5. Richa
    February 7, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Even I belong to the oily skin gang…but from what I know from my frends, The body shops foundation for dry skin is really good…do try out…

  6. Ishita
    February 7, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    I will be buying Clinique Anti blemish solutions foundation but its nt for dry skin I guess

  7. Ishita
    February 7, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Ankita Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation is extremely good for dry skin, gives a dewy finish and heard MUFE HD also gives dewy finish making it another option for drier skin girls.

  8. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    And please also review Lush face Tinted Moisturizers.. I don’t have the lush store in my city so i am planning buying them online but i am so confused about the shades and types. Please if you get that product then review it for sure.

  9. Esha
    February 7, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    I would advice you not to get the lush face tinted moisturizer. Mainly it comes in two shades and difficult to work with for our Indian skin tone, you could look it up in you tube . Try it in store before purchasing them. I am just like you dry and flaky and its very very hard to get a good foundation because it looks cakey and highlights my dry patches. I use mainly tinted moisturizer because it works best for dry skin. Like Janis said moisturize moisturize moisturize. Use night creams to limit flakiness. Recently i tried Maxfactor miracle touch liquid illusion foundation ( sheer to medium coverage) , its not dry skin friendly but yeah this was the only thing that matched my skin tone. I guess dry skinned people are unlucky to find a full coverage foundation. Try using Mac fix spray or you could try using glycerin to water in the ration 1;3 ( I am not sure about this ratio, did it long time ago) after your foundation routine. I agree Mac satin finish wasnt great for me either. There are a few Bobbi Brown foundation and Laura Mercier TM which was creamy and worked well for my dry skin. Did you get the revlon photoready for dry skin because it comes for oily skin too?

  10. Varshini
    February 8, 2012 / 12:28 am

    my suggestion would be..MAXFACTOR Second skin …coz i used it and found it to be oily…so it might suit dry skin 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 / 10:21 am

    Thank you esha for your suggestions. I did not try revlon photo ready yet but I’ve heard that it comes for dry skin. I am planning to buy the body shop virgin mineral range foundations, lets see how they work..

    • Esha
      February 8, 2012 / 4:32 pm

      Do try the Clinique 3 step for dry skin. It did wonders for my skin . If its above your budget atleast consider buying the exfoliater. Just sweeps away the dead skin , reduced flakiness and you will have a beautiful canvas to apply makeup. Definitely do get the Clinique exfoliater ad a good primer

      • Asmita_19
        February 8, 2012 / 10:02 pm

        No i have not tried it yet but i’ll definitely give it a try now.. Thanks for suggesting 🙂

  12. sunny
    February 15, 2012 / 1:48 am

    lancome teint miracle is amazing. It’s incredibly dewy and add a light layer of powder on top and it’ll last all day. go and check it out.

  13. Joo
    October 6, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    Two more foundations when I hv to deal with flaky dry skin

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