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We Found the No. 1 Best Foundation For Dry Skin

Count down through the top 15 foundations for keeping skin smooth, flake-free and flawless
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Those of us with parched, flaky complexions are on a constant hunt to find the best foundation for dry skin. Sometimes it can feel like oily-skinned girls get all the attention. "Ugh, my breakouts!" they lament. But we dry-skinned gals have problems, too. Like everyone else, we want our faces to look airbrushed and smooth, but so many foundations are formulated with drying powders and alcohol, which can cause our skin to look more, shall we say, reptilian than we'd prefer.

The best foundation for dry skin should have the following elements: a lightweight texture that doesn't cling to and enhance dry patches; moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and shea butter, which actively hydrate skin throughout the day; and a buildable formula, which works on days when we want to look more natural and on days when we're going for more of a glam, full-coverage look. All with zero flakiness.

Sound too good to be true? There have been times when I thought the best foundation for dry skin simply didn't exist. Luckily, our trusty dry-skinned reviewers have found a select few foundations that meet all the requirements, and then some. Count down with us to discover the No. 1 best foundation for dry skin, and say hello to a dewy, flawless face once and for all.

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Best Foundation for Dry Skin No. 15: Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation, $50
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 7.6*
Why it's great: Both experts and TotalBeauty.com reviewers agree that this hydrating product is one of the best foundations for dry skin. The foundation is loaded with hyaluronic acid, a magic ingredient for keeping dry skin hydrated and supple.

"This makeup went on and blended perfectly," one reviewer writes. "It felt like it was moisturizing my face ... my face hasn't dried up or become tight from the makeup." Another raves, "It covers beautifully, doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles, and looks and feels so natural, you don't feel like you are wearing any make up at all."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation here.

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Best Foundation for Dry Skin No. 14: L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup, $14.95
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 7.8*
Why it's great: The glycerin in this medium coverage, water-based foundation actively works to moisturize dry skin. "This foundation is great for dry skin since it feels very smooth and moist on your face," one reviewer says. "It doesn't dry you up or feel like it clogs your pores."

"With just a light application, this foundations gives even, natural-looking coverage that doesn't settle into fine lines," another user explains.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup here.

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Best Foundation for Dry Skin No. 13: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15, $43
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it's great: This skin-soothing foundation contains vitamins A, C and E, plus light-reflecting particles, which moisturize dry skin, while giving it a soft-focus finish.

Reviewers say the product's texture is "wonderful." It "goes on smooth," "blends well" and doesn't get "cakey or heavy." Though one user with cool-toned skin found it difficult to find an exact shade match, most agree that the product feels lovely on the skin and is worth a try.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 here.

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Best Foundation for Dry Skin No. 12: L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, $12.95
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it's great: Affordable and lightweight, this foundation is packed with 40 percent water, as well as antioxidants and vitamins C and E, which nourish dry skin and keep it quenched.

"I would recommend this product for someone with drier skin as this will give a pretty, hydrated look," one user writes. Others agree that in the cold, winter months, it helps skin look "instantly brighter" and gives it a dewy "glow."

"I don't wear foundation all the time because I prefer CC and BB creams, but when I do wear foundation, this is the one I use," another reviewer writes. "It goes on smooth, stays on all day and has just enough illumination."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup here.

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BY AMANDA MONTELL | JAN 19, 2016 | SHARES
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