Mac Studio Sculpt Spf15 is a nice smooth foundation for dry skin comes in 19 different shades so you should find you skin tone in it... ideally though you really want see a skin clinic to address your dry skin issues and get the resolved which will be better in the longterm
Clinique foundation is amazing. You need to look at a good moisturiser though if you get dry skin. Make sure you have a good skin care routine. So always washing your skin before applying your make up. I use 'simple' moisturiser and it's amazing doesn't make my skin go flakey at all. And I use a mix between Clinique foundation and Estée Lauder foundation and they work really well for my skin. But I'd personally be looking at your skin care routine more. So make sure you're exfoliating your skin weekly especially the areas that can flake as you want to get that dead skin off. Good luck!:-)
I saw this question, and have never been more excited to answer! The best way to deal with dry skin is to moisturize. Find a good base moisturizer (not a foundation). I would recommend going to Sephora and trying a bunch of samples to see what you like. I've heard really good things about Clinique Moisture Surge. If you are looking for a moisturizing foundation, stay away from powders. The best investment would be to look into a BB or CC cream. Both have combined moisturizers and foundations. I personally use Too Faced BB Cream in "Snow Glow". I am also very fair skinned. I've also heard good things about Bobbi Brown's BB cream. Again though, Sephora will give you samples of whatever products you want. Try them out and pick the one that works best! Also, I'm sure that you're doing this, but one of the best ways to combat dry skin is to drink a lot of water throughout the day. I've been there girl! Hope this helps!
My skin is on the drier side and I use NARS sheer glow and YSL touche eclat foundation... Both of which are more than $40 but they're both good for my dry skin. I also sometimes use loreal true match lumi, which is similar in texture and coverage as the ysl one, and works well in my skin too. I got it for about $12.
I also use Mac Mineralize Timecheck lotion as my primer.
The foundation i use is pretty good , it's called Chi Chi fabulous and flawless, good shade range and good coverage although I'm not sure if you can get it outside of Nz and aus. Have you tried exfoliating regularly with a scrub or a mitt and using an intensive moisturizer on your troublesome areas (I recommend aqueous bp cream)
I have dry skin and I use the Nars sheer glow and I feel that works really well for dry skin
Tinted moisturizer. Works wonders. Takes like 2 seconds to apply and has pretty good coverage. You can either buy it in stores, but since I already had liquid foundation I just mix it with some moisturizer, rub it on my face and spray it with matte setting spray.
I think it depends on your skin and how sensitve they are to makeup products. My skin is like that too, really dry and such. And everytime i use foundation, it flakes up even when i moisturized it first. But i have found a product that doesn't flake up my skin, bareminerals works for me. Maybe they might work for you too, so give it a try.
I can't recommend a foundation for this, but what I could recommend is that you use olive oil on your skin for twenty minutes and then remove it using the steam method. You simply need to put super hot faucet water on a washcloth, and then position it close to your face to help remove the oil. Then, wash your face off completely with warm water. This will help nourish your skin and make it oilier. Not oily, but moisturized.
If you have dry skin use a moisturizer before applying makeup. A primer would also be good (makes everything smooth) as for foundation try MAC studio fix, Too Faced born this way or Estee Lauder Double Matte.