Some girls seem to really like Lumiere's Flawless Finish foundation for drier skins. You could try using a water mist/spray after applying the foundation (I use Evian) and that helps settle the makeup to make it look more even and natural.
Originally Posted by SusanTang /img/forum/go_quote.gif What exactly IS primer, and what are some examples of good primer? Primers smooths and prep your skin so it gives a good surface to put on foundation. If you have a good moisturizer I don't think primers are that necessary. But primers can ensure your makeup base to last longer.
I haven't tried it but there have been good reviews on Becca's Mineral SPF 30+ Primer.
I use my own MMU but find that with dry skin applying damp with a nice hydrosol that is for dry skin makes it look hydrated. My favorite out of the three I tried (fennel, corn flower and rose) from Garden of Wisdom is the rose hydrosol. Two spritzes into my swirly bowl, then a sprinkle of foundation. Moisturize, exfoliate often. I also use humidifiers around my house in the winter to keep the air hydrated. Every little thing helps.
I like Lumiere's Cashmere foundation, and a lot of Silk Naturals stuff. For foundations and finishing powders, I'd stay away from Pure Luxe, and check which EDM formula - PL has kaolin clay in it, and that's drying, and so does some EDM and a lot of other companies, so check the ingredients.
And yes, hydosols make all the difference - I like Sarafina's lavender one myself.