You Are Using Too Much Powder
You might be blaming your skin care for your parched skin, but might actually be dehydrating your skin by piling on powder. Choose liquid or cream foundations over powder ones to fight dryness, and when setting, use powder sparingly. Loose setting powder, like Laura Mercier Translucent Powder ($38), is a safe bet for all skin types. Use a velour puff to apply a light layer; brushes can make skin look dry and cakey.