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12 Best Foundations for Mature Skin and Aging Skin



by Lydia


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With age, the skin’s production of sebum begins to slow down and this can cause the surface to dry out hence causing wrinkles and lines/laugh lines. You will also begin to notice that your skin is also really prone to dryness and it can be susceptible to redness and irritation if you are experiencing any hormonal changes. So, if your current make-up routine includes your trusted foundation that you’ve been using for the past 10-20 years, we hate to break it to you but it might be time for an upgrade.

It may be time to invest in a foundation with a formula for your specific skin need. The market is full of various types from full coverage to the foundation for dry skin. Every bottle has its own unique blend of benefits be it wrinkles, enlarged pores or dullness.

When it comes to mature skin, it is actually best to opt for a medium or light formula that is specifically designed for mature skin. The best formulas tend to be the ones with skin-kind ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which helps lock moisture into your skin and vitamin C.

Here are the best foundations for mature skin that will have you getting that all so perfect youthful glow.

1. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

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This is a great choice if you’re looking for serious/full coverage. It is available in seven shades, highly pigmented with broad-spectrum SPF50+ (the best anti ageing) covers like a heavy-duty concealer and doesn’t give off the cakey dried out look. It is great for all skin types and is infused with an anti-ageing serum that has your skin feeling pretty great. Some of the listed ingredients are hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. Though it may look it might be super dense, it actually blends really well into your skin and has your skin feeling soft and glowy. It will also help cover up some of the things you may want to hide i.e hyperpigmentation, acne scars, enlarged pores and more.

2. Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

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The foundation at first may feel lightweight but that shouldn’t fool you. Regardless of how you put it on, it will remain hydrating and dewy which is exactly what mature skin needs. This foundation was designed to mimic the feel of silk charmeuse. It also helps that when applied, the foundation goes on like butter while giving enough coverage to hide that wrinkle or pimple. Makeup artists Lucky Bromhead and Fiona Stiles have raved about its ability to draw attention away from wrinkles and fine lines. Considered to be one of the most versatile foundations on the market as is compatible with many skin types especially mature skin.

3. Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup SPF 25

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This is a serum-infused foundation for mature skin. It is lightweight and leaves your skin looking and feeling beautifully radiant. It is infused with an anti-ageing serum which allows you to get all the skincare benefits.

4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

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With the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, you can keep your skin looking youthful because it features an intensely hydrating ingredient known as hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body that acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. When used in skincare, it acts as a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells while also attracting and holding water from the air giving them a plumping effect. It is often used in anti-ageing serums and creams to drench skin with moisture.

The tint is oil-free and when applied it sinks in like a moisturizer, settles into fines lines and wrinkles instantly. It is available in 10 shades and comes with an oversized doe foot applicator which makes it really easy to apply.

5. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation

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The IT Cosmetics Foundation is more like a serum foundation and this is because it contains anti-ageing peptides, collagen, argan oil and hyaluronic acid and various types of vitamins that will have your skin feeling great and have you looking youthful with a radiant finish. You will get sheer to medium coverage that blends well into the skin and it is very lightweight but it never settles into fine lines and wrinkles.

6. L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

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L'Oreal Paris True Match is one of the best foundations for mature skin. With over 45 shades in its collection, it provides medium but buildable coverage for most skin tones. Each foundation also contains vitamin E and pro-vitamin C to hydrate and nourish the skin. It's creamier than most which means that it won't necessarily highlight those dry patches or wrinkles and will instead blend in seamlessly with a brush. For a fuller look consider adding a second layer but a light layer will offer you a translucent coverage.

7. Lancôme Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation

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This is a great choice for when you want to give off that "no makeup" look. This foundation is an oil-free formula that has hyaluronic acid and moringa seed and it will have your skin feeling well hydrated. It provides the perfect amount of coverage, hides spots and discoloration without settling into lines and gives your skin that natural youthful glow. It also comes with SPF 23.

8. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Treatment Makeup

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This foundation for mature skin is considered drugstore holy grail and its not just because of its name. It features antioxidant goji berries and collagen which help tighten, hydrate and improve the skin's elasticity hence blurring the pores and the filling in the fine lines. It also has SPF 18 which provides sun protection.

It comes equipped with a micro- corrector sponge which allows you to evenly apply your foundation without worries of smudging. The best part is that the sponge is made from anti-microbial material which means that it doesn't harbor bacteria.

9. Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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This is a medium coverage foundation that actually delivers on the promise of improving by the hour by looking better the longer you have it on. It is available in 33 shades and by the end of the day, you are guaranteed that you still look radiant with a nearly glowy finish. It barely creases and you don't get those random forehead wrinkles which is pretty great. Its recipe of raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts also improve your skin texture over time.

10. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation

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The power of the CoverGirl Foundation is thanks to its Vitamin E and niacinamide which is a powerful, anti-ageing form of vitamin B3 which helps prevent skin damage. With just one application, you are able to get the coverage of a concealer and the best part is that it will last you the whole day because of its 'blendable' formula that is designed to feel light and not cakey or heavy on the skin.

11. L’Oréal Visible Lift Serum Absolute

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You could quite possibly call this a magical foundation. This is because of its magical mix of hydrating glycerin, soluble collagen, and a hefty dose of retinyl palmitate (a vitamin-A derivative similar to retinol) which gives this lightweight foundation the magical powers to fade dark spots and slightly lessen fine lines over time. It has been recommended by celebrity makeup artists like Nick Barose whose clients include Angela Basset and Kim Cattrall as a " super-hydrating serum formula."

12. DIOR Forever Skin Glow Foundation

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There's no doubt that Dior's foundation range has some pretty great choices but this is by far the best foundation for mature skin in their list. It is designed to skin over pores and fine lines for more even-looking complexion and delivers fairly full coverage that lasts all day. It offers SPF 30+ sun protection and antioxidant plant extracts.

Buying Guide for Best Foundation For Mature Skin

a.) Look for lightweight formulas:

When buying liquid foundation, look for something hydrating or satin-finish. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more hormonal we get, and the dryer our skin get so that means, that as women, we need to keep hydrating. Choose a water-based formula that has hydrating ingredients.

b) Avoid thick, heavy, mattifying formulas:

Mature skin + matte = not so great. The result will likely settle into fine lines and wrinkles causing them to be more pronounced. Matte foundation tends to make your skin look cakey and that's not really what you should be going for. But if you're all about full coverage, you can also layer with a rich face moisturizer or a hydrating primer.

c) Switch up your shade:

Don't be afraid to mix it up and find what works for you. The great thing about the beauty industry now is that we have access to a lot more shades than we did before. Also, it is no secret that peoples' shades change with age. We tend to grow paler with age so go on ahead and mix it up till you find that unique blend that works for you.

d) Exfoliate!:

Add this to your nightly routine at least 2-3 times a week. Regularly scrub off the outer layer of dead skin means makeup will go on more smoothly, so you'll need to use less and look more fresh-faced. Your skin will also absorb more moisturizing oils, collagen/elastin boosters, and antioxidant ingredients from your other skincare products, like cleansers, moisturizers, and serums.


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