What is the best foundation for mature skin? Here are 11 recommended foundations from our beauty expert!

by Sylvia

What is the best foundation for mature skin? Here are 11 recommended foundations!

A revolution has occurred in the beauty industry. There are now entire ranges being designed for over 30s and over 50s. Designers are constantly using groundbreaking technology to concoct makeup formulas which flatter and reduce the signs of aging.

These high-tech, age-friendly products are designed to fill in fine lines, moisturize, and give a flawless complexion by hiding imperfections and (best of all) to give the face an instant lift.

Your beauty regimen needs change as you age – we all know it. Out with glittery eye shadow, and in with skin smoothing makeup primers and eye serums. Foundations these days are designed to work with, not against, mature skin and actually improve texture and tone. Here are some of the best foundations on the market. They range from those found in pharmacies and department stores to the most luxurious store brands. Yes, there is a difference in quality when it comes to foundation, however these are the most beloved, as well as, tried and tested, by mature women around the world.

1. La Mer The Treatment Creme Foundation – 06 Tan – 6.4 oz /188 ml – Unboxed

Contains the same ingredients as the legendary face crème as well as SPF15 and has the ability to airbrush large pores and any discolorations or pigmentations.

2. Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation

This is a hidden gem for those with combination, dry or mature skin. It provides a medium coverage that gives the appearance of firmer and lifted skin. The biggest plus for this foundation is that it is oil-free and creates a smooth complexion through its light weight formula

3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Crème Makeup, Ivory, 0.8 Fluid Ounce

Great foundation at a fabulous price for all skin types. This foundation is popular regardless of the person’s age, profession or makeup ability.

4. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

Fantastic for those with sensitive skin as it can cover up rosacea and melisma. It is compact and creates a flawless base.

5. Renergie Lift Makeup Normal to Dry Skin 310 Clair 30 (C)

Perfect for those with normal to dry skin. This foundation instantly makes your skin radiant whilst erasing fine lines for seamless beauty.

6. MAC Face & Body Foundation

For those who want a sheer to light coverage foundation. This foundation is buildable and works best for all skin types except oily skin. It provides a natural satin sheen to your skin whilst being moisturizing.

7. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Light 120, 0.2-fluid Ounce

For those who want a light to medium coverage and have the ability to “firm up the skin”.

8. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup 30ml. 30 Beige

If you have an oily T-zone or find your skin oiler in the summer, this is the foundation for you. This is an oil-free foundation with added protection of SPF15, which provides a lovely matte coverage for your makeup look.

9. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Makeup SPF 15 30 Radiant Ivory

Perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It is a creamy foundation, which is specially made for mature skin, and works a treat on sensitive skin, skin with redness, fine lines and wrinkles.

10. L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup, Nude Beige, 1.0 Ounces

Perfect for those with normal, dry or combination skin. It creates a youthful look, which lasts all day without touch ups. TIP: This foundation works best if you apply a Primer beforehand. This will reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. What would you consider the best foundation for mature skin?


Kelly is 40+Style’s makeup and beauty expert writer. She is a professional makeup artist currently residing in Singapore. For more information or bookings contact her through her website.

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Hi! I haven’t worn foundation in about 15-20 years, because it always made my skin itch, and I thought, made my fine lines perk up a bit. Now I am 50, and I am curious, but I tell you, I am a bit apprehensive about purchasing more and have the same problem. I have found generally, that they highlight my wrinkles, so I have just worn some lotion and walked on. I am used to that now, and am afraid to try! Will the large cosmetic foundation people give me a trial, or can I just get my face done and wait about 2 hours to see what happens? I definitely want to look dewier and a bit more polished, but not like I am trying too hard…


Most department store brands ( including Sephora and prestige cosmetics at Ulta) will let you try on foundations and give you samples. I usually have them apply the foundation I am trying and give me a sample. It is a good idea to wear it for a couple of hours and I never buy a foundation without going outside and checking a mirror. Most of those same products are returnable if they just aren’t working but ask before you buy ( sometimes you have to keep the packaging, sometimes there is a time limit). Drug stores don’t typically have samples you can buy but check about return policies. If you haven’t worn foundations in awhile it may just feel too heavy, you can try a BB or CC cream or a tinted moisturizer. I would recommend you try a primer under your foundation, it really does make a difference.


Try a foundation without bismuth in it. More and more have stopped using it. That is the ingredient that usually make s a person itch.

Greetje Kamminga

I never wear it because it takes me ages to get my skin clean again in the evening. Too lazy for that.

Marie S

I have found that foundation sits in the creases and makes me look older so this summer I switched to a light BB cream which gives good results. It also has SPF 30.


Which BB do you use? I’ve used drugstore brands Maybeline, L’oreal, Avon, Physician’s Formula.


I am not convinced that foundations make us look younger. Mostly they look like we have a lot of make up on.


If they make you look like you have a lot of make-up on, or settles in your wrinkles I think you’re putting too much on. I’ve decided that the act of applying make-up or moisturizer is an opportunity to massage my face and help refresh it. I swear it’s helped me reduce those little white bumps that can be a plague.
I moisturize, then use the foundation to smooth and even out my skin tone, not to achieve full coverage. I like Armani foundation, it’s very liquid with good coverage, but keep Revlon in my travel bag. The Maybelline B&B with SPF 30 is an excellent weekend, vacation product.


I’ve been using Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation for a few years now. I find the coverage medium yet buildable. This radiant lifting foundation is true to its word! I start out with redness and hyper pigmentation and finish with what looks like dewy, clear, healthy, natural looking skin. It is an absolute pleasure to use, because it’s easy to apply and a little goes a long way. Applied over a good primer and sealed with a touch of powder it effortlessly lasts me a good 12 hours, even in extremely hot and humid conditions. I have mature combination skin. I highly recommend this gem of a foundation for mature skin.

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