Choose the right foundation, and it can make you look younger and fresher. However, foundation can also settle into fine lines and wrinkles and make you look older than you really are. That’s why it’s important to choose the best foundation for mature skin.
There are now entire foundation ranges designed for women over 40, 50, 60 and beyond. Make-up brands are constantly using groundbreaking technology to develop make up formulas which flatter older women and reduce the signs of aging.
What the best foundation for aging skin can do for you
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 the look of an instant lift.
If you have events or parties to attend this season, or you just want to look good on Zoom calls, you’ll definitely want a foundation which does all of that as well as staying put all night.
Foundation: A word of warning
Before giving you a rundown of the best foundations we’ve found for mature skin, here’s why it’s vital to find the right one.
As we age, there’s no getting around the fact that our skin is less smooth, and develops more texture.
A foundation which does not work with your skin tone can actually create a mask-like appearance which can make it very obvious that you are wearing makeup.
This can mean you end up looking older than you really area as your foundation will settle into lines, wrinkles and pores.
In this article, you will find recommendations for the best foundation to work well on mature skin, including the best drugstore foundations for aging skin.
Not only that, but we take a look at whether you need a different foundation in your 40s, 50s, and 60s and beyond.
Best foundations for mature skin
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.
Below are some of the best foundations for mature skin 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.
Here is what our beauty expert advises:
1. Sisley Paris Sisleÿa Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation
Sisley Paris Sisleÿa Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation is specifically designed to work with mature skin, and it’s fantastic to see beauty companies are increasingly designing for the older woman.
This uses the kind of skincare products you would usually find in your moisturizer to give a younger looking appearance, including acacia extract which is renowned for its anti-aging properties.
Reviewers from their 40s to their 60s said it gave their skin a luminous glow, making it one of the best foundation for aging skin options.
2. Lancôme Absolue Replenishing Cream Makeup SPF 20
I always think it’s a good idea to choose products with sun protection in them when looking for the best foundation for older skin, as nothing ages the skin faster than sun damage.
Lancôme Absolue Replenishing Cream Makeup has an SPF of 20, along with other anti-aging benefits. The appearance of age spots is reduced while the foundation also helps to improve the skin’s elasticity.
With a rich, creamy texture, this is one that is best if you have dry skin.
3. HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
While the foundation above is good for dry skin, the HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is excellent if you have oily skin.
It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores, and there’s no need for a separate powder as this goes on as a liquid, but dries down to a powder.
4. Estée LauderPerfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Combining an anti-aging serum with a foundation, Estée LauderPerfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 25 is a good choice if you prefer a satin finish with a medium coverage.
If you are already a fan of the brand’s Double Wear foundation, but feel you need a change, many reviewers found this worked better for mature skin.
5. CHANEL Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth-Effect Foundation SPF 15
CHANEL Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth-Effect Foundation SPF 15 uses two different types of semi-transparent powder to blur the look of any fine lines and imperfections.
It gives a very natural finish, without settling into pores and wrinkles.
6. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
Promises 16 hours of coverage, NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation could be a good option if you are heading straight out to a party in the evening.
Another strength of this one is there is a very wide choice of colors, so you should find the right one for your skin.
Reviewers praise the airbrushed look it provides. You’re sure to get compliments on your complexion.
7. Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation
If you feel that your complexion is look a little dull or lacklustre, then Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation could be the right choice for you.
It features Vitamin C, which is renowned for its anti-aging properties, so should not only give you a flawless finish, but also improve the appearance of skin over time.
8. Laura Geller Filter First Luminous Foundation
Using a special blend of micro-pearls that Laura Geller calls Opal Light-shifters, this Filter First Luminous Foundation is designed to create a halo effect to diffuse facial contours, blurring imperfections and creating the perfect base for the rest of your make-up.
One reviewer said she is 75 and has finally found the perfect foundation!
9. Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation
Have you discovered the Wander Beauty brand yet?
The Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation comes with its own applicator, which makes it easier to apply. You just dab onto your skin and blend.
Ingredients include lotus extract to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
10. MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30
There’s also a shade guide, so you can figure out which one will work best with your skin tone.
Best if you want coverage you can build from sheer up to medium, depending on the look you prefer. So you could always opt for a sheer coverage during the day, and add a layer for evening.
11. Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Makeup Full-Coverage Foundation
Clinique has formulated its foundation with hyaluronic acid, which can help to plump fine lines by keeping your skin moisturized.
A good choice if you have combination skin which is oily in some places and dry in others, as this will help to even out your skin tone.
Is there a difference between the foundation you need in your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond?
At 40+ Style, you’ll find style tips which work no matter what age you are.
But, when it comes to makeup, there are certain considerations you need to bear in mind as you age.
And, what worked for you at 40 may not work for you at 50, 60, or 70.
Here is what to consider at each decade when choosing a foundation:
Best foundation for mature skin over 40
Our 40s tend to be when we really start to notice fine lines appearing.
That’s because the natural life cycle of our skin starts to slow down, and we produce less collagen.
If you haven’t already changed the foundation you used in your 20s and 30s, now will be the time.
A foundation which also features SPF will be a good day-to-day option to slow down your skin’s aging process.
Lancôme Absolue Replenishing Radiant Makeup comes with an SPF of 18 as well as rave reviews from women who say it covers up spider veins and sun damage without looking “cakey”.
Best foundation for aging skin over 50
In your 50s, the aging process which started for your skin in your 40s will continue.
But, you may find that the menopause also causes changes for your skin.
A decline in estrogen levels can make your skin feel dryer, so choose a foundation especially designed for dry skin.
Best foundation for mature skin over 60
As you enter your 60s, 70s and beyond, you will notice the most noticeable difference is that your skin loses volume and becomes much thinner.
You will want to choose a foundation which moisturizes and which is specially designed for mature skin.
Best drugstore foundations
The foundations recommended above are all from some of the world’s most renowned beauty brands, and they come with fantastic reviews from women with mature skin.
While there’s no doubt they can be expensive, I also find that a little does go a long way.
However, many times, you may want to pick up a new foundation while you are doing the rest of your shopping.
Or you might want to make sure that you can choose a foundation with good coverage which is a wallet-friendly price.
1. No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation
I love the No7 brand from British beauty and pharmacy store Boots, and it’s fantastic to see it’s now more widely available.
The No7 serum in particular caused a scrum at the checkouts back in 2007 when it was the subject of clinical trials which proved it did reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Its Lift & Luminate foundation contains this as well as vitamins A and C which can help to reduce the appearance of age spots and pigmentation.
2. Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation
This one uses two renowned ingredients in the fight against aging – Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid, which should improve the appearance of skin over time.
The formula instantly reduces the look of wrinkles as well as moisturizing.
3. Revlon Age Defying Firming and Lifting Makeup
Another foundation which is designed specially for women with mature skin, Revlon’s Age Defying formula also uses Hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of skin with daily wear.
It doesn’t look heavy or cakey, and you don’t need a separate primer with this one.
4. L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Foundation
Like No7, L’Oreal has combined a serum with its foundation for anti-aging benefits.
You’ll also find Vitamin C, which is a good day-to-day option as it can help in your skin’s regeneration process. It blends well and doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores.
5. Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Skintone Matching Makeup
If you don’t manage to find the right foundation shade for your skin, this can have an aging effect. For those who do struggle to get the shade exactly right, this could hold the answer.
It only comes in three shades, which work with your skin to automatically create a match.
When you first put it on, the color does look a little odd, but then it changes to suit the shade of your skin.
6. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup
Featuring caffeine and goji berry, this has an instant skin-tightening effect, while the sunscreen will help to prevent further skin damage.
Provides a natural look while still covering blemishes and age spots.
7. Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage Cream Makeup
If you’ve already tried Revlon’s Age Defying foundation, you may also want to give this one a go.
Good for those who like a satin-type finish without settling into lines or wrinkles.
8. Black Radiance Color Perfect Oil-Free Liquid Make-up
Another option for you, if you are worried about your makeup sinking into your pores.
As this is oil free it shouldn’t settle into any imperfections. Instead, it skims over them. It has a wand for easier application. Reviewers say it works just as well as pricier brands.
9. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Liquid Makeup Tint
A good option if you have dry skin, Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost promises to hydrate for 24 hours.
Providing a natural coverage which is best for everyday wear, it doesn’t clog pores, instead gliding on easily. The ideal choice if you have dry skin.
10. IMAN Second to None Cream To Powder Foundation
Do you prefer applying a powder to a foundation, then you may like the way this one goes on.
You can apply with the foundation sponge which comes with it, and it transforms from a cream to a matte finish for extra staying power.
For a smooth finish, apply downwards in little sweeping strokes in the direction of your hair growth.
11. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Sheer Liquid foundation
Developed by plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation is designed to conceal the look of fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections for a flawless yet natural look. Good if you prefer a light coverage.
Best foundation for mature dry skin
I hope that’s given you plenty of ideas when it comes to finding the best foundation for mature skin.
In recent years, foundation formulas have moved on immensely so you’ll find that many foundation feature an SPF as well as the kind of anti-aging products you usually find in your moisturizer. Not only that, but they are designed to provide an instant anti-aging effect.
For example, Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation using a formula which effectively fills in little lines without looking overdone.
Best tinted moisturizers
Of course, you don’t have to wear a foundation every day. If you’d prefer lighter coverage, you could try a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and give you a bit of a glow. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer comes in a wide range of skin tones and has SPF30 to protect your skin from the sun.
Designed to provide a dewy glow while boosting hydration, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (below) comes in 20 different shades and has plenty of positive reviews from women who say it is perfect for creating a flawless “no make-up look”.
A luxury option, Macrene Actives Tinted Moisturizer is definitely not as purse friendly as other options on the list, but a little goes a very long way. Pigments reflect to reduce the appearance of fine lines while the organic, plant-derived ingredients boost hydration over time.
Best foundation for large pores
As you age, the pores on your face can start to look bigger, so many women search for a foundation for large pores.
The problem is that some foundations can actually settle into your pores and draw attention to them rather than having the opposite effect.
It’s often best to use a primer under your foundation to give you a smooth base upon which to apply the rest of your makeup.
More recommendations for the best foundation for mature skin from our readers!
We also asked the women in the 40+community for their reommendations for the best foundation for mature skin.
Here is what the women in the community are loving.
Bree loves bareMinerals.
“So light I can barely tell it’s on. So hydrating. And the colors layers, so you control the converge.”
Michele uses Becca.
Jamie loves Charlotte Tilsbury’s Wonder Glow. “It gives just a hint of coverage. I don’t like traditional foundation, but see the need for something these days. A bit expensive but it lasts a long time.”
Sara uses Clinique. “Been using it for years – occasionally change formulas, especially if they quit making the one I was using.”
Caroline says likes Dior Airflash as you spray it on and so it always looks flawless.
Elizabeth uses Estée Lauder Perfectionist. “I’ve been using it for a number of years and love it. I’m 64 and my skin is dry as the desert.”
Karen says: “I use Estée Lauder liquid foundation and mix some on my finger with my day cream. That way I have coverage, but it looks light & natural.”
Joddie says: “I use one of these three all I love. Estée Lauder Double Wear, L’Oréal Infallible . And my brand new find in Mecca Maxima is Stila All Day Foundation + Concealer! Amazing foundations not overly expensive but not cheap either however great coverage. I usually wait for a sale and get the L’Oreal for around $20.”
Pat likes Georgio Armani “Expensive but worth it.”
Molly says: “I got a primer (I went with Benefit) which made a big difference for me. Then Tarte concealer, IT CC cream and IT Cosmetics finishing powder. The other thing that I learned was to highlight my cheekbones – something I wasn’t doing before.”
Teana likes Jane Iredale Cosmetics’ Liquid Minerals foundation which is designed mostly for mature skin. She said that “it can give you super hydration, great coverage and a nice Dewey look to the skin!”
Teresa switched to Lancôme years ago. “it’s been wonderful.”
Margie loves Lancôme, Absolue Bx Makeup! “I use absolute Pearl 30b – I am very fair complexion. Pricey but lasts forever. I have tried all the top brands – and nothing comes close to this one!”
Linda likes Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for me.
Nadine loves Mac! “Great coverage and lasts all day.”
Eileen likes Makeup HD Forever foundation, and an anti-aging primer underneath. “Fabulous and smooth coverage…it’s what is used in the film business. Plus, your moisturizer with at least a 10 SPF!”
Kathy loves her Mary Kay foundation. “I actually put just a dab on my day moisturizer, mix it a bit and apply. Light coverage and it feels great!”
Glenda likes No 7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser. “It is really like a BB or CC cream but gives a little more coverage and comes in a lot of shades. Easy to apply and does not cake into wrinkles.”
Colleen feels Smashbox and Chanel Lumiere are great for mature skin. “Primer is a MUST. Either Smashbox or Benefit Porefessional. Smashbox products and Benefits can be purchased at ULTA. Chanel at the department store beauty counter. I tried so many drugstore foundations and primers for mature skin, spent a fortune and they did not help. The price of these products is worth it. Try these before you try the drugstore brands”.
Villma uses YSL and says “the primer is really good. It’s made for mature skin too, and the foundation is not heavy. Another important thing is how to apply foundation, I use the brush first and after a wet beauty blender to give a final finish, btw I do use powder.”
Dori says: “I’ve used many foundations over the years, and perhaps oddly, settled on what is probably the least expensive product I tried, Revlon Colorstay normal/dry. I’ve used it over the past 10 years or so, in Buff. I am very fair and have rosacea. It hides the redness, and the big plus, no one ever thinks I wear foundation. —I should add, I am in my 60’s.”
Janne uses Nivea sensitive skin balm for men as a primer “It’s about $8 down here in Australia and I have tried many high priced and never been happy with them. This works very well. For day to go to work I us Revlon Colorstay 24 hour foundation and for night/outings I use Chanel Le lift neither are heavy and give good coverage. Very happy after I too had loads of samples to work it out both here and in the USA.”
Do you have a foundation that you love? What would you consider the best foundation for mature skin?
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