Are you still looking for the best foundation for mature skin?

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.

Here are our recommendations for the best foundation for mature skin.

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

Best foundation 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.

Here 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. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20

Contains the same ingredients as the legendary face crème as well as SPF20 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

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

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

8. Chanel Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-day Comfort Flawless Finish Foundation

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

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

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.

Best drugstore foundation

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.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Foundation

L’Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Foundation

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

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.

Bare Minerals

Bree loves Bare Minerals.

“So light I can barely tell it’s on. So hydrating. And the colors layers, so you control the converge.”


Michele uses Becca.

“The key is great moisturizing before primer, concealer and liquid foundation. Go to Sephora or ULTA and try different ones. I don’t like heavy foundation.”

Bobbi Brown

Elaines says she uses a Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser then a swipe of tinted powder from YSL after application. This leaves her face feeling very refreshed and hydrated.

Charlotte Tilsbury

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.

Estee Lauder

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 WearL’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.”

Giorgio Armani

Pat likes Georgio Armani “Expensive but worth it.”

Image skincare

Jennie uses Image Skincare , Daily Tinted Moisturiser Oil free, 30 SPF Made in the United States.

IT Cosmetics

Molly says: “I got a primer (I went with Benefit) which made a big difference for me. Then Tarte concealerIT ’CC cream and IT Cosmetics finishing powder. The other thing that I learned was to highlight my cheekbones – something I wasn’t doing before.”

Pam says: “For medium coverage I used Born This Way by Too Faced. But my true fave – just bought my third tube is by IT Cosmetics and is their Illuminating CC foundation. Love it!!”

Carly recommends to try a CC cream if your skin is pretty good.  “I like Maybelline, L’oreal Magic, and IT cosmetics.”

Jane Iredale

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!”


Brenda feels that Lancôme Teint Idol  is the best. “Stays on doesn’t look cakey. Many colors to choose from. I would say go to the counter at Nordstrom  and have them do a make over on you”.

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!”

Laura Mercier

This is the brand Sylvia uses. She uses their tinted moisturizer in porcelain.

Linda likes Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for me.

Cindy uses Laura Mercier foundation “and tinted moisturizer when I’m going more natural.”


Mary Ann says: “I always come back to  L’oreal Infallible foundation. The L’Oreal Blur Foundation also works wonders”


Nadine loves Mac! “Great coverage and lasts all day.”

Makeup Forever

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!”

Mary Kay

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!”

No. 7

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.”


Marilyn says: “After using Estee Lauder and Lancôme for years I found all Olay products to be best for me.”


Colleen feels Smashbox and Chanel Lumiere are great for mature skin. “Primer is a MUST. Either Smashbox or Benefits 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.”

Deanna uses Revlon liquid makeup with powder “Tender Peach”. “Costs about $20…no need to spend a fortune cause you wipe it all off at end of day.”

Urban Decay

Renae says: “Currently I am using Urban Decay but I still like the Merle Norman.”

Do you have a foundation that you love? What would you consider the best foundation for mature skin?

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