Shopping for makeup is so much fun. Unless you’re looking for your HG foundation. Then, an exciting shopping spree soon turns into a frustrating mission impossible. Although we’re inundated with options, there seems to be something wrong with almost all of them.
If one formula works well for our skin type, then it either comes in only a few, too pink or yellow based shades that don’t match our skintone well, or it doesn’t last long, or looks cakey on. Argh!
And things only get worse as we age. Then, skin starts to lose its luminosity, look flat, and often, gets drier too. To combat this, a moisturizing and dewy foundation is a must. But what if our skin gets oilier and even starts to breakout? Then, you need something matte, but not too flat-looking.
In both cases, we probably need higher coverage than the foundations we used in the past provided. Now, dark spots and deeper wrinkles have likely appeared, and we need a formula that can hide those without making us look like we’re wearing a mask.
Fear you’ll never find such a foundation? Fret not, I’m here to help. Here are my favourite options for mature skin:
Clinique Supermoisture Makeup ($25.00)
If you have dry skin, you should check out Clinique Supermoisture Makeup. This foundation has a soft and moisturizing texture that provides light to medium coverage to even out the skintone and cover minor imperfections while leaving skin hydrated and glowy for hours. It is available in 11 shades, so most people will be able to find a good match.
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42.00)
Available in 25 shades, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is a fantastic option for mature, oily, prone-to-breakouts skin. Its creamy texture glides smoothly on the skin, providing medium to full coverage with a natural matte finish to hide any imperfections your skin may have. It photographs really well too, making it ideal for special occasions such as weddings, when you know you’re going to get your picture taken.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20 ($12.99)
Gone are the days when you needed to spend a lot of money to bring home a good foundation. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20 is one of the best options available today, and not just at the drugstore. Unlike most foundations (including pricey ones), it features retinol and antioxidants in doses high enough to prevent and reduce the signs of aging.
Unfortunately, the see-through packaging doesn’t protect them adequately from light, so store it in a box or bag to prevent these beneficial ingredients from losing their effectiveness. The foundation also has a light, creamy texture that provides light to medium coverage and a satin finish. I just wish there were more than 6 shades available.
Dior DiorSkin AirFlash Spray Foundation ($62.00)
Available in 10 shades, Dior DiorSkin AirFlash is a pain to use, but the results are so worth it. You can spray it straight on your face (eyes closed!), or on your hands and then apply it on your face with your fingers. Just be quick because, while the foundation is easy to blend, it dries really fast. The coverage is buildable, up to full, so it can cover any imperfections, yet, once applied, it looks natural and feels lightweight, like you have nothing on. The finish? Silky matte.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($43.00)
If you have dry skin and want something with a sheer coverage, opt for a tinted moisturizer. My favourite is Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. A available in five shades, it provides a natural, non-sparkly glow. The formula contains silicones that can fill in your fine lines and wrinkles, making them look temporarily smaller, antioxidants that can help prevent further signs of aging, and broad spectrum protection to help boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen (but never use it as a substitute for it!)
Have you tried any of these foundations? What are your favourite foundations for mature skin?