What Are The Best Foundations For Mature Skin?

by Gio

best foundations mature skin

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

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.

makeup forever hd invisible cover foundation

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

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.

diorskin airflash foundation

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?

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Trisha March 3, 2015 - 5:47 pm

I’m curious at what age my skin will be “mature.” I’m 31–is that now? I have a feeling I still have some time before I fit that label. Right?

Gio March 3, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Trisha, oh yes, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time! 🙂

Melissa March 5, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Great suggestions! I have been using the Dior Airflash for almost a year now and it’s fantastic.

Try spraying the product on a flat top kabuki brush, it gives you much more control and less waste. Spraying it on your face and using your hands? That’s just madness… 🙂 It will fly everywhere, it drys too fast for that.

Gio March 6, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Melissa, I’m glad you like it too. It’s a wonderful foundation, isn’t it? And thanks for the tip. 🙂

Lauren stewart June 26, 2015 - 3:13 am

Neutrogena, inexpensive, available, and pretty decent coverage. My large pores look smaller.

Gio June 26, 2015 - 9:18 am

Lauren, its a wonderful foundation, isn’t it? Glad to hear it is working so well for you.

SSusan July 4, 2016 - 1:30 pm

If you wear a primer, does it matter what wondeful skin benefits the foundation has? Will they get through to the skin? What about primers do you think they are necessary?

Gio July 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Susan, no, primers aren’t necessary, unless you have super oily skin that needs help to make makeup stay put. They can help even out imperfections, but you don’t have to use them. And, that depends. Usually, most primers, even those with silicones, will allow some of the active ingredients in foundations to get through to the skin. Your moisturizer is more likely to block them as moisturizers have thicker and occlusive textures. In any case, it is rare to come across a foundation that has skincare benefits. Many claim they do, but usually, the moisturizing, anti-aging, soothing, whatever ingredients are present in amounts so tiny they can’t really do anything.

Vicki August 28, 2016 - 1:59 am

Clinique super moisture has been discontinued. Have used it for years. Very disappointed with Clinique.

Gio August 29, 2016 - 12:20 am

Vicky, oh no! I hate it when that happens. Very disappointing indeed.

gale March 7, 2017 - 10:31 am

Covergirl Ageless foundation is my go to at 66 years and it has been better than the high dollar brands. The color selection is really natural…not too pink not too yellow. It has great coverage without being cakey or drying. Oil of Olay built in so you get treatment all day long.

Gio March 7, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Gale, so glad you’ve found something that works so well for you. Makes me want to try it, too. 🙂

Crunchycon February 21, 2018 - 9:24 am

I’ve used the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer for years. Can’t say enough great things about it.

Gio February 24, 2018 - 11:33 am

Crunchycon, glad that’s working so well for you.

B Mac March 10, 2018 - 7:14 pm

Gil. I M 61and my face looks tired. I take very good care of my face. Makeup comes off every nite before bed for 40 years but I look tired all the time . Can u recommend a foundation for that. Thank you

Gio March 16, 2018 - 8:31 pm

B Mac, by tired you mean dull? Also, what’s your skin type?


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