What are the best foundations for mature skin?
Finding the one is so hard. Especially as you get older. Now your skin has lost its glow and it’s drier than the Sahara, you need something dewy and hydrating… but not so hydrating it settles comfortably deep into your wrinkles.
Or maybe after menopause your skin has decided to throw a curveball at you. It’s oilier than it’s ever been and acne is back with a vengeance. You need something that’s matte but not flat.
Either way, you probably need higher coverage than in the past to hide away dark spots and deeper wrinkles. But not so high, you end up looking like you’re wearing a mask.
How do you balance all these contradicting needs? Fret not, I’m here to help. Here are the best foundations for mature skin:
- Best Powder Foundation For Mature Skin: IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination ($36.00)
- Best Foundation For Acne-Prone Mature Skin: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43.00)
- Best Foundation For Mature Skin On A Budget: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation ($10.99)
- Best Natural-Looking Foundation For Mature Skin: Dior Backstage AirFlash Spray Foundation ($62.00)
Best Powder Foundation For Mature Skin: IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination ($36.00)
“Should mature skin even use powder foundation?,” I hear you say. Yes, if we’re talking about IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination. This little compact has done the impossible. It has a smooth, fairly moisturising texture that provides full coverage, hiding even fine lines without settling into them. It dries to a dewy finish that gives your complexion a youthful glow – without a hint of sparkle in sight. And it lasts pretty much all day. The catch? There aren’t that many shades available. But if you can find a match, this one’s a winner.
Available at: Selfridges and Ulta
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Best Foundation For Acne-Prone Mature Skin: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43.00)
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is a fantastic option for mature, acne-prone skin. Why? Its creamy texture glides smoothly on the skin, providing medium to full coverage with a natural matte finish that hides any imperfections, from dark spots to pimples. It photographs really well too, so it’s perfect for weddings – or any other time you know you’re going to get your picture taken. With 25 shades available, it’s impossible not to find a match.
Available at: Sephora
Best Foundation For Mature Skin On A Budget: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation ($10.99)
First things first: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation can’t fight pollution. But that’s ok. You’ve got skincare for that. But it does provide medium to full coverage that hides every imperfection for the entire day – without settling into fine lines. The gel-cream texture blends like a dream while the slightly dewy finish gives the entire complexion a natural look. Oh, there are around 30 shades available. You’ll find a match here.
Available at: Look Fantastic, Target, Ulta, and Walmart
Best Natural-Looking Foundation For Mature Skin: Dior Backstage AirFlash Spray Foundation ($62.00)
Dior Backstage AirFlash Spray Foundation 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 (my fave method). Just be quick because this stuff dries really fast. Luckily, it blends like a dream. The coverage is buildable up to full to cover any imperfections, yet it’s so lightweight, it feels like you have nothing on. The finish? Silky matte and SO natural. Oh, and there are 18+ shades for you to choose from.
Available at: Feel Unique, John Lewis, Nordstrom, and Sephora
What do you think are the best foundations for mature skin? Share your thoughts in the comments below.