How to Find the Best Foundation for Mature Skin
As you age, your skin undergoes noticeable changes. Wrinkles and fine lines can suddenly creep up around your eyes and mouth. Once radiant-looking skin may now appear dull and lifeless, lacking the youthful bounce and suppleness from your twenties. Just as your skin changes over time—for better or for worse—your beauty products deserve a similar upgrade. In other words, the foundation you swore by at 35 may no longer address the skin concerns you’re faced with at age 50+. Lucky for you, there are plenty of foundations out there made with mature skin in mind. Even luckier? We rounded up must-have foundations for mature skin— from luxurious formulas to drugstore staples—below.
WHAT FORMULAS WORK BEST FOR MATURE SKIN?
You may be tempted to reach for a foundation with the heaviest coverage to help camouflage those telltale signs of aging, but you’d be best served not to. We recommend opting for a light to medium coverage foundation that’s lightweight and fast-absorbing so as not to cake around any lines, wrinkles, and creases. When your foundation settles into any fine lines, it can draw unwanted attention to the area. Also, since dryness is a typical concern for aging skin, a formula that is hydrating without feeling overly greasy is optimal. Dry skin can also accentuate visible signs of aging, so—when in doubt—reach for a foundation that’ll help moisturize dry patches and smooth rough areas in addition to providing an even-looking tone. Ahead, we share nine of our favorite foundations—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for mature skin.
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION
Designed with charmeuse silk in mind, this lightweight liquid foundation is formulated to give your skin a flawless, lit-from-within glow. Its formula is enriched with the brand’s exclusive Micro-fil technology to help visibly blur imperfections, improve the look of skin texture, and provide a radiant, air-brushed finish. Choose from over 20 different natural-looking shades.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64 MSRP
IT COSMETICS IT-O₂ ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION
Wish your foundation could leave your skin with a dewy glow while blurring the appearance of imperfections? That’s exactly what you can expect from this foundation boasting light-diffusing properties, and anti-aging technology and formula, including niacinamide, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and more. The result is flawless-looking and hydrated skin.
LANCÔME RÉNERGIE LIFT MAKEUP FOUNDATION
Blur lines and wrinkles thanks to this formula enriched with pure vitamin E, and the brand’s Micro-Lift technology. Your skin will look luminous and even. With results like that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start using it sooner.
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Makeup Foundation, $47 MSRP
IT COSMETICS BYE BYE LINES
They don’t call this foundation “Bye Bye Lines” for nothing. If you’re a super fan of the no makeup-makeup trend, this is the foundation for you. Conceal visible signs of aging with this skin-smoothing foundation that’ll give you invisible coverage.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines, $38 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS VISIBLE LIFT BLUR FOUNDATION
Kiss flaws goodbye (albeit temporarily) with this foundation that instantly blurs the look of lines, spots, and uneven texture for younger-looking skin in seconds.
L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation, $14.99 MSRP
YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ YOUTH LIBERATOR SERUM FOUNDATION
This anti-aging foundation is infused with the brand’s award-winning Forever Youth Liberator Serum to help hydrate and nourish skin, brighten dull areas, camouflage problem spots, and unify and even all skin tones for a more youthful-looking appearance. What’s more, broad-spectrum SPF 20 adds protection against harmful UV rays that can further age skin. Choose from 10 universal shades.
IT COSMETICS YOUR SKIN BUT BETTER CC CREAM
New to CC creams? The CC in CC cream stands for “color correcting,” and the formulas are typically used to address issues such as discoloration and dullness. With It Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC Cream, you’re in for a breakthrough color-correcting cream that helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and boasts a more radiant-looking complexion. The best part? The formula is enhanced with a broad-spectrum SPF 50 physical sunscreen.
L’OREAL MAGIC SKIN BEAUTIFIER BB CREAM
The last thing you want is a foundation that looks caked on. Avoid resorting to a heavy formula that could potentially extenuate your fine lines and wrinkles, and opt for a lightweight BB cream instead. BB cream is one of our favorite skin care-inspired makeup products for many reasons. They can help hide the appearance of skin imperfections and hydrate the skin. One of our all-time favorites? L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. It achieves four beautifying actions in one formula: primes, corrects, hydrates, and perfects. Plus, this ultra-light lotion – enhanced with antioxidant vitamin E – delivers a flawless, bare-skin finish.
L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, $10.95 MSRP
YVES SAINT LAURENT TOP SECRETS ALL-IN-ONE BB CREAM
If an uneven skin tone is on your list of skin concerns, reach for Yves Saint Laurent’s Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skin Tone Corrector. Formulated with broad spectrum SPF 25, this multi-functional BB cream can help conceal imperfections and dullness while keeping the skin moisturized all day long.