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How to Choose the Right Foundation for Mature Skin (Plus Our Top 8 Picks)

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Ringing in the new year always leaves everyone hopeful and excited for the days ahead, but the prospect of discovering new lines and wrinkles leaves much to be desired. While you can’t fully stop aging in its tracks, having mature skin doesn’t mean smooth and radiant skin is already a thing of the past. Much like tweaking your daily regimen to address your skin’s needs, a little adjustment to your makeup routine—starting with your foundation—can ensure that aging gracefully isn’t only reserved for Hollywood stars.

“As we get older, our skin has a harder time retaining moisture. This is the reason why most mature women have skin that looks dried and cracked,” explains Sandy Taylor, editor at Foundation Fairy.

“Mature skin is different from the skin of folks in their 20s and 30s. Menopause plays a role,” says beauty chemist David Pollock. “The traditional foundation you used when you were younger is too heavy and can actually accentuate wrinkles and clog pores.”

How to Choose the Right Foundation

As signs of aging become more prominent with time, it’s important to choose makeup products that not only hide your flaws, but also provide skin care benefits. When choosing the best foundation for mature skin, Pollock says to keep an eye out for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants like green tea, vitamin C, pomegranate and CoQ10 as these will help keep your skin moisturized and protected from free radicals. He also adds that peptides have been “clinically proven to help firm the skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.”

Which Type Is Best for Mature Skin

The best foundation for mature skin is one that “melts into your skin” and creates a natural-looking finish, says celebrity esthetician and author Lora Condon. “This doesn’t mean it has no coverage but that it looks flawless—like your own skin. Liquid, cream or baked silicone foundations work best and provide full coverage when layered,” she explains.

For areas that are harder to cover, Taylor suggests using a lightweight foundation and combining it with a moisturizing concealer instead of layering foundation heavily. “For really dry skin, consider choosing an oil-based foundation to lock in moisture,” she adds.

As for which type of foundations to steer clear from, freelance makeup artist and event personality Hillary Kline says it’s thick or loose powder foundations. “I have noticed that when you use these products, they tend to settle into the creases and make lines more visible,” she explains.

How to Apply for Best Results

To prevent dryness and keep your foundation from caking, keeping skin moisturized is key, says Kline. “Never apply foundation to unmoisturized skin. If you have dry skin, make sure you exfoliate ahead of time,” she adds.

Board-certified dermatologist Nancy Satur also suggests using an antimicrobial and latex-free blending sponge to make sure your liquid foundation is applied evenly. “They may provide a softer and less irritating application for mature or sensitive skin as compared with synthetic brushes,” says Satur.

Ready to switch to a foundation that’s perfectly suited for mature skin? We’ve rounded up our favorites below!

  1. 1. Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Pigments
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    1. Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Pigments

    With 33 percent high-performance pigments, this lightweight liquid foundation lets you achieve natural-looking, long-wearing coverage without the ick and slick. Its blendable, water- and oil-free formula leaves a silky texture and a “your skin but better” finish that covers flaws, dark spots, redness and uneven skin tone.

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  2. 2. Stila Cosmetics Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

    Infused with ionized water, hyaluronic acid and essential minerals, this ultra-lightweight foundation delivers natural-looking, buildable coverage while keeping your skin hydrated and maintaining its healthy glow—even after 12 hours of wear! It also contains highly refractive and multi-reflective pigments that optically smoothen skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections, pores and fine lines.

  3. 3. COVER FX Custom Cover Drops

    Finding the perfect foundation for your skin type can be tricky as it is, but finding one in your shade is another story. Luckily, this customizable foundation lets you combine its highly pigmented drops with any type of foundation, concealer, moisturizer or serum to create a shade that you can adjust depending on your needs (no need to buy another shade after that beach trip!). Each drop is infused with light-reflecting mica to enhance your skin’s glow and lecithin for seamless blendability.

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  4. 4.  Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation
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    4.  Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation

    If you’re going for a glammed-up, airbrushed look, this one is for you. This lightweight, highly blendable foundation leaves a smooth, matte finish for a flawless complexion that lasts all day and keeps skin intensely hydrated and moisturized with hyaluronic acid and dimethicone.

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  5. 5. Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging Foundation Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

    A lightweight and moisturizing foundation with anti-aging and antioxidant benefits? Yes, please! Formulated with vitamins C and E, essential oils and shea butter, this breakthrough foundation instantly blurs the skin’s imperfections and delivers a luminous, natural-looking finish (that lasts up to 24 hours!) while continuously repairing and improving the skin’s appearance. The best part? It adds a layer of UV defense with its broad-spectrum sunscreen protection!

  6. 6. BY TERRY Eclat Opulent Nutri-Lifting Foundation
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    6. BY TERRY Eclat Opulent Nutri-Lifting Foundation

    Formulated with 14 of the most advanced anti-aging ingredients, this foundation truly blurs the lines between skin care and makeup. Featuring hyaluronic acid that hydrates and plumps the skin, antioxidants that counter free radicals and SofLift, an optical anti-wrinkle and anti-blemish corrector, it refines wrinkles and fine lines and evens skin tone, revealing a brighter and naturally radiant complexion.

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  7. 7. jane iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation
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    7. jane iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation

    This foundation comes in bead-like spheres that dispenses into a silky liquid and features light-reflecting minerals that instantly blur skin imperfections. Infused with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, CoQ10 and vitamin C, each drop delivers anti-aging benefits to the skin for a healthier, younger-looking complexion.

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  8. 8. Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Flawless Serum Foundation

    When it comes to anti-aging makeup, this serum foundation is a powerhouse. Featuring coconut alkanes that smooth skin and act as primer along with plant-derived Phyto-Pigments, this anti-aging foundation delivers medium-to-full coverage and a radiant finish with its weightless, skin-perfecting formula. It’s also infused with antioxidants, resveratrol-rich grapeseed oil and Juice Beauty’s Age-Defy Serum Technology to help refine the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Janeca Racho

With over 10 years of writing and editing experience, Janeca Racho has worked with clients in the fashion, entertainment, food, health and travel industries. An adventurer at heart, she will gladly trade her heels for a good pair of hiking shoes and skip hotels to camp under the stars. She loves horror movies, googling ingredients in her beauty products and backpacking trips with her toddler. Her newfound obsession: nude lipstick.