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Picking out the right foundation often calls for an self-assessment of your skin’s needs and behaviors—and those tend to change as we age. So if your once always-reliable foundation isn’t pleasing you with performance anymore, it may be time to edit your routine with a new formula.
For those with mature, aging skin, Neil Scibelli, a New York-based makeup artist, typically suggests a foundation with added skincare benefits, like hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and plump the skin and peptides to support collagen production.
“Sunscreen is also an important benefit to, of course, protect against sun damage, but also to prevent further breakdown of collagen in the skin as well as future sun spots,” Scibelli adds.
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation ($48) is our pick for best clean beauty foundation.
Skin type is also helpful to consider when choosing the best foundation for aging skin. For example, Scibelli says those with dry skin may need a formula with hydrating properties in a liquid or cream form, while oily skin types could opt out of the added moisture and choose a lighter or even powder consistency.
Foundation finish is typically a personal preference, but Scibelli did note that he typically does not use formulas that are shimmery or pearlized on mature skin, as it “can settle into unwanted areas and actually accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.”
Ahead, nine of the best foundations for mature skin, including a best-selling creamy stick formula, a drugstore classic, a matte wonder, and more.
Consider adding Charlotte Tilbury’s full-coverage matte foundation to your spring shopping list: The longwear foundation provides a cooling effect when applied to skin and promises resistance to sweat, water and humidity. The brand’s addition of an ingredient dubbed “Magic REPLEXIUM” is said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, providing an airbrushed finish. Many reviewers claim a little goes a very long way.
With over 5,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, it’s safe to call this oil-free foundation a drugstore cult-favorite. This hydrating formula, which is available in 45 shades, gets rave reviews for its buildable, natural finish. It also contains a mineral-based SPF and vitamin E for added skincare benefits.
One of makeup artist Neil Scibelli’s favorites, Armani’s Power Fabric Foundation offers an impressive matte finish and a full-coverage that masks redness and dark spots while still feeling light on the skin. You’ll still want to apply sunscreen on its own, but the foundation’s SPF 25 provides added sun security.
ILIA’s 30-shade serum foundation range is ideal for dry skin, thanks to hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid. The clean, dewy-finish formula addresses skin texture, fine lines, and tone, too, with the addition of niacinamide. It’s best for someone looking for a light veil of coverage and a natural glow.
There’s so much beauty in a stick foundation. On top of being travel-friendly, these creamy formulas can double as concealer and are perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Bobbi Brown’s is one of the most popular options, offering a medium but buildable coverage and ample hydration.
Serum foundations are typically lighter in consistency and coverage and enhanced with ingredients that help boost skin health—a great option for someone who doesn’t want to feel like they’re wearing foundation. This radiant-finish formula offers all that and an SPF 50. Worth noting, the brand claims the foundation, which is available in 30 shades, won’t settle into fine lines either.
Saving you a spritz (or two) of your facial spray, this breathable formula boasts an all-day hydration claim, plus probiotics and antioxidant protection. It comes in 28 different shades and provides an SPF 45.
Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath’s foundation promises gorgeous luminosity worthy of a splurge. Available in 36 shades, the creamy, buildable foundation smooths fine lines and blurs pores while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy through a “Vita-Serum Complex,” made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Sure, you’ll get instant, full-coverage gratification with this foundation, but it’s also made with a special complex, vitamin C and salicylic acid that work together to fade dark spots and improve skin texture over time.