As any regular make-up wearer may know, finding the best foundations for mature skin can make your look. Choose the wrong foundation for your skin, and it may result in your complexion looking dull and flat, and you can even end up making yourself look older. As our skin ages, it’s more important than ever to choose the right makeup for older women so it stays looking plumped and hydrated.
As we age our complexion can become dryer as our skin produces less oil, which can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Dehydrated skin can also lead to a dull-looking complexion. You’ll therefore want to opt for a foundation that gives a radiant finish and has hydrating ingredients, so it doesn’t sit into fine lines or grab onto dry patches. Steer away from anything too heavy, as this can make your skin appear flat and dull — we want to achieve a flawless and healthy-looking glow. Choosing a lighter foundation and adding coverage with your go-to concealer and favourite bronzer for mature skin is the best way to achieve a natural yet flawless finish.
Best foundations for mature skin at a glance:
• Best overall: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - view on LookFantastic
• Best for full coverage: Avon True Colour Power Stay 24 Hour Longwear Foundation - view on Avon
• Best for a smooth finish: No7 Lift & Luminate TRIPLE ACTION Serum Foundation - view on Boots
• Best for all skin tones: Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - view on Boots
Don’t forget, before applying foundation, make sure you have a suitable primer for mature skin, as this will create an even base and help it stay on throughout the day.
So, whether you’re after the best foundations for mature skin at an affordable price, a BB cream or CC cream or you don’t mind splashing the cash on a premium foundation, we’ve found the best ones to help you achieve a radiant, natural finish.
The best foundations for mature skin
Best overall foundation for glowing mature skin
This is our pick for the best overall foundation for mature skin and a top pick for others too,
- Available in 40 shades
- Glycerin-infused for all-day hydration
- Not super full coverage
Best glowing foundation for mature skin
Charlotte Tilbury is a cosmetics wizard with several fantastic foundations to her name, but this
- Available in 12 shades
- Creates plumper-looking skin
- Sheer to light coverage might not be for those who prefer a full coverage finish
Best CC cream for mature skin
If you're prone to redness, then a CC cream for mature skin is ideal for neutralising skin
- CC cream and anti-ageing hydrating serum in one
- Brilliant for covering imperfections
- Great SPF protection
- Only 11 shades available
Best budget foundation for mature skin
A high street fave that has stood the test of time. L'Oréal Paris True Match is a great choice for
- Available in 29 shades
- Blendable and buildable
- Contains SPF
- Full coverage finish might not suit every skin type
Best foundation for a smooth finish
From the same hugely successful anti-ageing skincare range, you know you can trust No7 for really
- Available in 25 shades
- Expertly formulated to target fine lines, wrinkles and age spots
- Low SPF protection
Best buildable coverage foundation for mature skin
If you want to naturally cover your skin with a minimalist yet buildable makeup look while letting
- Available in 30 shades
- Dermatologically tested and fragrance-free
- Not suitable for an oilier skin type
Best foundation for sensitive skin
Suitable for all skin types, this foundation has been reviewed by many users as being great for
- Matte finish
- 17 shades available
- Heat, water and sweat-resistant
- Low SPF protection
Best foundation for all skin tones
With 50 shades of foundation to choose from, Fenty Beauty prides itself on being one of the most
- Huge colour range of 50 shades
- Soft matte finish
- Blurs pores
- No SPF protection
Best hydrating foundation for mature skin
This foundation is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a buildable medium-to-full coverage
- Gives the skin a 'juicy' finish
- High SPF protection
- May be too glowy for those who prefer a matte finish
Best foundation for combination skin
This foundation from Clinique almost sounds futuristic in its ability to help your skin retain
- Medium coverage with a natural finish
- Adds moisture back into the skin and subtracts oil
- Smaller colour range
Best foundation for oily prone skin
This foundation by Bobbi Brown will work wonders if you have naturally oily skin but are looking
- Infused with Glycerine to hydrate the skin
- 20 shades to choose from
- Low SPF protection
Best for full coverage
It's time to lower your budget, not your standards as here we have the Power Stay 24-Hour Longwear
- Available in 33 shades
- Affordable dupe of Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation
- Full coverage
- Low SPF protection
What's the best way to prep mature skin before applying foundation?
We made sure to ask the experts for their best tips on how to achieve a youthful glow with foundation. We spoke to qualified health practitioner and skin specialist, Tammy Richards, at dispensary brand PureOptical and Hannah Lally, Avon UK's Head of Beauty.
Established in 1886, prestige make-up brand Avon knows a thing or two about make-up and have been a trusted source of inspiration and expertise for women of all ages for many years.
“When shopping for foundations for mature skin, it is common practice for consumers to jump straight into believing product claims and neglect to consider their base,” says Tammy.
"Foundations for mature skin and concealers can sit in fine lines, especially around the forehead (‘number 11s’) and eyes (‘crow’s feet’). A primer that includes silicone will work to disguise fine lines and serve as a base for foundation to lay, without sinking."
Tammy also recommends using a primer with SPF included as a must. "A primer with an SPF is a great option. No matter what time of year it is, SPF should always be worn. It is one of the best (and most affordable) anti-ageing ingredients out there.”
A great SPF option would be the NARS Cosmetics Radiance Primer with SPF35. As well as helping to give even coverage and improve the longevity of your make-up. It will help protect your skin from the sun and revitalise dull and fatigued skin.
"When wearing a foundation at any age, preparation is key," Hannah says. "Always start by applying your moisturiser and primer to a freshly cleansed face, allowing each product to sink into the skin before you apply foundation. When you take the time to prep your skin, you’ll notice your foundation glides on smoother and lasts longer.
"Add a couple of pumps to the back of your hand and apply with a fluffy buffing brush. Start in the centre of the face and work your way outwards to achieve a natural look."
For a silicone-free hydrating option that will help nourish your skin, we'd recommend the Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer. If you're on the hunt for the perfect concealer for mature skin, take a look at our recommendations.
To set your foundation, we'd recommend a face powder for mature skin.
How do I find the right foundation shade?
Many make-up brands such as No7, Charlotte Tilbury, and Avon have Foundation Finders on their websites to help find the right shade for you. Alternatively, you can go to your local beauty counter to have your make-up shade match found in person.
If however, you have a beloved foundation that's been discontinued or are looking to try the best foundations for mature skin similar to your favourite, you can use Findation to find your match across multiple brands by simply using your existing foundation shade as reference.
Finding the right shade to suit your skin tone in a new buy can be difficult, but this nifty website should help so you don't need to buy and test, wasting money on deceivingly wrong shades. Also, remember, if you purchase a premium foundation, a lot of brands will allow you to swap the product if you do happen to pick up the completely wrong shade.
Marianna 'Maz' Manson is a digital writer at Closer, Yours and heat. She's the resident expert on Celebs Go Dating, Made in Chelsea, Gogglebox and First Dates.