The best foundations for mature skin

Get primed and ready for skin hydration and a flawless complexion with foundation make-up

Mature Skin Foundations

by Marianna Manson |

Any regular make-up wearer will know the importance of a good foundation base. And as our skin ages, it’s more important than ever to choose the right products to keep our skin looking plumped and hydrated.

Choosing a foundation formula that's suitable for dryer complexions, lends a radiant glow and doesn't settle in fine lines will help cater to mature skin concerns and leave you feeling your best.

Ingredients to look for with anti-ageing benefits

Some foundations, and other skincare and beauty products for that matter, contain ingredients to boost collagen production, improve the appearance of wrinkles and brighten your complexion. These are some of the best ingredients you might find in your make-up to help with 'anti-ageing':

Vitamin C and E are antioxidants that may help protect the skin from sun damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin A helps to rebuild collagen and repair sun damage.

Niacinamide helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity. This along with Vitamin C can help brighten dull skin.

Glycolic Acid and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) help to aid collagen production, restoring skin barrier function and targeting signs of ageing.

Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body and can help bind moisture, improve skin hydration and skin repair.

SPF protects the skin from sun damage and prevents ageing as a result. You should always use some form of SPF as part of your routine and aim for SPF30 or higher.

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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 make-up, it is common practice for consumers to jump straight into believing product claims and neglect to consider their base,” says Tammy.

"Foundations 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'll 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.

Eleanor, Commercial Content Writer for Yours, tried and tested The Ordinary's High-Adherence Silicone Primer.

"I've been using this primer for some time now as someone who wears make-up daily and often struggles to get even coverage on my textured skin. This silicone primer feels like it acts as a layer over my imperfections which helps create a smoother appearance and works even better to help my foundation last longer. A little product goes a long way and while it feels a little thicker than other primers I've tried on the market, it's still non-greasy, oil-free and hydrating. It's a steal at under £6!"

How best to apply foundation to mature skin

We love this how-to guide where Sephora Beauty Director, Jeffrey, shows us how to apply foundation on the beautiful Gillean. Our favourite advice from Jeffrey and Gillean is that less is more and we should embrace our skin for all its stories!

How to find the right shade for you

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 a new foundation similar to your favourite to suit your changing skin, you can use Findation to find your match across multiple brands by simply using your existing foundation shade as reference.

It can be difficult finding the right shade to suit your skin tone in a new buy but this nifty website should help so you don't need to buy and test, wasting money on deceivingly wrong shades!

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