The 8 Best Foundations to Buy for Mature Skin in 2018

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As you get older, your skin needs change. Menopause, hormonal changes and reduced natural oil production can dry out your skin, exacerbating the appearance of laugh lines and wrinkles. Add sun damage, enlarged pores, dull skin and more into the mix, and that tinted moisturizer that you’ve been using since college may not cut it anymore. It’s time to invest in a foundation specially formulated for mature skin. But with so many options out there, how do you know which one is the best?

Luckily, the market is chockfull of foundations for mature skin, from full-coverage foundation to foundation for dry skin. Every bottle offers a unique blend of benefits for your skin concern, whether it’s wrinkles, dullness, enlarged pores or age spots. What’s more, many are infused with the very same age-defying ingredients that are commonly found in your anti-aging serums and moisturizers — such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C — to improve texture and tone while providing the coverage you’re after for a glowing, youthful-looking complexion.

Here are the best foundations for mature skin for every budget, so rest assured there’s a perfect match for you.

BOBBI BROWN Skin Foundation Stick
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This award-winning stick foundation — which has earned over 40,000 loves on Sephora — is formulated with something called “Smart Technology” for targeted moisturizing or oil control, depending on what your mature skin needs. Available in 30 shades, the formula is creamy yet lightweight, delivers medium to full coverage and looks and feels like second skin. Plus, it comes in an easy-to-use stick applicator. Perfect for quick touch-ups on the go!

This foundation is also great for combination skin, which can be tricky to buy foundation for. More »

Longwear foundations tend to have a bad rep: Oftentimes they are drying and uncomfortable and may accentuate laugh lines and wrinkles, making you look older than you are — which defeats the whole purpose, right? Enter L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.

Lightweight and creamy, this medium-coverage foundation absorbs oil and keeps shine at bay all day while adding a nice glow in all the right places. With 12 shades to choose from, this long-lasting foundation has an impressive 24-hour claim, so your makeup will look just as good at dinner and cocktails as it did when you first applied it in the morning. And at a drugstore price point, this foundation won't leave your wallet barren.

If you’re looking for serious coverage, this award-winning, full-coverage foundation is the one for you. Available in seven shades, this highly pigmented cream foundation with broad-spectrum SPF 50+ covers like a heavy-duty concealer without looking like a cakey, dried-out mask. The multi-tasking formula is dense and creamy and spreads easily to smooth over crow’s feet and wrinkles while hiding everything else in sight: hyperpigmentation, acne scars, enlarged pores and more.

Great for all skin types, this cream foundation formula is infused with an anti-aging serum to treat your skin. Just scan the ingredient list and you’ll find a who’s who of anti-aging superstars — hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. A little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and build up to your desired coverage.

Sheer foundations can be so lightweight that they don’t do much of anything, but Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation really delivers. A pea-size drop of this hydrating, lightweight foundation — which comes in 20 shades— is enough to buff away imperfections and even out skin tone while letting the natural radiance of your skin peek through. It’s actually so lightweight that it can also be used on the body. It can cover leg veins and bruises as well as pimples and dark circles without rubbing off on clothes. This oil-free, non-comedogenic formula is made up of 80% water, and has a unique easy-to-blend water-gel texture for streak-free, natural-looking finish. This light as can be formula means you can slap it on quickly without a mirror. Because isn’t that the whole point of a sheer foundation?

We can see why this mattifying foundation is an ideal pick for oily, mature skin — and Amazon’s Choice! The ultra-lightweight liquid foundation is designed to match the texture of normal to oily skin and features exclusive micro-powders to help control unwanted shine and blur the look of pores. It goes on like velvet and dries to a soft, powder-y finish. It will stay that way all day, too, so there’s no need to degrease your T-zone at 3pm with extra powder or oil-blotting sheets. The formula is oil-free and non-comedogenic, so if you’re prone to the occasional breakout, you can confidently put this on without worrying about clogging your pores. What’s more, it has one of the widest shade ranges we’ve ever seen. With 40 shades to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone.

DIOR Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation
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Sure, it might mean curbing your daily coffee habit for a bit, but trust us, Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation is worth the splurge. Available in eight shades, this serum foundation blurs imperfections and leaves your skin with an airbrushed finish like no other foundation can. This high-end foundation features an exclusive built-in anti-aging serum called Oxygen Activ technology, a blend of hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamins and minerals that blur away imperfections. It’s also formulated with soft-focus agents and glazed pigments to instantly produce an even-looking complexion for that amazing airbrushed effect. Plus, the application is luxurious too. The formula is so thin and fluid you have to dispense it with a glass dropper. It feels so weightless on your skin that you’ll forget it’s even there. It's no wonder this top-selling formula boasts over 10,000 "loves" on Sephora. More »

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is everything you want in a liquid foundation: it provides buildable coverage, buffs away the look of age spots and discoloration, blurs the appearance of pores and wrinkles while delivering the perfect balance of glow and color. In other words, it makes your skin look better — just way, way better.

Ideal for all skin types, the formula contains a blend of micro-fine radiant-pearl mica that perks up lackluster, mature skin for a soft, candlelit glow. The liquid foundation formula disappears into your skin the second you start blending, and you’ll love how weightless it feels on your face. It comes in 24 shades with a good selection of warm, cool and neutral undertones, too.

Consider this creamy foundation to be a big gulp of water for thirsty, mature skin. The oil-free formula features an intensely hydrating ingredient called hyaluronic acid, which is often used in anti-aging serums and creams to drench skin with moisture. It sinks in like a moisturizer — plumping fine lines and wrinkles instantly — and evens out skin tone for a healthy glow. It’s available in 10 shades and the cap comes with an oversized doe-foot applicator to make application incredibly quick and easy.


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