The 5 Best Foundations for Mature Skin Types

Must-have foundations for women over 40

Your beauty needs change as you age—out with glittery eye shadow, and in with skin smoothing makeup primers. These foundations are designed to work with, not against, mature skin and actually improve texture and tone. (Some even help to keep new wrinkles from forming!) Sometimes finding the right formula in foundation can be difficult, which is why I've chosen several different kinds that are anti-aging and will give you a luxurious finish. Read my top picks in anti-aging foundations below, and find which one works perfectly for you!

Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15
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Smashbox High Definition Foundation gives a flawless finish, but with an added bonus: this foundation contains extra ingredients that are formulated to improve the health of your skin! The foundation also helps to firm skin and contains a time-released moisturizer, so your skin stays hydrated all day versus losing it's luster over a few hours of time. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? The great thing about HD foundation is a little really goes a long way in coverage, so you don't have to apply much to get the desired coverage you want or need. Be sure to properly moisturize your skin first before you apply any sort of makeup. If you want your foundation to be more like a tinted moisturizer you can mix a few drops in with your skincare, and if you're looking for flawless coverage, be sure to apply with a foundation brush or a beauty blender sponge.  More »

Clinique Even Better Makeup
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This foundation contains everything you love about Clinique foundations PLUS the benefits of their much-loved Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. As we age, dark spots and age spots tend to appear and our even skin tone can become dull over time. When using products that cover and treat even skin tone, you're killing two birds with one stone. Studies show that within 4-6 weeks age spots and sun spots will be diminished, and you will see a much more improved surface and texture. Bye bye sunspots, hello smooth and clear skin! 

Makeup Artist Tip: Want to prevent future sun damage? Be sure to always wear an spf under your makeup to ensure you get full protection from the sun. Using a separate sunscreen will give you more protection than if you were to get it just from makeup alone. This will treat existing sunspots by helping them not get any darker, and prevent future ones from forming.  More »

Maestro Glow Foundation. Giorgio Armani Beauty

This foundation is amazing, as it's sheer but still gives nice coverage and hydration to the driest of skin types. If you want something that doesn't feel like a lot of makeup on the skin, this is perfect. Simply shake the bottle to mix the contents before applying, and keep blending on the skin until you get the desired coverage you're looking for. It's sheer texture helps to keep fine lines and wrinkles subtle, making it a perfect product for more mature skin types.  More »

Lancome Absolue BX Makeup
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Lancome has an entire line of Absolue products to help with aging, and the foundation makeup is a great finishing step. From serums, to eye creams and morning and night cream, there are several amazing products in the Absolue line to choose from. Absolue works to even out your complexion while giving you a medium to full coverage, without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Start by applying the moisturizer and eye cream first as your treatment, then move on to foundation. The coverage is full, so a little bit goes a long way and should be applied with a foundation brush, not your fingers. This foundation will also work to rejuvenate your skin and help make it more supple. Yes please! More »

IT Cosmetics

The SPF in this CC cream is perfect for mature skin types, offering a high level of protection against sunspots and more fine lines and wrinkles forming. A hydrating and full coverage formula, this makeup helps smooth out the texture of your skin while adding several anti-aging benefits. A great foundation to wear every day and travel with, you won't be disappointed. More »