As we get older, a lot of changes happen to our skin. During your teens and twenties, spots, acne scars, and oiliness can tend to be our main points of focus, but as time progresses, our skin starts to become drier, lines and wrinkles develop, and sun damage and pigmentation can appear. With that, if your trusted foundation just isn’t cutting it for you anymore, it might be time to find a new formula that works better for your skin.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to go for lightweight, hydrating formulas that don’t look heavy on the skin. Ideally, you should steer clear of super matte formulas, as these can look cakey and settle into fine lines and wrinkles, opting for sheer, hydrating formulas instead. Your skin also naturally loses colour as you age, so try choosing a foundation shade that’s one step warmer than your natural skin colour, to avoid your complexion looking ashy or washed-out.
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top recommendations of foundations for mature skin to make your decision easier.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation
As the name might suggest, this foundation is luminous, healthy skin in a bottle. This lightweight, medium coverage foundation helps to blur out any imperfections, discolouration, and uneven skin tone without masking your natural skin underneath. The radiance-boosting formula lasts all day without the need for powder or touch-ups, meaning that once it’s on you won’t need to worry about it again. Available in an impressive range of 50 shades, finding that perfect match just got that bit easier.
ZOEVA Authentik Skin Foundation
Opting for glowy, radiant finishes helps your skin to look it best, which is why the Authentik Skin Foundation’s luminous, soft-focus formula looks perfect on mature skin. The lightweight, buildable formula makes it ideal for tailoring the coverage to suit your skin. Remember that your whole face doesn’t have to be covered entirely – layer it up on areas where you want more coverage and even forgo foundation on areas that don’t look like they need any. Your skin can tend to be drier as you get older, so the rose hip oil addition in this formula makes it nourishing and hydrating on the skin.
Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation
The Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation is packed with skin-friendly ingredients that make it ideal for mature skin types. Ingredients such as Irish sea moss, baobab seed, and plant collagen help to hydrate, protect, and plump the skin, all whilst providing a natural coverage that looks healthy and glowy. The thin, liquid formula allows for a flawless, seamless blend, whilst still allowing your skin to breathe.
Nabla Close Up Futuristic Foundation
Just because a foundation is matte, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid it. The Nabla Close-Up Futuristic Foundation is the perfect balance of matte and luminos, making it ideal for mature skin types that can still suffer from oily skin in places. The innovative texture makes is super blendable on the skin, whilst the microparticles in the formula help to blur imperfections, fine lines, and pigmentation.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
You may already be familiar with The Ordinary for their un-paralleled skincare formulas, but their foundations are just as worth getting excited about. The Serum Foundation works really well for mature skin types – the formula has a fresh, lightweight feel never feels heavy or cakey on the skin. The buildable coverage allows you to wear as little or as much as you’d like, making it perfect for daytime and night out looks.
Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation
Although lightweight formulas generally tend to be better for mature skin, if you’re suffering with breakouts, uneven skin tone, or pigmentation, we get that sometimes high coverage is what makes you feel comfortable. When it comes to heavier formulas, it’s all about the prep. Prepping the skin with hydrating serums, moisturisers, and primers means that it creates a smooth, hydrated canvas which stops high coverage foundations looking flat and cakey. If high coverage is your thing, one of our go-tos is the Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation. Enriched with hyaluronic acid to support the skin’s natural moisture, as well as a tripeptide complex that stimulates collagen, this is a high coverage foundation that’s mature skin friendly.