Foundation for Women Over 50

It's a common catch-22 of cosmetics: The older you get, the more coverage you need. But the more you pile it on, the older you look. Sigh. The reason: The wrong formula can look cake-y and settle into lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are foundations out there that will cover imperfections and make your skin look smoother, more luminous, and years younger. Here are our top picks.

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    Foundation Rules for 50+ Skin

    As we age, skin gets more sallow, dry, and etched with lines. While it’s tempting to slather skin with the thickest, most opaque foundation you can find, it’s only going to cling to dry spots, settle in creases, and appear mask-like. Instead you want to choose lightweight, hydrating liquid formulas with a luminous (not too shiny, but not matte) finish that glide over -- and even blur -- imperfections, explains makeup artist Jordy Poon. Poon suggests foundations with buildable coverage, meaning you can start off sheer and work your way up to your desired opacity. For foundations that fit the bill, keep clicking.  

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    L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Foundation

    It’s a foundation and blur cream in one. The medium-coverage base also contains light-diffusing silicones to soften the look of fine lines with one swipe.

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    Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup

    This medium-coverage foundation is infused with the technology found in the brand's anti-aging serum. The result: a highly blendable, skin-brightening formula that glides over lines and wrinkles.

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    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

    “It’s a cult favorite,” says Poon. The reason: “Its finish looks like real skin.”

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    Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20

    “This is really skin care with color,” says Poon, of the medium-coverage foundation infused with skin-smoothing ingredients.

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    Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

    If you need more coverage, consider this foundation and concealer in one. Polymer technology in the full-coverage, moisturizing formula give the makeup a flexible, breathable film, ensuring your skin won’t look too made up or cakey.

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    Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation

    Fresh-looking skin in a bottle: This hydrating formula smooths over dry areas and leaves dull skin with a soft, luminous finish.

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    Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15

    This creamy foundation contains ceramides, which are lipid molecules often found in anti-aging treatments that plump the skin and help it retain its moisture.  

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    Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

    To combat sallow skin, Poon suggests choosing shades with golden undertones. “Bobbi Brown cosmetics are a go-to for this,” he says. The brand’s latest serum foundation has a silky texture and super-fine pigments that skim over, not sit in, fine lines and wrinkles.

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    Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation

    Light-reflecting particles in this formula give dulling skin a glowy, but not greasy, finish. 

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    Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup

    This foundation is infused with hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that draws water from the atmosphere into skin for a plumping and smoothing effect.

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    Contouring 101

    Contouring is one of the most effective ways to transform your makeup look. And it doesn't have to be complicated -- see how easy it is to contour with these simple steps.

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    The Best Makeup for Women Over 50

    Want to look younger instantly? Start by making some easy tweaks to your cosmetic bag. Find out why your current look might be aging you. Then, follow our easy, age-defying makeup tutorials to help you achieve more youthful, glowing skin, brighter eyes, and fuller lips.
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