These lightweight options reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines and leave you with a flawless complexion.

By Lindsay Geodert
Updated August 26, 2020
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As we age, skin becomes sallow, dry, and etched with fine lines. Although it’s tempting to slather on the thickest, most opaque foundation you can find, it’s only going to cling to dry spots, settle into creases, and appear mask-like and unnatural. Instead, you want to choose a lightweight, hydrating liquid formula with a luminous (not too shiny, but not matte) finish that glides over—and even blurs—imperfections, explains New York City-based 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. Fortunately, there are formulas out there that will cover imperfections and make skin appear smoother and more youthful. Here are 10 foundations that you'll love at a variety of price points for everyone.

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A foundation and blur cream in one? You have our attention. This double-duty, medium-coverage base also contains light-diffusing silicones to soften the look of fine lines with minimal blending. The buildable formula is perfect for days you want a natural look.

Buy It: L’Oréal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint ($15, Ulta)

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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.

Buy It: Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup ($52, Ulta)

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There's a reason this foundation is beloved by so many: Its finish gives skin an airbrushed quality while looking natural. Reviewers also praise it for its lightweight feel and breathable coverage.

Buy It: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64, Neiman Marcus)

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"This is really skincare with color," says Poon, of the medium-coverage foundation infused with skin-smoothing botanical ingredients. Plus, it's available in 20 shades to complement every complexion.

Buy It: Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup ($50, Ulta)

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If you need more coverage, consider a foundation and concealer in one. Polymer technology in the full-coverage, moisturizing formula gives the makeup a flexible, breathable feel to ensure your skin won't look too made up or cakey.

Buy It: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer ($31, Ulta)

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Fresh-looking skin in a bottle: This hydrating formula smooths over dry areas and leaves dull skin with a soft, luminous finish. The drugstore price point is also a win.

Buy It: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation ($6, Target)

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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.

Buy It: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF ($43, Macy's)

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

Buy It: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 ($69, Bobbi Brown)

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Aging skin can benefit from a double dose of hydration and illumination. Light-reflecting particles in this formula give dulling skin a glowy, but not greasy, finish.

Buy It: Clarins Skin Illusion Serum Foundation ($44, Nordstrom)

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Proper moisture can go a long way in making skin appear more youthful. This foundation is infused with hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that draws water from the atmosphere into the skin for a plumping and smoothing effect.

Buy It: Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup ($13, Walmart)


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