The 10 Best Foundations for Women Over 50
These lightweight options reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines and leave you with a flawless complexion.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)