The Best Foundations for Women Over 50
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.
Best for Softening Fine Lines: L’Oréal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint
A foundation and blur cream in one? You have our attention. This medium-coverage base also contains light-diffusing silicones to soften the look of fine lines with minimal blending.
Best for Brightening: 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.
Best for a Natural Finish: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
There's a reason this foundation is a cult favorite: Its finish gives skin an airbrushed quality while looking natural. Reviewers also praise it for its lightweight feel and breathable coverage.
Best Shade Selection: Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20
Best for Full Coverage: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
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.
Best for a Dewy Finish: 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. The drugstore price point is also a win.
Best for Firming: 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.
Best for Sallow Skin: 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.
Best for a Non-Greasy Finish: Clarins Skin Illusion Serum Foundation
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.
Best for Moisturizing: Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup
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.