The best foundation for aging skin

Foundations for women over 50 with sensitive skin

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Curology Team
Dec 30, 2019 · 4 min read

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Around these parts, we don’t consider ourselves to be “anti”-aging — our skin is with us for a life-long journey, and getting older is something to take pride in. So I’ve got bad news for you if you’ve come looking for “anti”-aging foundation — there’s no such thing as a magic elixir that can turn back time. That said, if you want makeup that can flex with your skin texture that won’t cake or break you out, here is a quick review of the best foundation makeup for mature skin.

Want the big picture? Check out our complete guide to foundation makeup for aging skin.

The best foundation for wrinkles and fine lines

These are your best bets for buildable coverage: they’re lightweight, provide a decent amount of coverage with just one layer, and you can add on as needed in areas where you want more. Better yet, these are formulated to reduce unwanted creasing, making it easier to conceal fine lines and wrinkles if you so desire.

Clé de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF 24

  • Moisturizing, full-coverage cream foundation

  • “Illuminating Complex EX” with silk and pearl helps moisturize and give the skin’s texture a smooth appearance

  • Broad spectrum SPF 24 provides some UV protection (although we recommend at least SPF 30!)

BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation

  • Creamy formula with medium coverage

  • Formulated for combination to oily skin

  • Features a microfine powder to deliver a matte, soft-focus effect

Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation

  • Oil-free gel foundation & ultra lightweight texture

  • Buildable formula with adjustable coverage

  • Contains no phthalates, sulfates, palm oil, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances or GMOs

Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint

  • Natural, bare-faced finish

  • Lightweight, hydrating water-based formula

  • With tamarind seed extract for moisturizing

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation

  • Nourishes skin with minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne, France

  • Contains a moisturizing blend of jojoba oil, olive squalane and shea butter for a natural, dewy finish

  • Sheer to medium buildable coverage

The best lightweight foundation

For those who don’t want to feel like they’re wearing foundation, but want to even out their skin tone, cover up dark circles, or just brighten up the appearance of their skin in targeted areas: these foundations are for you.

ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation

  • Contains vitamin C to help protect the skin from sun damage

  • Aloe leaf, rosehip, jojoba and marula oils soothe and hydrate the skin

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  • Lightweight formula with up to 16 hours of wear

  • Buildable, medium to full coverage

  • Breathable, fade-resistant formula

Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder Foundation

  • Buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a weightless feel

  • Convenient compact for on-the-go touch-ups

  • Comes in 35 shades

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

  • Lightweight formula delivers a luminous, flawless finish

  • Includes vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection

Kosas TInted Face Oil

  • Deeply hydrating medium coverage foundation

  • Easily applied as a daily serum or moisturizer

  • No blending required

The best full-coverage foundation

For those who want full-on coverage that hides dark spots, fine lines, and pores, these foundations are right up your proverbial alley.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

  • Sweat-, humidity-, water- and transfer-resistant with up to 15 hours of wear

  • Matte finish without looking dull, flat or cakey

  • Weightless texture for a second-skin feel

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Full Coverage Foundation

  • Full coverage with a lightweight, second-skin finish

  • Satin, semi-matte finish is great for combination skin

  • SPF 25 provides UVA and UVB protection

Lancôme Teint Idole 24H Ultra Long Wear Foundation

  • Oil-free formulation

  • Buildable, natural-looking coverage stays matte for up to 24 hours

  • Available in 45 shades

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

  • Full-coverage foundation can double as a concealer

  • Long-wearing and waterproof

  • Convenient for travel and on-the-go touch-ups

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free

  • Liquid-to-powder formula blends easily

  • Long-wearing with a satin finish

  • Contains kaolin clay to benefit oily, acne-prone skin

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You + your skin = the journey of a lifetime

A good skincare regimen is the first step of a makeup routine — and the most important. Whether full glam is your daily go-to or you like to just slap on some sunscreen and get out the door, a simple and gentle skincare routine sets your face up for success. And if you’re struggling with signs of aging or hormonal acne, you need products that work — with nothing extra.

That’s where a dermatology provider can come in to prescribe you a custom night cream with active ingredients to help your unique skin concerns. You can try it when you sign up for your first month of Curology. If you want, we’ll complete your daily skincare routine for no extra cost with our non-comedogenic cleanser and your choice of moisturizer. Just pay $4.95 (plus tax) to cover the cost of shipping and handling. Sign up for your free trial and start your #SkincareJourney today.

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