Our Top 12 Foundations for Mature Skin in 2021

These clever cover-ups are designed to nourish and treat skin as they blur imperfections.

This liquid makeup from Estée Lauder is oil-free; skin hydration is delivered through serum technology instead. This formulation allows Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup to deliver moisture to the deep layers of the skin. Oil-free foundation wears longer and won't interfere with your contact lenses or settle in areas of your face. This makeup will, however, reduce the look of dry lines. It comes with an SPF 25—higher than what most foundations offer—and is fragrance-free.

Mature skin needs more than cosmetics that offer coverage; it needs nourishment and care. Loss of firmness and the appearance of fine lines are common as skin ages. One of the best foundations for mature skin, Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25 addresses all these concerns. After application, blend with a makeup brush, using a swirling motion to give a smooth and even effect.

Radiant skin isn’t always easy to achieve with a foundation, especially when you’re working with mature skin. The gorgeous, nourishing ingredients in YSL Touche Éclat All in One Glow Foundation offer advanced hydration support that restores the look of youthful skin. This water-based foundation also locks in moisture with the addition of Glycerine.

You can wear Touche Éclat All in One Glow Foundation all day without it feeling dry or cakey. The makeup comes in a handy tube with a pump, so it’s convenient for touch-ups and travel. This foundation’s medium coverage will hide imperfections and smooth out the texture of the skin. It's the best foundation for mature skin over 60 if you want a natural, glowy, youthful look. Pair YSL All in One Glow Foundation with Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - Radiant Touch, one of our all-time faves, on areas that need fuller coverage.

Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation SPF15 30ml

You’re looking for a natural-looking foundation you can use every day, but you also want to supercharge your anti-ageing strategy. Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation SPF 15 is a great solution. The gentle cocktail of botanical ingredients works on lifting, toning, and firming skin over the long term. Over time, ingredients such as Oat Sugars rebuild the bonds between the collagen and elastin in your skin.

Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation SPF15 30ml

In terms of coverage, Extra-Firming Foundation has a clever trick up its sleeve. It’s oil-free and designed for buildable coverage, so you can adapt it from medium to full coverage to suit the occasion or the condition of your skin. Finally, Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation contains minerals, which diffuse the light that hits your skin so your complexion appears lush and radiant.

Water Blend Foundation falls into the category of sheer coverage, and it's suitable for older skins thanks to its focus on hydration. The gel-like texture can be applied with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge, and is supereasy to blend. This foundation glides across your skin with a weightless, satiny feel. You may not even feel as though you’re wearing foundation, but your complexion will look undeniably more even.

A nice touch is that MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Foundation is waterproof. It's a great option if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are exposed to humidity. With 23 shades, the range is sure to have a shade to match your skin tone perfectly.

The hydration of Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation works well for mature skins year-round but also delivers the goods to any complexion in cold or windy conditions. So, it's a reliable foundation to switch to when winter swings around. Extra moisture doesn't mean slippage, however. This is a longwearing formulation that’s perfect to use every day. Bonus: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is also available in a bumper selection of 30 shades!

Bobbi Brown has always been about achieving a natural and neutral look. It's no surprise that the brand’s Skin Foundation is designed to leave skin looking like skin. If you're looking for full cover, move on. However, along with medium coverage that gives you an even complexion, this foundation delivers moisture and pore-minimising benefits.

M.A.C Cosmetics has a reputation as a youthful product line, but Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is worth a look for mature skin too. The creamy texture glides on with ease; apply it with a makeup brush to make sure it’s evenly distributed. With Studio Sculpt Foundation, you can also achieve medium-to-full coverage, based on what look you’re after. This M.A.C makeup is water-resistant and comes with sun protection.

That’s all good, and it’s what you’d expect from a quality foundation. But what we especially love is the hydration that M.A.C Studio Sculpt SPF 15 foundation delivers to skin. For dullness or dehydration—common features of the post-40 complexion—the gel base protects the skin from drying out and ensures the foundation won’t slip or smudge. The effect is smooth and sensational.

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation 30ml

Suitable for normal-to-dry skin types, Skin Illusion Foundation contains SPF 15 and is longwearing, making it a great everyday option. This makeup will stick with you all day but, despite being oil-based, won't leave you with the wrong kind of shine. If you like a natural look or are nervous about wearing foundation, this is one for you.

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation 30ml

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation feels more like a serum than makeup. Containing several plant-based oils, each of which brings anti-ageing benefits to the party, Skin Illusion is easy to blend into the skin for an even finish. Beyond its glorious texture, this serum-like formula leaves the skin with a dewy, sheer finish that’s really comfortable on the skin.

Infused in the Moisture Foundation formula, you'll find Collagen to improve firmness and Aloe Extract to calm inflammation. That delicious dose of hydration comes from a blend of Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, and Shea Butter, initially used in a Koh Gen Do spa treatment before the brand launched its product line. The water ratio in Moisture Foundation is high, but this lightweight cream makeup still gives a substantial cover kick, thanks to its intense pigments.

It’s clear from its name that Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation takes hydration seriously. That’s what makes this foundation highly suitable as a cover-up for mature skins. Even the most cared-for older skin will have areas that are uneven or pigmented. This mineral foundation offers fuller coverage with comfortable wear.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals 30ml

The pigments in Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals are designed to not only cover the skin but also reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, pigmentation, and fine lines. Liposomes, molecules similar to skin cells, deliver nutrients to the skin, providing an essential daily dose of moisture and maintaining hydration levels throughout the day. Also, smart time-release technology is built into Liquid Minerals, so this makeup releases active ingredients as they’re needed.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals 30ml

Liquid Minerals by Jane Iredale sits in the camp of foundations that offer medium coverage. What interests us is that along with its impressive, natural coverage, Liquid Minerals addresses some of the skin concerns of mature skins.

Erin Bigg Cosmetics Luminous Foundation 30ml

As part of a professional product line, Erin Bigg Cosmetics Luminous Foundation is designed to let you to mix shades and customise your foundation colour. Offering a natural, medium level of coverage, this liquid makeup prioritises luminosity and hydration. The silicone-based foundation formula smooths on easily and won’t dull skin’s natural shine. Luminous Foundation also repels sweat from the skin, so you won’t end up with streaks in humid conditions.

Erin Bigg Cosmetics Luminous Foundation 30ml

If you're looking for a simple product to even out imperfections while giving skin a touch of youthful dew, Erin Bigg Luminous Foundation is a great start. Mature skins will benefit from the added glow as they remain nourished and hydrated.

Mirenesse has prioritised the issues that mature skins deal with in the formulation of this foundation. In fact, if you use Velvet Maxi Lift Line Treatment Foundation with Renovage for 30 days, the brand predicts the firmness of your skin will improve substantially. Let’s look at how Mirenesse planned their war against time on your skin: Vitamins A, B, and C boost cell renewal and promote collagen production—processes that naturally slow down as skin ages. Hyaluronic Acid locks in moisture to deal with dryness. Mirenesse then borrowed a winning ingredient from Chinese medicine: Astragalus Root. Astragalus is a powerful antioxidant, protecting skin from damage that occurs naturally in older skin, as well as from environmental aggressors.

As a foundation, Mirenesse Velvet Maxi Lift Line Treatment Foundation with Renovage ticks all the boxes. It offers even coverage and longevity on the skin without shifting or smudging.

La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation With Broad Spectrum SPF15

If you have mature skin and are more comfortable wearing a foundation in a powder form, La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation is for you. The lightweight, loose powder is easy to apply to the face using the brand’s kabuki brush. Blend the minerals into the skin in the way you’re familiar with, or apply in a circular motion to add coverage to certain areas. You can't get it wrong! You'll achieve a natural look regardless of your deftness with makeup application.

La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation With Broad Spectrum SPF15

Rose Hip Oil keeps the skin hydrated, and Vitamin C protects the skin. Even though Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation has these added benefits, it won’t cause congestion or irritate the skin. And the fact that this mineral foundation is certified organic makes it stand out from competing foundations for mature skins.

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This article has been updated on 12/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Hannah from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

So, let's recap our Top 12 Foundations for Mature Skin

  1. Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25

  2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All In One Glow Foundation

  3. Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation SPF15

  4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Foundation

  5. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15

  6. M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation

  7. Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation 30ml

  8. Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation

  9. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals

  10. Erin Bigg Cosmetics Luminous Foundation

  11. Mirenesse Velvet Maxi Lift Line Treatment Foundation with Renovage

  12. La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation With Broad Spectrum SPF15

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