Updated April 10, 2020
Looking for foundation that makes mature skin appear smooth, glowing & healthy?
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Having that perfect shade of “go-to” makeup foundation is as essential to most women as a favorite pair of jeans, boots or earrings.
I have tried so many foundations since giving up my old standby, Estee Lauder, years ago!
When you have “the one,” it’s easier to feel pulled together, pretty and ready for your day. And make up can be a life saver if for any reason, you didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Don’t you agree?
In the past decade, my skin has changed. I’m still getting used to being “normal” instead of “combination.” By normal, I actually mean normal to dry, sensitive, with slight oiliness on my nose and some dry patches on my cheeks. And while my skin is good overall, I also have some broken capillaries and redness on my cheeks and nose.
I sometimes go “foundation free” thanks to 302’s Mineral Moisturizer, which evens skin tone, plus a bit of Hynt Beauty concealer (www.detoxmarket.com). But sometimes, I need to look more polished.
Since my skin is good overall due to proper skincare, I use a light hand with make up. I don’t apply foundation to my entire face except for a special occasion or modeling photoshoot. For this reason, it is essential that the color matches or blends really well, while toning down redness.
In addition to shopping cruelty-free, I avoid ingredients that might irritate sensitive skin or clog my pores. I still get a few tiny whiteheads and excess oil around my nose and don’t want to make it worse!
So this means no mineral oil, parabens, PEGs, Phtalates, sodium laurel sulfates or synthetic fragrances. I also avoid chemical based SPF and stick with 100% mineral formulations without nanoparticles.
Foundations I’ve recently tried include:
- Charlotte Tilbury
- HourGlass (foundation stick)
- Ilia True Serum Foundation
- W3ll People (foundation stick)
- Vapour Beauty
- Alima Pure (mineral powder)
- Kat Von D
- Bare Minerals (powder and liquid)
- IT Cosmetics CC Cream
- Chantcaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer
The good news is, there’s a suitable foundation out there for everyone. It does take some time and effort to see how each looks and feels, both when applied and 6 hours in to your day.
I feel it boils down to:
- Clean, quality ingredients
- The right finish (matte, satin, dewy, natural)
- The right shade (very close to your facial skin color, which can change)
- Your skill in applying the product
As with all things beauty, your expectation is also key. Do you want to look like yourself, just a bit smoother or with your skin tone evened out? Great. If you expect to look dramatically different, you may want to either hire a professional to get you ready for a big event, or explore treatments or services at a med spa to improve your skin’s health and appearance.
#3 Pick: HourGlass Vanish Seamless Finish $46
When I tried this in store, the salesperson make me up and I felt like a flawless, glowing supermodel! But it also felt heavy. It does contain silicones (as most do) which may be why I was shiny after two hours.
#2 Pick: Ilia True Serum Foundation $54 Texel
This is a clean, luxurious formula, a light texture, and very forgiving on mature skin. It comes in a nice range of shades. I really like the way it looks and feels, though the coverage is light and doesn’t completely cover my redness.
The Ilia site says “Aloe leaf, rosehip, jojoba and marula oils soothe irritations and tame redness, plump fine lines, and ensure the formula effortlessly melts into skin for a more even, luminous appearance.”
It also contains silicone, which many foundations do. I like to avoid silicone in skin care if possible, but it can be useful in make up in that it helps with the feel and texture of the product.
#1 Pick: IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ $38
In the end, my favorite every day is from a company I discovered through my Ipsy bag.
The light/medium color is my perfect match, and it really does cover well. I used a tiny amount on my cheeks and nose to minimize redness. It matches my skin nicely and stayed in place all day without becoming heavy or oily. It also contains a mineral SPF 50 and moisturizing ingredients to improve your skin’s appearance.
If your skin is dry like mine, do remember that you need to moisturize properly or it can emphasize dry areas. It is a bit thick so must be applied sparingly.
Overall, it’s a fantastic product! I’m thrilled to have it in my make up bag. Bonus points for the travel size.
The right foundation with your ideal shade and texture can make you feel flawless, youthful and beautiful! Take the time to try out as many brands as you need. Many companies offer free or inexpensive samples to help you in your process.
Most brands also now have liberal return policies if you keep a receipt and return within a few weeks.
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