Want That Lit-From-Within Look? The 18 BEST Foundations For Mature Skin

Let’s face it (pun intended!), mature skin can have its challenges. Dryness, hormonal breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture…need we go on? But here at Busbee Style, we are all about PRO aging, not ANTI aging. In other words, we can embrace our age, even the imperfections associated with getting older. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look and feel our best. Using products that are specifically designed for mature skin can help us address these common skin issues that come with age. The right foundation can give you a fresh, even, dewy, and more natural makeup finish. But with so many options, how do you choose one that’s right for you? In today’s post, we are going to explore what to look for when choosing the right foundation for your mature skin, and a roundup of our favorites…so you can have that glowy, lit-from-within makeup look.

If you’re interested in more makeup tips for mature skin, you’ll find them in this post. These tips will help you get a glowy, dewy, and youthful look.

Best Foundation For Mature Skin

15 Best Foundation For Mature Skin

Depending on your skin type, there are so many, if not too many, choices it may seem when it comes to foundation. We’re going to explore 15 of our favorites from liquids to creams to powders to sticks so you can determine which products will serve your skin’s needs best!

Best Full-Coverage Liquid Foundations For Mature Skin

Liquid foundations are typically much more hydrating and forgiving with aging skin. If you have dry skin, a liquid foundation will probably be your best bet! These options range from full to light coverage. And if you ask a professional makeup artist, they will likely tell you for the best results, you can apply a liquid foundation with a sponge, beauty blender, or foundation brush.

1) Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation

If you’re looking for full-coverage foundation to cover dark spots or redness that lasts all day and still delivers good skincare ingredients, this is Erin’s go-to. It has a natural, matte finish. She applies this foundation with a beauty blender and wears the shade 6 Cool.

2) IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Full Coverage Correcting Foundation

This is another full-coverage foundation that Erin keeps in her makeup arsenal. It has a broad spectrum SPF 50…we all know that sun protection is key to keeping skin looking youthful. And it’s nice to get your foundation and sun protection all in one. It’s hydrating and has a natural finish. You can apply this with a beauty blender or foundation brush for the best results. A little goes a long way!

Best Medium-Coverage Liquid Foundation For Mature Skin

3) Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation 

This is Erin’s everyday foundation when she doesn’t need full coverage. It has a buildable medium coverage that is hydrating. It smooths the skin, blurs pores, and brightens your skin tone. Erin wears this in the shade 6 Cool.

4) Dior Forever Skin Glow 

When we polled the team for their favorite foundation, this was clearly the most popular for medium-coverage. It has a beautiful yet subtle radiance that makes the skin glow, doesn’t settle into fine lines, and builds beautifully. It even has a lovely scent!

5) Haus Labs

Another very popular foundation among our team is the Haus Labs Foundation with fermented arnica. This one helps reduce redness and protects from environmental stresses. It also comes in a wide range of shades so you can get your perfect match. It has a pretty, natural finish if you are looking for that medium coverage.

Lightweight Liquid Foundation For Mature Skin

Best Lightweight Liquid Foundation For Mature Skin

6) Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Maybe you just want light coverage, a bit of radiance, and a product that feels very lightweight on the skin…if so, this is amazing! In fact, it’s one of celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s most popular, award-winning products. Erin has been wearing it for years and loves the sheer, glowing look it achieves. You can wear it on its own for a no-makeup look, mixed with your favorite foundation for an illuminated look, or as a highlighter on top of your foundation.

7) Hourglass Veil Hydrating Skin Tint

This is a beautiful, everyday lightweight skin tint. It boosts moisture levels and delivers this super dewy glow. It evens out skin tone, is comfortable to wear, and gives you that “no makeup” makeup look.

8) Loreal Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation 

Chances are you may have heard of this foundation because it has a cult following! It’s the most affordable option on our list, has SPF 50, hydrating serum, and Vitamin B3. Reviewers say this is comparable to other foundations that cost up to 4x as much and that it is a great option for sensitive skin!

Dewy Foundation For Mature Skin

Best Dewy Foundation For Mature Skin

When it comes to mature skin, having a dewy finish is going to be your secret weapon! These foundations are not glittery or over the top, they just give you a little extra glow.

9) Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Foundation

This award-winning foundation is oil-free and gives you buildable medium coverage. It has that dewy, luminous (hence the name!) glow that just tunes up your skin tone and makes you look well-rested even when you are not!

10) Saie Glowy Superskin Serum Foundation

Here’s another option if you’re looking for that dewy, lit-from-within look. It has medium coverage that brightens and leaves a super luminous finish on your skin. This is also a clean foundation (bonus!) that blends really easily. This one is VERY hydrating and lightweight.

Best Powder Foundation For Mature Skin

Powder foundations are ideal for those with oily skin or for those who prefer a more matte finish. But, we found 2 that also work for dry and combination skin.

11) IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

While you might think a powder foundation product isn’t the route to go for mature skin, this one defies all logic. It’s a luminous, paraben-free and sulfate-free powder with hydrolyzed collagen and peptides. What does all that really mean? You can sweep this over your face for a seriously flawless finish that magically doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. It’s pretty amazing!

12) Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

This medium-coverage pressed powder is a pore-minimizing, skin-smoothing foundation. It has amazing reviews for not creasing after all-day wear. It’s great for those with oily skin, acne-prone skin, and sensitive skin. You can apply this on dry or wet for a custom coverage with a matte finish.

Best Cream Foundation For Mature Skin

Best Cream Foundation For Mature Skin

Some women prefer a cream foundation for its easy application. Cream foundations also tend to offer a bit more coverage than liquid foundations.

13) Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Ultimate Radiance-Generating Cream Foundation

This Chanel cream foundation has a super creamy texture but is still buildable. You can apply it with your fingers, a sponge, or the beautiful brush that’s included. It has a velvety, stay-all-day, flawless finish and good skincare ingredients.

14) Clinique Even Better Foundation

This dermatologist-developed cream foundation is all about brightening your skin tone while hydrating and smoothing the look of your skin. It’s also long-wearing and has SPF 15. Erin did a full review of this sneaky good foundation a few years back in this post if you are interested in a few more specific details.

Stick Foundation For Mature Skin

Best Stick Foundation For Mature Skin

When it comes to easy or on-the-go application, a stick foundation is definitely nice to have. You can’t beat the convenience!

15) Merit Perfecting Complexion Concealer & Foundation Stick

This one by Merit is a team favorite. It’s a buildable, lightweight complexion stick that can be used as a foundation or a concealer. This is also great to travel with…no mess!

16) Westman Atelier Vital Skin Full Coverage Foundation & Concealer Stick

The clean foundation and concealer stick is packed with nourishing, key ingredients and glides on beautifully. It feels SO good on the skin and is particularly good for uneven texture and redness. Also great for sensitive skin!

Best Clean Foundations For Mature Skin

Clean beauty is definitely something we are all paying closer attention to. Skin is our largest organ and therefore we need to take care of it! Clean products don’t have artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives, such as parabens, all of which scientists have determined can harm your well-being. Some of the previous foundations we featured are also clean, but we wanted to share 2 more that hit our radar. If you are on a clean beauty quest, this post is a great read to get you started on your journey.

17) Summer Friday Sheer Skin Tint With Hyaluronic Acid

The first is this Summer Friday Sheer Skin Tint. It has light coverage, a super natural finish, and good-for-your-skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide. Great for days you just want a bit of coverage.

18) ILIA True Skin Medium Coverage Serum Foundation

This is a weightless foundation that is also chock-full of active skincare ingredients that support skin health. It visibly smooths uneven skin texture and skin tone and offers a bit more coverage than the Summer Friday sheet skin tint. This one is also good for soothing irritated skin!

Do you have a ride or die foundation for mature skin that you swear by? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Don’t keep your favorite find to yourself!!

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6 thoughts on “Want That Lit-From-Within Look? The 18 BEST Foundations For Mature Skin

  1. Thanks for all these great suggestions! I’m currently using Trinny London products. She has a great range of skincare products backed by science (she has her own lab in England) with great peptides, retinals, vitamin C, etc. Her make up range is also fantastic for mature skin since it’s all cream based. Her BFF, a skin perfector has an SPF 30 and is a great light foundation that leaves a great glow on your skin. You can check them all out at

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Ok, hear me out, this is controversial – I love Jones Road WTFoundation. There, I said it! My skin is so dry, I layer it very lightly with a foundation brush after I let my sunscreen sink in for a bit, and I swear even if blemishes are showing, I either don’t notice them or I can easily cover them with concealer. It’s a beautiful product. The trick is to not slather it on, and to use it with powder blush and bronzer. I never use it with the Miracle Balms, I use those when I don’t wear foundation, and I place translucent powder where I don’t want to “glow” (like under the eyes, nose, chin). It has a learning curve, but since conquering that, I’ve regretted every time I try to use a different product. I’ve hit pan and I’m sure I’ll buy another one.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing these tips, Stephanie! It’s so good to find the products that really work for YOU and your unique skin needs. ~Team Busbee

  3. My new favorite foundation for mature skin is Hey Honey. I use the Trick or Treat CC2. More on the label:
    Active Moisturizing Cream with Honey and Propolis
    Color-Correcting formula with Treatment Benefits.

    Let me know if you try it!
    Thank you for your content! So helpful!

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