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The Best Foundation for Mature Skin and aging skin: Women over 40+

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Over the past several years, I have searched high and low for the best foundation for mature skin women over 40. But, if I’m honest, it’s not been easy.

It’s not easy to find a foundation that plays nice with mature and aging skin!

Good thing I don’t give up easily. I have managed to find several foundation formulas that work well with my mature and aging skin!

The best foundation for mature skin over 40

It’s no secret that as we age, our skin changes. We might start to see more wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. So, it’s important to adjust our skincare routine as we get older.

That includes choosing the best foundation for mature skin.

When it comes to foundation, there are a few things to keep in mind for mature skin.

First, you’ll want something that provides hydration.

Mature skin can be drier, so you’ll want to avoid makeup that will accentuate any dryness or flakes.

Second, you’ll want to choose a foundation with buildable coverage.

You might not need as much coverage as you did in your 20s, but it’s nice to have the option to build it up if you need it.

Lastly, you’ll want to choose a foundation with a natural finish.

You don’t want anything too heavy or cakey – look for something that will give your skin a healthy, natural-looking glow.

The best foundation for mature skin for women over 40+



Body make-up for mature skin

Body make-up is heaven-sent!

Applying body makeup is a great way to even out your skin tone, cover blemishes, and give your skin a healthy glow. But with so many products on the market, it can be confusing to know where to start.

Look for products that are hydrating and offer coverage without being too heavy or cakey.

Good body makeup should also blend easily, be water-resistant and be transfer resistant!

When choosing body makeup, be sure to test it out on a small area of your skin first to see how you like the color and texture. Body makeup is a great way to give your skin a boost of confidence by covering age spots, and imperfections such as scars and even tattoos!

I started using body make-up for our oldest daughter’s wedding.

I could not believe all the dark spots that had popped up on my skin, seemingly out of nowhere! And I wanted to cover what is left of a wrist tattoo that I am in the process of having removed.

I needed something that would look as natural as possible, blend well and that wouldn’t transfer onto my clothing or anyone else’s!

I tried several different brands of body makeup at the beauty counter and decided that Christian Dior Face and Body foundation was the perfect choice for the wedding.

Dior Face and body foundation

I am thrilled with the results of this body foundation! 

Christian Dior Dior Backstage Face And Body Foundation are so versatile!

This Water-resistant body makeup lasts all day and doesn’t transfer to my clothing!  Great for pool parties! 

Apply sunscreen first (it does not contain SPF), and then use a beauty sponge or body makeup brush to apply.

Use it on the tops of your hands and decolletage. You can also use it to cover scars and brown spots on your legs by adding your favorite body lotion to give your legs a nice finish.

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Everyday foundation for mature skin

Clarins UV Tinted Moisturizer

Clarins UV Tinted moisturizer is my go-to everyday foundation these days. My holy grail for a fresh and dewy look, complete with 50 SPF! LOVE IT. 

Perfect for every day around the house, for running quick errands, or the gym. The coverage is super light and does tend to slide if it’s humid (rare here in Arizona!)  

So when it is humid, I suggest powering it lightly. (more on powder later…)

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Hydrating foundation for mature skin

Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating & Repairing Makeup

I still love Clinique foundations after all these years!

I have used Clinique’s Even Better Foundation for years and love it! But now that I’ve discovered the Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating & Repairing formulation- I love it even more for my aging skin.

It’s an awesome formulation for mature skin because it goes on smooth and adds much need moisture when my skin is on the dry side. And I love the natural-looking finish.

This is a wonderful foundation for large pores like mine!

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CC Cream for mature skin

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

Its Cosmetics CC cream is my other favorite everyday go-to when I need a full coverage foundation with staying power!

IT Cosmetics CC cream comes with a 55 SPF physical sunscreen and has a long list of yummy anti-aging ingredients.

It’s color-correcting which really helps tone down the red in my skin, and is very hydrating!

Since this CC cream offers full coverage, It does require a bit more blending time than the Clarins UV tinted moisturizer which is no biggie and worth the extra time.

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Foundation for special events + photoshoots

Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation

I discovered the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation when shopping for the perfect foundation for my daughter’s wedding. I love it!!

The Airbrush flawless foundation’s finish is excellent!

It’s a nice natural finish that is buildable which makes it so versatile. And it’s got incredible staying power!

Perfection for special events and photoshoots.

I love this foundation for photographs because of its semi-matte finish; it won’t transfer, which is key when wearing formal wear or if you are going to be changing outfits-like for a photoshoot.

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Prime. Powder. Set.

Primer for mature and aging skin

Primer is essentially a foundation for foundation!

Primer extends the wear of the foundation and helps with the final finish by addressing things like large pores and uneven texture.

There are a ton of face primers on the market. And…it will take a bit of trial and error before you find your favorite.

And while I have a few that I like for different reasons, Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass is my all-time favorite face primer!

Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass

Veil mineral primer elevates your foundation and extends its wear for a perfect complexion that lasts. 

It’s oil-free, won’t clog pores, and minimizes the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles to create a smooth, even canvas. And it also covers red skin tones like magic!

This airy formula delivers SPF 15 sun protection and repels water, so makeup always looks freshly applied. YAY!

This product is vegan and was not tested on animals. It does not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, nanoparticles, oil, fragrance, gluten, or synthetic dyes. 

It’s the best of the best!

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Related Article: The best face primers for mature skin

Face Powder for mature skin

Some people think that powder is the aging women’s worst enemy. I used to think that too.

Until I did a little investigating at the makeup counter and on YouTube and found a thing or two about face powder.

No lie, the powder can be tricky. It’s important to use a good quality face powder and how to apply it properly.

Laura Mercier Translucent powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is the bomb! The best!

I use it (use a small amount on a good powder brush and tap off the excess) just under my eyes and in my marionette lines to lock down the foundation and keep it from settling into lines.

It took me a bit of trial and error to get the whole powder thing right- but now I’m a believer.

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Related article: The best concealer for mature skin

Finish your makeup with a setting spray

Setting spray is the finishing touch to beautiful make-up!

Setting spray gives foundation extra lasting power AND prevents foundation from transferring, which is awesome when wearing a mask. UGH. (i.e., during a global pandemic!)

When applying the setting spray, hold the bottle about six inches from your face and spray it in a light, even layer.

Allow the spray to dry for a few seconds before blotting any excess with a beauty blender or sponge. Setting spray can be reapplied throughout the day as needed.

Always, always finish your makeup routine with setting spray!

The best setting spray for mature skin

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

When my make-up is done and set it with Urban Decay’s ALL NIGHTER setting spray, this is the best setting spray I have ever tried. And I have tried many!

All-nighter setting spray locks down your makeup and gives it a nice dewy finish. And it just feels so refreshing and yummy!

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For beautiful foundation for mature skin-

Blend. Blend. Blend!

Blending is everything. Blending is even more important when we’re talking about foundation + aging and mature skin! I can’t stress it enough.

The holy grail for blending is a beauty sponge. But!

Don’t buy expensive ones. It’s crazy what they get for a simple blending sponge these days! I get
a bag full of beauty sponge knock-offs that work just as well.

And when it gets too old and dirty…I don’t mind throwing it away and replacing it with a new one.

Have you ever tried to wash a beauty sponge?? It’s a ridiculous chore!

Just buy the cheaper ones! You will thank me.

So there you have it!



The best foundation for mature skin for women over 40

I hope this article has helped you to find the best foundation for your mature skin!

Let me know how you’re doing on your quest for the perfect foundation and what has worked (or not worked) for you.

I also want to hear about any other makeup tips or tricks you may have discovered that work well for mature skin women over 40.

Please share in the comments below!

Until next time-

XO, Christine

the best foundation for mature skin over 40

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  1. I love this! As someone about to enter her 50s, I need all the recommendations! I’ve never tried a setting spray, but think I need to. I always feel like after a few (or even a couple) hours, my makeup begins to fade…would that help with that?

    1. Setting spray is the bomb! It makes my make-up last so much longer AND it gives my make-up a nice “dewy” finish-not too shiny..but just right. Try it! You will love it.

  2. As someone entering her 50s, I need all the recommendations! Haven’t tried a setting spray before. I feel like my makeup fades after just a couple hours…would a setting spray help?

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