Makeup

The 8 best foundations for mature skin

For all skin types and all preferences.

As we age and our skin inevitably changes, so too does our makeup regimen. This is particularly true for foundations. When it comes to the best foundation for mature skin, they need to be lightweight and ideally light-medium coverage. This means that if you have fine lines, they won’t be accentuated under thick, full coverage makeup.

But just because your skin is changing doesn’t mean you can no longer enjoy makeup. Whether you like a full-coverage finish or you prefer to let your freckles shine through, there are hundreds of foundations that are good for mature skin.

Adapting your makeup regime isn’t always easy, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best foundations for mature skin.

The best foundation for mature skin 2024

01

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

from $105 at Sephora

Best for: Ticking all the boxes.

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is hailed as a favourite amongst women with mature skin for being medium-full coverage yet still having a lightweight formula and giving a luminous glow.

Key features:

  • Lightweight formula
  • Luminous finish
  • Medium buildable coverage

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02

Make Up For Ever HD Skin

from $72 at Sephora

The Make Up For Ever HD Skin is a hidden gem that is loved by the online beauty community and makeup artists alike. The HD Skin foundation has a lightweight formula that still has medium to full coverage if you need it. It’s also sweat and water resistant for those extra busy days. If you’ve been leaning more into the natural makeup look, then the HD Skin has a lighter, sister product called the HD Skin Hydra Glow foundation.

Key features:

  • Lightweight texture
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Skin-like look and feel
  • Buildable medium to full coverage

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03

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Hydration and Longwear

from $105 at Myer

The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation is both hydrating and can stand the test of your busy day. It’s loved by celebrity makeup artists and people with mature skin for its breathable and silky formula. If you prefer a more luminous and serum-based foundation, then the Chanel Water-Fresh Tint is also highly rated for mature skin.

Key features:

  • Satin finish
  • 12-hour wear
  • Buildable and adjustable coverage
  • 40% water, light-reflecting pigments, glycerine and other skin-friendly ingredients

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best foundation for mature skin

04

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

from $53 at Glossier

Glossier is the cult makeup brand that *finally* became available in Australia just last year. The brand is best-known for their exceptional range of ‘no-makeup makeup‘ aesthetic products such as their Perfecting Skin Tint. The tint is the most lightweight coverage of all the foundations on this list, it’ll give your face a healthy wash of colour without hiding your freckles and other unique features.

Key features:

  • Vegan
  • Breathable
  • No fragrance
  • Hydrating
best foundation for mature skin

06

Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation

$120 at Sephora

Makeup artist-turned-beauty mogul Pat McGrath’s eponymous brand has one of the best foundations for mature skin. The Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation hits the trifecta of being hydrating, lightweight and satin finish.

Key features:

  • Lightweight consistency
  • Hydrating properties
  • Satin finish

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best foundation for mature skin

07

M.A.C Face and Body

$66 at M.A.C

M.A.C is a classic in everyone’s makeup bag, and for good reason, they have quality products for all types of skin, including mature skin. Beauty-lovers with mature skin online hail M.A.C’s Face and Body foundation as a holy grail product. The lightweight formula gives you good coverage whilst not caking or blotting on the skin.

Key features:

  • Waterproof
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Dermatologist-tested

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best foundation for mature skin

08

Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation

$70 at Mecca

“Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation is another great option for a radiant finish, contains light-adjusting technology that lifts, refines and smooths,” explains Lenita Seker, MECCA Makeup Artist. “This foundation visually counteracts hyperpigmentation by creating an even canvas to optimally reflect light – so crucial when we want bright luminous skin!”

Key features:

  • Light-adjusting technology
  • Natural finish
  • Full coverage

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