When it comes to aging skin,
foundation, can be one of the best tools we have for getting glowier, younger-looking skin, instantly. Or, it could be our worst enemy—if we’re not using the correct formula, or not applying it correctly.
You’ve probably noticed that applying makeup to your skin in your 20s was a different experience than it is now that you’re, well, let’s just say a woman of a certain age. Back then, you were dealing with a firmer, tighter, smoother canvas.
But with aging skin, you have some texture to contend with in the form of fine lines and enlarged pores. Plus, an uneven skin tone as age spots start to come to the surface. Mature skin also tends to be dry and dull as a result.
The good news: it’s possible to not only work around the textural and color challenges of aging skin, but also to make your complexion appear more youthful, radiant, and smoother.
It all starts with the right products and the right application. Here, find the best foundation for mature skin and the pro tricks to apply it for a more flawless, ageless appearance.
The best foundation for older skin is…
1. ...Also a skincare treatment.
Why just apply foundation to your skin, when you can apply foundation infused with superior anti-aging ingredients? Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation (available in 8 shades) is formulated with Perricone MD’s key ingredient alpha lipoic acid (ALA). ALA, which is found naturally inside our bodies, is known as a potent antioxidant.
On skin’s surface, it’s designed to soften the appearance of fine lines and large pores, and visibly improve radiance and glow.
By having ALA in a foundation product you get both instant gratification via the tinted formula that covers imperfections, as well as the appearance of long-term skin correction.
Plus, No Makeup Foundation contains Vitamin C Ester to brighten up an even skin tone. The No Makeup Foundation Serum contains DMAE to visibly plump skin, and neuropeptides to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. …lightweight and sheer.
When you’re trying to cover up imperfections such as wrinkles, spots, and enlarged pores, you may be tempted to go with a heavy foundation to cover it all.
But a thick formula can settle into fine lines, pool in enlarged pores, and make skin look fake and mask-like—not fresh and young.
A sheer, buildable formula allows you to control the coverage level without the makeup appearing thick and heavy. Both the No Makeup Foundation and the No Makeup Foundation Serum are super lightweight formulas that are designed to look like your skin, only better.
A huge part of anti-aging skincare is preventing new damage from occurring from the sun’s UV rays. No Makeup Foundation and No Makeup Foundation Serum both contain mineral-based Broad Spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays.
Vitamin C Ester is also a potent antioxidant to help neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that come from the environment and can speed up the visible signs of aging on skin. Antioxidants such as vitamin C help protect your skin from free radical damage.
How to apply foundation to aging skin
Lightweight, sheer foundations such as No Makeup Foundation and No Makeup Foundation Serum are almost foolproof to apply. They are designed to glide on skin seamlessly and lightly cover imperfections without calling more attention to them.
Still, there are application tricks to make foundation look even more realistic and radiant on aging skin.
1. Prep skin properly.
What you apply to your skin before you apply foundation matters—a lot. Starting with the right moisturizer will hydrate dry skin and visibly plump it up, so lines and wrinkles aren’t so apparent.
A moisturizer that deeply hydrates without leaving skin greasy is key, otherwise your makeup you put on top will look like an oil slick.
Hyaluronic Intensive Moisturizer strikes the right balance and leaves skin looking radiant. It’s oil-free and hydrates with the potent humectant hyaluronic acid. To smooth over fine lines and enlarged pores while reducing the appearance of redness, try No Makeup Instant Blur as a pre-foundation primer.
2. Know how you want to glow.
3. Add a brightening booster.
Cocktailing your foundation with skincare products can make them work even better. For example, Rosalba Martone, Director of Education at Perricone MD and pro makeup artist likes to mix a drop of Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum in with No Makeup Foundation Serum when applying to mature skin. Like an instant pick-me-up, it gives dry, dull skin an extra shot of radiance.
4. Use your fingers to apply.
Brushes create a polished, flawless look, but fingers can help your foundation look more natural (read: youthful).
The warmth of your fingertips helps the formula blend even more smoothly and seamlessly into aging skin.
5. Put it only where you need it most.
A full face of makeup can look too heavy on aging skin. Instead of applying foundation all over, use it only where you need to even out your skin tone most (for most people, that’s the center of the face). Then press and blend outward to get a sheer veil over the rest of your skin.
If you need to conceal more, add more foundation and blend again, slowly building up to your ideal coverage level.
6. Conceal after.
It’s the classic debate: should you use concealer before or after applying foundation? With aging skin, you want to do as much as you can with the lightweight product and save the heavier formula—concealer—for stubborn age spots and dark circles.
Try No Makeup Concealer and dab it where you need it (under eyes and on brown spots), blending it into your foundation with your fingertips.
Don’t try to conceal creases such as crow’s feet. It will only draw attention to them.
Lightly cover them with your foundation and save the concealer for discoloration issues.