The Best Foundations For Every Age

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As we get older, everything from the texture to the appearance of our beloved skin changes. As our complexions change over time, so do our beauty needs, so it's important that we tailor our routines to said changes. That includes incorporating different makeup formulas to ensure that skin is being flattered as opposed to being, er, un-flattered. Since foundation is a basic makeup essential, it should be one of the products switched up every so often. And when it comes to ensuring what works best for you, it all boils down to the formula and finish.. Here, we break down the best foundations for every chapter of your life.

Maintenance-wise, skin is typically at its lowest at this point. If you're looking to conceal a little blemish here and there but still want to keep your youthful glow, stick to a lightweight formula that's more on the sheer side.

By the time you've reached your 30s, you should already have a solid skincare routine down pat. Reach for a hydrating base that won't indirectly contribute to fine lines or wrinkles by working against you. Foundations that are too opaque can do more damage than good.

Once you've hit your 40s, look for ingredients that encourage cell turnover and help promote elasticity to combat the loss of firmness.

Wearing a foundation with SPF is a great way to keep skin in its healthiest state. Help reduce fine lines and wrinkles with an oil-free hydrating option.

Serum-based foundations, as opposed to matte or sheer formulas, work best for mature skin. Bring back your complexion's luminosity with a moisturizing base.