This $11 Foundation Is Perfect For Women Over 40

And it's even J. Lo-approved.

Viola Davis is an ambassador for L'Oréal Paris' Age Perfect foundation for women over 40

If the body positivity movement has one message for people over 40, it's to stop agonizing over perfectly natural things like dark marks, fine lines, and wrinkles. When it comes to foundation, women over 40 should worry less about covering up their so-called “flaws” and more about choosing products that will keep their skin radiant and healthy. These nine formulas that celebrities swear by are a good place to start.

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“You want to work with products that are lightweight and don't dry out the skin,” Scott Barnes, Jennifer Lopez's beauty guru, told TZR in 2018. When it comes to foundation for mature skin, he emphasized that less is more. Piling on products in an effort to hide something is perhaps the biggest mistake someone can make (no matter their age). Instead, drink lots of water — the recommended two liters per day, then more — for a healthy complexion, and apply foundation only to the areas of the face that may need it, not the entire thing.

Think of your makeup as skin care: Choosing products that hydrate and blend into the skin is key. And because you know of the havoc sunshine can wreak, be sure to look for ones that contain sunscreen. Nine of the best foundations for skin over 40, ahead.

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L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation

L'Oréal Paris' entire Age Perfect cosmetics and skincare range is made specially for mature skin. This hydrating serum foundation comes in 30 different shades and features SPF 50 and vitamin B3. Though it's lightweight, it still provides coverage. Ambassadors Viola Davis and Helen Mirren swear by it.


Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

Makeup artists continue to recommend this gel-serum foundation for over-40 skin because it's packed with hydrating ingredients like rosemary leaf extract and aloe. Jane Fonda's makeup artist confirmed in an interview with New Beauty that the 83-year-old uses it, too.


Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation

This breathable, hydrating foundation blends into skin wonderfully, leaving you with a smooth and dewy finish. Makeup artist Quinn Murphy uses it constantly on her over-40 clients, including Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, and Naomi Watts.


Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Heavy formulas settle easily into fine lines and wrinkles. For more coverage, the key is to layer lightweight foundations, like this ever-popular one by Charlotte Tilbury. Makeup artist Jamie Greenberg uses it on clients Christina Applegate, Chelsea Handler, and Lauren Graham.


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation

This highly pigmented, lightweight-but-buildable foundation puts in the extra work to prevent further damage by hydrating and nourishing skin with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and all kinds of vitamins. Makeup artist Jo Strettell has admitted to using it on clients Demi Moore, Sigourney Weaver, and Brooke Shields.


L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation

This drugstore brand makes the list twice because, in addition to its Age Perfect foundation, its $11 True Match formula has earned itself a hefty celebrity following. According to InStyle, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Zoe Saldana, and Eva Longoria all use it, in addition to under-40 celebs like Beyoncé and Blake Lively.


Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation

Moisture is key to keeping skin looking smooth and free of fine lines. That's why a self-setting formula that requires no drying powders (like this pick) is one of the best foundations for women over 40. It's also formulated with glycerin to double up on the hydration power.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Favored by Meghan Markle, this formula is both hydrating and weightless on the skin. Its lightweight and blurred focus finish leaves the skin looking naturally flawless, as seen time and time again in Markle's signature look.


Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

While this feather-light skin tint wasn't intentionally created as a mature skin foundation, reviewers are blown away with the results on over-40 skin. A super thin and soft consistency blurs texture instead of creasing and highlighting pores and fine lines. It’s also spiked with glycerin to keep the moisture pumping.