Best makeup over 50: Foundations we love Hot Conversation

Foundation can make or break your look. The first question when choosing a foundation is always, “Do you want a powder or liquid foundation?” Vibrant Nation members have had a lot of success with several brands of mineral makeup, especially when using their tips and tricks for applying mineral makeup.

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Whether you choose liquid, powder, or cream foundation — or even a tinted moisturizer, your goal is to conceal imperfections, even out your skin tone, and create a soft, dewy look. VN member Shannon Mayhall may have said it best, “I want a foundation that looks like I’m not wearing foundation. I need it to cover my pores, even out skin tone and not emphasize the fine lines on my face. Anyone?”

There are lots of opinions about which foundation works best for women over 50, but those who know best recommend the following products:

Vicky1956 says
I love, love, love Babor skin products and makeup.
Babor skin products

Dragonfly says
To have your foundation look like you aren’t wearing any, you need to not wear foundation. A much better product is a tinted moisturizer and I’m told one of the best is from Nars. The problem with [foundation] is that it sits on the surface of the skin and fills in the wrinkles, thus making them more prominent. In this case, less is more.

Nana4 says
Shannon – I just purchased a new product “Advanced Radiance” – Cover Girl product with Olay ingredients (I always wear Cover Girl) – will let you know if I like it or not …there is a serum you can also buy for a base. I find it kind of costly (About $40. total) but hey, if it’s worth it why not?

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Chantecaille Just Skin Anti Smog Tinted MoisturizerSharon Greenthal says
Chantecaille tinted moisturizer is fantastic. On top of that I add Lancome Color Ideal skin perfecting powder. If I’m going to take it up a notch, I use a primer called Diorflash that evens out the skin before the foundation, and use Chanel liquid foundation instead of the tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately the only way to know what will work is to try it out a few times…Nordstrom will take back make up that doesn’t work for you, no questions asked!

Chanel Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup

Kathryn Kondrad says
I think Sharon’s advice is right on. Although it’s an extra step, primer will make any foundation look better. So will a good foundation brush. Lancome has an excellent one. I have used $120 foundations and $10 foundations and recommend Chanel Lift Lumiere at $58. My boyfriend thought I looked youthful and fresh when I wore it last and I like that it isn’t mask-like, just very flattering. Nordstrom’s beauty consultants will give you samples of different brands and they do have a great return policy.

Ann Buivid says
I love the Benefit products. There is a new light foundation with 30 spf that is wonderful. Check out their boutiques.

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Hawk Lady says
I wear MISSHA perfect cover BB cream. It is wonderful and doesn’t settle into the lines on my face. Looks like you just have great skin. I recommend it.
MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige

Nancee McPherson says
Was about to give up when saleslady at Sephora gave Mr samples of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Love it! Even out my skin tone, lasts all day, gives me the finished look I was looking for with foundation. I do still use my regular (Shiseido) moisturizer underneath.

BTW, I’m 57, but I’ve never been able to wear foundation.

Chicatanyage says
I agree with Nancee. Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser works really well without being too thick. It just gives a little coverage and a lot of glow.

photogirl says
Go to Macy’s cosmetic counter and have the Clinique & (on a different day) Estee Lauder girls pick a foundation for you and put it on you. They WILL match you. They will often give you samples. Use a large foundation brush to put it on, no fingers!

 Estee Lauder Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 - Ivory Beige, 1 fl oz Currently, I’m trying Estee Lauder Double Wear Light “Stay in Place Makeup”. The clerk said it is especially popular, because you can’t see it. I’m 55, and I have to admit – she’s right! I also used Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup and really liked it. When I went to get more, Estee was giving a free gift, not Clinique. I wore bare minerals for years, and finally woke up to the fact it looked terrible on me, settling in lines, looking fake…I won’t go back, even though I like the idea.

PS- Macy’s, Dillards, Walgreens, CVS will all take back any product, for any reason, if you don’t like it. I’ve taken advantage of this many times if I am not pleased.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Jumbo 2 oz (60ml) SusanTolles says
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I can personally attest to the great results you get with this product. For several years, I have been using the peach primer, which is for evening out skin tone. But recently I have been using the violet primer, since it is meant to brighten dull or sallow skin. It looks a little scary in the bottle, but I can barely see it after I apply it, and I really do think it does something to give me a bit of a glow. They also have a green to reduce redness, and clear if you just want a primer with no color correction.

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Praise for mineral makeup

When it comes to choosing a foundation, women over 50 can’t ignore mineral makeup. While some members some didn’t like the result of using the powdery foundation, many found it to be the miracle foundation they’d been looking for. Of course, there are many tips and tricks for applying mineral makeup, and even secrets about the best place to buy mineral makeup.

Anonymous says
I use Bare Minerals Foundation with SPF 15. It is a loose powder you apply with a brush and you control the amount you apply. I apply it very lightly and it covers fine lines, pores, and evens skin tone. It buffs beautifully and is light and looks very natural. I think it is lighter than liquid foundation and I will never go back to liquid again.

Bare Minerals Starter Kit
Highseas Gourmet says
I’m 61 and have been using Bare Minerals products for 15 years. I too will never go back to liquid and my daughter and several friends have started using it from my suggestion. They have good deals on starter kits and there are many colors to choose from. I suggest going to a Ulta II store where they can help you choose which color is right for you and proper application. In the summer I use Model In a Bottle [makeup setting spray] after full make-up application so I don’t sweat the foundation away! My friend in Florida Does the same. There is a full line of products in Bare Minerals. I hope you give it a try.

mamatoto says
I was going to suggest Bare Minerals also, but see several have already done so. I love it and have been using it for years. My first time was back when you had to order it from TV – the first infomercial. Now it’s available at Ulta.

Susan Alexander says
Like Anonymous, I use Bare Minerals. You can have as much or as little coverage as you want and it blends beautifully. For my very sensitive skin, this is the only product that has not caused an allergic reaction. They also have a redness concealer that evens the tone of my roseacia.

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  1. Generic Image Linda says

    Love to read reviews on makeup. I’m sort of a make up junky. I tried Bare Minerals years ago and gave it up after a few months. I looked like a disco ball. Made my pores look huge. I continued to use their eye colors, blush, etc. about a year ago I pitched all my loose minerals. I got sick of the mess. Currently I’m using Cover Girl foundation with Olay. I’ve tried high end, low end, and every end in between. I read reviews and am highly influenced by rave reviews. I’ve tried things I love that others hate, and vise versa. I’m always on a quest for the perfect foundation as I have crummy skin.

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  2. LaurenC LaurenC says

    I use Bare Minerals as a final buff but I always use a light application of liquid as the base first.  I have found that Loreal Visible Lift does the trick for me. It covers some of the brown spots that have now surfaced at this age and the final buff smooths out the look. I add a light wisp of blush to complete the natural look.

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  3. Generic Image cameronsunshine says

    WHILE SPEAKING OF PORES AND SPOTS, I HAVE A COUPON FOR PULSE LIGHT THERAPY AND CHEMICAL PEEL.  ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE?TKS

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  4. Generic Image Marimart says

    Estee Lauder Double Wear is fabulous.  I put 5 dots around my face, forehead, bridge of nose, each cheek and chin and use a brush to spread it on.  I set it with EL powder, then apply eye shadow, eye brow pencil (Brenda Christian – it looks good on every one!)  and blush.  The goal is to leave the house looking enhanced not made up.  I had no luck with the powder make ups.  They enhanced my wrinkles.  At night after using Cetaphil to cleanse, I use Mary Kay original moisturizer on my face and back of my hands.  In the morning I’m currently using Costco products made by Borgese (sp?).  I’m 72 and look much younger.  I’ve been moisturizing since I was about 20 and went to a Mary Kay party.  In spring, summer and fall I use a 35 or higher sun screen.  Sun screen is key for all women.  Consistency is the most important skin care gift one can give ones self.

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  5. ajule ajule says

    I am 67 and have been using moisturizer since about 18 years old. I began with Oil of Olay and at some point switched to Avon. I always use one with an SPF now and if going to be outdoors in the sun apply a Neutrogena facial sunscreen as extra precaution. I rarely use a night cream because I like the idea of my skin “breathing” at night. Having moved all over the country necessitated new doctors to become familiar with. Always they comment that I look much younger than my years. My only regret is that I never used much sunscreen until I was in my early fifties – so I could have avoided the sun damage that occurred.
    I have smallish eyes and sparse eyebrows so always wear eyebrow pencil and eyemakeup to enhance what is available. I dislike the feel of makeup on my face though, and only wear it if the occasion warrants it. Trying to keep it light, I tried several tinted BB Creams. I returned all the expensive ones as they felt too heavy or looked too thick. Mixed reviews, regardless of others’ opinions. Then I found L’Oreal Magic BB Cream and I love it. It smooths and evens out wrinkles and discolorations while providing an almost translucent finish.

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  6. Generic Image ga.peach says

    I am 57 and I stopped smoking 15 years ago, and that alone has made such a difference in my skin, I had always had a peaches and cream skin when I was younger, so I was told….@ years ago I had an Esthetician tell me about vit. C serum and how it canliterally reverse damaged skin, too much sun when I was younger…smoking…etc. Well at that time It was a hard item to find, and well over a hundred dollars to buy it, She gave me a recipe to make it myself, after many attempts, I decided the “serum” part did not work for me, I didn’t like the vegtable glycerin, it left my skin feeling sticky…I decided to make it and use as my toner…..I buy L ascobic powder and mix it with distilled water, You have to mix it and store it in a dark amber colored bottle, and only mix up enough for a couple of weeks…I use a 2oz. amber bottle and my recipe id 2 tsp. L ascorbic powder to 3 tsp. of distilled water….I make it with a rose water sometimes and with an orange blossom water, it is strong and if it is stinging or causing too much redness on your skin, back off on the powder and work up to the amount…I have been doing this for 2 years and my skin has backed up by at least 10 yrs or maybe more..It is AMAZING how this has improved my skin…at 57, I do not have to wear a foundation anymore!!!!! I use Garnier BB tinted moisturizer and it is so natural and healthy looking…I am always getting compliments on my skin…I use the vit. C toner at night after cleansing then my moisturizer at night is Neautragena Rapid wrinkle repair…In the morning same thing wash, the Vit.C toner and Neautragena Rapid Tone repair….I am here to say this will be my skincare from now on…..and of course I use the best sunscreen also Neautragena and never go out the door without it…..I have worn make up ever since I can remember, and at this age my makeup and skin has never looked better….

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  7. Generic Image rena mamon says

    If you want a foundation that does not look like foundation then you need to have perfect, flawless skin. If you want to cover your imperfections then you need full cover foundation. To minimize look of full cover foundation you need to use foundation primer. I use Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover. After applying primer use small amount of foundation and IT WILL COVER ALL YOUR SKIN IMPERFECTION.
    So, either cough up hundred of $$$ on laser treatment or cover it with a little makeup. If you want to look makeup free, make appointment with dermatologist. Sorry to be so blunt, but seriously that is only solution.

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    • Generic Image ga.peach says

      I disagree with you….I was able to reverse damage from sun exposure and from years of smoking in a very short amount of time, and I have never been to a dermatologist in my life…I got some good advice from and Esthetician 2 yrs ago and doing my own researcg I improved on what she had told me…I have been able to eliminate brown spots from my face fron sundamage and I know longer have the vertical “smoking lines” on my top lip…..I have gone from having to wear a very heavy cover up plus a heavy foundation….to wearing only the Garnier BB cream tinted moisturizer…. and for me living in Fla. it has changed my outlook on going to the beach with just my sunscreen and a light application of the tinted moisturizer and my skin looks and feel great…I have never had laser treatments and never thought my skin could look this good, especialy at 57 yrs old…so I disagree that you have to use a primer and then a cover up and then a heavy foundation….you can repair your skin with out spending a lot of money, You can read mt post right bove yours….

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      • Generic Image rena mamon says

        Well, I’m a former smoker. 35 years of smoking. Last 10 years 3 PACKS A DAY. Yes, pores get smaller, your skin gets better after you stop smoking. But, in my case, having oily skin, makeup is a miracle! Not everybody have perfect skin. Damage was already done. Stoping smoking obviously helps, but it does not cure all and I do need camouflage. Lol

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      • Generic Image ga.peach says

        rena mamom…Maybe you should try the vit. C toner in my original post and see if that helps…it took a few months before I started seeing a difference, plus I increased mt intake of vit. C from 500mg. a day up to 1500mg. a day….Vit. C is the vitamin with a lot of antioxidants n it, and it is what helps your skin start producing coolagen again…all I can say is it really worked for me, My skin looks better at 57 than it did at 40. and the Garnier BB cream is great moisturizer and you could use a concealer under it, and wouldn’t feel like such a heavy amount of make up…As we get older we need to use less make up….give it a try…you might be surprised :)

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  8. Jennie Jennie says

    This is a sensational thread!  I simply adore foundation, and it is one of my addictions, too.  I have tried many and have several favorites, too.  I take good care of my skin with RX Tretinoin ( Renova); a glycolic acid, a peptide serum, and some very good moisturizers ( not all at the same time, but over a two-day span).  I simply adore Bobbi Brown Luminous Foundation ( I have very dry skin), and there is a new formulation, but I haven’t purchased it yet.  I also adore Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus Foundation and NARS new Glow foundation.  They slide on and stay put.  I also have and adore Peau Verge, but it is extremely pricey, and PX used to have a wonderful foundation for very dry skin.  I dot my foundation  on with my fingers and then take a damp make up sponge and blend it in.

    I am always on the look out for something wonderful, too.  I have tried Chantecaillie and Giorgio Armani, too, and I am NOW very curious about BABOR.

    I don’t use a primer, but I do use 40 spf.

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  9. Generic Image JanM says

    Hi, most of the comments on here are from USA I believe but for anyone in the UK or coming here to shop I started using Boots No 7..their own brand…. Airbrush Primer, it evens out my newly aquired large pores, I’m 63 by the way, and then use a new tinted moistuizer, Nivea Q10. they work brilliantly as a combo. Also the new serum from Avon, Anew Clnical deep crease concentrate. I’ve had forehead creases following my eyebrow shape since I was in my 30′s, I thought I was imagining it but after only 10 days use (and I don’t always remember to use it both night and morning|) I have noticed a huge difference, crease lines are gone in places and my top lip vertical lines are also reducing. Cannot recommend these products enough!

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