Best makeup over 50: Foundations we love

September 7, 2015 at 12:00 am in Fashion & Beauty by VN Editors

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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.

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.

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?

Sharon Greenthal says

Chantecaille tinted moisturizer is fantastic. On top of that I add Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Multi-tasking Powder and Foundation Makeup skin perfecting powder. If I’m going to take it up a notch, I use a primer called Christian Dior DiorSkin Airflash Spray Makeup Foundation that evens out the skin before the foundation, and use Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup Broad Spectrum 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.

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!
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.

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.