Your skin changes as you get older, and so should your foundation. While you may have battled acne or oily skin in your 20s, you're more likely to be dealing with dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines in your 50s.

Here is the ultimate guide to the best foundations for mature skin:

Skin-care prep is key

The best way to ensure flawless application of foundation, whether you're 14 or 40, is to prep your skin properly prior to the first drop of makeup. Moisture is key, so always make sure you start with a moisturiser that’s hydrating but won’t turn greasy and interrupt your foundation texture.

Prior to applying foundation, reach for a hydrating moisturiser or a bit of face oil. You can even dab in the foundation with a bit of the oil left on your fingers to add some extra moisture.

Be vigilant about moisturising in all areas, especially around the eyes, where you want the skin to feel smooth.

Circulation is also key. Stimulate your face with a quick massage at night or before applying product to get the blood flowing and add a bit of glow to the skin. If you're looking for some circulation assistance, there are jade rollers and gua sha stones to give that facial massage an extra leg up.

Look for lightweight formulas:

A hydrating or satin-finish liquid foundation is your best choice, especially as hormone levels dip and your skin gets drier. Choose a water-based formula that has hydrating ingredients. Foundations that have sheer coverage and a dewy luminous foundation work best with women who are concerned about line and wrinkles.

Avoid heavy, mattifying formulas:

These will likely settle into fine lines and wrinkles causing them to look more pronounced. Thicker, matte foundations are usually made to provide fuller coverage for uneven skin tone, age spots, and more, which means they're packed with pigment. They may start out looking fine, but as your skin absorbs the hydrating ingredients the pigments can start to look cakey.

There are some exceptions and if you’re all about full-coverage, you can also layer in a rich face moisturiser or a hydrating primer. Look for products formulated with moisturising oils or hyaluronic acid to help dryness, too.

Switch up your shade:

The rule that says your foundation must exactly match your skin tone doesn't hold up any more. Your complexion tends to grow paler with age, so a matching shade can leave you looking pasty (or, in the case of brown skin tones, ashy).

Warmer base shades have fewer pink undertones, so they counteract ruddiness in light-skinned women.

Apply with a damp sponge:

This will leave skin looking even dewier than you thought possible and help you avoid streaky application. Use the damp foundation sponge to smooth the foundation over your entire face. Yes, that means under your eyes, on the eyelids and brow bones, along both sides of your jawline, and onto your neck.

Don’t forget to exfoliate:

Add this to your nightly routine 2-3 times a week. Regularly sloughing off the outer layer of dead skin means makeup will go on more smoothly, so you'll need to use less and look more fresh-faced. Your skin will also absorb more moisturizing oils, collagen/elastin boosters, and antioxidant ingredients from your other skincare products, like cleansers, moisturizers, and serums.

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