Upon observing my maturing skin in a magnifying mirror, I’m always surprised by the small age spots, enlarged pores, fine lines, and general crepiness, especially around my eyes. My instinct is to cover it all up with the thickest foundation possible, but that’s not always a good idea with mature skin. Heavy foundation doesn’t hide time. In fact, it can be cakey and ageing, swapping one set of problems for another. But there is hope! I’ve found three foundations that play nicely with mature skin.
If you’re looking for light coverage, you’ll not find a better foundation than Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, £45.00. It’s feather-light and makes skin look bare-but-beautiful. Use this one over a blurring primer for a flawless-but-natural skin effect. Perfect for weekends, trips to the newsagent, or dog walking – any time you want to look good, but not done. Best applied with fingers.
For medium coverage, It Cosmetics’s Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $38.00, is my everyday go-to. It seems to hover just over the skin and never shows off pores, wrinkles or crepy skin. Instead, skin looks flawless, luminous and natural. I like this one over a mattifying primer, as it can be a bit glowy. Great for looking professional without being overly made up. Also best applied with fingers – I’ve tried several brushes and a beauty blender with this one, but fingers give the best application by far.
For fuller coverage, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation, £78.00, is wonderful, but should always be used with a primer, preferably something that helps skin to glow, as this foundation can look a bit matt and flat on the skin otherwise. But don’t let that put you off. It gives great coverage and doesn’t settle into lines, pores, or wrinkles. I like this one for a night out or special occasion. Do make sure your skin is well moisturised and primed for this foundation as it will highlight dry patches. Applied with a brush, it gives a gorgeous finish.