The needs of our skin change as we age. One of those needs is finding the foundation that will suit our skin.

Manufacturers and makeup lines are beginning to acknowledge the unique demands of women with mature skin. Professional makeup artist Ariane Poole tells the Sixty and Me community about the basic quality to look for in foundations and what she considers the current best products on the market.

Go For Lightweight Formulas

At our age, heavy types of foundation can appear like they sit on top of your skin instead of blending into it.

With aging comes the lower production of collagen, which, along with elastin, makes up the thick, fibrous part of our skin called the dermis, the layer above the top layer called epidermis that also loses volume in our later years.

The thinning of our skin makes it more transparent, exposing red veins and other imperfections.

To address these concerns, Ariane recommends choosing lightweight foundation formulas, like Bare Minerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF20 and the following products.

Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation by Bobbi Brown

The emulsion boasts up to 16 hours of coverage with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Available in 42 shades, the product will be helpful in concealing visible veins on our face due to its “skin-true pigments” that conform to the tone of your skin, according to the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics website.

The Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 also contains marine sugarcane algae extract and natural mineral powders that control oil for a balanced and natural matte finish. Its glycerin component makes our skin feel hydrated and soft instead of tight.

Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup by Estée Lauder

Another liquid foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30 offers 24-hour coverage with an SPF of 30.

According to Ariane, unlike other double wear products, this Estée Lauder foundation feels fresh and lightweight as its name suggests. Its combination of red fruit extracts, including lychee seed, apple, and watermelon, provides the “invisible moisture” our skin needs throughout the day.

Foundation Sticks by Ariane Poole

Ariane’s foundation stick is a creamy conditioning stick that is highly recommended for dry skin. It contains vitamins C and E as well as aloe, which protect cells from free radicals and condition the skin, respectively.

We can choose from any of six shades to match our skin tone, ensure an even complexion, and cover imperfections.

Modify Your Coverage Depending on the Season

We must remember to adjust our foundation according to the changing seasons the same way we alter our wardrobe, diet, and activities as summer turns to winter and back around again.

Winters can be really harsh to our skin due to the effect of central heating and cold wind. We need hydrating foundations during this season when our skin’s moisture level drops. Greater coverage is especially required if our skin usually turns red during this time of year.

You can also check out Margaret’s top 5 favorite foundation products in 2018 and five reasonably priced brands that she personally tested.

What foundation do you like best for each season of the year? How do you care for your skin before and after you apply foundation and makeup? Please share your insights with the community!

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