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The 10 Best Foundations For Every Age And Skin Type

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Whether you’ve got dry skin or oily, we’ve got your back.

You already know that foundation evens skin tone, giving you a more flawless look. But there’s another reason to keep putting it on past your breakout-prone young adult years: “The added layer of protection helps shield skin from aging elements like dry air and sunlight,” says New York City-based makeup artist, Tina Turnbow. And today’s formulas don’t stop there.

From ultra-hydrating formulas for dry skin to those with collagen-protecting ingredients and everything in between, just about every bottle offers a unique blend of benefits. Even better, today’s foundations also offer varying types of coverage and are sold at a wide range of price points. Essentially, whatever your needs, there’s a foundation out there that’s perfect for you. The trick is finding it. Scroll down to discover the perfect foundation for you:

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IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN

Try: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

Buy now: $30, sephora.com

Hormonal changes and reduced natural oil production that come with age can dry out skin and exacerbate the appearance of fine lines. Made with hydrating glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and coconut fatty acids, this creamy formula will make your skin look dewy and soft, rather than dry and lined.

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IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN

Try: Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid

Buy now: $15, pixibeauty.com

You just need a thin layer of this lightweight cover-up to hide trouble spots and prevent oil accumulation. (These foundation mistakes can make you look older.) Kaolin clay absorbs excess blemish-causing grease from your skin, while glycerin keeps skin moisturized to head off the cakey, wrinkle-exaggerating finish some oil-free foundations can leave.

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IF YOU PREFER A FULL-COVERAGE FORMULA

Try: Mary Kay TimeWise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation

Buy now: $22, marykay.com

This full-coverage foundation perfectly camouflages new blemishes and long-standing annoyances alike, but its skin tone-evening vitamin E and collagen-stimulating peptides make it the obvious choice for anyone with fine lines or age spots.

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LIGHT COVERAGE

Try: Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation

Buy now: $47, nordstom.com

For those who just want a touch of coverage, this ink pad-like liquid compact contains brightening and exfoliating adenosine (derived from yeast) and glycerin. The effect: a finish so soft, hydrated, and luminous you’ll swear you’ve never looked so good.

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IF YOU PREFER ORGANIC PRODUCTS

Try: Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

Buy now: $50, vapourbeauty.com

If you think an organic beauty product won’t offer the same level of coverage as the conventional stuff, this smooth liquid foundation will change your mind. Camellia and sunflower oils soften drier mature skin, while natural antioxidants can help fight wrinkle-causing free radicals from sun and pollution.

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IF YOU’RE FAIR-SKINNED

Try: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15

Buy now: $50, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Bobbi Brown’s fan-favorite foundation applies to fair skin beautifully, especially the Alabaster and Porcelain shades. The light coverage allows its lightest shade to work with your natural skin tone, rather than hide it completely, for a custom fit. The creamy consistency keeps it from settling into fine lines, while SPF 15 coverage helps ward off new wrinkles.

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FOR TOUGH-TO-MATCH SKIN TONES

Try: MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

Buy now: $38, nordstrom.com

A too-pale tint can make you look washed out—the opposite of a youthful look. So if you struggle to find the right shade, you’ll rejoice when you see the options this brand includes: A 14-shade color range that goes from super-pale to the deepest brown.

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FOR ULTRA-SENSITIVE SKIN

Try: Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

Buy now: $66, dermstore.com

This high-tech formula was originally developed to immediately hide the signs of skin procedures without interfering with the healing process. (It allows more oxygen to reach the skin than traditional foundations.) The broad-spectrum SPF 25 and collagen-promoting ingredients also offer some healthy skin benefits. (Many moisturizers can dry out your skin.

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IF YOU WANT TO FIGHT FINE LINES

Try: Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 15

Buy now: $63, nordstrom.com

What comes in this pricey-yet-potent jar? An age-defying complex that promotes elasticity, argan oil to keep your 40+ skin supple, light-reflecting particles for a hint of a glow, and SPF to fend off lines to come.

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IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET

Try: CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation

Buy now: $16, target.com

This weightless foundation is laced with youth-boosting Olay Regenerist serum, a combination of vitamins, antioxidants, and skin conditioners to protect your skin from free radicals while promoting collagen generation. And with SPF 22, you’ll prevent future damage while you wear it.

 

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