If 40 is the new 30, the simple math states 60 is the new 50—and fabulous, zero multiplication needed. Arithmetic aside, celebrity makeup artists say these foundations get the A-plus when it comes to creating the perfect finish on their A-list clients.
Part of the #ABassettTeam, makeup artist, aesthetician and NewBeauty Brain Trust member D’Andre Michael used this always-solid skin-perfecter to prep the age-defying, 64-year-old Angela Bassett for her Emmys look. “My inspiration was romance, elegance, sophistication, style and class,” he shared with us. And it’s safe to say, he more than nailed it.
Long-time celeb makeup artist Sandy Linter says this one is, in a word, a “must” because it “stays on, softens pores, has a soft finish they call ‘matte,’ yet is non-drying and good for all skin types.” A bonus: “You will definitely find your color. I have never worked with a foundation that matches up to skin as well.”
It might have been developed in the 1990s, but this solid staple still gives what Linter describes as supermodel flawlessness. “If you are needing color and coverage—as in, red-carpet perfection that will last till the next morning—this is it. I use this on my red-carpet beauties, including Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Hurley.”
For Mally Roncal, founder of Mally Beauty, she says it’s all about hydration, hydration, hydration. “A hydrating liquid foundation is great for 60-plus skin. My Stress Less Performance Foundation has niacinamide in it, which improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, we often lose moisture and gain texture, so you want to add as much hydration as you can. This foundation has a beautiful, calming effect and looks very natural on the skin.”
While Laura Geller stresses not to be afraid (at any age) of a powder foundation—her popular Baked Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation actually starts its life as a cream—her new Double Take Liquid Foundation takes tops if you’re a fan of a liquid formulation. “We are all living on our phones these days—at age 64, I know I start and end my day looking at my phone and that doesn’t include all the times I’m looking at it in between. This formula includes a special cell oxygen booster that protects your skin from damaging blue light and promotes cell regeneration for healthy-looking skin. It’s a great option for my liquid-lovers.”
Carrie Barber, MAKE’s owner and creative director, considers her star product more of a “skin tint” (she recommends applying to skin with fingers to get the most skin-like finish) and less of a foundation. “It’s a radiant, flexible coverage skin tint formulated with skin-mimicking pigment and hydrating skin-care ingredients that blur, smooth and brighten complexion. It’s very blendable, making it great for textured, dehydrated or mature skin.”
Linter is a fan of both the foundation and blush version of this product from Chanel. “Both are in such a practical container. The foundation blends so artistically into the skin. I never read directions, but use the little stubby brush they give you to apply it all over my face. Then, I very easily tap it into my skin. When you apply the blush, you really get a natural glow going.”
For medium coverage and a luminous glow, Aharon reaches for this cult classic. “It glides over the skin for a super smooth complexion without settling fine lines and pores.”
Chantecaille Future Skin ($82)
Aharon says this is a great option for an “incredibly lightweight” and oil-free formula. “It leaves a gorgeous, natural finish and is amazing for more sensitive skin types.”
Myiesha Sewell, Sephora beauty director recommends concealer in lieu of foundation is a great complexion option when you want to keep things simple and counts this store pick as perfection. “It allows the skin to shine through and takes less time. Place and blend a bit of concealer around the tear ducts, the nostrils, and the mouth for an easy, polished look. This is also a good routine if you’re prone to hot flashes, as there’s less to touch up and blot.”
This easy-to-use stick foundation is creamy, high coverage and melts flawlessly into skin. “The foundation’s formula also looks great over areas of the face that tend to have more texture like around the eyes and mouth,” Sewell notes.
The legend that is Fashion Fair is back! “This forgiving powder formula softly mattifies deeper skin tones that can appear oily or shiny even when they’re not,” Sewell says. “This product starts as a cream and sets as a powder, making it very flattering even for those who don’t typically enjoy a matte finish.”
According to Sewell, this light formula is best described as a “serum foundation” that lays beautifully on skin. “It works throughout the day to hydrate the skin which helps to prevent patchiness and cracking.”