The 9 Best Foundations for Women in Their 40s

The older we get, the more things we want to cover up—skin imperfections included. Here, we've rounded up nine of the best foundations out there for women in their 40s that not only offer coverage, but skin care benefits, too.

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Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation Compact

Whether you use this as your everyday foundation (great for getting a more dewy look) or midday touch-up makeup, nothing is easier to apply than this one. We also love that it lends a bit of a cooling effect as soon as it comes into contact with your skin—a plus for summer days. $47, lancome-usa.com

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Edward Bess Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation

Dry skin craves moisture—a common complaint of 40-something women—and some types of makeup can make dry skin feel even worse. With a mousse texture, this long-wearing one conditions skin and never feels heavy. $86, bergdorfgoodman.com


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Trish McEvoy Even Skin Treatment Foundation

Noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores, and oil-free, this medium-coverage liquid foundation does so much more than your average makeup. It protects skin from the sun, boosts hydration and even improves the look of your skin with a blend of peptides and antioxidants. $75, trishmcevoy.com

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Zelens Youth Glow

Infused with skin illuminzers plus antioxidants, this foundation goes on as smooth as silk and gives that lit-from-within glow that we all long for. $98, barneys.com

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation

Housed within a pretty bottle is a skin-perfecting duo—concealer and foundation—that covers up even the most stubborn of spots. With a natural finish, so you never look cakey or made-up, the dewy formula is infused with the brand’s star ingredient of caviar extract, which helps firm skin over time and improve its elasticity. $215, laprairie.com

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

You don’t have to be on the big screen to wear this high-def makeup (even though that’s what it was originally intended for). Lightweight on skin, this medium-coverage foundation blends in seamlessly and provides a touch of moisture so your skin never feels dried out. $43, makeupforever.com

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Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Sun protection aside, this anti-aging foundation actually makes skin look better, healthier and younger as it sends a dose of moisture to counteract the effects of dryness and help smooth out wrinkles. $45, shiseido.com

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Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème

Loaded with water and pigments—more than your average foundation for ultimate coverage—this creamy yet breathable formula works wonders at covering up redness and hyperpigmentation. $44, sephora.com


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Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

A mix between a pressed powder and a cream foundation, this waterproof and smudgeproof formulation glides onto skin and can be layered with other foundation (if desired) for even more coverage. Plus, it doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles, so it hides them rather than accentuating them. $39, ulta.com