So, as we all know being over 35 means some careful choices when it comes to the base for our makeup to sit on. Now, I’ve made many many mistakes when it comes to foundation. Don’t even talk to me about the Maybelline superstay 24 hour makeup that literally melted off my face about 10 minutes later. But now I’m over 35 I know I need to think about how my foundation sits on my skin and ensure that my laughter lines aren’t being accentuated and that my bags are well and truly covered.
I have to think about blend ability and about oxidization, something I’ve never had to worry about before. Some foundations can really come back to bite you on the bottom if you aren’t careful. I like the idea of some foundations I’ve tried over the years. I’ve really wanted to love them and for them to love me, but it just wasn’t to be. For example, the Dior Forever Perfect makeup. I really wanted it to be ‘perfect’. I was so excited to try it. I wanted it to minimize pores and to be everlasting with a ‘luminous matte finish’ as promised. Alas all it did was sit heavy on my skin and look like I’d had a fall out with a paint roller and a pot of emulsion!
Over the years I have tried BB cream, CC cream, DD cream and good old tinted moisturizer. In my 20s, tinted moisturizer was all I needed. That and a slick of Rimmel Heather Shimmer on my lips and some clear mascara. Ohhhhhh the nostalgia. Although you can leave the scrunchie and ringlet perm right there.
The truth of the matter is that I feel so much more polished nowadays. If only I’d known then what I know now. But isn’t that half the fun? Finding your way. I teach teens, and I try so hard not to say to them ‘you’ll find out’. That would spoil the journey for them.
So, back to it. Foundations. Foundations that I have tried, I love and use daily.
Here are my top 4 foundations for the over 35. Disclaimer: what suits me, might not suit you. Go into stores and ask for samples. Try them out before you spend a lot of money on something like foundation.
Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation £29.50
On the website it says ‘full coverage foundation that morphs to your face in a weightless texture, for a perfect looking second skin that lasts all day. Available in 15 shades’.
I love Charlotte Tilbury products and was very keen to try this. I got my chance when I got the perfume for Christmas last year and the foundation was a free sample. Result! I tried it for two days and liked it a lot. It was lightweight as promised and full coverage too. So I bought some in medium.
It quickly became a beauty go to. I loved the weightlessness and the colour was perfect for me. My pores were minimized and my complexion was matte and stayed that way all day. This is a definite staple for me and one I continue to use.
Cons: only 15 shades! Come on Charlotte Tilbury, you can share the love with so many more skin tones than that.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation £35.00
On the website it says:
- Offers full, natural-looking coverage
- Weightless 16-hour wear
- Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced formula
- Builds and blends effortlessly
- Features the brands Even Tone Technology
- Designed to instantly neutralize redness and dullness
I have to agree with absolutely everything listed above. I’ve only just started to use this foundation, but it is a firm favourite already. The pigmentation is fantastic. I use Santa Fe, and it matches my skin brilliantly. It is lightweight and full coverage without being caked on. You can build it and blend it really well. My skin can breathe beautifully and gives me a dewy complexion that my makeup can sit on perfectly. I 100% recommend this foundation.
Cons:none that I can see just yet!
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £40.00
On the website is says, ‘ Inspired by charmeuse silk which is smooth and lustrous, the Armani Luminous Silk foundation is designed to glide on with a lightweight finish which is comfortable to wear. The buildable coverage of this foundation helps to improve texture and blur imperfections, while the variety of shades ensure you can match your skin tone with ease’.
I really like this foundation. It is not as full coverage as I would like, but you can build it really well. It is smooth and it glides on like butter. My makeup always looks absolutely flawless after I’ve used this foundation. My complexion is smooth and almost like velvet to touch. I always use this foundation when I want to feel better on a bad day. This is one of Kim Kardashian’s favourites and I can see why.
Cons: price point! It is not cheap, and because you have to build it up it won’t last as long as some of the other comparably expensive ones.
Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation £32.00
On the website is says: ‘Proudly inclusive, Huda Beauty’s 30-strong shade range embraces and celebrates all skin tones. What’s more, the long-lasting matte finish formula is packed with perfecting, blemish-blurring pigments to keep your face looking faultless’.
This foundation is AWESOME! The smell in its own right is just gorgeous. I don’t usually like perfumed cosmetics, but this one is different. It’s subtle and luxurious smelling. It captures the Middle Eastern influences perfectly, and makes me want to layer it on. I was hooked from the second that I breathed it in.
I was colour matched at Sephora, and with 30 shades, believe me, this is a must. I wouldn’t want to buy this online because of the extensive shade range, but I know in the UK that unless you head to Selfridges, you might not have the luxury of being able to buy it accurately offline.
The coverage is full. The only con here is that it can be a little too full if you aren’t used to it. A little goes a very long way and so you’ll need a little rehearsal with it to get it right. But boy when you get it right, it is amazing.
The price is perfect for the amount of product you get. It will last you forever! I use with the Huda primer, and that seems to help it along even more.
Cons: don’t go too hard with this product as a little goes a long way.
So there we have it. My top 4 foundations (for what it is worth). Foundation is so important for that flawless complexion to build your makeup look on (in my opinion). If you get it right, most of the work is done. I know that these foundations are not high street in price, but this is the one area I spend my money to allow me the opportunity to mix up my makeup brands for my looks. Get the base right and everything else seems to fall into place.
Have a great day!