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There are few things more frustrating than spending a chunk of your morning methodically applying your foundation, only to find that it’s slipped down your face and into your previously invisible fine lines by noon (or, worse, as soon as you apply it). But it’s not your fault, and no, you didn’t just develop 40 new wrinkles overnight. More often than not, it’s because your foundation is simply too thick or too drying for your skin, making every tiny line on your face look a billion times more apparent than they really are.
So instead of hating on your skin or just making do with the foundation you’ve got — even if it ages you about five years — do yourself a favor and try one of these ten foundations that we pretty much guarantee will slide over your skin without settling into fine lines thanks to their hydrating, plumping ingredients. Just don’t be surprised if you get carded at this week’s happy hour.
An original version of this story was published in November 2016.
Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
If you love clean beauty, try Ilia’s serum-like foundation. The foundation has a lightweight texture that blends skincare and makeup together. It contains squalane, a plant-based ingredient that gives the skin a dose of hydration. The formula also includes niacinamide which smooths texture, and hyaluronic acid, which leaves skin plump and firm.
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Liquid Foundation Broad-Spectrum SPF 15
This foundation from Bobbi Brown is exceptionally versatile. It comes in 43 shades ranging from light and fair to deep and dark skin tones. The foundation blends into the skin effortlessly without, leaving a dry feeling behind. It also offers up to 16 hours of staying power, so you can easily wear it throughout the day without worrying about touch-ups. Plus, there’s SPF 15, which protects the skin from harsh UV rays.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Foundation
When it comes to foundations for those with mature skin, always consider one that hydrates skin. Additional hydration will combat loss of moisture, which can make lines and wrinkles appear darker and more profound. Luckily, Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Foundation includes hyaluronic acid, which deeply hydrates the skin, making the tint perfect for everyday wear.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
For natural coverage that still conceals, IT Cosmetic’s CC Cream will quickly become a favorite. The formula contains collagen, which makes your complexion look youthful. You will also find anti-aging aging like peptides, SPF, and hyaluronic acid in the foundation to enhance collagen production and smooth lines and wrinkles.
Merit Beauty The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
Merit Beauty’s complexion stick does it all — smooths, conceals, contours, and hydrates. The formula includes ingredients that support the skin, like fatty acids, that lock in moisture for those looking to conceal signs of aging.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions SPF 35
We get it. Some days, you just don’t feel like wearing makeup. When those days pop up, be sure to reach for this beauty balm that offers a light tint that smooths the skin and leaves a dewy, glow behind.
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation
This hydrating formula from Charlotte Tilbury is packed with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which diminishes dull and fatigued skin and leaves it plump, hydrated, and revived. It also has the brand’s proprietary Bix’Activ — it smooths, reduces the appearance of pores, and “helps visibly reduce shine and blur the look of pores.”
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50
L’Oreal’s Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation is tried and true, and shoppers can’t get enough of it. One said, “I am 57, not many wrinkles at all, thanks to sunscreen 365 days a year. This gives medium to full coverage, slightly dewy, but does not highlight every hair follicle, SPF 50 is almost unheard of in a foundation as well. I use a primer and sunscreen, then powder, then this foundation and setting spray. I even use it on my eyelids for the sunscreen effect. It is a wise choice for summer.”
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
For a luxurious pick that is loved by editors and shoppers, make sure you stock up on this foundation. It has a brand-specific Micro–fil technology that matches your shade near perfectly without a cakey finish. The rich, yet smooth texture gives buildable coverage that leaves skin with a silky and natural finish.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Skin that’s experiencing signs of aging needs a foundation that moisturizes and adds a radiant glow. This Sheer Glow Foundation is comprised of glycerin, an ingredient that holds moisture in the skin, and vitamin C, which brightens, and lastly, tumeric to leave skin radiant and even.