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Foundation for 45 year old.

I looking to get my mom some....her needs are different from mine. She is older and she says foundation normally break her out. She has never used anything other than the store brand. She has few wrinkles but when she wears powder it looks bad. Any suggestions? Hopefully nothing too expensive as she can't afford it. But if she uses it right I know it will last her a while.

Re: Foundation for 45 year old.

  • I'm 41 and use Tarte...its supposedly all natural but I still use old school cover girl sometimes too....Maybe it's the way shes applying it, i would say to get her a primer first, or have her use a serum....preferably olay regenerist.  i swear by it.
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  • I'm 40 and use BB tinted moisturizer or BB skin foundation.  I use smashbox primer which helps everything go on smoothly and stay.  I prefer cream blushes and avoid most powders because I think as we age they can sink into fine lines making them more noticeable.
  • If she has good skin and does not need much coverage, she could try a tinted moisturizer. I use Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier. If she needs more coverage, I like Revlon Colorstay or another affordable lightweight option is the Revlon Colorstay Mousse. Agree w/pp about using a primer under foundation. Smashbox makes a really good one and comes in different formulas. If your mom wants to use powder to set, try translucent loose, applied very lightly. Just a quick dusting.

    How does your mom apply foundation? If she hasn't already, she should start using either a brush or makeup sponge.

    BTW, I am 53 and have found that less is always better. 

     

  • I'm 41 and I use a good moisturizer and Bare Minerals. Sometimes I will use a tinted moisturizer when I want some more coverage. I like Bobbi Brown. Really I find with my age, my needs are more centered on moisture than coverage.

    If my face is not hydrated enough, I will have problems with any makeup looking smooth. 

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  • I'm 43 and I use a combo of Laura Mercier and Lancome tinted moisturizers with Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer. I do occasionally use Bare Minerals, but the TM is much easier, and I'm lazy. The Smashbox primer made my face break out, so that may not be the best one for her to try.

    I have combo skin, so my issue isn't moisturizing or coverage, but shine! Maybe take your mom to Sephora and have them recommend a few products, then get samples. They're usually pretty good about knowing what's popular.

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  • Olay Definity is available everywhere and is about $10-$15 less than the Laura Mercier/Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizers. IME it works just about as well.


  • My mom uses Estee Lauder's Equalizer foundation.  She hates that it costs so much, I think it's $35, but one bottle lasts her about 6mos and she says that even if she tries something else she keeps going back to the Equalizer.
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  • I'm 53.

    For very light coverage, I prefer the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer- tinted mositure with Retinol. This is my go-to in the summer. Their Healthy Skin Foundation is very nice for the price as well.

    For more coverage, I used to have a custom Prescriptives made, so these days I'm searching for a replacement. I'm using Clinic Perfectly Real, it's just OK. I'm trying Dewy Smooth next. I buy my foundations at a Company Store which allows me to get my hands on the stuff and pay less for it. A win/win.

     

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