One of the first tips all of our experts shared was, as you get older, swap out powder for a liquid or cream as they're more forgiving on aging skin. Here's what else you need to know about your options, whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive.


Traditional liquid or cream foundations vary greatly, but they'll give the fullest coverage, even the sheer formulas. The makeup artists we talked to generally suggested you choose one with a little luminosity (look for words like luminous,illuminating or brightening) to boost dull, dry skin and soften lines. But if visible pores are your issue, go for one marked oil-free.

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BB creams

Most "beauty balms" combine moisturiser, foundation, sunscreen and skincare (ingredients and benefits differ by brand) all in one. They're great for daytime wear—when you might want something lighter than foundation but heavier than a tinted moisturiser — with one caveat: the shade range is often limited.

CC Creams

Like BB creams, most CC ("colour-correcting") creams deliver moisturisers, foundation and SPF in a limited number of shades, but there are two subtle differences: Their skincare ingredients are usually sunspot-fading vitamins, and their coverage is typically lighter and more natural than BB creams. Textures and weight of each, however, differ by brand—so be sure to test first!

Tinted moisturiser

The name explains it all: it'll hydrate skin and give you some colour that evens out your complexion. This is the sheerest of the bunch, for light coverage. If it doesn't have SPF 30, make sure you apply sunscreen beforehand.​


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