Get the Cate Blanchett glow with 9 of the most flawless dewy foundations for mature skin

These hydrating formulas are hidden gems.

No matter how old you are, finding the perfect foundation that gives you just the right amount of coverage, glow and hydration is a game-changing moment for your beauty routine.

Naturally as we age texture, dryness, fine lines and pigmentation come out of the woodworks to take up residency on our skin.

However, instead of looking for heavy duty formulas that can look mask like and at times can accentuate the very things we are trying to hide, opting for a more nourishing foundation that enhances your skin is the way to nail your base as you age.

Not to mention that a good glow never goes out of style. Who doesn’t want to look truly radiant?

Tips for finding the perfect foundation for mature skin

  • Look for light to medium coverage to avoid the mask like foundation look. Thicker formulas tend to settle into fine lines and look dry on mature skin.

  • Illuminating foundations with reflective qualities help to breathe new life into skin that has lost that certain quality which naturally happens as we age.

  • Hydrating foundations that melt into skin will help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

  • Go light. Apply your foundation in light layers and build up coverage where necessary to avoid heavy looking, textured skin.

  • Avoid powder and instead set with a fixing spray for better longevity. Powder will only accentuate lines and make skin look dry and thirsty.

  • If you can, look for foundations with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to nourish your skin throughout the day.

Want to find your new favourite dewy foundation? Read on to find our top picks.

The best dewy foundations for mature skin in Australia


Skin Tint Serum Foundation, $75 at Eye of Horus

This lightweight foundation almost feels as if you are wearing nothing, while providing a natural looking coverage, SPF 15, skincare benefits and a flowy finish. It has ingredients such as moringa, pomegranate and hemp oil (to name a few), all of which help lock in moisture and maintain skin elasticity.



Lancome Absolue Fluid foundation, $183 at THE ICONIC

A splurge-worthy foundation that is supremely luxurious. Described as a serum-in-oil foundation, it blends skincare ingredients with reflective oils to provide that glowy, natural finish. If you have sensitive skin best to be cautious as this does include fragrances however if you are not susceptible to sensitivity, this is definitely one to try.



IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream, $73 at Adore Beauty

If you are looking for fuller coverage without the drying and heaviness of regular foundations this CC+ cream from IT Cosmetics includes anti-aging ingredients like collagen and peptides as well as SPF 50 protection. It blends into the skin easily and won’t settle in fine lines.



Luminous Sheer liquid foundation, $30.06 (was $42.95) at Nude By Nature

A sheerer foundation with light to medium coverage filled with active Australian ingredients Kakadu Plum, Lilly Pilly and Quandong to fight visible aging signs and promote skin radiance.



Light Wonder foundation, $70 at Charlotte Tilbury

This extra breathable formula from cult beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury is perfect for light coverage and a glowing complexion. It is particularly moisturising on skin and never looks dry and dehydrated.



Rare Beauty Positive Light tinted moisturiser, $52 at Sephora

Tinted moisturisers are a great alternative to traditional foundations for mature skin. Of course they moisturise but they also provide light coverage and blur. This formula from Rare Beauty (the brain child of beauty icon Selena Gomez), is extra lightweight and moves with the skin without settling.



Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint, $68 at Sephora

Nail that truly radiant skin look with this tinted moisturiser that is easily buildable and extra dewy. Delicious oils like mandarin, avocado, jojoba and grapeseed leave a natural and glowy finish.



Miracle Hydra Glow oil-free foundation, $29 at MCoBeauty

A water-based light to medium coverage foundation that goes on like a second skin to create a glowy, blurred base with a natural finish. Because it is not oil-based it won’t clog pores and will leave you feeling light and hydrated.



Vapour Beauty Soft Focus foundation, $74 at Sephora

Described as “a foundation that acts like skincare”, this light to medium coverage formula includes soothing ingredients like lotus and myrrh as well as light reflecting properties to create a dewy and luminous finish.


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