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In 10 years—no matter how many steps you have in your skincare routine—your skin will look and
feel different to how it is today. So, like that pair of jeans that you loved once, to expect one foundation
to continue to serve you the way it always has is unfair not only to the foundation, but to yourself.
With new problems to solve (and trends to follow) each decade in which we gracefully age, we’re taking the
struggle out of trying to find a new foundation by breaking down our very best formulas for each skin age.
After all, your age and thus experiences are a key factor in shaping your Beauty ID. Keep scrolling.
Skin age: 15 to 19 years old
Take it from us (and not from your Instagram feed): embrace your skin as it is. You have the natural
bounce, plump and glow that the rest of these age groups are striving to emulate, so don’t cover it up
(instead, brag while you can). If you do want a hint of coverage to even out the appearance of redness or
lingering acne marks, try a super lightweight tint like Morphe’s Hint Hint Skin Tint. A
personal favourite of Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, this water-like tint delivers on a second-skin finish, so you can
trust you’ll never look cakey or feel covered-up. It’s water, sweat, and transfer resistant (guaranteed to
last through a party or TikTok dance tutorial), and also non-comedogenic, so you can trust that it won’t
clog your pores or bring on a breakout.
Prime with: Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Primer. It’s got super subtle
light-diffusing particles for an extra hit of glow and hydration without looking like a disco ball. You
could even wear it on its own.
On your cheeks: Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter. One word: Euphoria.
Set with: Urban
Decay All Nighter Ultra Glow Setting Spray. Achieve fresh, dewy perfection with his glow-getting and
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Skin age: your 20s through to your early 30s
You might be critical of it—especially after a night of martinis (or if you’re in Melbourne,
quarantinies) with the girls—but with a robust routine and understanding of your skin’s needs, your
face is pretty great. Lines are yet to set in, and your natural collagen production hasn’t abandoned you
just yet, so you want a foundation that makes you look and feel fresh, glowy, and put together. Enter Shiseido’s Synchro Self Refreshing
Foundation: it’s far from the foundations of your matte mousse days, giving you a flawless, skin-like
finish with a formula designed to not only resist heat, humidity, and oil, but even facial movement. You can
laugh, smile, frown or cry (it’s 2020, you’re permitted), without your makeup taunting you with premature
lines. It feels like nothing on the skin and will last from your early-start office job through to your 2am
Prime with: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. On extra-long days,
reach for this cult classic primer and consider it insurance. Plus, it’ll blur the look of larger pores and
On your cheeks: MECCA MAX Off Duty Blush Stick. The swipe-and-go solution for
both the millennial high-achiever and the lazy and proud.
Set with: M·A·C
Cosmetics Fix+. This refreshing setting mist is loaded with caffeine and what works for you in the
morning is going to be equally as effective on your face. Plus, it’ll give you an extra hint of glow,
especially good for a 3pm pick-me-up.
Skin age: 30s to late 40s
You’ve likely experimented with dozens of foundation formulas in your time, and you’re at a point where you
want a formula you can rely on day in and out. With some newly discovered lines and a potential change in
skin texture, a foundation that never settles or creases—and rolls with the punches of your 30s and 40s—is
exactly what you need. Fresh off the back of yet another MECCA Beauty Election win, NARS’ Sheer Glow is your
beloved beacon of hope. A consistent winner for its perfect application on all skin types, this tried and
true foundation leaves the skin with a glow that looks hydrated and never shimmery, brightening the skin as
it evens thanks to a hit of vitamin C and turmeric extract. Dehydration can often enhance lines and a loss
of elasticity, so the glycerine in this formula together with its luminous finish makes it the perfect
product for more mature skin.
Prime with: Laura
Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating. Light reflecting pearl pigments will help to blur the parts
where you don’t want to focus on, while brightening your complexion for a more hydrated look.
On your cheeks: Stila Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick in ‘Lilium’. A soft cream blush will keep
your skin looking fresh with a youthful glow.
Set with: Hourglass
Ambient Lighting Powder. Like the dimness of a candlelit room blurs the appearance lines and
imperfections, this colour-correcting powder casts a luminous blur over the skin to soften skin
imperfections, pores, and wrinkles.
Skin age: 50s through to late 60s
As you get older, your skin slows in its production of skin plumpers like collagen and hyaluronic acid,
resulting in a loss of elasticity, lines and wrinkles, and general dryness. The perfect foundation for older
skin needs to combat these changes (as well as any hyperpigmentation or sun damage you might’ve picked up
along the way), calling for a formula that’s visibly plumping and hydrating, and won’t settle into
lines—fine nor deep—throughout the course of the day. We recommend Ellis Faas’ bestselling Skin Veil Foundation. With a medium
coverage and naturally radiant finish, this MECCA-favourite for all skin types calls on sodium hyaluronate
and vitamin E to hydrate the skin and protect against environmental damage, resulting in skin that looks
healthy, even, and diffused of fine lines and wrinkles. It will not fail you.
Prime with: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. It doubles as un
ultra-rich moisturiser, perfect for dehydrated skin in need of a smooth, nourishing base.
On your cheeks: ILIA Multistick. This cream blush stick swipes on a healthy flush with a
cream-to-powder formula for easy placement. And, being a multistick, you can use it to add colour to your
Set with: Hourglass
Veil Setting Spray. Like the flick of a magic wand, this undetectable mist blurs the complexion for a
soft-focus look while keeping your makeup in place for 24 hours.
Skin age: 70 years and higher
Gracefully lined skin calls for a base that’s flexible, longwearing and spiked with efficient
hydrators—older skin is inherently dry (not just dehydrated), so heavy and mattifying foundations can create
patchiness or enhance lines which can further age the appearance of the skin. There’s also the fact that
your skin thins as you get older, and its rate of turnover decreases, making firm, glowy skin even harder to
achieve. That’s why we’d recommend a serum-like foundation that’s just as hydrating and nourishing as it is
effective in the coverage department. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, sweet almond oil and
glycerin, By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra
Foundation SPF30 is truly a match made in heaven for all skin types, and especially suited to those
over 70. Blend it into your skin with a brush, sponge or your fingers, and you can expect instant radiance,
an even tone and all-day protection from environmental aggressors.
Prime with: Juice
Beauty Phyto Pigment Illuminating Primer. This vitamin-rich primer blurs the look of fine lines,
wrinkles and imperfections while nourishing and protecting the skin.
On your cheeks: Mecca
Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint & Illuminating Balm Duo in ‘Plum’. With a buttery balm texture and a surge
of vitamin E, this easy-to-blend tint leaves the perfect amount of dewy flush on the cheeks.
Set with: By Terry
Hydra Powder. Unlike any other setting powder, this unique formula effectively plumps fine lines and
fills in pores for a youthful, soft-focus complexion.
Searching for your perfect foundation? Let our online matching tool guide you, or book a
virtual or in-store makeup service with a MECCA makeup
specialist to find the one. Find out