Trust Me—These 17 Foundations Give the Most Youthful-Looking Glow

Here at Who What Wear, we're all for embracing our skin's natural ageing process. Every fine line should, in truth, be considered an achievement. At the same time, however, we're fervently of the belief that every individual has the right to take indisputable ownership of their own feelings towards their complexion, which is why we don't feel crazy about the term anti-ageing.

Let me use my own skin-ageing journey to explain. As a beauty editor, I have access to all of the very best "anti-ageing" products around. And yet, when the fine lines on my forehead started becoming more prominent at age 27, I decided to seek professional advice and get Botox. For years, I have considered myself fundamentally against the term "anti-ageing" because I don't believe that we should feel obliged or encouraged to reverse the natural proceedings of life. What I do believe in, however, is the right to want to feel better in your own skin.


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It's safe to say that I have spent a big chunk of my career measuring the real-life results of beauty products against their anti-ageing promises. Most notably, I have become somewhat infatuated with the concept of an anti-ageing foundation. If you're asking me, few beauty products have the ability to make or break the overall appearance of your complexion quite like a foundation.

While I know that active ingredients like retinol that we typically associate with anti-ageing moisturisers can't be formulated in foundations, what I have discovered is that the formulas that deliver the most youthful-looking finish don't dull the skin. They don't turn the skin matte and lacklustre. Rather, they blend seamlessly for a glowing and radiant result. 

Such foundations don't aim to reverse the signs of ageing (nothing can, mind you), but they do have a wonderful way of making fine lines and texture look healthy and as though they belong. So if you're looking for a foundation that creates a natural-looking, youthful glow and makes you feel more comfortable in your skin, keep scrolling for the best 'anti-ageing' foundations out there.

The Best Anti-Ageing Foundations 


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1. Beauty Pie Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF 20

2. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 30

3. Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF 20

4. Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

5. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation

6. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint

7. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation and Skincare

8. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

9. Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Makeup

10. Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

11. Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation

12. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation

13. Nars Light Reflecting Foundation 

14. Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

15. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

16. Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation

17. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.

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