Makeup Artists Love to Use These Inexpensive Foundations on Mature Skin

I won't lie—a lot of the products that makeup artists use and love will cost you a pretty penny (and maybe a heart attack). But I've talked to enough pros and been on enough sets over the years to know that drugstore gems will always have well-earned spots within a celebrity makeup artist's carefully curated kit. 

There are plenty of expensive foundations that have earned cult followings among editors, celebrities, and makeup artists alike, but I'd like to clear the air and say there are certain inexpensive formulas that are just as fabulous—especially when it comes to addressing the different concerns associate with mature skin, in particular. (Think sunspots and hyperpigmention, wrinkles and fine lines, dullness, etc.) To prove my point, I asked a handful of the industry's best makeup artists to share which drugstore foundations, in particular, they especially love and recommend for mature skin. Curious to see their affordable choices? Keep scrolling! 

Valeria Ferreira, Celebrity and Fashion Makeup Artist


(Image credit: @valeriaferreiramakeup (Kate Hudson pictured))

Celeb clients include: Lily James, Vanessa Kirby, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kate Hudson

The Drugstore Foundation Picks

Christine Cherbonnier, Celebrity Makeup Artist


(Image credit: @christinecherbonnier)

Celeb clients include: Alek Wek, Yoko Ono, Megan Rapinoe

The Drugstore Foundation Picks

Katie Mellinger, Fashion and Celebrity Makeup Artist


(Image credit: @ktmell (Stephanie Beatriz pictured))

Celeb clients include: Emma Watson, Stephanie Beatriz, Sofia Coppola

The Drugstore Foundation Picks

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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.