Foundation Friday for Over 50 |My Everyday Foundation Routine

I’ve been doing a new series of posts called “Foundation Friday for Over 50” where I test a different foundation each week to see how it performs on mature skin, but this week I had too much other stuff going on (3 doctor appointments, sports banquet, throwing a graduation party) to test a foundation and make a video. So instead I decided to show you what foundation I use and love on the days I’m not doing testing (along with a tutorial on how to get the look).

Everyday Foundation Routine Thumb

My go-to “foundation” is actually 2 products that I layer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer* and Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder*.

Using sheer layers of different products gives a more natural, more youthful, and long-lasting result than building most single foundations up to medium coverage. Spot concealing allows for full coverage of problem areas while leaving most of the face with lighter coverage for a polished but still natural makeup look.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as a base coat to even out skin tone (I use Ochre).

Dot Tinted Moisturizer

Rub a pea sized amount between fingertips and dot around the face concentrating on the center where more coverage is needed.

Blend Tinted Moisturizer Out

Blend from the center outward using the fingertips.

Apply Concealer with Brush

Apply concealer (MAC Select Moisturecover*) to pimples, age spots, tear troughs, broken capillaries as needed using an eyeliner brush (Real Techniques Fine Liner brush*).

Press Concealer with finger Undereye

Press gently with ring finger to blend concealer.

Apply Powder Big Brush

Using a large flat top powder brush (IT Cosmetics Mega Powder Brush #127*), apply a light coat of Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation all over the face (my best shade is “Nude”.

Apply Powder Med Brush Cheek

Use a denser domed brush (IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Ended Powder Brush*) to add more Becca powder in spots where more coverage is needed.

Apply Bronzer

Apply bronzer (IT Cosmetics CC Ombre Radiance Bronzer*) with a round blush brush (Real Techniques Blush Brush*)starting at the hairline by the ear and working forward.

Apply Blush

Apply blush (Laura Mercier Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom*)with a round blush brush (Real Techniques Powder Brush*) starting at the hairline by the ear and working forward.

Finishing Powder

Using a small tapered brush (Elf Blush Brush*), pat setting powder (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Powder*) under the eyes and in the T-zone to eliminate shine.

Setting Spray

Finally, a light misting of setting spray (Elf Mist & Set*) finishes the look and helps it last all day.


This combination does a great job of evening out skin-tone while disguising imperfections like enlarged pores and blemishes.

It even looks pretty good up close:

Powder Close Up Cheek

Powder Close Up Forehead

Powder Close Up Chin

What I especially love about this combo is the staying power!

I still look good after 9 hours of wear

I still look good after 9 hours of wear

It lasts all day without sliding around, getting overly shiny, wearing off, or settling into pores and wrinkles. . .

. . . even up close:

Close Up 9 Hrs Cheek

Close Up 9 Hrs Forehead

Close Up 9 Hrs Chin

Shopping Links:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer*

Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder*

MAC Select Moisturecover*

Real Techniques Fine Liner brush*

IT Cosmetics Mega Powder Brush #127*

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Ended Powder Brush*

IT Cosmetics CC Ombre Radiance Bronzer

Real Techniques Blush Brush*

Laura Mercier Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom*

Real Techniques Powder Brush*

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Powder*:

Elf Blush Brush*

Elf Mist & Set*

Target Necklace*


Zara Top*

* Marked links are affiliate links. If you click the link and buy something, I receive a commission for the sale, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra. You are free to use the link or not as you choose.

This is not a sponsored post.

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