One of the big reasons women use foundation is to maintain a youthful appearance, but picking the wrong formula can actually exaggerate the signs of aging. Powder foundation looks cakey and can dry out your skin, making it a poor choice for anybody, whether they’re concerned about aging or not. Then there are creamy formulas, which seem like a great idea since they’re smooth and offer a lot of coverage, but due to their high pigmentation, can actually wind up appearing cakey after your skin absorbs the product’s moisture.

Overall, the best picks for anti-aging purposes are hydrating and satin-finish liquid foundations. Search for a version containing moisturizing glycerin or hyaluronic acid to keep your skin looking plump and supple rather than dry and dull. Tip: If you still desire a creamy formula’s coverage, just pair it with a rich moisturizer or hydrating primer.