As we age, our skin changes (along with everything else, but I digress). It tends to get a little dryer as the years pass. You’ll even notice lines/wrinkles forming and subtle differences in its elasticity and firmness. Although these makeup tips for mature skin will help to keep you glowing, you still need to take care of your skin. You must start with a solid base.
A good, consistent skincare routine that includes the right products for your skin type along with regular (self) facial massages (using your hands or tools), will help keep your skin heathy and hydrated. It’s also an important step in your makeup application as it determines how well the makeup will wear and flatter your skin. Through trial and error, beauty blog research, and YouTube videos, I have compiled this list of makeup tips for mature skin that will help keep you looking your best throughout the years.
Prep your skin.
- Start with a good cleanser that is right for you. What works for your friend, may not be good for you. Personally, I like to use a gentle exfoliator no more than 3 times per week. On the other days, I use a moisturizing cleanser. Allure covered a variety of skin care products for mature skin in this article and Vogue has an excellent guide for skincare for women over 50 here.
- After cleansing, spray a toner to refresh the skin. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, or Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence are great examples that work for all skin types (individual sensitivities aside).
- Gently tap your eye cream around the eye area and let it set to do its thing. A layer of eye cream will help minimize your foundation, BB or CC creams from settling into the lines around the eyes.
- Apply moisturizer to your face and neck to lock in the moisture in the skin. A lighter moisturizer is best when you will be applying make-up on top so your skin can still breathe through it. You want to moisturize your skin, not suffocate it.
Hint: If you have puffiness on your face, ice will help to reduce it and improve circulation. If you have a jade roller or face globes keep them in the fridge for a similar effect.
- Once your skin is prepped, apply your foundation, BB or CC cream and work it into the skin like a moisturizer. Be sure to run it across the eye lids as well to neutralize the colour. Once applied, take a damp sponge or Beauty Blender and dab it around the face. This will remove any excess sitting on top of the skin and prevent makeup from settling into lines/wrinkles as it wears. Allure covered foundation application for mature skin in depth in this article.
- Add concealer under the eyes that is slightly lighter than the base. Use a sponge to help blend the concealer as well. This will work towards brightening your face. Use concealer on the eye lid area as well. Concealer makes for a great eyeshadow base. Makeup Forever Ultra HD is an excellent option.
- Apply a cream blush as it is best for mature skin. Cream blushes melt/blend with the skin whereas powders sit on top. Using a brush, tap it into the skin to blend. Start just slightly off the apple of your cheek, move towards your ear then towards your nose. Then blend towards your apple and then back up towards the ear. By tapping the blush into your skin, you are not disturbing the base underneath.
- Use a cream highlighter. Sweep it lightly across the high points of your face like your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your cupid’s bow. The luminosity reflects light and gives you a natural glow but avoid highlighters that contain glitter or sparkle as it will emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. Also, a dab in the inner corner of your eyes will wake up tired eyes quickly.
- When it comes to makeup for mature women, you really want to emphasize the eyes. Apply a light colour (like light pink or champagne) to the eyelid and then start with darker shades (like taupes) in the crease and the outer VE of the eye.
- Line your upper lid with a dark shadow (example: brown) and then go over it with a pencil that is a shade darker than the shadow. Using this method emphasizes the eyes while keeping them soft at the same time. Allure covered eye makeup for mature skin in detail in this article.
- Using a brow pencil, fill in any gaps you have in your brows. Then use a clear brow gel to set the eyebrows. Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel is a great option. A well-defined brow is needed to complete your eyes and your look.
- Always use a lash primer as it helps build up lashes that may be thinning and then apply mascara to the upper and less on the lower lashes.
- As our lips tend to lose volume as we age, using natural lip colours with a clear gloss over top is recommended as the shine gives the illusion of fuller lips. Try using a lip liner one shade deeper than your natural lip colour to shape, fill and define the lips. You can then finish with a sheer-coloured lip balm. Having said that, don’t shy away from a bold lip as you age. They are still flattering if applied properly. See the video below for a demonstration.
We hope these basic makeup tips for mature skin help keep you glowing for years to come. Do you – or have you – used some of these tips? Do you have any makeup tips for mature skin that you can share with us? Please let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
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