Today’s post is all about make-up for mature skin. This isn’t something I have had a huge amount of experience with but I did cover the basics when I was studying at The Academy of Make-Up. I was having a little practice on my aunt who is in her early 50’s and in fairness she does have ridiculously great skin for her age so my job was made really easy. I really liked the look, so I though I would share it with you all as well as some hints and tips when it comes to older skin.
As women enter their 50’s they can suffer from many frustrating skin complaints mainly due to hormonal changes brought about by menopause, some of these are:
- Thinning skin
- Hot flashes
- Fine Lines
- Thinning brows
- Increased skin sensitivity
- Sagging eyelids
As you approach the big 50, your biggest beauty consideration should be your skin and getting it in tip-top condition. The better your skin, the less make-up you’ll need and with mature skin less is definitely more. No lotion or potion is going to magically make your fine lines and wrinkles disappear, but lathering on moisturiser everyday especially before you apply foundation and concealer will temporarily plump up skin making those fine lines a little less visible. Nothing plumps up the skin better than hydration and it helps everything glide on better: your concealer, foundation, sunscreen, blush, everything.
My top tips for mature skin:
- Super Skincare – as I mentioned before, it is so important to have a regular skincare routine, as you age your skin loses hydration and plumpness more easily. Repeat after me… CLEANSE/TONE/MOISTURISE!! Choose a great anti-ageing product, there are so many out there to choose from.
- Pick the Perfect Foundation – when choosing a foundation, less is definitely more. Opt for a light to medium coverage – if that’s too heavy, CC Creams and tinted moisturiser are great options. A more dewy base makes skin look fresher and younger.
- Beautiful Brows – as we age, our brows tend to get thinner, so creating a full, good brow can take years off any woman. I used a powder to fill the brows rather than a pencil, I feel this gives a much softer finish.
- Setting Powder – too much powder can highlight a multitude of sins so its best to use a lovely light transparent setting powder. Use a small amount to set your make-up – dust down the T-zone to remove shine and on the eyelids to stop eyeshadow creasing.
- Eyes – as we age, our eyes can change shape. Hooded eyelids and more wrinkled skin can make applying eye make-up a real challenge. I would avoid any bright coloured or dark eyeshadows in favour of more shimmery pastel tones. Don’t forget to use eyelash curlers as this will make the eyes look more open and wide. If you are losing lashes as you age, you can always apply some false individual lashes after mascara.
This is the look I created for my aunt below. As she is a pale blonde I decided to focus on bright dewy skin with peachy pink tones to compliment her skin tone – pearly shimmer on the eyes, subtle blush, rose pink lips with the added drama of some gel eyeliner – at her request of course!
Primer//Stila One Step Correct Colour Corrector//a light, brightening primer which helps reduce fine lines, improves skin texture, controls oil and contains 3 colour-correcting brighteners
Foundation//Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin//MAC Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation// a mix of both to create perfect colour match//velvet-matte finish//buildable coverage
Concealer//Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer//micro fills and smoothes//reduces the look of puffiness and shadows while fading the appearance of under-eye circles
Setting Powder//NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder//Smoothes skin, fine lines, wrinkles and pores//helps regulate shine and sets foundation.
Contour//Sleek Make-Up Face Form (light)//added to give face a little definition//contains bronzer, blusher and highlight
Brows//Sleek Make-up Brow Kit (light)//used the powder from this kit to fill and define brows
Eyes//Bourjois Rose Vintage EyeShadow Trio//a light dusting to add a little shimmer and highlight to lids
Eyeliner//MAC Fluidline (blacktrack)//gel eyeliner for ultra smooth application
Mascara//Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara//builds volume lash by lash
Lips//MAC Lip Pencil (Dervish)//MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick (Dreaminess)//nourishes lips with a medium shine finish
I really hope you enjoyed the post and found some of the hints and tips useful. If you have any great tips for mature skin, I’d love to hear!
Until next time,