The beauty items we gravitate toward change as we age, just as our tastes, passions, and overall aesthetic do. It’s perfectly normal to realize that the foundations and powders that were once the crown jewels of your makeup collection no longer brighten your skin the way they used to. Our skin changes as we age, including more fine lines and wrinkles, less suppleness, changes in skin tone and texture, among other things. You may still feel beautiful and assured in your flesh today and every day after that, though.
By modifying your skincare routine to incorporate certain anti-aging products, you may already be treating new skin concerns, and that’s the ideal place to begin. It’s time to adjust your makeup routine so that your skin glows both now and in the future. We’re not only referring to particular shades of eyeshadow or lip color (if you adore it, wear it! ), but also to the makeup formulations and methods you frequently employ.
Always Start With Hydrated Skin
The natural oils of the skin, known as sebum, start to decrease as we age, which makes our skin less able to retain moisture. You might now have dry skin even if you earlier had normal or slightly oily skin. According to Katsuk, “Generally speaking, as we get older, our skin gets dryer. Before applying any makeup, make sure you are completely cleaning and moisturizing. Fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness are often made more noticeable by dryer skin. These regions will seem more plumped and smoother under makeup with hydrated skin. Because of this, as many of us are aware, the first guideline of makeup preparation is to always begin with an excellent moisturizer.
Don’t Skip Out on Primer
A primer must be used if you want to look immaculate. It provides a smooth surface on which to apply foundation, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out the pigmentation of your skin, and prolongs the wear of your makeup. In order to stop eyeshadow from creasing and lipstick from bleeding, primers are now available for the lips and eyelids.
Every skin type can use a primer, so making an informed decision will yield the greatest results. A product that reduces pores or one that is developed for dry skin may be beneficial to you. It’s important to keep in mind that aging and the menopause alter your skin; what worked for you when you were 40 may not work for you now. If you’re unsure of your skin type, it’s worth braving the beauty counters of your nearest department store and getting some advice
Choosing the right foundation for mature skin
Applying foundation is now possible after priming your skin. A light foundation, BB cream, or CC cream will produce a more natural-looking appearance. In light of this, you might want to pick a foundation that will stay in place all day if you suffer from menopausal sweats.
You’re not the only one who doesn’t understand how they vary; find out what each product does and how to utilize it effectively below.
These are fantastic for people who need almost no coverage because they combine multiple products into one and are mostly used for maintenance and prevention, such as concealer and SPF. They moisturize and firm skin, shield it from outside aggressors, and subtly conceal imperfections.
While still having more coverage than BB creams, CC creams, often known as “color correcting” creams, are a lighter type of foundation. They are perfect for older skin and people who are worried about age spots because they prime and even out your skin tone and frequently have moisturizing qualities.
Compared to BB or CC creams, foundations are thicker and provide better coverage. They balance out skin tone, conceal minor flaws, and give the complexion a gentle warmth. They also have a wider range of colors.
The more pigment, which is essentially powder, your foundation contains, the heavier it will be. In contrast to a light or moisturizing formula, this will make older skin feel and appear dry, while the latter will appear moisturized and dewy.
If you absolutely must continue using your preferred full-coverage foundation, use plenty of moisturizer and a primer first to ensure that your skin is smooth.
Test foundation on your jawline every time (not the back of the hand). It should be somewhat near to your original skin tone, but as long as you blend in nicely, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t an exact match.
Invest in a good foundation brush or sponge blender to achieve a picture finish. Although sponges are simpler to manipulate, using a brush to apply your foundation makes it last longer. You must have the products to create the perfect base since application methods and tools can make a huge difference. Working from the center of your face outward, mix your foundation with your jawline.
Apply a concealer after your foundation
Put a little concealer on after applying your foundation, BB, or CC cream if you have any blemishes or dark circles around your eyes that you would prefer not to draw attention to. Here are some of our best concealer application advice:
1. Apply only after foundation, never earlier. You’ll use less material overall and it will appear more organically that way.
2. If you pick the wrong concealer, it will only sit in creases and highlight wrinkles around the eyes. Make sure the product you’re using is designed specifically for the sensitive skin around your eyes. The coverage of concealers made specifically for imperfections is frequently thicker and does not produce the ideal natural appearance.
3. Put on some eyelid primer. It’s made to hold your eyeshadow in place, but it’s also gentle enough for the skin around your eyes. Apply a little to hide any fine lines.
4. Apply your concealer in the shape of an upside-down triangle, with the point facing your cheek. This helps to redirect light away from the places you don’t want to call attention to while also providing coverage.
Use powder sparingly
You should attempt to avoid using a powder unless you have oily skin, and possibly even then. In the past, we were told not to shine, but nowadays, shine is referred to as “glow.”
If you absolutely feel the need to wear powder, keep it to a minimal and just apply around the t-zone area where oil can settle. Powder can seep into the lines and creases of mature faces.
Fill in eyebrows
Over-plucked brows are the quintessential sign of a “child of the 60s.” To make matters worse, as you age, your brows get sparser. Depending on the type of treatment you require, fixing weak eyebrows can be a bit of a challenge, but in the interim, a small brow pencil can work wonders.
The key is to maintain neat eyebrows (clip if necessary), and look for brow pencils with brushes on the other end so that any blatant pencil lines may be wiped out.
It’s recommended to leave very thin brows alone or choose a shade or two darker than usual because a whisper of definition is preferable to an unattractive line. Brow gel, which you can use to fix your brow pencil, feather your brows, or add color to them, is another fantastic tool.