Makeup application can be overwhelming as there seem to be rules for absolutely everything, many of which contradict each other. This problem is compounded when you are facing changes in your skin due to aging. To keep you looking and feeling your most beautiful, we’ve come up with our top seven tips for makeup and mature skin. Remember, the following is a guideline, when it comes to makeup, the only real rule is to do what you like and what makes you feel beautiful.
- Exfoliate – The most common skin care concern for mature skin is a lack of moisture. This can result in dry, flaky skin which makeup will only cling to and accentuate. Gently exfoliate using an alpha-hydroxy acid several times a week to keep dead skin cells from accumulating on the skin’s surface. You don’t have to go out and spend money on a chemical exfoliant, simply using a washcloth will do the trick.
- Moisturize – Once you’ve removed the dry, dead, flaky skin, you need to re-hydrate your skin. Using a moisturizer isn’t just an important step in the skincare routine, it creates a foundation upon which makeup glides on and blends more easily.
- Foundation – When it comes to makeup the only rule really is to do what you like. However, if you’re looking for some guidance due to changes in your skin, we’ve got you covered. Typically, mature skin responds well to liquid or creme foundations. If you have dry skin, look for a hydrating foundation or be sure to apply extra moisturizer just before your foundation.
- Concealer – Concealer for the under eye area is tricky at any age, but it becomes especially perplexing as you age. There is no miracle concealer that really never creases, but that doesn’t mean you have to walk around with dark circles under your eyes. Choosing a light-reflective concealer will help to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also adding brightness to the area. Be sure to set your concealer with powder, because that does help the product stay for longer periods of time. If you need concealer to really stick, consider using an eyeshadow primer on the under eye area as well, but be aware that these can dry out the skin under your eyes.
- Blush – A flush of color on your cheeks does wonders to counteract skin that is looking dull or swallow, which can occur as you age. Universal shades tend to be peaches, apricots and bronzers. If you find your skin has become redder as a result of hormones, it might be best to skip blushes that are pink or red-based as these can enhance the redness in your face. If you are worried about large pores, use a matte blush because shimmer blushes can make the pores look larger and can settle into fine lines.
- Eyes – Some people will say that shimmery eyeshadow shouldn’t be used after a certain age, while others argue that shimmer knows no age. When it comes to shadow, do what you please just be sure to check for any shimmer fallout, because that can enhance lines around the eyes. Curling your lashes is beneficial at any age, but it is great as you age because it can make the mature, saggy skin appear significantly lifted. To go the extra mile with making your eyes look lifted, try false lashes. Just a few on the outer corner of your eye can go a long way into lifting and opening your eyes.
- Lips – Perhaps the number one concern when it comes to lips is the tendency of some lipsticks or glosses to wander outside the lines and settle into the tiny fine lines that surround your mouth. Combat this by using a clear lip liner (or nude if you prefer) around the edges of your lips before applying color. You can also look into a lip primer, which will help fill out and plump your lips so that the color doesn’t settle into lines there.
Your age and the maturity of your skin does not have to limit the cosmetic products you buy and wear. Makeup for mature skin should be makeup that suits your skin type and complexion, and what makes you feel like the most gorgeous you. The other component in keeping your face radiant is to be diligent about your skin care and to use products designed to target the needs of your mature face. Remember, makeup is all about expressing yourself so the only rule is have fun and do what makes you feel great.