As a makeup artist, I work with diverse skin types, tones, and textures, and many of my older clients ask me for makeup application advice. Although everyone’s skin changes as they age, many makeup trends don’t cater to people with mature skin. That’s why I’ve put together my top five makeup tips for mature skin so you can look and feel your best in your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond!
Top Five Makeup Tips for Mature Skin
1. Use less foundation with lower coverage
Foundation and concealer can settle into your fine lines and wrinkles, making them more pronounced. The skin thins as we age, so heavy products can often appear cakey on older skin – look for lighter formulations that keep your face feeling fresh instead. You can always build your foundation selectively for pigmentation and sunspots. Try not to use too much concealer under your eyes – instead, place it at the inner and outer corners for a lifted look.
2. Contour higher on the cheeks
We lose fat in our faces as we age, so your cheeks may not be as plump as they once were when you reach your 50s and 60s. If you love contouring your cheekbones, try placing the product higher on your face. This lifting effect gives your cheeks a rounder, fuller look. You can also gently contour your jawline to give it more definition.
3. Choose creamy products
When you have older skin, cream blushes, highlighters, and foundations are your best friends. These products blend into your face seamlessly and won’t get stuck in your laugh lines like powdery products. They also tend to have a silkier finish than powders, adding a slight sheen to your skin, making it look youthful and vibrant. Creamy eyeshadows are also easier to apply when you have loose skin on your eyelids!
4. Add warmth and shine
Do you remember when oily skin was your biggest concern? Bringing some of that shine back can give you a youthful glow as you age. Always apply moisturiser or skin serum under your makeup and look for products with creamier formulations to create a fresh, dewy look. A little highlighter on your cheekbones and Cupid’s bow can give your face some extra sparkle.
5. Define the lash and lip lines
Our lips also look thinner as we age, so lip liner is a must for mature skin! You can overline your lips slightly using a nude shade or sweep some contour powder below the centre of the lower lip for a fuller-looking pout. You can do the same for your eyelashes by adding some brown eyeliner in between the lashes before you apply mascara.
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