How To Adapt Your Makeup As You Get Older
Prepping your skin before applying makeup is vital to looking your best at any age, but it is even more important with maturing skin.
Exfoliating regularly followed by hydrating will give your skin a healthy glow.
If you have the resources, hydrating masks will turn the years back with their results. If your skin is really dry, try a hydrating oil under your foundation.
A hydrating facial mist kept handy can refresh your makeup as you progress through your day, making sure you look your best at all times.
Taking care of your skin on a daily basis will go a long way in improving your appearance.
The skin gets drier as we get older.
Choose a tinted moisturizer or a hydrating, illuminating sheer foundation to give your skin a hydrated and more youthful appearance.
Choose light reflective makeup and avoid matte foundations and powders. Thick foundations emphasize lines so keeping the base shear is very important.
Pore size increases as we mature.
Using a pore refining/filling primer will fill in the fine lines to mask pores.
Skin tone is uneven.
To tone down redness, a sheer foundation will also even out color. If you have pigmentation/sun spots, use a concealer to hide them instead of using a thick foundation, which will age your skin much more than help to detract from it.
Eyelids can become smaller and hooded.
- Use a light colored shadow on the lid to highlight it. A light shimmer is fine, but avoid frosty white shadows as they can appear scaly. The best tones are light pinks, mauves, bronzes and terracotta browns.
- To lift the hood use a bullet/dome shaped brush to apply a soft matte, brown, taupe or grey shadow above our natural crease in the socket. You must apply this higher than your own crease to give the illusion of a higher, lifted lid. Blending this step is vital to create the illusion of a high, defined socket without looking like you are wearing a lot of makeup.
- Define your eyes with a very thin liner in grey, mauve or brown on the top lash line and avoid black as it can appear looking too harsh. Liquids are a better option than pencils because they are thinner and don’t smudge as easily. Stay far away from heavy eyeliners and mascara under the eyes. You want to draw the eyes up and away from the effects of gravity.
Brows and lashes become thinner.
Fill in your brows and give yourself instant and successful results.
Opt for a soft shadow rather than a pencil if you like and choose a color that is a little lighter than your natural color so it doesn’t look obvious.
Highlight the arch, but don’t make it too angular.
As lashes become thinner and fewer be kind to them and use a high quality mascara and avoid inexpensive waterproof ones.
Curl your lashes first if you can and then apply lots of mascara to the base of the lashes to make them appear thicker.
Dark circles under eyes
An illuminating concealer or color corrector under the eyes will do wonders and pay close attention to the darkest area, which is near the bridge of our nose.
Be careful with under eye concealers because they do move into the fine lines around the eye so less is more and always hydrate with an eye cream first.
Don't apply too heavily or it will have the opposite effect.
Skin has started to lackluster
Choosing a light reflective, dewy foundation as we discussed earlier needs to be paired with adding color to our complexion.
Choose a foundation that is slightly warmer than your skin tone, not darker, just very slightly warmer. There is nothing worse than a pale foundation.
Blush and lipstick are the best way to achieve a bright, youthful complexion, but stick with warmer colors as harsher colors tend to age a woman's appearance.
Lips become defined and smaller.
A lip liner can define the lips by drawing slightly outside the natural lip line to make the lips appear bigger.
Fill in the whole lip and don't just draw around the edges. Avoid dull browns when choosing lipsticks, as they are unappealing to most everyone.
Choosing the brightening tones of rose, berries, apricots, corals and pinks will help create a glowing complexion.
Follow these tips can and you will be looking and feeling your very best!