How to Apply Makeup to Mature Skin
No matter how old you are, a full makeup can still enhance your looks. It’s just a question of knowing which products you need and how to apply them. Facts you never knew about makeup to mature skin.
Makeup and Mature Skin
A full makeup can still look good on an older woman; it’s just a question of knowing which products you need and how to apply them.
Preparing Your Skin
But before you can apply makeup, your skin must be in tip top condition, even if it’s no longer flawless. Age spots and broken capillaries are easy to cover up, but only if the skin is exfoliated and well hydrated.
Exfoliating improves overall skin texture, which determines how evenly your makeup will go on.
Moisturizer plumps skin up to make lines and wrinkles less prominent. For best results, apply before your toner has fully dried.
A foundation primer is essential. It minimizes the appearance of large pores, evens out skin tone to some extent and helps prevent foundation settling into lines and wrinkles, as well as keeping it looking fresher for longer.
Tip: If you intend to use a silicone-based foundation, you’ll need a silicone-based primer. In case you’re unsure, read its list of ingredients; it’s a silicone-based product if compounds with names that end in the suffixes -methicone (e.g. dimethiconeor cyclomethicone) and -oxane (e.g. trisiloxane or silsesquioxane) appear at or near the top of the list.
There are many types of foundation, but the most suitable for mature skin are liquid and cream products.
Your aim should be to achieve good coverage using as little product as possible—less is always more where mature skin is concerned.
If your complexion is relatively clear with few blemishes, a liquid foundation will probably fulfill your needs. Minor flaws can be covered by layering, which may save you having to apply concealer. If you find yourself applying thickly, you should try a cream foundation instead.
Cream foundation is more opaque and provides better coverage for age spots and broken capillaries.
Although you’ll still need concealer to completely hide such blemishes, you won’t need as much as you would with liquid foundation.The trouble with concealer is that it looks “caked” if more than a little is applied.
Another advantage of cream foundation is its superior moisturizing properties, so consider this if your skin tends to dryness.
If cream foundation is a tad too heavy for your liking, adjust its consistency by mixing with primer.
Whether you choose cream or liquid foundation, make sure it matches your skin tone exactly for best results.
How to Prevent Foundation Settling into Lines and Wrinkles
This will be less of a problem if you manage to find a silicone-based product that works well for you, but, in general, foundation always settles into lines and wrinkles to some degree, no matter what you use or how you apply it.
When this happens, gently blot with a Q-tip before fixing with powder.
Or, if your lines aren’t too deep, press your middle finger lightly against the skin with a slight rolling motion. This also disperses concealer that has settled into lines.
Unless it’s a color corrector product, always apply concealer over your foundation. That way, you’ll only apply it where your foundation can’t provide enough cover. Apart from that, you won’t ruin its perfect placement, which you would if you were to apply foundation on top of it.
When used to cover flaws, your concealer should match your foundation exactly.
Covering Flaws (Like Age Spots)
Concealer is completely opaque and looks “caked” if too much is applied. The best way of controlling the amount you put on is by using a rounded concealer brush.
Just dab the product onto the flaw and work it into your foundation with the tip of the brush until it’s invisible.
Covering Dark Circles
If your under eye circles are very dark, use a yellow color corrector beneath your foundation to neutralize their bluish-purple tone. Add regular concealer only if your dark circles are visible through your foundation.
Don’t try camouflaging dark circles with a concealer lighter than your complexion, since this will do little more than accentuate them.
Using Concealer as Highlighter
Because concealer provides a natural-looking matte finish, it works much better as highlighter on mature skin than opalescent or illuminating products. Anything that creates a glitter or shimmer effect emphasizes lines, wrinkles, and drooping contours.
To highlight with concealer, use a shade two tones lighter than your complexion. Liquid products provide the best finish and can be layered when serving as concealer and highlighter (e.g., highlighting the tops of cheeks and the bridge of the nose while camouflaging broken capillaries in these areas).
If you find that even liquid concealer is too heavy for large areas like cheeks, try using cream foundation two tones lighter than your complexion instead.
Regardless of which product you use, always blend well with a rounded foundation brush or a wedge-shaped sponge.
Covering Broken Capillaries
To play down broken capillaries, wear a green color corrector under your foundation. You’ll still have to apply regular concealer to completely hide them, but not as much.
If your broken capillaries are more purple than red, you’ll need a green-yellow color corrector.
Keep the amount of color corrector you apply to a minimum or it will shimmer through your foundation and concealer (if used).
You’ve probably heard otherwise, but face powder is your best friend. Not only does it fix foundation, it also leaves a matte finish—shininess will highlight every line, every wrinkle, and every sagging contour.
It’s true that powder can leave the complexion dull and chalky, and accentuate lines and wrinkles, but it depends on the product used and how it’s applied.
Which Powder is Best for Mature Skin
Translucent powder always works well on mature skin, but if you prefer more cover, choose one that matches your complexion or foundation exactly. Loose products are best for reducing shine and are generally more light textured than pressed products. As such, they don’t collect in lines and wrinkles quite as readily.
Avoid products with reflective particles. According to advertising these detract from lines and wrinkles, but they actually do the opposite.
How to Apply Powder to Mature Skin
Whether pressed or loose, apply with a large powder brush. Instead of literally brushing on, dab from forehead to chin, reloading the brush as little as possible. Always work downwardly. If you don’t, the tiny white hairs that cover your face will stand on end, creating the chalky, mask-like effect you want to avoid.
After you’ve finished, gently pat your face working from forehead to chin with a clean, fleecy puff to pick up any excess powder.
When wearing foundation, use a powder blush rather than a cream product.
As with face powder, you need a very light textured product for good results.
Defining your cheekbones with strong colors can have a less than positive effect after a certain age, making your face seem hard and hollow. Instead, use softer shades like apricot and rose depending on your natural skin tone and always blend well. A more diffused look will make you appear younger and fresher.
As you age, your lips will become thinner with wrinkles appearing along their upper contour.
To make lips seem fuller and smoother, wear light toned, satin finish lipsticks. Be careful with bright colors, and abandon dark colors and matte products—they make lips look thinner. Another problem with matte lipsticks is the dry-looking texture they leave, which is never becoming on an older woman.
Lip gloss plumps lips up, but it also highlights every wrinkle, so avoid at all cost.
For the same reason, be careful with shimmery and dewy textured lipsticks too.
For a rejuvenating effect, use a concealer pencil one or two shades lighter than your complexion instead.
works as a corrective highlight to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
Apply from the bow of the lip and blend to the mouth corners.
Never use a white pencil for this—the effect is artificial and it looks unprofessional.
Should You Use a Lip Brush?
It’s a good idea to apply lipstick with a brush for accuracy and to make it stay on longer.
But if you find the hard contours a brush leaves too harsh, apply straight from the tube for a softer look.
Eyeliner and Mascara
Softer colors and textures create a diffused definition that always flatters a woman of a certain age.
Therefore, use brown or dark gray eyeliner and mascara in place of black.
If you find that liquid and gel eyeliners look harsh or overshadow the natural beauty of your eyes, use kohl instead.
Ten Basic Makeup Tips for the Mature Woman
1- Before applying makeup, your skin should be exfoliated and well moisturized.
2- A foundation primer is essential for mature skin.
3- Best is a foundation that provides just the coverage you need while allowing you to keep concealer to a minimum.
4- A loose, very fine textured face powder is less likely to collect in lines and wrinkles. For best results, apply with a large powder brush.
5- When wearing blush, soft colors like rose and apricot are more becoming.
6- Satin finish lipsticks don’t accentuate lip wrinkles.
7- For a softer, more flattering finish, apply lipstick straight from the tube instead of with a brush.
8- If black eyeliner and mascara seem too harsh, create a more diffused look with brown or dark gray.
9- Switch liquid and gel eyeliner for kohl.
10- Use only powder eye shadow.