Mature skin refers to aging skin. From age 30 on, people tend to notice signs associated with maturing skin. This can include the development of age spots and discoloration, an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, droopy or saggy skin, and more. To retain a more youthful appearance, and to fight unpleasant signs of aging, try using these make up hacks for mature skin.
Insider info! Makeup hacks exclusively for mature skin:
- Use a makeup primer. What is it and why is it essential? A primer is a product that comes in the form of a cream, gel, or liquid. Its purpose is to create a smooth base for makeup application. It works by filling in pores, absorbing excess oil, covering minor imperfections, and evening out the overall texture of one’s skin. This allows makeup foundation and other products to be applied to a “flawless” base. A good primer will also offer some skin-health benefits, such as SPF for sun protection and/or hydration to address the needs of dry skin.
- Finding & testing the best foundation. Makeup should not be worn as a mask. Rather, it should be gently applied to accentuate beauty. Remember that looking natural never goes out of style. For this reason, do your best to match your makeup to your natural skin shade. L’Oreal Paris shares tips to finding the best makeup foundation for your skin. Start by identifying your general skin tone category (fair, light, medium, tan, or deep) and determining your undertone (warm or cool tones). For increasing accuracy of one’s color match, patch test foundation shades along the jawline – not on the hand or arms as some people commonly do.
- Blend, blend, blend. Makeup is designed to enhance one’s look and is not intended to be worn as a mask. Therefore, it should not suddenly start and stop. For a natural look, products should be seamlessly blended into the skin using clean brushes, fingertips, or makeup sponges. Some sponges are designed to be used after being dampened. Makeup artists recommend gently applying makeup to the face. Next, bring it down the neck and have it fade into visible parts of the upper chest. Always build makeup gently rather than applying it in one heavy load. Not only will it look softer and more natural, but using minimal makeup prevents clogged pores and pimples, and allows the skin to adequately breathe. Note that when buying makeup, coverages offered can range from sheer (low pigment formulas) to full (high pigment formulas). Most people prefer light to medium coverage to hide basic skin imperfections such as age marks.
- Contour cheeks. Contouring is a makeup application technique whereby dark shades of color are used to sculpt the face. It serves to deepen and downplay less desirable facial features, such as a large forehead, chin, or nose. It also creates contrast, enabling prominent features and desirable areas of the skin such as cheekbones to be highlighted to create more visibility. In other words, contouring allows women to downplay features of the face they do not like and play up those they love. With contouring, one may slim the appearance of a wide nose, hide a double chin, and/or minimize the appearance of a big forehead. One may also enhance the look of one’s cheekbones, ultimately reshaping the face with makeup and highlighting what’s most attractive. Contouring makes a difference and is thereby a great technique to learn and apply to aging skin.
- Keeping lips looking youthful. Young people often look good in dramatic lip colors. In part, the youthfulness of their skin enables lip colors to stay in place. Mature skin must be treated uniquely, as fine lines make it easy for colors to recess into skin crevices, run, and bleed. Deep red lipsticks, for example, can feather into wrinkles around the lip. Dry and chapped lips, also associated with mature skin, can make women look older. The keys to wearing deep lip colors include exfoliating the lip area regularly, moisturizing lips, using a lip liner to prevent lipstick bleeding, and applying non-transferable lipstick. Don’t like the hassle? Use nude, soft peach, or pale pink colors instead. Bonus tip for a healthy glow, apply a touch of clear gloss to the center of your lower lip only.
- Make your eyes pop. Many women falsely believe that bright colors are required to make the eyes pop. Put away the neon eyeshadow because that is wrong! Rather, hydrating makeup in soft color palates is a win for mature eyes. Why? Because neutral shades complement eye color rather than compete with it. As we grow older, mature eyes typically begin to recess. Additionally, dark under-eye circles and/or puffy or sallow skin may become prominent. Luckily, there are many beauty products available on the market to troubleshoot aging skin around the eyes. Additionally, using eye makeup designed for older skin can restore moisture to that delicate area. Here are five quick steps to applying eyeshadow. First, apply an eyeshadow primer on the upper lid. Second, use a light shade as your base coat. Third, using a blending brush, apply a slightly darker neutral shade (two shades darker in a graduated color palate) on the outer corner of the eye. Fourth, dab and blend upward and outward to softly accentuate the outer corner of the eye. Carefully watch makeup placement. Always avoid getting makeup into the corner creases (smile lines) of the eye. Skip dark eyeliner. Fifth, gently sweep a thin layer of eyeshadow along the lower lid. To complete the eye area, add a touch of mascara and fill in sparse brows if required.
How to really radiate beauty
These makeup hacks for mature skin can go a long way to making one look and feel their best. To recap, they include using a primer as a makeup base, finding & testing the best foundation, using blending and contouring techniques, and properly dressing the eyes and lips to maximize youthfulness and to make the eyes stand out. Remember that beauty from the inside is reflected out, so the absolute best tip of all is to shine from within. For access to more insider beauty info., and to learn about beneficial ingredients in makeup, click here.
This article is purely informational and is not intended as a medical resource or a substitute for medical advice.