For those of you more mature, or “more experienced” (as my friend Rebecca would say) ladies, applying makeup may not be the same as it used to be due to aging skin. You may be noticing changes in your skin that are now affecting the way your makeup, particularly your foundation, applies. And, while you may never get “smooth as a baby’s butt” skin again, there are steps you can take to insure you are doing what you can to improve the quality of your makeup application.
The first thing to understand, no matter your age, is that makeup can only do so much for you; taking care of your skin is the best foundation. As you age, this becomes increasingly important because your skin will change. This may mean drier skin, more fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles under eyes, and even the dreaded age spots.
Second, you need to find out what is going to work best for you. Here are my most popular recommendations to prepare your skin:
- Exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis helps remove dead skin cells, making your skin brighter and more smooth.
- Tone. You’ll want to use a toner after you wash your face to help remove any remaining dirt or oil. This will help minimize the appearance of pores, refresh your skin, and help even out your skin tone.
- Moisturize. For some, aging skin may become more dry. In addition to healing dry skin, moisturizing can also help plump your skin, ultimately helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. During the day, try using a moisturizer with SPF and a correcting night cream while you sleep.
- Prime. After moisturizing, you’ll want to apply a primer. Think of your face as a wall you want to paint. Typically you want to prime the wall first, right? Priming helps fills in cracks and lines, while smoothing out the surface. Primer does the same thing for your face. It helps fill in fine lines and wrinkles, evens out your skin tone, and it provides a barrier between your skin and the makeup. This means the makeup will set on the primer, which keeps it looking more flawless throughout the day.
Next, you’ll need to figure out what type of foundation is best for you. For aging skin, you’ll want to use the least amount of product to achieve the look you want. Because of this, more mature skin tends to receive the best results when using a cream or liquid foundation with a dewy finish because a matte/powder finish can give a more dry appearance to the skin, ultimately causing wrinkles and fine lines to be more noticeable. Another reason to go with a dewy finish is that it is more natural looking and can give a more youthful appearance.
Lastly, using a concealer to spot treat is a great way to complete your look. When using concealer, you want to apply it on top of the foundation. Since your foundation of choice is already going to provide you with some coverage, by applying the concealer on top of the foundation, you will use less of it, therefore reducing the chances for any “cakey” spots and saving you money.
In conclusion, you’ve got to take care of your skin first.
P.S. – For more beauty tips, download my free E-Book, The 8 Most Common Makeup Mistakes and How You Can Fix Them.
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