Make-up Tips

Putting together a Make-up Kit – Older Women

Helen MirrenI’m doing some TV work with ‘Off the Rails’ this week with more mature women. I was busy preparing my kit this morning and it got me thinking about a make-up kit for more mature skin. I decided to put together a list of all the ‘must haves’.

Unfortunately skin changes as we age. Boo Hoo.  Skin becomes less firm, skin tone can become patchy and uneven, eyebrows can become sparse and lighter in colour, hairs can sprout on the chin and to top it all off skin pigmentation can become an issue. Sounds a little depressing, I know, but the good news is that the right make-up can really make a difference. Don’t give up.

Makeup Products for aging skin:

A great foundation /Tinted Moisturiser – ‘Sheer’ is the way forward. You should still be able to see the skin, it should not create a mask effect – this will make you look older. Choose the lightest coverage you can get away with and go easy on the powder. Dewy skin looks fresh and youthful.

Concealer – There are two types and you probably need one of each. 1) a light reflective concealer (like YSL Touche Eclat) to brighten under the eyes. It can also be used in the laughter liner between the nose and mouth. 2) Fuller Coverage Concealer – thicker in texture this provides great coverage for broken capillaries and blemishes. This one is usually best kept away from the delicate under eye area as it seeps into lines.

Eyeshadow – If you could only have one go for a taupe shade. This works with all eye colours, looks sophisticated and can be used as an eyeliner too. If you are more adventurous choose a shade that accentuates your eye colour.

Mascara – This is an essential. Mascaras open up the eyes, creating a more youthful look. It also gives the illusion of definition. There a so many on the market that you will have no problem finding one that suits your needs and your budget. If you aren’t blessed with curly lashes than you will benefit an eyelash curler. Use it daily before mascara application to give that ‘bright eyed’ effect.

Sheer Lipstick or Lipgloss – Again, sheer is key. Thick, matte lipstick will make you look older. For a more youthful look go for a colour one or two shades deeper or brighter, depending on your preference, than the natural lip colour. This will emphasise the lips, make them look fuller but still natural and fresh.

Cream Blush – Cream is better than powder for maturing skin, there are quite a few reason for this: 1)Skin often gets dryer as we age, a cream blush is more suitable for dryer skins than a powder. 2) It’s long lasting and 3) Powder can look ageing whereas cream adds a soft flush of natural glowing colour that looks like it’s coming from within.

And that’s really all you need. Anything else you add is a bonus.

Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are great examples of how to get make-up right when your older!

Best of luck and I hope this was helpful!

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