I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble but starting at the age of 35, women are unfortunately entering the dreadful “mature skin” category. Jeez I HATE the word mature 😣 !!! So at fortyish, I can vouch that my skin has changed and that I now know the tricks that keep me looking somewhat youthful (in my humble opinion that is).
I’m lucky that people always think that I’m 5 to 10 years younger than I really am (no Botox, fillers or face lift YET 😏). I’m attributing all this good fortune on my makeup since with a bare face, I look my age for sure. “Au naturel”, I have a ton of wrinkles but still manage to look youthful.
Disclaimer: As always, feel free to agree or disagree. If your thing is matte purple lips and extra full coverage foundation, have fun with it my friends. I’m just sharing what seems to look the best on this old gal face!
Today, I’ll focus on makeup and soon, I’ll do the same for skincare…
Throw in the garbage all your full coverage mattifying foundations right away since they age us like crazy. I understand that with “maturity”, we deal with sun spots, redness and all kind of weird stuff but still, a natural finish is the way to go. Even a tinted moisturizer will do the trick. Try it for a week and you will never return to a matte, mostly cakey foundation that makes us look 10 years older.
Side note: I now apply only half of the amount of foundation that I used to. Try it, you’ll thank me later…
With the exception of blushes and eyeshadows, matte finishes should be banned when we get older. Go instead with dewy formulas, gold bronzers or glossy finishes. One of the few perks of getting older is that our skin gets dryer by the minute so all the satin/dewy stuff doesn’t look greasy anymore. Finishing powder like the ones from Hourglass also gives a fresh glow.
For some reasons, cream products have always had the worst reputation. Years ago, the formulas were not that great but lately, brands have definitely step up their game and brought us cream products that are to die for. Cream contour, bronzers, highlighters and cream blushes are an older gal BFF. These newer formulas are so darn good that you don’t even have to powder them.
Side note: RMS Buriti Bronzer should be on everyone Wishlist ASAP!
Pilling powder products are a sure way to age yourself. These days, I BARELY set my T-Zone. Skipping a lot of extra unnecessary powder is the key to get that glow from within. Baking should be a thing of the past!
Tip: A setting spray or a simple spray water (Evian type) takes away the dreadful powder look .
I used to buy only concealers that were 1 to 2 shade lighter than my foundation but lately, I find that matching my concealer colour with my face suits me way better. The aging eye area shouldn’t be emphasized and BTW, the popular Instagram triangle method of application is a sure No-No for mature women (it’s even a bad thing when you’re 20). As previously mentioned, the baking method should be a thing of the past too; a swipe of setting powder is all we need.
Tip: Applying your setting powder with a damp beauty sponge creates a flawless finish if you really like to set your concealer.
Sheer & Glossy Lips
I know that the world (I mean most of all makeup aficionados) are against lip glosses! Yes, they are reminiscent of the 80’s, but the truth is that sheer lipsticks and glosses are WAY MORE flattering than bold lips. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! Only a few can pull those dark red lipsticks or bright pinks over 40 and don’t get me started on those dark beiges or browns. The darker our lip colour, the thinner our lips look!! Inversely, the glossier they are, the fuller they appear. Remember, a fresh face is a youthful one!
Aging, droopy and more hooded-by-the-minute eyelids don’t go well with foiled, glittery or metallic shadows. Mattes are more suitable since we certainly don’t want to emphasize our crapy eyelids. Don’t get me wrong, I find it very pretty to apply a shimmery matching shade on my mobile lid but glitters or rainbow vivid colors all over the eyes look almost clownish at our age. As a test, do one eye with an all matte look (with little shimmer if you desire) and the other using non mattes and see the difference! It’s HUGE…
Let me know if you’ve discover other must-have tips or try any of these. Remember that 40 really is the new 30…