Make-up can work as well on mature skin as it does on young skin, it just depends on what you use and how you use it. What is the best make-up for mature skin?
Many older women complain that instead of covering flaws, make-up only enhances them. Problem products are foundation, powder and blush that settle into lines and wrinkles. This need not be with the right products and technique.
Best Make-Up for Mature Skin
Foundation can even out skin tone, but it can’t cover lines, nor work as a filler for wrinkles. In fact, too much foundation emphasizes them. Less is more.
Cream foundation is full of moisturizers and provides good cover: ideal for dry, mature skin. Because it’s thicker than liquid foundation, you should apply it with a damp sponge for a sheer finish.
Primers beneath foundation result in a smoother skin tone. Not only that, but if you use a primer you need less make-up and what you do need stays on longer!
Powder for Mature Skin
The secret is to use a very fine, pressed powder. Laura Mercier’s Translucent Pressed Setting Powder is currently the best on the market for mature skin.
Apply only a touch with a large powder brush in light dabs from forehead to chin. If you apply the other way around — from chin to forehead — the fine, downy hairs on your face stand on end to leave your complexion ‘chalky’ and dull: in spite of a matte finish, you want a youthful glow!
Never use products with light reflecting particles. Theory is that they draw attention away from lines and wrinkles, but they do the opposite.
Blush for Mature Skin
Powder blush doesn’t sit well on mature skin unless it’s very fine. Again, less is more — too much looks like a baked crust.
Try Revlon’s Matte Powder Blush. It looks natural and leaves a fine finish without settling into lines and wrinkles.
Take a look at De Dragon Beauty’s ‘how to’ tutorials on lips, eyes and concealer to find out more about the best make-up for mature skin. We also have some great articles to help deal with aging skin.