I want to share with you what I have learned about wearing makeup after 40. I have combination oily skin and I am oily in my t-zone. The rest of my face is normal but textured with large pores on my nose and my cheeks near my nose. I have always taken good care of my skin but not much in the area of anti-aging (serums, night creams, eye creams) until the last few years. Taking care of my skin has improved the appearance and texture of my skin which means when I wear makeup it looks more natural and I can get away with wearing less.
- Moisturize your skin before you apply makeup (even if your skin is oily) believe it or not moisturized skin produces less oil. I use Clinique Moisture Surge Intense in the morning after cleansing my face. Moisturized skin also helps to prevent foundation from clinging to any dry or textured areas I may have.
- Prime your skin-as you would prime walls before you painting; the primer fills in pores, fine lines and your foundation stays in place longer. There are primers for specific needs (for a matte finish, smoothing pores and fine lines, moisturizing, etc. I have found even with my combination oily skin I prefer a smoothing primer over a matte primer; matte primers can be very drying and can cause your makeup to look cakey. While smoothing primers smooth over textured skin and can also keep my oils at bay without drying me out. Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer is my absolute favorite a little goes a long way. I purchased my first jar in November and just replaced it last week.
- Foundation is your base and it is meant to even out your skin tone to create a blank canvas. Due to my combination oily skin I prefered a matte foundation which is normally full coverage. As I have gotten older I find matte full coverage foundation ages me by settling in fine lines and it tends to look heavy. I now opt for a light-medium coverage foundation that is more of a satin or demi matte finish. I find light to medium foundation gives a more youthful appearance to the skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick foundation is my favorite during the week; a stick foundation makes application easy and quick. Some of my other favorites are: Make Up Forever Ultra HD, NARS Sheer Glow and from the drug store L’OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE and L’OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-GLOW (which I often mix since the matte is sooo matte) Foundation is my favorite face makeup I keep these and a few others in my rotation.
- Concealer is vital to cover “conceal” blemishes, under eye circles and it can also be used to brighten your under eyes to give the appearance of being awake (even if you aren’t). I am not into the drag queen super highlighted under eye that is a trend in my opinion that needs to die! After applying my foundation I use my concealer under my eyes to cover and brighten any discoloration I then immediately set with a little powder to keep the concealer from creasing. My favorite for last year or so is the SEPHORA Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer this concealer rivals many of the well known high end brands.
- Setting/Finishing Powders, I use to set my under eye concealer, put under my foundation in my t-zone to combat oil, and to smooth out the appearance of pores and fine lines. A lot of powders on the market are very finely milled and easy to blend into the skin to give the skin a flawless appearance. My favorites are: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Translucent, (I use set my under eye concealer and in my t-zone to combat oil. BECCA Soft Light Blurring Powder ( I use on the perimeter of my face to blur fine lines and pores)
- Eyebrows frame the face I no longer over pluck my brows I get them threaded once every 4-6 weeks and I just have them cleaned up. I think I look better with a fuller brow (not Insta Gram Brows really dark and unnatural) but a natural fuller brow. I use a brow pencil or powder to fill in any sparse areas of my brows very lightly, I also use a brow gel to keep them in place. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder, ABH Brow Wiz (twist up brow pencil) ABH Clear Brow Gel and ABH Brow brush.
- Eyeshadow is optional for me, I used to do one shadow from the eyelid to the brow bone (this woefully dated me) this only works in my opinion if the eye shadow is the same tone as your skin. There are so many options with eye shadow both high end and drug store. To make any eye shadow “pop” and to last all day it’s important to use an eye shadow primer. I am currently using the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, there are also some drug store options like Milani Eye Shadow Primer. I have added a few of my eye shadow palette favorites as well, ELF Mad for Matte and Need it Nude, Tarte tarteist PRO TO GO AND tartelette tease.
- Mascara is something I thought was optional but I find it opens the eye and you look more awake when wearing mascara. On those I don’t wear any makeup I will put on mascara and concealer to help me look vibrant and awake. There was a time I would use any mascara until I tried DIOR SHOW ICONIC OVERCURL as a sample from Sephora, I was immediately sold! It is quite expensive for a mascara but it is worth every penny! There are may other options drug store and high end but this is my favorite.
- Blush adds color and dimension to your face without it your face can look flat and one dimensional. Blush is not something I get excited about but I love how it looks if used with a light hand. I have a few blushes that would go well with just about any makeup look. MAC Desert Rose, and LORAC buildable blush in the color CINEMATIC.
- Setting Sprays were a game changer for me I like to use MAC FIX + to hydrate or to diminish the look of “cake face” if you’ve used too much powder and URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY to help the makeup stay in place all day.
I have learned I can’t do my make up without some prep work to my skin before applying and also using the right products that won’t date me or age me. I am not suggesting that you need make up or that you have to be as detailed (high maintenance) as I am. I love wearing makeup to enhance what I already have but I am equally comfortable with no makeup! You may be wondering how long does it take to do my makeup, during the week I can do a 5 minute face or up to 15 minutes it just depends how much time I have.
In the last few years I discovered primers, setting sprays and concealers (makeup has changed drastically over the years). What is your makeup routine? What are your favorite products? How long does it take you to do your makeup?