Everyday Makeup for Aging Skin

Looking for some basic tips on how to apply everyday makeup to mature skin? Many people assume that just because they’re older that makeup will be unflattering or highlight undesired features. This post is here to help you know that that’s not true; beauty is for everyone! Here are some basic tips to help you execute a radiant, mature-skin-friendly everyday look. I’ve also created a step-by-step video to break it down even further. Feel free to follow along with the transcript below, or just watch and learn. You can incorporate as many of these steps into your daily routine as fits your style and comfort level!

First, moisturize your face daily. Not only is this good for your skin, but it will help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under your makeup. Wait and give that about a minute to dry, then go in with a good sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This will help prevent skin cancer and the darkening of age spots or sun spots on your skin. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips, too.

Next, I’m using a primer. What this does is sets an even base for your makeup and smooths out any imperfections. If you’re the simple and easy type, you can stop here!

After that, I’m going to mix it up and actually start with my blush. We’re going to be using a technique called “underpainting”. So, instead of traditionally applying your foundation first and then products on top of it, you apply foundation next to last. This will help avoid a cakey look that may set in to your fine lines and creases.

Next, you’re going to conceal. Apply your concealer and blend it in an upwards motion as best you can. This will draw people’s eyes up toward your temples rather than downward. I’m blending this concealer in with a real techniques sponge because it’s simple and leaves a more natural finish. Wait and let the concealer set into your skin.

If you’re a simple and easy person, you may prefer a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizer has a more sheer, natural finish if you just want some extra color but for your skin to still peek through. You can apply this with your fingers if you’d like. In this tutorial, I recommend foundation. It’s full coverage, so a little bit goes a long way. Simply take your foundation and apply it to your applicator of choice, or directly to your face. In this video, I dab my foundation on to my brush and follow it up with setting spray. I use a matte setting spray to keep my foundation from separating since I have oily skin. If you have dry skin, look for a hydrating setting spray instead. While applying your foundation or tinted moisturizer, be sure to use a consistent pattern across the face to avoid streakiness.

Next, I’m going to use an angled foundation brush to apply my bronzer cream. You may skip this step if you like, but it helps bring color and dimension back to the face. Avoid contouring into the hollows of the cheeks. This will age you. Instead, contour about a half an inch above that spot. Contour the sides of the nose or the jawline if you’d like.

Next, apply highlight. Here, I’m using a cream highlight on my nose. Be careful and pay extra attention to your brows as they frame your face! Here, I’m using the NYX brow pencil. Avoid the color black unless you have very dark hair. I typically use a dark brown pencil. First, I brush my brows into the shape I want. Then, I fill in the “hairs” with feather light strokes rather than drawing on the entire brow.

Apply your eyeliner first. My secret trick to open up my eyes but not look like I’m wearing eyeliner is to stop halfway through the lid once I reach the other side of my iris. This gives my eyelids some dimension without looking too intense for daily wear. Liquid eyeliner is the most preferred form of eyeliner now because it’s smear resistant and lasts throughout the day rather than a traditional pencil. However, if you’re looking for something smudgy or smoky, stick to pencil or gel liners.

Next, apply your mascara. Be sure to start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand up to the tips of your lashes. It will help you get the volume you desire. I recommend you don’t apply mascara to your lower lashes as it makes your eyes look smaller and closed off.

For a pop of color, I simply apply a touch of colored gloss to my lips.

Be sure to set your hard work in with a loose powder. I use a powder lighter than my complexion for brightening purposes. However, powder close to your skin tone is fine as well. Skip this step if you have dry skin. Lastly, apply your setting spray and either press it in with your sponge, or let it dry down.

Now you’re good to go!

Les Anderson

Les Anderson is a film and theatre student in Columbus, GA. She enjoys all things beauty and entertainment. In her free time, you can find her baking, writing, and playing with her rescued pets.