As you get older, your skin matures and changes. It is therefore important to update your makeup to correspond with these changes. Skin eventually loses its youthful plumpness and clarity and pores become more noticeable. It may become drier and lead to a need to use richer, anti- aging formulas. Once you know how your skin has changed, you can choose from the many anti-aging products available to cater for it.
 
Foundations and powders
  • Before applying an anti-aging foundation, use a light-diffusing primer
  • Use a creamy foundation to moisturise your skin as mature skin has a tendency to dry out. Look for formulas that include SPF (sun protection factor) to avoid daily sun damage; this is the best anti-aging solution
  • Using a concealer with a yellow tinge is great for covering sunspots and red, splotchy areas. Two light coats rather than one heavy one is recommended
  • Lightly dust a moisturising pressed powder over your entire face. If you have combination skin, use a loose powder with large brush on your T-zone, forehead, and nose and chin area to focus on may be on the oily side
 
Eye makeup
  • Before applying eye shadow, use a light-diffusing eyelid primer
  • Apply cream shadows in soft colours with matte formulas. Shimmering shadows sometimes contain particles that can settle in fine lines and create an aging effect, so these are best avoided
  • Using soft coloured eyeliners are more complimentary to mature eyes than blacks and dark shades that can accentuate dark circles and under-eye bags
  • Pat cosmetics to the area under your eyes, the skin here is very thin and sensitive, so rubbing it is not recommended.
 
Eyebrow makeup
  • Choose a colour complimentary to your hair. Brunettes should choose an eyebrow pencil in medium to dark brown and blondes or redheads should select a light brown colour
  • Applying an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder using gentle, short strokes from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer edges can help define thin eyebrows.
 
Blush
  • Use a moisturising pink or peach powder blush on your cheeks.
  • Applying blusher, brushing your cheeks up and out can create an anti-aging effect.
 
Lipstick & gloss
  • Ensure your lip moisturiser contains sunscreen to protect the thin skin of your lips from sun damage. 
  • Select creamy, moisturising lipsticks. Matte textures, can dry lips and should be avoided
  • Always blend the edges of lip liner, it should never be visible as a distinct line
  • Select natural colours that are complimentary to your natural skin tone, such as nudes and soft pinks or peaches. If you have light skin, stay away from darker colours as they can make your lips look thinner and older

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