Do you feel like things you did in your 30s don’t seem to be working the same in your 40s, 50s, and beyond? I know I used to get tired of hearing women complain about getting older and everything “falling” apart. But ladies, it’s true! Maybe it’s not falling apart but changing. I am sharing 5 makeup tips for mature skin.
We have touched on this subject a lot recently around here, mature skin and hair. It used to be a taboo subject. We didn’t want to admit that we were getting older much less talk about it! I see it as a blessing! Not everyone is awarded this in their lifetime. If you aren’t certain if you fall into the category of mature skin, check out the post we did a while back, What’s Considered Mature Skin? You can read that here.
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What Makes Mature Skin Different?
Generally speaking, experts say that anyone over the age of 40 is in the category of having mature skin. I disagree with that; I think it depends on the health of your skin and your genes. It’s about half of how you took care of it when you were younger, and the other half is due to the aging process. Which are things out of our control.
As we age our skin changes. The number one thing women start to notice is their skin starting to become drier. That’s because as we age and go through menopause or are post-menopausal our bodies produce less oil naturally.
Our body also stops producing as much collagen naturally which results in fine lines and wrinkles. All those years of not using sunscreen or wearing sun hats will catch up to us and we start to see “dark spots” or hyperpigmentation.
1. Hydrate & Moisturize Your Skin
Both with hydrating and moisturizing with facial moisturizer and drinking your daily water. Your makeup with go on, wear, and stay on much better if your skin is hydrated and moisturized.
I mentioned earlier our skin changes with age, we need to reevaluate every few years our skincare routine. You may need to switch the products that you are using. Mature skin typically lacks oil production so that needs to be replaced. This isn’t true for everyone. We did a blog post that helps you to decide what your skin type is. You can read that here. Be sure that you are replenishing moisture to your skin both in the morning and evenings.
Yes, drinking your daily water is also important for our skin health! Our body is made up of about 50-70% water. Experts recommend that you drink half your body weight in ounces.
2. Use a Makeup Primer
In my 30s and most of my 40s I did not use a makeup primer. Honestly, I never even thought about it. And I thought like most of you, just another step! But there is a good reason to incorporate one into your routine.
With mature skin, primers can help to smooth the skin’s surface. They help to smooth the imperfections like large pores, fine lines, and any minor pitting that you might have.
Many primers have added hydration which will give you the hydration boost which we need! They also sometimes have SPF built in. Most primers help your foundation have a better application. My favorite primer to use is a BB Cream with SPF 40. You can find it here.
3. Blend Well
Have you ever seen someone whose face looked a totally different color than their neck? I have and it’s due to not blending their foundation. Blending helps with giving you a seamless look and will not draw attention to your neck.
It’s important to not only blend your jawline but also down into your neck. We said “blending” not applying makeup. You don’t want to apply your makeup all the way down your neck. You can use your makeup brush or blending brush to blend existing makeup from your jawline down the upper part of your neck.
4. Set You Makeup
It’s a running theme, hydration! This is also something I used to never do. Honestly, it helps with both hydration and helping your foundation last throughout the day.
One of the biggest issues with mature skin is dryness. Any chance we get to replenish will help. You will be amazed at how much using a setting spray will help your makeup last longer.
5. Don’t Forget Your Eyebrows!
As we age our eyebrows can both become thinner and get lighter. You can blame the thinning of your eyebrows on your hormones! That’s right as we enter pre and post menopause our declining hormones can cause our eyebrows to thin out.
The lack of eyebrows can make us look “washed out”. You have several options, you can fill in your brows with an eyebrow pencil, color them, or even have microblading done.
I hope these 5 makeup tips for mature skin helped! Are you currently using any of them? If you have any tips that you think might help, please share them below in the comments!
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