Makeup Tips for the 40 Something Crowd
If you’re 40 something and have been wearing your makeup the same way since your 20′s, it’s time for a change! In your 20′s, a black smokey eye can look mysterious and sexy but in your 40′s it can look like you haven’t slept for a week! Heavy makeup tends to settle in fine lines, very shimmery textures make lines appear more obvious, and many products can melt off easily under a hot flash assault. And, trying and testing different products to see what works for you can get pretty expensive. So, that’s where a makeup artist can come in handy. Since they work with a variety of products and brands they have a good understanding of what will work best for women of all skin types and age groups.
Here are my top 5 tips & product selections for beautiful skin in your 40′s…
1. Use a face primer as it helps skin look smoother and makeup last longer.
My top choices are: Makeup Forever and Laura Mercier.
2. Try a silicone based foundation as it has amazing staying power and some brands work like a concealer too! I put several brands through a few tests: running on a treadmill for an hour, taking a hot shower, wetting my face but not rubbing it, and a hot yoga class. To my utter amazement, most of the foundations stayed on!! So you’re probably good through a hot flash, down pour of rain, or through that humid summer day. Oh and did I mention that they didn’t settle in fine lines either!
My top choices are: Clarins Everlasting Foundation, Makeup Forever for the face & body, Face Atelier and Revlon Colorstay.
3. Avoid too much powder. Use as little as possible or try a mineral powder. Powder itself can be very aging. A mineral powder leaves skin with a glow, sets makeup and offers additional coverage. If you have great skin, you can get away with a light dusting of mineral powder only.
My top choices are: Fresh minerals, Pur, Mac mineral powder, Kett Translucent powder, Laura Mercier Translucent powder.
4. Add life and glow to your skin with powder bronzer and cream blush. Dust the bronzer on with a large fluffy brush and then dab on but DO NOT RUB a cream blush on top. You can opt for bronzing and blushing stains if you are very oily or sweat easily and want your colour to stay on better. These are to be applied on top of foundation with a VERY gentle rubbing motion. You can also opt to use powder instead of cream blush if you are more oily than dry.
Favorite powder bronzers: Nars, Fresh, Dior and Sorme. Favorite cream blushes: Clarins, Mac and Kryolan. My top picks for bronzing & blush stains: Ben Nye and Laura Mercier for bronzing and Benefit for blushing.
5. Try misting your skin with a hydrating spray after you’ve applied your makeup. If your skin’s dry, mist it before applying it as well. You can also add a setting spray on top to seal the deal. This is like hairspray for the face.
My favourite sprays: Kibio, Clarins, Face Atelier & Mac
the makeup expert