September 20, 2023

How to apply foundation to mature skin, according to makeup artists

When it comes to makeup, people can probably agree on one thing: foundation — yes, even the fullest coverage of formulas — should to expand the appearance of your skin, do not have a mask-like effect that covers your natural complexion. However, there is no denying that as you age your skin changes and so do your needs in terms of what a basic product can do for you. You may have noticed that in most makeup tutorials on YouTube and in most makeup ads, the models showcasing complexion products and techniques are in the prime of their youth, no fine lines worth filling and with skin that the bounce-back rate owning a full tank of collagen. That said, we’ve sidestepped popular opinion to get the experience of the experts and talked to some of the most experienced makeup artists to bring you helpful advice for shopping, applying and wearing foundation when you’re in the market. are 40 and older. Read on for their must-have tips to take your makeup game to the next level.

1. Skin care is essential

The best way to apply foundation flawlessly, whether you’re 14 or 40, is to properly prep your skin before putting on the first drop of makeup. “Moisture is key, so always make sure you start with a moisturizer that hydrates but doesn’t get greasy and interrupt your foundation texture,” says makeup artist Nick Barose, who counts Kim Cattrall, Angela Bassett, and Holly Hunter as clients. To tempt.

“Before applying foundation, grab a hydrating moisturizer or a bit of facial oil. You can even dab foundation into foundation with a bit of oil on your fingers to add some extra moisture,” says makeup artist Gucci Westman, founder of Westman Atelier. you want skin to feel smooth.” Another Westman-approved tip for getting a healthy glow without Product: “Circulation is also key. Stimulate your face with a quick massage at night or before applying product to get the blood flowing and add a little glow to the skin.” If you’re looking for some circulatory help, there are jade rollers and gua sha stones to give that facial massage an extra boost.

We like the SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter Advanced and Chanel Le Lift Creme De Nuit for hydrating — but not at all greasy — moisturizers.

SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter Advanced

$185.00, SkinCeuticals

Chanel Le Lift Night Cream

$175.00, Chanel

2. Find the right primer

“A primer that helps blur lines is great because then you don’t have to use as much foundation,” says Barose, citing Lancôme’s La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer and Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer as favorites. “You don’t have to wear it all over the face either. Concentrate on lines or [other areas] of your face [you want to] fade away.”

Barose suggests that customers look for primer formulas that feel gentle on the skin and aren’t too drying or mattifying, as those can sometimes make skin look drier. Another option is to look for balm-like primers like Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas and Wander Beauty’s Rise and Prime that moisturize your skin while keeping makeup in place.

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting and smoothing make-up primer

$42.00, Ult
a Beauty

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

$54.00, Sephora

3. Adjust your coverage

While “less is more” may be a good rule of thumb, the reality is if you’re looking for more coverage, a runny thin liquid foundation may not fit the bill. However, the opposite isn’t necessarily a better alternative: “Heavy, thick formulas will exaggerate fine lines and wrinkles,” makeup artist and photographer Beau Nelson tells WebMD. To tempt.

“As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and [fine lines and wrinkles] can be visible under heavy foundation application,” says makeup artist Sandy Linter, who shares the same sentiment. “Coverage can be minimal and look spectacular.”

To get the desired coverage And for a natural finish, look for buildable formulas that you can layer on top of each other to create a seamless result. “It’s really about looking like you’re wearing less, but that doesn’t mean you are Actually wear less,” says Barose, who uses the Sisley Paris Sisleÿa Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation. “The right foundation, concealer, and powder [for your skin] will add opacity and blur lines as it reflects light,” he adds.

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Sisley Paris Sisleÿa Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation

$205.00, Nordström

4. Moisturizing foundations are your friends

“Look for a foundation with a hydrating formula,” says Westman, who recommends her own Westman Atelier’s Vital Skin Foundation. Some buzzwords to keep in mind when perusing the Sephora and Ulta aisles: “Moisture, hydration, luminous, glowing,” says Nelson. “Mature skin tends to be drier and needs maximum hydration. Matte formulas aren’t good for this; look for something dewy.” His kit includes Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, L’Oréal Paris True Match, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, and Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation.

Linter advises choosing a shade with yellow undertones as well. “Yellow warms the skin. And the warmer your skin looks, the younger it looks,” she previously shared. To tempt. “It just needs to have a tint so the skin tone is sunnier and doesn’t get ashy,” she adds.

Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation

$68.00, Sephora

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

$69.00, Sephora

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Foundation

$12.00, target

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

$89.00, Nordström

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation


5. Powder gently

If you have oily skin, chances are you don’t leave the house without a compact powder. But if you’re concerned about accentuating fine lines or wrinkles, use the stuff sparingly. “Powder is your friend, but you have to be careful where you put it,” says Barose, reaching for Koh Gen Do’s Natural Lighting Powder to touch it up. “Look for one that’s silky
-smooth—not drying—unless you really need more coverage in certain areas. I usually do most of the coverage with foundation, but use translucent, light-reflecting powder to set it and keep it shiny, emphasizing on the T zone.” A few sheer powders to suit you: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.

Koh Gen Do natural lightening powder

$73.00, Neiman Marcus

Laura Mercier translucent loose powder

$43.00, Sephora

Hourglass veil translucent powder

$49.00, Ultra Beauty

Nars light-reflecting pressed powder

$40.00, Sephora

6. Use a sponge for best results

While using your fingers may seem easiest (and uh, free) way to apply your foundation, use a makeup sponge for an even, natural finish. “I apply foundation to the larger areas of the face first, like the cheeks and forehead, then I go in and pinch around the nose and chin,” says Linter. “Finally, I apply concealer, plus maybe a touch of foundation under the eyes.”

“[Using your] fingers can look blotchy, uneven, or messy, which can make your lines pop more,” says Barose. “Invest in ones like Thrive Causmetics’ Blend + Blur Sponge or something similar that you can apply damp.” Prefer a brush? That’s fine too: “Foundation brushes like MAC’s are great too,” adds Barose. (The MAC 187S Duo Fiber Face Brush blends powder and liquid formulas seamlessly.) If desired, you can still use a sponge as a final step—regardless of how you choose to apply your makeup—to create a smooth canvas.
to create.

Thrive Causmetics Blend + Blur Sponge

$18.00, Thrive Causemetics

MAC 187S dual fiber facial brush

$46.00, Nordström

7. When it comes to concealer, the lighter the better

Crow’s feet and dark circles are two common skin problems when it comes to the under-eye area, but with the right techniques, people won’t even notice you have them. “Avoid thick, drying concealers when they come out [any fine] lines,” says Barose. “When it comes to under-eye concealer, you need a formula that gives you coverage but without looking cakey or dry, which emphasizes fine lines.

“I love liquid formulas that reflect light, like Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer,” he adds, as well as MAC Studio Fix Concealer or Clé de Peau Concealer, which he prefers to apply with a concealer brush.

“If you need coverage under the eyes or on blemishes, look for a thin, highly pigmented concealer that stays in place and doesn’t require powder,” Nelson repeats. (Some of his recommendations include Giorgio Armani Beauty’s High Precision Retouch for the under-eye area, plus Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Away Concealer, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, and the time-tested, Best of Beauty Award-winning Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind for other areas. However, if you already have a ride-or-die formula, don’t worry: “If you like your current concealer and it’s not setting on its own, try setting it with a fading powder and a small, soft brush.” , suggests Nelson.

Nars radiant creamy concealer

$32.00, Ulta Beauty

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer

$27.00 Ulta Beauty

Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer

$75.00, Nordström

Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch Concealer

$40.00, Nordström

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

$33.00 Charlotte Tilbury

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

$38.00, Nordström

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer

$11.00, target

8. Choose your highlighter carefully

Glitter and shimmer are always the dealer’s choice, but something to consider when it comes to mature skin, as anything with sparkle can act as a microscope for fine lines and wrinkles. “A little highlighter gives a youthful, glowing look, but avoid anything too frosty or shimmery,” suggests Barose, who recommends dabbing a sheer liquid formula like Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter onto cheekbones to bring life to your complexion and add dimension to your foundation.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter

$29.00, Sephora

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Originally published on Allure

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