As your skin changes, the way make up adheres and sits on it changes too—and it’s only natural for skin to undergo some shifts as you age. Whether you’re changing up your go-to make up as you get older or you haven’t switched your techniques and color palette since college, there are a few tips that are helpful to keep in mind when it comes to applying cosmetics as an older woman.
Continuing on with my tips for looking younger as we age — another mistake you can make, choosing a concealer that is better for hiding blemishes than brightening up those tired under eyes.
When it comes to concealer one size does not fit all. For example, a concealer perfect for covering spots or blemishes will likely be way too thick for under eye use.
Have you considered that you may need two different concealers?
If your concealer is too thick or not the right color, you may be accentuating more than you are concealing.
Skin under the eye is seven times thinner than the rest of your face, so a light touch is necessary. Use your ring finger, beauty blender or blending brush when applying your under-eye concealer.
To brighten your under eyes, use a lightweight formulation in a shade 1/2 to 1 shade lighter than your skin tone and foundation. Don’t go with super-light shades which will make it look ashy or give you the “reverse-raccoon” appearance.
If you have purple-ish under eye circles, try a color with a yellow or peach undertone to counteract it.
It’s okay to apply concealer over a primer, but avoid applying over a liquid or powder foundation. This just adds to the amount of product and can aid in this area looking ”cakey.”
Apply only to the inner corner of your under-eye area, and gently blend and sweep outwards and downwards, blending it with your foundation.
Choosing your Concealer
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Set Your Concealer
Using a very finely milled translucent mineral powder is the last step in setting that concealer. Go with a loose powder for lightweight full coverage. Setting powders can be either loose or compact, but loose powders have finer particles. These finer particles tend to feel lighter on your skin. Get this powder type if you’re hoping to use your powder as a light, uniform coating rather than a second layer of concealer.
Setting Oily Skin
Different setting powders work best with different skin types. If your skin is on the oily side, look for a product that includes talc on its ingredient label. Talc has oil-absorbing properties, so powder that contains it is often the most flattering and beneficial option for those who have oily skin.
Setting Normal and Dry Skin
If your skin isn’t quite oily or dry, this may be your best option. Use a silica powder as your setting powder to ensure a smoother application. Dry skin typically responds well to silica powder too, but it isn’t recommended for oily skin types because it can lead to build-up.
Applying your Setting Powder
Apply your powder with a makeup sponge, a powder puff, or a powder brush. Pick an applicator based on what you’re hoping to accomplish with your setting powder. If you want to use a lot of product to get full coverage, opt for a makeup sponge.
Go for a powder puff if you have oily skin and you want a velvety matte finish. Finally, get a soft, glowy complexion by applying with a powder brush. Wait about 1-2 for the powder to warm and set with the concealer. Then gently fluffy brush away the excess.
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