I’m such a slap-it-on dinosaur when it comes to making up, that it was with great pleasure to find a really helpful guest post plop into my email box the other day.
I realised, that I haven’t given my make up much thought for the last (gasp) 10 years at least, and have been stuck in a very basic routine that hasn’t really changed since before I had children.
To makeup or not to makeup?
Many of my friends don’t wear make up – at all. And that’s ok if it’s by choice, but some of them I know have just given up for want of trying.
For me, a plan to improve is a good plan, and I’ve taken note of Ilse’s really useful, really down to earth make up tips and tricks, and further on I’m baring all (well, not quite!) and you can see a before and after mug shot, which I must admit is a little scary.
Anyway, for you Lifestylers, here’s a super-helpful guest post by the lovely Ilse Justus, an image consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa.
10 Makeup tips and tricks to bear in mind as we get older
We all know that stepping out the door, bear faced, as we age, is not going to make us feel our most confident self!
Oh dear it’s all going southwards!
After all, getting older (40 and beyond) often brings with it the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, pigmentation or broken capillaries. Added to this, our lips get thinner with age and our eyes appear smaller due to the delicate skin having sagged over time.
Makeup goes a long way in disguising or even correcting these niggly changes. However, sticking with your 25-year old application techniques could sabotage your efforts.
Make the best of your features
Here are some tips that embrace the changes and which generally help you to make the best of your facial features.
1. Wear a good foundation that lasts all day! It really is worth spending a bit extra when it comes to foundation. And always remember to wear moisturizer under your foundation, otherwise, if your skin is dehydrated, it will absorb the foundation. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear works for me. If you have very dry skin, you could try their Resilience Lift foundation. Make sure you choose the correct colour foundation by testing it on your face – not hand! If the colour almost disappears into the skin and blends with your skin tone, it is the right colour. The biggest make-up error women make is wearing the wrong colour – the most obvious incorrect colour is one that is too yellow for the skin. So choosing the right colour is very, very important.
2. If you don’t need much coverage on your face then look to the popular BB creams (Garnier has a great one) to just even out your skin tone – with these you do not need moisturizer under the BBM cream.
3. Forget the powder over the make-up since it tends to settle in fine lines and wrinkles, especially if applied with the powder puff/pad. If you must, due to oily skin or an oily t-panel, use only translucent face powder on the oily areas, applied with a fat, fluffy brush.
4. Steer away from black eye-liner. For evening, you could use black on the upper lids (close to the eyelashes) and perhaps dot it in between eyelashes on bottom lids. And always smudge it. Otherwise opt for navy, grey or brown liners which are less harsh. Also refrain from putting liner on the inner, lower lids as this can make eyes appear smaller.
5. Avoid shimmer eye shadows, especially all the way up to the eyebrows, as they highlight creases around the eye area. Matt eyeshadows are more flattering for older skin.
6. A guiding principle is that as we age we want to “wake-up” our eyes and make them look bigger which often means eyeliner on top lids only, one neutral or light shade on the lids, shaped brows (tinted if necessary) and mascara. You can also use a colored shade instead of eyeliner and smudge it to the crease of the eyelid.
7. Keep blusher as natural as possible, i.e. put it on the areas you would blush (apples of cheeks, feathered up and in line with the cheek bones towards your ears). Also use a colour close to your blushing shade like soft pink/coral. No one blushes the colour of fuschia or orange!
8. Lipstick can be a deal breaker and make you look old: dark and matte is not flattering on thin lips especially. A lighter shade looks more natural and more importantly, will make the lips look fuller. If you do want to wear a darker shade then add a lipgloss (not the messy, sticky variety). I like L’oreal’s Glamshine for over lipstick or by itself or over lip liner which I put on the whole lip for longer wear. A lipstick with a bit of shine will always look more youthful and be more flattering because of the light it reflects off the face.
9. If you want to double-check your make-up, and whether you’ve overdone/underdone it, take a photo of yourself! The photo will show too much/too little blusher and whether you have shine that needs powder or whether your eye make-up is too shimmery. Make-up inside vs. in the sunlight can also look very different, e.g. too much powder will stand out in bright sunlight and too much foundation will look mask-like.
10. If you have ginger hair NEVER wear black eyeliner or mascara. Rather opt for warm browns. Also never wear cool shades of lipstick or eye shadows, i.e. no pinks, blues, greys. Ginger hair is complemented by warm tones like warm browns, peaches, etc.
Last but not least, remember that earrings are there to add sparkle to the eyes, believe it or not, so earrings with a stone/stones or interesting texture will complement a well-groomed face!
Ilse Justus is an independent image consultant, an accredited member of the Association of Professional Image Consultants of South Africa. You can find out more at Ilse Justus Colour and Style
Do you have an everyday makeup routine Lifestylers? Please share any makeup tips you have for a Day Look in the comments.