Our mum, like many other woman her age, has quite dehydrated skin. Her main concern is makeup becoming cakey around her smile lines which can be common if you don’t apply the right base. The best thing we have found to do before applying mum’s (or anyone with dry skin) base is to prep it with a facial spray. Our favourite (and one of the cheapest around too) is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. We sprayed a generous amount over mum’s skin and let that settle in before we applied the Hourglass No. 28 Serum Primer with a Beauty Blender. This primer is absolutely incredible for priming dry or dehydrated skin! It is so nourishing and hydrating and we have found that it keeps our skin looking fresher for longer!
Mum’s new favourite foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid To Go Compact and for good reason! It is so hydrating (again, essential for aged skin) and has excellent coverage while still looking like skin. Then we used the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer under her eyes to cancel out any darker pigmentation. Something important to remember with concealer and mature skin is to use a concealer that is only one shade lighter than your skin tone as anything lighter will make you looked aged. As you can see above, we used the same shade as we would on the rest of mum’s face here under her eyes and she looks absolutely stunning! We blended all of that in with the Beauty Blender again. Mum’s skin becomes too dry if she sets it with powder and she finds that she doesn’t need to set it for it to stay all day (especially with this foundation/primer combination) but if you do find that you need to set your face we would recommend the Face of Australia Translucent Powder used with a beauty blender is an amazing combination for keeping the skin still looking like skin.
Like the base, glowing cheeks tend to look the nicest with mature skin so we used mum’s favourite the NARS Laguna Orgasm Duo which is a bronzer/blush duo. The bronzer has a beautiful golden sheen and the blush has gentle gold reflects in it. The combination looks amazing on the cheeks. To aid in illumination we used the Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter stick on the top of her cheek bones, cupids bow and down her nose. Something to keep in mind with anything that has a reflect in it is to use it sparsely on any areas you have textural problems as this will highlight those problems even more. If you do have issues we recommend using a matte blush and bronzer and even a matte powder that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone as a highlighter to give your face dimension.
Mum already has beautiful brows so we just ran over Benefit’s Gimme Brow Brow Gel to give them more volume and texture.
Mum, like us, has pretty hooded eyes so we try to keep the drama along the lash line for her eyes. We used the Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer to make the shadow last and used the centre shade in the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette to set that from lash line to brow bone. Then we used the second shade from the left in the palette in the crease to create a little bit of definition and along the lower lash line for a bit of symmetry. Then, using the darkest brown shade in the palette, we created a bit of depth along the last line with a soft, smudged line and did the same thing along the outer 3rd of the lower lashes. To bring a bit of sparkle to the eyes we used the sparkly shade in the Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Eyeshadow Palette in Nude in the very centre of her lid. To brighten up here eyes and make them appear more awake we used the NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in shade Rue Bonaparte in the water line. This is a great way of looking more awake even on days where you aren’t wearing any makeup. Mum suffers from “panda eyes” where her mascara smudges throughout the day and her new favourite mascara, Kevin Aucoin The Curling Mascara, is her new holy grail at stopping that!
If you suffer from lines in your lips one of the most important things is to not use a matte lipstick as this, like the skin, will accentuate the lines. For today’s look we used MAC’s Brave Lipstick which is a satin shade so it lasts a long time but is still hydrating and flattering on the lips.
We hope this has helped those of you who wanted a few tips and tricks on how to work with mature skin!
What are your favourite products to use when you’re working with mature skin? Let us know in the comments below!