Enhancing our features with makeup is a trend that’s stood the test of time. Both women and men have brightened their faces with beauty products for centuries.
But as our skin ages, it can be hard to know the best makeup routine to enhance our natural beauty and keep us looking and feeling good.
We spoke with Kayla, a Channel 7 makeup artist, to get her advice on the best makeup routine for mature skin.
Over time, skincare for mature skin becomes more and more important. Our skin becomes thinner, and the need for moisturising increases. You'll want to give your skin a good drink at night before you go to bed. Pay particular attention to your eyes as they often suffer dryness first.
You’ll be thankful for all this moisturising as it can help your makeup to sit and stay nicely in the morning.
Kayla also recommends changing up your skin regimen to reflect each stage of your life. ‘If you've been using the same skincare products for years, it's now time to change it up,’ Kayla says. ‘Opt for products with hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E.’
And men shouldn’t discount the benefits of a good moisturising cream either. Men's skin is just as in need of a little TLC as women's, and a hydrating night cream or serum can do wonders.
If you find yourself lost selecting your skincare products, Kayla recommends treating yourself to a facial or asking for help from your local skincare store. They can recommend something specific to you and your concerns.
‘You'll need a cleanser, serum, eye cream and a day and night cream. I recommend double-cleansing your skin at night,’ Kayla says. ‘Remember to massage the cleanser into your neck and décolletage, then massage the serum into the skin before lightly patting on your eye cream with your ring finger. Finish by applying moisturiser.’
Top tip: follow a good skincare routine and ask for help choosing products to suit you.
If you're still using a powder foundation, now’s the time to throw it away. Powdered foundations are notorious for ageing us because it settles into our fine lines. Particularly on dry skin types. And because powders are often matte, they absorb light and make the face look dull.
Over time the tone of our skin can change. So if your makeup doesn’t suit you anymore, it might be time to replace your foundation or other skincare products.
‘Our face is always naturally lighter than our shoulders and décolletage, so keep this in mind while colour matching your foundation. A product that’s too light for your skin is going to make you appear washed out,’ she says. ‘Swatch or patch test a few products on your décolletage and choose a light to medium coverage for everyday wear.’
Kayla’s top tip is to choose a 'dewy' product, as it gives you a youthful glow. And while it might feel unnecessary to change your foundation, you'll be surprised at what a difference it can make.
Top tip: update your foundation to suit your skin’s changing tone.
Your eye makeup should be elegant rather than dramatic. Sweep neutral shades across your eyes with a soft blending brush (a must-have product you’ll love). Stay away from the brow bone because this can make your eyes appear sunken.
Kayla says to avoid black, grey and pastel tones. And use eyeliner in a brown shade which you can easily blend into your lash line with a small angle brush.
‘Use natural, warm and earthy tones and a fluffy blending brush, so the shadow doesn't appear gritty or dirty,’ Kayla says. ‘The Sephora Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette is the only one you'll need.’
Top tip: try the Sephora Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette.
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