Older skin has specific make up requirements, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need specialised make up, we just need to find the right cosmetics for the job!
Make up artist Lisa Eldridge has a produced a video called Menopausal Make-Up Tips & Chat, demonstrating techniques and products used to create a natural, everyday make up look for mature skin.
There are the links to the products Lisa used in the video, but I’ve flagged a few on here that I’m particularly interested in.
EYE MAKE UP
Becca – Eye Tint – Romanticism: £19.00 SpaceNK
Eye Tint glides on as a crème and sets as a powder for a matte finish that lasts all day. Its water, crease and streak-resistant formula offers long-lasting colour, with adjustable levels of sheer to high pigment.
I’m a huge fan of Becca Beach Tint so I’m quite tempted by this, although Romanticism is too grey for me, I would prefer Vicuna for a more natural, polished look. The reviews are promising though:
Love eye makeup, but being over 50 years find it harder to find a product that goes on smooth and stays put. It has become a great base for my powder shadow it stays perfect all day long, a note for ladies of similar age the eye tints do not sit in crease lines but stay smooth and fresh looking.
Bought this one in Baroque – absolutely satisfied with it! Nice neutral shade with a tiny, tiny bit of shimmer that is almost invisible, will probably suit most fair to medium skin types.
Long lasting formula, doesn’t smudge and crease, and tiny bit goes a long way! Easy to apply, with a finger or brush, whatever you’re used to! You can build it up too and it would still look amazing, not heavy!
My favourite out of the bunch is Romanticism. It is more pigmented than the others I own and it helps to bring out the green tones in my eyes.
A good eyeshadow primer will also prevent eyeshadow creasing and I thoroughly recommend NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in shade, Milk. This soft, waxy pencil holds eyeshadow in place all day and makes eyeshadow colour look more vibrant. Great value for £5.00.
Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation Stick: £29.00 9g Bobbi Brown UK
I’ve always wanted to try these, but for once, too much choice is a bad thing. I’ve been ‘swatched’ at make up counters, but I didn’t like any of the colours chosen for me and felt overwhelmed by the vast range and couldn’t decide on one.
I’ve wasted a lot of money on unsuitable foundations that look skin perfect in store, but harsh and unnatural once home. It’s a shame because a stick foundation would be really handy to keep in my bag, although at £29.00 this one is certainly not purse friendly.
I’m certainly a fan of CC (correct and cover) creams, I alternate between Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream and Yes to Grapefruit Uneven Skin Tone CC Cream, because I don’t want high shine on my (sometimes) oily skin.
BB (blemish balm) creams are suitable for mature skin that’s prone to dryness and needs a smooth, but ‘glowy’ coverage. Mature skin tends to be drier so we should use a light, luminous foundation and non cakey concealer.
The BB Makeup that brightens, perfects and evens. Lightweight, oil-free, moisture-fresh. Instantly perfects skin tone and vibrancy. Soft optics impart clear, bright tone and lustre to skin for a flawless, healthy glow. Provides Vitamin E and Vitamin C anti-oxidant protection.
By Terry – Baume de Rose: £38.00 SpaceNK
Loved by celebrities and make up artists, raved about by users and consistently sold out, ‘By Terry’ is a range of luxury beauty products formulated with high quality ingredients.
The cult favourite, Baume de Rose, is a lip balm that can also be used to moisturise cuticles. But, £38.00 for 10g of what is essentially just a lip salve, albeit a highly moisturising one? I just can’t go there. Although, looking at the full range and reading the reviews…it’s tempting to perhaps try one of the other products.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick – Notting Hill Nude: Cheap at £6.49 Boots
A huge range of a shades. Possibly something to try out in store, lipstick (like shoes) should never be bought without trying them on first. The reviews are very mixed although one says shade Glam Plum Fulham is very similar to MAC Rebel – interesting.
Mature skin can have a tendency to look washed out, we want pigmented – but not garish, shades to put that colour back.
I do like the sound of this, but I’ve just bought a tube of Becca Beach Tint in shade Watermelon (first introduced to me via Glossybox). £20.00 (VERY expensive I know) SpaceNK
A mere 7ml for £20.00, but this fruity scented tint rally does last forever because you need only the tiniest dot for a vibrant flush of colour on cheeks. Be careful not to keep the tube anywhere it could get hot ie a window cill as it can become slightly runny.
I had mastered the amount needed [small dot] to create a heathy glow and not too much so it looked like I’d been locked in a steam room, it looked great and stayed put on my windswept walks along the beach. It also really does give lips enhanced colour but doesn’t look obvious.Now I’m back in town I am still using this great product. I do think it’s best to put a little lip balm on top of this product as it can be a little drying.
I first applied it, it felt very dry and soft, which was good. but I didn’t really notice the colour change, however I let it set for 10 mins and my lips instantly looked more colourful.
Easy to blend and although they only come in small tubes, you only need the smallest amount. Lasts a long time on the skin to the point where I’m struggling to get it off with soap and water! Not only does it look fab on cheeks giving a wonderful glow when the light hits, it also looks wonderful on lips!! Really pleasant smell too.
Chanel – Lip Pencil – Le Crayon Lèvres – Natural 34: £17.50 John Lewis
I don’t use it much, but I’ve got this in the same shade. This lip pencil is long-lasting and glides on beautifully. Natural is a ‘near real lip shade’ colour, perfect for my pale skin tone. I have ‘Beige Satin’ too, which is slightly too pale on me.
There’s a shade to suit most skin tones though, with some particularly gorgeous, deep berry colours that could be used all over the lip (non drying) and finished with a slick of gloss or balm.
Included with the liner is a good quality sharpener which comes with a tiny plastic ‘pick’ to keep the sharpener clear from clogging up. It also built-in lip brush at one end, which I think takes up a lot of ‘pencil’ room.
My only gripe – and I find this is a common problem with a lot with the luxury brands of lip and eye pencils, is the amount of pencil you get for your money. The expensive lines tend to put a plastic cap on the end of the pencil. They claim this is to balance the ‘weight’ of the pencil for ease of use, but I’ve never found that a problem with the cheaper, non capped pencils. I also find that the lead falls out more easily with a capped end.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser: £13.00 from Boots
£20.00 from Cult Beauty and SpaceNK – naughty!
I’ve flagged this because I’ve never heard of this brand (or product) before, but it seems to be much-loved by make up artists.
A cult favourite since the 1950s that has found its way onto countless photo shoots, television and film sets internationally. This creamy lotion is 6 in1 multi-tasker: primer, moisturiser, make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream, and a baby-care product.
A real beauty secret, favoured by dermatologists for decades; a combination of ingredients of natural origin, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins.Provides the skin with all the nutrients and water needed for its balance, and accelerates cell renewal. Moisturises, nourishes and repairs, the skin becomes supple.
Its creamy milk texture leaves a satin film, even on dry skin. The skin’s surface is softer and more radiant and revitalised.
Lancôme – Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof Pencil – Noir 10: £18.50 John Lewis
I’m more than happy with my waterproof, non smudge, Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in ‘Stubborn Brown’ £14.00 Debenhams but I’m always on the look out for good purple shade.
MAC – Blending Brush – 217: £19.00 Debenhams
I’ve got this one and the super soft (but not ‘flimsy soft’) brush really is superb at blending eyeshadow, especially in the crease area.
This and MAC’s 212 Flat Definer Brush (aka a push-liner) £19.00 Debenhams are the only two brushes I’ve spent serious money on; but they’re worth it for the quality and the ease of application.
Lines and defines the eye with colour. Firmly bristled, flat of shape; applies colour in a stroke to provide instant definition. Use with powder, liquid or cream products.
I couldn’t do without this brush to line my upper eyelids. I find liquid/gel eyeliner in pen form too fiddly to use (less an ‘age’ thing and more a ‘sausage fingers’ thing), the line never comes out straight. This brush is foolproof as long as you remember to actually ‘push’ the colour (powder/gel/kohl) onto the upper eyelid right on the eyelash line and not ‘wiggle’ the brush along, then you’ll get an exact, even line every time.
I use the shade ‘Carbon’ (it’s an almost black shade, certainly not dark brown as it appears even on the official HD Brows website) from my HD Brows palette called Foxy. My upper eyeliner never smudges or fades. This is because the palette is designed as a brow product and the powder is formulated to ‘adhere’ to eyebrow hairs.
I use it with a dark brown eye shadow (MAC Mystery). I’m quite fair and liquid eyeliner and kohl seem too harsh and too much for day makeup. It lasts much longer on me than kohl/eye pencils. I’m blind as a bat without glasses/lenses on, and the push liner method is easier for me to work with.
Blind as a bat here too, agree it’s easier. It’s also a bit more forgiving than pencils / liquids now I’m a bit older and the skin on my eyelids isn’t quite as smooth and taut as it used to be.
I find lipstick applied with a lip brush lasts longer, although this Mac one is not for me. I use a Lancôme Lip Brush that came free in a ‘gift with purchase’ promotion. It’s retractable, which I think is a must for a lip brush that’s going to be sitting in your make up bag. Plus, it’s handy to pre-load it with lipstick for touch ups.
Mac Make Up Brushes range
Shu Uemura – Eyelash Curlers: £20.00 (worth it!) Shu Uemura
This is one of my best buys. I was reluctant to spend so much money on a product I could get for less than a fiver, but after pinching my eyelid one too many times (and you KNOW how much that hurts!) I bought a pair of these and I’ve never looked back.
I bought mine about 5 years ago and the tension is still taut, plus I’ve only just changed the (included) replacement rubber strip. No wonder it’s a ‘cult’ classic.
MAKE UP TUTORIALS
I can’t recommend Lisa Eldridge’s make up tutorials enough, especially the one showing highlights of her time on Ten Years Younger (can’t honestly say I’ve ever been a fan of the programme’s patronising voiceover commentary). Lisa is great though, with practical advice and product recommendations.
I love make up and I have my firm, much-loved favourites, but even I know that as I get older, my skin tone, colour, texture etc changes and I have to adapt and let go of
a lot some of those favourites and try new products.
There’s nothing quite so ageing as wearing make up from another era, (usually the time when you looked your best), because it will just date you horribly.
That said, if I could get away with it, I would wear my 80s make up all the time!