As we age our skin loses the beauty of youth, but there are helpers to freshen the skin and make us look better. Moisture helps relieve lines and dryness. We need a liquid or cream foundation as we age. Matte finishes are not for us. Good old lip balm is the perfect lip primer, so use it before applying lipstick. SPF under foundations brightens and moisturizes. A few tricks and we can look almost as good as new.
Yes, it’s true. We are all getting older and our skin isn’t what it used to be. I wouldn’t say make-up can turn back the clock but it can make our skin look fresher. Most make up reflects particles of light so lines and imperfections are not as obvious. Your type of skin and how you apply make-up matters. If you have dry skin it accentuates fine lines but that can be remedied by foundation that contains humectants. They will absorb and hold moisture to your skin. If your skin is dry avoid any substance that contains salicylic acid.
A good product for dry skin is (Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra Smoothing Bronzer) It costs about $15 at your drug store. If you see the word matte on any make-up, move on. Matte empathizes dryness and can cake in lines. Another good foundation is (MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation.) It’s about $30 at department stores.
You might like to try (Kimara Ahnert Creme Wear Blush) It is about $25 at your department store. Apply it with a damp sponge. For lips use the old trusty lip balm for a primer. It’s cheap and nothing is better. It will seal in moisture and it keeps your lipstick from caking.
If your eyelids are dry, use a cream shadow primer. A good one is (Sephora Collection Perfecting Eye Primer) about $14 at your drug store or department store.
If you have lines, Retinol is the most recommended product. You will find it in foundations and concealers. There is no research on how effective it is. Do keep using your night creams. Retinol absorbs the sun so always apply sun protection when using it. You can buy a foundation with sun protection such as ( L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute.) It’s $15 at your drug store.
If you are dealing with a dull complexion, a SPF can be added to your makeup as an evening and brightening treatment. Age spots or dark patches can become more visible with exposure to the sun. Try (Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Foundation SPF 55) It’s about $15 at your drugstore.
Start with a luminous foundation, then using a brush and a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone, paint over splotches and pat concealer on with your finger. It’s better and more natural than using a lighter concealer, which makes you look like you have light spots on your skin.
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