Friday, 2 September 2016

Makeup makeover: daytime glam for mature skin

I hadn't done makeup makeovers in ages so when my mum was visiting us last week and we had plenty of time to ourselves I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play makeup and share the results with you, guys. As much as I love applying makeup on myself I also get very excited when I get the chance to do it on someone else. A bit of makeup can make a massive change to women's
confidence and seeing my mum looking and feeling fabulous was a fantastic feeling. I even encouraged her to start wearing a bit more makeup on everyday basis and she left with a makeup bag full of different products, haha!

Makeup makeover for mature skin

There's a bit of stigma surrounded older women wearing more makeup then just a lipstick which really annoys me because we shouldn't be defined by our age and if I feel like wearing full face makeup at 50, 60 or 70 I shouldn't be judged for it!

Of course not everything will look as good on a mature skin as it looks on a very young one so there need to be made some adjustment, but a woman at every age can make a good use of makeup if she feel like doing so.

My mum is in her late 50s and she normally wears only mascara, lipstick and a bit of brow gel through her brows. Anything else scares her to death, LOL! But she bravely let me do her makeup and while she kept repeating that she wouldn't even remember what and where to apply she loved the finished look and has learnt a thing or two how to make her look a bit more glamorous on everyday basis.

Makeup makeover for mature skin


Unless you're a very lucky person chances are that when you're in your late 40s, 50s your skin has lost some firmness, density, it's drier, there are some pigmentation issues either from sun damage or age spots and the skin looks dull, so applying a thin layer of foundation/BB cream can make a massive difference.
For mature skin choose hydrating, slightly dewy bases which will make it look healthier and more youthful.
I applied on my mum's face a thin layer of L'Oreal True Match foundation in shade Vanilla which evened out her skin's tone, hid some hyperpigmentation and redness, yet didn't settle in fine lines and made the skin look natural.

To correct the area under the eyes I used NYX HD Concealer which blends easily and it's not drying, another important tip is to use hydrating and lightweight concealers that won't make mature skin look even older. I set the concealer with an Inglot HD Brightening powder.

Although my mum's skin is dry I still wanted to set lightly the foundation so the bronzer and blush would blend much better, I used a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light which also added a natural luminosity to the skin.

I also applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronze to the perimeter of her face to add a bit of sun-kissed look which made her look immediately more rested, healthy and radiant.
I wouldn't really play with heavy contouring on a mature person as it may look a bit too much but if you feel like you want to add definition to those cheek bones then go ahead and lightly contour using matte neutral toned bronzer.

Blush is a makeup item you don't want to skip on mature skin as it adds an instant life to the face making it look more youthful. Cream products look especially good on dry skin but I used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush on my mum as it's an amazing formula that works beautifully on any skin leaving beautiful luminous finish.

I didn't use any highlighter on my mum's face as I feel like this modern trend doesn't really suit a mature skin but at the same time I used many products that add natural looking luminosity to the skin which, in my opinion, is the perfect finish to older, dry skin.


When we age the thin skin under our eyes and on our eye lids is the first one to show wrinkles, fine lines and lack of firmness. Eyes are getting hooded, lashes thinner and less visible so defining them and bringing back to life is very important when applying makeup.
As much as I love shimmer eyeshadows I am perfectly aware that the older the skin of eye lids is the best it looks with matte eyeshadows so I went for simple matte eye look for my mum.

Too faced Chocolate bar palette

I applied some concealer on my mum's eye lids to prime them and set it with shade 1 (White Chocolate) from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. Then I applied shade 2 (Milk Chocolate) all over the lid and in the crease to create the illusion of less hooded eye. I defined the outer corner with shade 3 (Cherry Cordial) and added a bit of highlight in the inner corner by applying shade 4 (Marzipan). I lined the upper and lower lashes with shade 5 (Triple Fudge) and then blended the lower lash line with shade 2.

To finish off the eyes I curled my mum's lashes and applied a few coats of mascara.

Although very simple, the makeup made a massive difference in how her eyes looked, so much more defined and looking younger.

My mum never really properly fill in her brows which are naturally very light and sparse so having them 'done' by me was something completely new to her and she kept saying that they're too big, haha!
I, personally, think they looked great and framed her eyes perfectly.
I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown and very lightly filled my mum's brows in following their natural shape.


The older we get the thinner and less defined our lips become so adding definition and colour to them make a big difference. My mum usually reach for brown-ish nude lipsticks but I decided to go with something different which added so much needed colour to my mum's face and made her look more glamorous and young.
I used Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in shade Kiss Chase and applied it with a lip brush to precisely define the lips.

And that's the finished look :)

Makeup for mature skin
Makeup for mature skin

What do you think of older/mature women wearing makeup?



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