Makeup For Mature Skin

Post Updated October 3, 2023

Follow along with Briony for these simple tips for mature women want to look effortlessly radiant. 


Hi, I'm Briony Kennedy, the founder of Adorn Cosmetics. Today, I wanted to share with you some really simple tips on how you can apply your makeup at home, especially if you are of a more mature age and you're struggling to see. So maybe you wear glasses, maybe you have some issues with your eyes. So, hopefully, these tips will help you. Today, I have my model here who is Pauline, who is 59. And what I wanted to share with you, first of all, is what we started with.

The first three products of choice are the antioxidant facial oil and Adorn's Hydration+ Primer Moisturizer & Day Protect Facial Oil Skin Primer, which is also a day moisturizer. The reason I've used both of these products mixed together is it gives a really nice canvas for the skin and makes the foundation look quite skin-like. So, to get started, once you've applied that, we're going to apply a foundation in a stick form. So this is Adorn Cosmetics stick foundation. It's an organic and mineral foundation. And what we're going to do is apply the product to the skin where it's needed. You do not need to necessarily put foundation all over the face, just where it's needed.

Okay, now the hydrating cream is much more forgiving for more dehydrated skins, and if you would like to, you can also use it as a bit of a concealer as well. So what you can do is just pop a little bit on the face like you're drawing with a crayon. Okay, and now what we're going to do is blend that with Adorn's very popular flat-top Kabuki brush. Just in circular motions, the Kabuki brush is being designed to apply all of Adorn's foundations, whether it's the liquid, the loose, or the cream. And then a flat-top brush just acts like an airbrush and gets that foundation in really nicely so it does take on that skin-like appearance rather than a foundation appearance. No one wants to have goopy skin, just okay.

So what I'm going to do now is just pop some more where there's extra foundation needed. This particular product is really good if you have rosacea; it's quite calming because of your jojoba oil and the shea butter that's in there, but it's still a very lightweight feeling foundation. It does not feel thick like some of the traditional cream foundations do. Now, I always finish with downward strokes with the foundation, especially as we do age, we tend to get fine blonde hairs over the face, and what we want is the foundation to sit with that, and by buffing up, you're going to raise those hairs, and it's going to look more obvious. So you want to finish with downward strokes.

Okay, so what I'm going to do now before I finish off the skin is I'm going to now move on to the eyes because what will inevitably happen is we may get a little bit of fallout on the face. So what we want to do is be able to wipe that away without ruining any of our blush or bronzer or extra foundation or concealer. So a little bit of foundation to start with, and now what I'm going to do is move to the eye area.

Now the eyes are one of those areas that most people struggle with anyway, let alone if you've got issues with seeing. So you can either get yourself a mirror that's a magnifying mirror and pop it on your existing mirror to help with your application or these tips that I'm going to show you will help you be able to pop your eye makeup on really simply without having to have any really structured sort of work around the eyes.

So if we start with the brows, most of us, especially as we get a little bit older, have less eyebrows or they're gray or we've overplucked them. So what we want to do is give some symmetry back to the face. And how we do that is by giving the brows a little bit more definition and depth. So we're going to use the Adorn brow dust, and in this particular case, we're going to use PEGI, which is the medium shade. The trick is to choose a brow dust that is a shade lighter than your hair color. If you have dark skin because you don't want to look too stark, and if you've got a more fair head, then you may be able to go half the shade to a shade darker. Okay, so you can either use a wet or a dry angled brush to apply the brow dust. It is water-resistant, so it's great for ladies if you are sweating. And if you could just now, what we're going to do, start with the point, so if you work on the edge of your nose, your starting point will be here, this part of your nose and through your pupil is where the arch should sit, and the edge of the eyebrow should sit at the edge of the eye. Okay, if you are to put your eyebrow any further than this area here, you're dragging the face down, and especially as we age and we've lost a lot of collagen in the face, we don't want it to pull the face down, we want to give that look of almond eyes and that fresh look. So what we want to do is make sure that the brow doesn't end any further than down. So now that you've got your three points that we've used the eye and the nose as measurements, you just do some light feathery strokes with the angled brush, and we just blend that into the existing brows, make sure you tuck off any excess. I like to use the lid of the brow powder to push the brush into because it gets the minerals really nice and compact around the bristles, and then you get less fallout. So just to thicken that up a bit, you can see how that's just given some structure to this side of the face. So once the makeup is complete, you'll see that it's opened up the eye and it's given more symmetry to the face.

Okay, so we finish off on this side. And what I like about the brow dust is they're not waxy-looking, which can be quite harsh. Now, once you've done your brows, if you think you've gone too heavy-handed, don't worry about it too much because you can softly adjust it and make them look a little bit more subtle by just gently going over them with the Kabuki brush, which always has a bit of a foundation residue on it, and that will just help soften the brows. So the important thing now is to just get the structure right, and then you can just gently, with the Kabuki brush, go over the top of the brows, and it pushes the brow dust in, and it just gives a little bit more of a softer appearance.

Okay, so now that we've done that, what I'm going to do is conceal the top of the eyelids. The reason I like to do that is because it gives a blank canvas to work with, and it helps eliminate things like red veins, blue veins, any sort of redness that you've got at all. So what I always recommend for the eye area is to choose a concealer that's the same color as your foundation, okay? And what this will do is act as a primer for the eye. It'll make the eyeshadow go on a lot easier because it'll blend with the cream a little bit easier, and it'll just help it stay put.

Okay, so what I'm going to do is use the medium olive. If you just close your eyes for me, you don't need to put a lot on. Now, you can use a brush to do this, but I am showing you with clean fingers because this is what you would most likely do at home, and that's just eliminated any red or blue veins. And now, just like you would with painting, I've got myself a nice even canvas, which means that the eyeshadow that you choose will go on much more evenly and a little bit more obvious, rather than mixing with the red and the blue veins. So the next step, I'm going to use some eyeshadow. So one of the things with eyes is that you want them to look open. Okay, and that almond appearance. So what we want to do, while avoiding a smoky eye, and in fact, it probably won't suit a lot of people, especially if your eyes have become smaller or you've got the hooded eye or you've got a lot of skin on the eyelid, but this particular technique will just show you something very simple that you can do to define your eyes rather than spending too much time trying to achieve a smoky look.

So if you basically get a starting point that's in line with the edge of your eye here, and it's almost sitting on top of your brow socket or your eye socket here, okay, and then you're just going to blend into the crease. Now I'm actually using the Topaz, which is a really nice taupe color, you know, a match range, and I do prefer more matte eyeshadows for this, especially if you've got lots of excess skin. It's best to use matte. Anything shimmery will make things look bigger. Matte things will make them look or appear smaller. So all I've done is just very, very lightly popped a medium shade in the corner, and it's given the illusion that the eye is more of an almond shape and more open. Okay, so as we age, we want to focus most of the makeup on this side of the eye because that's going to give that almond appearance rather than putting too much makeup all around, which is going to create more close-set eyes.

Okay, so you'll notice everything I'm doing today is all about the outer part of the eye. Again, I'm just placing it on top of the eye socket here, almost creating a C, and I'm using a dome brush, okay, which will be released very shortly in the Adorn range. What I love about this Topaz eyeshadow is it's just such a no-fuss, easy-to-blend eyeshadow. Anything darker than that requires a little bit of experience and technique, but this particular eyeshadow is a really good one for a novice or someone who can't see particularly well. So what that's done is given a really nice open almond appearance. The next stage, if you wish, or you may even want to do this just on its own, is using some eyeliner. Again, I'm going to focus on the outer third of the eyes, so basically where the iris starts out, okay. Two reasons: one because most people will struggle with applying eyeliner straight the whole way, okay. The other reason, again, is that focusing on the outer eye will give more of that almond appearance which we're trying to achieve. So I'm going to use the chubby pencil, okay. And the reason for that is we're going to focus on just getting definition, not worrying about straight lines.

We also lose a lot of our eyelashes as we get older, and what we want to do is create the look of more lashes, and you do that by defining the roots or the eyeline area, okay. So you can just simply grab your chubby pencil, and again, never starting at the edge of the eye because it's going to then focus on a downward trend, which is going to give a really droopy eye, which we don't want. So what we want to do is, if you were to look down for me, you want to place your first starting point almost in the eye socket between the socket and the eyeball just here, and then you'll see I'm sweeping the chubby down. Now, just looking straight ahead, you'll see there's a little bit of a gap there; that's completely fine because now I will fill that in. And what I'm going to do in a moment is blend these through with a brush. So again, perfect for someone who can't see very well because this particular technique is all about just giving really opened eyes the look of more eyelashes but not having to worry about getting a straight line.

So by moving your brush, it's facing inwards, you just gently tickle that outer corner like you're drawing a little bit more of a flick. Just to get a little bit more mascara on the outer corners, okay. And then, I like to do two or three coats on the outer lashes before I even go to the inner lashes, now. If you make a mistake and you get mascara somewhere on your face, just grab a Q-tip with a tiny little bit of rosehip oil or something like that on it, and you should be able to get that off, and then use your finger to blend back the concealer that you've got if you've taken any of the makeup away.

Okay, so don't panic; it's easy to remove. So now I'm moving into the inner lashes, but I'm only going to do one coat. Then by moving your brush, it's facing inwards; you just gently tickle those outer lashes just to get a little bit more mascara on the outer corners. Okay. And then for those of you that like to wear eyeliner underneath the eye, a little bit, I don't like to recommend black eyeliner. It's very harsh; it makes the eyes look very small. But if you're wanting to give some definition, especially if you've lost your eyelashes under there or they've turned quite little, what you would do, which would be a little bit more flattering, is again, grab your brower dust or a dark eyeshadow, and you just focus it on, again, this outer third of the eye, so you're popping it here, and it goes all the way to your iris. Everything you do is this side of your iris or your pupil. And then you can't go wrong with making your eyes appear darker rather than smaller.

Again, the Topaz is really good for this because it's quite an easy product to put on without having to blend too much. Okay. So if you get any fallout, again, just come back to grabbing either your blush brush or the Kabuki brush. Okay. And the other option, if you are using a product that you think is making you look quite matte, you can use a rosewater spritzed over the top. Being that the products are all water-resistant, this will just give a really nice instant dewiness to the skin. So for those of you with dehydrated or dry skin, this is a great option. And you can also have this in your bag and just keep spritzing throughout the day to give a really fresh look to the skin.

But I'm going to finish off now with a lip gloss. So with lipstick and lip glosses, that's your personal signature. In this particular instance, I think that being it's a really nice day look, you don't necessarily need to have a lipstick as well as having your eyes done. So pick something, whether it's going to be the eyes that are standing out or the lips. Okay, but never both because it looks quite harsh and can be quite aging. So I'm going to use the Bridget lip gloss, which is just a true nude. Just rub your lips together. So gloss will always make lips look bigger. Okay, just remembering anything light looks bigger; anything dark will look smaller. Okay, and there we have our really easy single-day look or even an evening look for somebody. So if you are struggling to see, it's a really good easy way, and hopefully, some tips on what you can do without needing any sort of professional assistance.

2023-10-03 03:00:00
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