As we get older, there are certain facets of aging we just don’t know how to deal with. One of these areas is makeup application. If you’re still layering on the same cosmetics you’ve used for decades, let’s talk through some makeup tips for aging skin.
When it comes to even application, primer is an aging person’s best friend. You may have heard that primer helps makeup last all day, which is true. But for aging skin in particular, primer acts as a kind of “spackle,” filling in wrinkles, scars, and fine lines so you have a smooth canvas to work with.
The best primers will not only give you a more even application, but will also contain anti-aging ingredients. If you want your primer to go to work for you, look for collagen on the label. Collagen will help minimize fine lines and boost plumpness. If your skin tends to be dry, look for hydrating primers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
A big mistake that older women make is applying a dark blush across the entire cheek bone. But collagen production, which is responsible for skin’s firmness and elasticity, slows as we age, leaving our cheeks looking a little more gaunt. A big streak of blush can accentuate this -- the opposite of what we want.
To give the illusion of plumpness in the cheeks, dust the apple of the cheek (and right above it) with a lighter shade of blush than you’re used to. A little goes a long way here, so don’t overdo it.
Ever been distracted by someone’s uneven eyeliner application? As eyelids thin and droop with age, the skin is not as supple. Drawing a straight, smooth line on this uneven surface is particularly difficult and can look severe.
Instead, use your eyeliner pencil to draw light “dashes” across the eyelid, then fill in the dotted line with a dark brown or charcoal shadow, using an angled eyeliner brush. Not only will this soften the look, but you’ll have an even application across the lid.
While it’s fun to play with dark blues and browns, highly-pigmented shades can appear very harsh on older skin. Since the eye area is one of the first to show age, you’ll want to try to soften rather than draw more attention to it.
Opt for neutral tones that closely match your skin tone or are a couple of shades darker. Sages, violets, beiges, and even soft rose golds are fantastic choices for aging lids. In general, steer clear of sparkles in favor of mattes. That said, a very light shimmer can actually brighten the eye area, so don’t be afraid to try something with a gentle sheen. Cream shadows are your best bet, as they won’t settle into wrinkles the way powder does.
It goes without saying, but makeup will always look better on skin that’s well cared for. Make sure you’re using a line of anti-aging skin care that’s high-quality and appropriate for your skin type.
Look for products with retinol, collagen, and hyaluronic acid to specifically target those concerns that come with aging skin, like loss of elasticity and the increase of fine lines. Always moisturize, even if you have oily skin. Hydration is the #1 factor in keeping skin youthful. And if you’re not using an eye cream on a daily basis, it’s time to start.
From chemical peels to microneedling to dermal fillers, there is likely a dermatology treatment to combat your biggest skincare concerns.
Treatments for aging skin also include things like Botox, which can smooth wrinkles by relaxing muscles, or Kybella, which can dissolve excess fat that causes the “double chin” effect.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and concerned about your aging skin, give Vanguard Dermatology a call. Our board-certified dermatologists will assess your needs and point you to appropriate products and treatment.