THIS IS WHY I DON’T FOLLOW YOUNGER BEAUTY GURUS
Aging skin is very tricky to deal with when it comes to makeup application. And it’s why when it comes to makeup application I don’t follow younger beauty gurus. They offer great tips on application in general especially for younger skin. But on my aging skin I just can’t apply my makeup the way that they do it. At 53 I have to be very careful with how much makeup I wear and also how I apply it. If I’m not careful I just make myself look older and that’s not the goal.
I decided to follow along with another beauty guru and apply my makeup the way she does it. I chose this channel because in my YouTube search when I typed in how to contour and highlight her video was the first one in my feed. The point of doing this along with her and creating a video was to show what my face would look like applying makeup the same way on my skin.
I have so many women that have contacted me and asked me why there makeup doesn’t look like these younger ladies and I always have to remind them that they’re not that age. And if you apply your makeup in that manor you’ll just age yourself. Our skin changes as we age and because of that we have to adjust the way we apply it and how much we use.
I got sucked into the contour and highlight method several years ago when I was in my late 40’s. I was watching women much younger than me that said this is how you apply your everyday makeup. With that the videos would show how to contour, highlight, bake etc. Let’s talk about each one of these steps and I’ll tell you why I think it’s a bad idea for mature skin.
Contouring is when you add a darker shade and create shadows on your face. You do this to make your face look more slender and give it dimension. You can also add it to your nose to change the shape. On your forehead you can make it look smaller and on your jawline to define it.
Here’s what’s wrong with all of that. If you are under studio lights or on stage you can contour. You still have to be careful with mature skin. But under studio lights or on stage it can be done because the lights will filter some of that out so it’s not so harsh. In everyday lighting I don’t care how much you blend it you will see it and on aging skin especially it’s not going to look flattering.
A better idea is to add a bronzer to your face. This will also create dimension and a little bit of warmth to your face. Be easy as well when you apply it. And blend it well.
Baking is applying a lot of powder on the face and letting it sit and bake into the skin. This can be done all over or in specific areas. The baking makes the makeup melt together and stay on longer. This method was invented by drag queens to keep there makeup on. The problem with this for mature skin is that that powder is going to suck out any moisture you have in your skin. Especially if you do it under your eyes. If you have any lines, wrinkles, crepey skin, you just emphasized it!
Under eye Concealer/Highlighter
Under eye concealer is something that’s use to conceal discoloration under the eye area. But application is so important on mature skin. If you are applying a concealer as a highlighter and applying it in the triangle method on mature skin you’re applying way too much. This will settle in every single line you have making it more noticeable. Instead you only want to apply a concealer where you need it. Using very little and blending it well. I wouldn’t advice powdering it either because that will make it look dry and crepey as well.
Using a shimmer highlighter or bronzer all over the face is a no go for us mature ladies. If you have large pores, crepey skin, wrinkles this is only going to emphasize it. Adding a highlighter to the tip of the nose is going to draw attention to that as well so if you have a large nose congratulations you just drew more attention to it. Highlighting will draw attention to that area especially if it has a shimmer in it.
When I was younger I was always told to place my blush on the apples of my cheeks. But if I followed that advice now it would look like my cheeks fell. Because when you smile and apply a blush there when you’re not smiling that blush is now sitting at the lower part of your cheek making your face sag more. A better option is to apply it higher.
This is why I don’t follow younger beauty guru’s makeup advice. It just doesn’t work on aging skin. All of these tips are not going work on my aging skin. Watch THIS VIDEO and see me apply makeup with a beauty guru. You’ll see a close up of what it looks like compared to what it looks like when I apply it the way that works on mature skin.