There are countless guides and tutorials for how young people can pull of the ‘no make-up’ make-up trend, but what about the older generation? It’s easy to forget that mature ladies would also like to look fresh faced and not caked in cosmetics.
Women of all ages can achieve a natural, youthful look with the right approach, and we’ve gathered some expert advice on how to get this later in life.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone of Perricone MD has advice that will flatter skin of any age. And to start with, the skincare expert discusses foundation.
“Apply the majority of your foundation in the centre of your face, under the eyes and around the nose and mouth, blending out towards the planes of the cheeks, forehead and chin,” he told Cover Media. “This will help concentrate the most product around the areas of the face where many of us have dark circles and redness, which require the most coverage.”
When it comes to what type of cover to use Dr. Perricone is against dense liquids, as while heavy foundations are often suggested for mature skin to hide lines, they’re packed full of oil.
“I prefer to steer my clients clear of such products, as I find they exacerbate acne and further clog congested pores, which makes skin appear less radiant,” he added. “Also, be careful not to confuse what may be make-up-related breakouts with hormonal acne.”
Although he recommends avoiding oil-based make-up, the expert does stress the importance of SPF to protect complexions from the sun – especially in the midst of the warmer months. He also reassures older ladies that oil-free products aren’t automatically dehydrating and that some ingredients, like sodium hyaluronate, are known to draw in moisture from the air to keep skin nourished.
And for people who need extra fluids, Dr. Perricone suggests adding a few drops of omega-3-rich oil to their face before applying cosmetics to create a glow. But don’t go reaching for any harsh scrubs or abrasive wash pads as he warns this can cause “age-accelerating inflammation”.
Helen Venables, managing director of House of Colour, also shared her knowledge, and pointed out that even the shades of clothes we wear can make a difference to our appearance.
“The wrong colours can wash you out as you age so choose clothes, scarves and accessories worn close to your face in a colour that really suits you,” she explained. “The older we get the brighter we need to go – disappearing into soft colours just makes us look older.”
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