How to Put On Makeup: Tips From an Expert

Mature Makeup

When you look at the makeup trends on social media today, it can be a bit daunting. All of the caked-on foundation and huge brows that can look a bit clown-like can be interesting, to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, I love drag queens as much as the next person, but I do not make it a habit to imitate their makeup on a daily basis (such as seems the norm these days amongst the younger crowd). In fact, I make it a point to do the opposite, and that’s what we will do today!

We will look into some makeup hacks for putting on makeup that will help mature women ditch some of these fads that could be holding them back from their true beauty. Let’s embrace our age and find out what works the best.

1. A Good Canvas Does so Much

As we get older, our skin does not hold onto hydration like it did when we were younger. That, combined with the effects from the sun, environment, gravity, and everything in between, causes our skin to need all the help it can get.

Be a Moisturizing Mama

When you wake up and before you go to bed, moisturize and even bring a face mask into your weekly routine. Have you tried introducing an oil? Tata Harper has a lightweight, youth-giving face oil that targets visible signs of aging to reveal balanced, radiant-looking skin. This oil is the best for fine lines and wrinkles or uneven for your skin texture.

Retinoic Nutrient Face OilRetinoic Nutrient Face Oil, $132


Protect Your Fabulosity

Sunscreen is extremely important when it comes to skincare. Sometimes using a foundation with built-in sunscreen isn’t enough, so consider adding a layer of sunblock before your foundation or mixing it in with your foundation before applying. Make sure you also apply it to forgotten areas like your neck, chest, and ears.

My personal favorite pre-makeup sunscreen is Isdin. This sunscreen has DNA Repairsomes™ and antioxidants that prevent actinic damage. It is high in UVB and UVA, both of which prevent sunburn. You can help stop your skin from showing visible signs of actinic damage caused by the sun, which will promote healthy skin. The ultra-light emulsion goes on evenly and is instantly absorbed and then forms a protective smart pro-shield.

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+, $49.99

2. Building a Good Foundation

Finding the right foundation is so important. The last thing you want is a cakey, heavy foundation. Try something nice and sheer that has a little bit of a glow to it. When you put this on after moisturizing, it will make your skin look dewy and youthful.

Also, applying with your fingers or even a fun Buff Blend brush can really help warm up the foundation and work it into the skin, giving it an even more natural and beautiful finish.

Huda Beauty Buff Blend Brush

Huda Beauty Buff Blend Brush, $25

Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is perfect for layering until you reach the intensity of coverage you feel comfortable with while still giving a lightweight feel.

Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup, $43

Also, Dior’s foundation innovates and broadens its nude makeup expertise with Diorskin Nude Air. It is a weightless, ultra-fluid serum foundation that is light and beneficial because it gives you an enhanced complexion with sheer correction.

Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation

Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation, $53

3. Focus on Your Eyes Without Overdoing Them

It’s easy to get carried away with eye shadows and liners, but sometimes that can have an aging effect on top of looking muddy and heavy.

  • Stick to lighter eyeshadows and compliment your eye color and make them pop! Taupes with warmer undertones are lovely for people with green and blue eyes. For brown and darker eyes, almost everything is fun, and you can try peaches and lighter, cooler neutrals.


Quad Eyeshadow, $52

  • Also, using a pencil liner on the upper lid and smudging it with a small angled liner brush can really help smooth out the line. Blend it to give it a soft feel.

Double Wear Eye LinerDouble Wear Eye Liner, $28

  • Steer clear of using any liner underneath your lower lash line. This can really look heavy and close off your eyes. Maybe try a shadow and blend it out a little bit in the outer edges for a similar look that is still intense but a bit less harsh.
  • Find a good black mascara to give you some great lashes. Thrive Causemetics  Liquid Lash extensions mascara instantly creates the look of lash extensions with this groundbreaking mascara powered by technology that won’t clump, flake, or smear.

Liquid Lash Extensions MascaraLiquid Lash Extensions Mascara, $38.90

  • Also, don’t be afraid to give those lashes a little curl. Just do it a few times a week, as every day can be bad for the roots. Start with the curler closest to the roots and hold for a few seconds, then move to the middle and then the tips. When you hit each section for a little bit, the entire lash gets a boost!

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $22

4. Get Some Color!

Selecting the right blush can be tricky. The best way to go is the cream route so that everything stays longer and looks fresh. Working with powder blushes and foundations can really look heavy and settle into pores.

If you are having a hard time transitioning and are used to powder, there are some lovely cream to powder blushes like L’oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush which instantly erases lines and wrinkles and smooths skin. Steer clear of the darker tones and go for the pinks and peaches for a natural and fun flush!

L'Oreal Lift Blur Blush

L’oreal Lift Blur Blush, $27.68

If you want to add a luxurious liquid makeup that gives your skin a flawless finish and broad-spectrum protection, NARS is the blush for you!

NARS The Multiple, Orgasm

NARS The Multiple, Orgasm, $38

5. Lips Up Ladies

When we age we lose our lips in the process, so ditch those super vampy dark matte liquid lip colors. They make your mouth look small, and the dry texture isn’t helping at all.

The trick is to take a lip liner that is your lip tone or a hint darker and overline your lips (just a teensy bit!). Next, fill them in with the lip color and then finish with a pop of gloss on top and your lips will feel and look bigger. Reflecting that shine really gives the impression of a fuller lip. If you love your lipsticks, go for a fun red, pink, or even neutral color.

The cooler pinky-neutrals are all the rage right now, with options like Charlotte Tilbury’s Liv It Up lipstick, which is a moisturizing, hydrating formula to give you kissably soft lips.

Charlotte Tilbury's Liv It Up lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury’s Liv It Up lipstick, $34

Bare Mineral’s Radiant Lipstick glides on like butter and provides medium, buildable lip coverage with a rich, creamy texture and radiant shine.

Bare Mineral's Radiant Lipstick

Bare Mineral’s Radiant Lipstick, $16

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