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Make Up Application for Mature Skin

Your Skin Comes First
The first rule to makeup is to make sure your skin is in tip-top condition. The better your skin, the less makeup you’ll need. If you keep your skin well-hydrated and exfoliated and you may be able to get away with little more than under-eye concealer, mascara and lip balm every day.

The Secret Lip Plumper
You may notice that as you get older, your lips seem thinner. To plump them up, I recommend lip gloss. Add a little colour first by filling in lips with a lipstick a shade or 2 darker than your natural lip colour, then add a dab of gloss on top and that is how you get instant plump lips !

Wedding & Portrait Photographers Ebony & Pearl Photography , Wedding & Portrait Photographers Ebony & Pearl PhotographyStay Away From Dark Lipsticks
Unless you have dark skin and plump lips, I recommend staying away from super dark lipstick, which ages everyone. Rosy reds and pinks are better bets. Choose colours that are natural shades, anything too artificial will age the lips.

Use Eye Pencils Instead of Liquid Liners
Eye pencils are softer than liquid liners, which can be harsh on aging eyes. To soften the line even more, smudge it with your fingers or use an angled makeup brush dipped in dark shadow as smudged eyeliner. Don’t line the inside of the eye if you have small eyes, it makes the eye appear smaller.

Make Your Eyes the Centre of Attention
Consider making your eyes the focal point of your face. This will detract attention from any fine lines or wrinkles. Enhance your eye colour with eye shadow shades that will make your eyes pop. Avoid choosing dark colours for mature skin, always choose light flattering colours. Taupe’s, light browns/golds, light pinks/peaches, creams and neutral shades work best.

The Brilliance behind Highlighter and Illuminators
I swear by highlighters to “lift” the face and instantly shave off a few years. There are many brands on the market that work well. They are great for getting rid of dark circles and highlighting the areas you want to show off! Liquid highlighters work best on mature skin.

photo3Don’t Overdo Your Makeup
Less is more when it comes to makeup for mature skin. You don’t want to pile on the foundation, the eyeliner and the heavy lipstick. Instead, you want to use highlighter pens, tinted moisturizers and a lighter touch with the shadow and lipstick.

Wearing too much of anything once your skin starts to age can make you look far older as the make-up sinks into the fine lines and wrinkles. So always think ‘less is more’!

Add a Pop of Blush to Your Cheeks
Too many women use blush incorrectly or not at all. A pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks can brighten a dull complexion. But the trick is to blend it well so it’s not obvious you’re wearing blush.

Use Creams Instead of Powders
Older women tend to have dry skin so using the correct make up can help the skin look dewy and at its best. Choosing creamy foundations and blushes work best on mature skin.

Eyeliner for mature skin

Eyebrow pencil is a great make up tool, define them well to capture the shape of your eyebrows. The older we get the more hair we lose, especially our eyebrows and eyelashes so a way to help this situation is A well-shaped eye brow and this can take away years. Try applying mascara to upper lashes only, to open the eyes and give a fresh look.

Luscious Red Lips for Valentine’s Day

Pucker Up: Tired of trying soooo many shades of red lipstick but still never getting the one that works for you? You can listen to rules about overpowering colours and undertones of pinks or oranges/hints of this and that etc…..well, take it from this MUA: there are NO rules to Red Lipstick!! There are boring guidelines though……

You can actually wear whatever red lipstick you want to. What you do want to take note of is whether you are looking for your red lipstick to work in ‘harmony’ with your skin type OR if you are looking to create a ‘statement’ with your look.

How to choosing your Red Lippy to go with your skin type

photo 2Fair Skin

Coral-y reds look most beautiful on you; they add a shot of colour but aren’t overpowering.For the bold look opt for a fiery red hot lip

Shades for Fair Skin/ Coral Red Shades:

  • Maybelline Stay with me Coral
  • Nars Beautiful Liar
  • MAC creamsheen Crosswires

Fiery reds:

  • MAC Lady Danger

Medium Skin

photo 3Anything from true red to pinky undertone red shades will work well with your golden undertones. Going for the fierce look try cranberry reds!

Shades for Medium Skin/ Pinky Red Shades:

  • Maybellines colour Sensational Lip-colour ‘Are you in    the red-dy’
  • MAC Ronnie Red
  • L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Mat Lipstick-Raspberry Syrup

Fierce red:

  • Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick-Cranberry

photo 4Dark Skin

Stick with deep, rich colours like burgundy or blackberry. For a head turning look, choose warm red brick shades for a pop of colour!

Shades for Dark Skin/ Berry Red Shades:

  • Rimmel London Matte Finish Lipstick 107
  • MAC Rebel
  • Revlon ‘Burgundy Red’

Head turning:

  • Nars Heatwave

photo 5All skin types

You can choose a true red which is universal to all skin types & colours ! These shades of lipstick have undertones of blue & in my personal opinion are by far the most FABulous on everyone ! STATEMENT !

Shades for Every Skin Type / True Reds:

  • Maybelline ‘On Fire Red’
  • MAC Ruby Woo
  • Make Up Forever Rouge Natural N45

For Harmony & Statement looks below is a handy guideline:


Whatever you get up to this Valentine’s Day, make sure you chose a suitable lippy to match your skin tone and your date!

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

– Coco Chanel