Anti-aging makeup: my pro secrets for flawless skin

Flaw- and ageless skin

“Is it really possible to look fresher and younger through makeup?” This is a question people ask me all the time. So here my thoughts…

When it comes to anti-aging makeup, the first thing to do is actually to let go of makeup. It’s the too much makeup, and of course the wrong products, which will add years rather than make you look younger.

Heavy foundation, dry concealer textures, dull colors, iridescent colors, all these products should be thrown out of your makeup bag. What you should be aiming for is a very precise and minimalist approach, using lightweight and efficient products.

Foundation, light as a feather

When it comes to foundation, lightweight is what you should be looking for. Smoothening and blurring, thereby hiding widened pores and small wrinkles. Avoid dry and heavy textures, which will look like a mask.
There are new, high-tech textures, which will give light coverage without looking heavy. Among my favorites: Chantecaille Future Skin, La Prairie Skin Caviar (pricey but worth the investment). Also, the great classic MAC Face&Body Foundation which smoothens and softens and is also hydrating.

Having tracked down the right texture, you still need to find the perfect color. Here my advice on how to go about it…

These fluid textures are best applied using a soft sponge, like the Beauty Blender, for a super soft and subtle finish. Or else with your fingers, thereby warming up the product to buff it even more invisibly. In both cases you start application in the center of your face (nose and surroundings), to then spread the product towards the sides.

Masking your imperfections without creating a “mask effect”

The above mentioned lightweight foundations might not cover all age and other spots and imperfections. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage will hide them effectively, in Photoshop style. It’s super fine texture makes this star product almost undetectable.

Lighten up your under eye area

Almost every woman worries about dark circles under her eyes. Above 30-35 years you have to be even more picky in your choice of concealer, as so many of them are quite dry and may create a “wrinkled” effect. Others will run and settle in the little folds around the eyes, making them stan out even more.
One of my favorite under eye corrector, the Point Cealer by Shu Uemura combines a super fine texture with an astonishing capacity to cover. Too bad only, this incredible product comes in only 4 colors, alle of them rather light.
A very good alternative, existing in 12 colors, is Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer. (As a matter of fact, I like quite all of the face products of this brand.)

Apply both of these products very precisely and in tiny amounts, to not make them show.

And what about eye makeup?

Which are the most flattering colors and most lightweight textures, the best techniques for a long lasting look? More advice, tips and tricks here, in my article on mature eye makeup.

And finally, some makeup mistakes you should avoid…

Sad and torn features, dry skin, wrinkly lips… sometimes makeup can do more harm than good. Here my list of the most common mature makeup mistakes, and how to avoid them.

Or, better still, come and see me for a Beauty Coaching, a customized makeup class. We’ll find the products and techniques best suited for you and your style and answer all your beauty questions. I’ll be happy to meet you!

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