makeup looks 6 Pro Tips for Applying Makeup On Mature Skin

A great makeup look doesn’t have an age limit.

April 18, 2022
Makeup Tips For Aging Skin


Making your skin look amazing at any age doesn’t have to stop with a great skin care routine — although it’s certainly important. When you’re a makeup lover, what comes after you apply your skin care matters, too. 

 

If you think that achieving a gorgeous, glowing makeup look is for the youth, think again. A fabulous face of makeup and a radiant complexion is possible at any age — you just have to take product choices and application techniques into consideration. 

 

If you’re ready to master makeup application on your mature skin, keep reading because we consulted with Sir John, L’Oréal Paris expert and celebrity makeup artist, to share his tips on perfecting makeup for people 50 and older. 

 

1. Less Is More On the Eyes

As you age, it’s common to see wrinkles and sagging skin in the eye area. Because of this, using dark makeup near the eyes only accentuates signs of aging. 

 

Sir John says, skip mascara and eyeliner on the bottom lash line. It is a great way to make the eyes look more open than if you were to use a deep liner, which could make them appear closed off. 

 

2. Opt for Brown Eyeliner Over Black

Brown eyeliner is great for creating soft makeup looks, and it’s an excellent choice for people with mature skin. 

 

“Black liner weighs the eye down instead of lifting it,” says Sir John. Instead, he recommends using brown eyeliner.


The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Satin Glide Eyeliner with Mineral Pigments in Brown is a great choice because it has a smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t tug at the eyes. It’s also a waterproof formula that’s suitable for sensitive eyes. 

 

3. Use Eyeliner to Elongate Your Eyes 

While Sir John is a fan of skipping eyeliner on the bottom lash line, he explains that it can be a powerful tool to create the illusion of bigger, more wide awake eyes when used properly on the upper lash line. 

 

“Don’t be afraid to elongate the eyes,” he says. “Draw the liner on a bit longer [at your outer corners] to accentuate your eye shape.” An effective way to create the appearance of elongated eyes is to create winged eyeliner

 

4. Be Careful What Moisturizer You Use When Wearing Foundation

While opting for rich, deeply hydrating moisturizers is great for mature skin, be careful about using super heavy creams when you’ll be wearing foundation on top. 

 

“Make sure that your moisturizer doesn’t change the texture of your foundation,” says Sir John. “Oftentimes, really emollient moisturizers will make your foundation pill or run.”

 

A great moisturizer to layer under makeup is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30. It’s a deeply hydrating pick that isn’t heavy or greasy — and it contains SPF protection which is essential for all skin types, especially mature skin. Not to mention it’s formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and pro-retinol to address fine lines and wrinkles.

 

On top, use a hydrating foundation formula that can be built up for more coverage as needed, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation. It’s a creamy, balm-like formula that evens out the complexion in a natural-looking way and feels comfortable on the skin throughout the day. 

5. Blend Your Foundation With a Makeup Sponge

“I’m a huge fan of makeup sponges because you want to make sure that nothing settles in certain lines — that nothing accentuates fine lines, wrinkles or texture,” Sir John explains. 


Sponges, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, are great for soaking up excess product to ensure your skin doesn’t look cakey. Plus, using one is a foolproof way to achieve a streak-free foundation application. 

 

6. Don’t Skimp Out On Blush

The beauty community has been singing the praises of blush for the last year or two, and for good reason. Blush is highly effective for giving the face dimension and vibrancy — and Sir John agrees. 


“Blush is key because it brings your face a liveliness — it makes you look like you’re taking care of yourself,” says Sir John. 


If you prefer a sheer, liquid blush formula that can be built up, you’ll love the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint. It has a gel-like texture that blends into the skin effortlessly, and it provides just the right amount of subtle color. 


For powder blush, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil. It’s a soft, powder formula that’s easy to blend onto the skin with a fluffy blush brush. It also contains fine shimmer particles that give the complexion a gorgeous, natural-looking glow.


Next: How to Use the Age Perfect Tinted Balm on Different Skin Types


Written by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn