How To Apply Makeup On Mature Skin- Featuring My Mom !

I know right now we’re winding down Father’s Day but my dad would definitely never let me put makeup on him so I’m doing a post about my mother regardless of the holiday. I recently did my mom’s makeup because she was being featured in a medical documentary with the new specialist that has taken her on as a patient, and she asked for my help to make her look camera ready.


Isn’t she cute?

There is one word to keep in mind when applying makeup to older skin: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. As you age, your skin has a harder time retaining moisture, thus making it common for foundation to appear cakey on the face. Priming is also a very important step to help the foundation apply smoothly over wrinkles. For this, I used Advanced Clinicals Retinol Advanced Firming Cream.


Next, I used drops of Mon Amie Aloe + Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum to mix in with the foundations. I believe I showed this product in my recent skincare blog post.


I combined two foundations for my mom- Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation and Diorskin Forever foundation. Usually, when I mix foundations I will stir them together on the back of my hand, but for mature skin it is important to apply thin layers and gradually build. I started by building up The Healthy Foundation, and then applying sheer layers of the Dior foundation over top to get better coverage without caking it on or making it appear to thick.


I used a wet makeup sponge for this.

I forgot to mention that before I applied the foundation I used some orange concealer from Nyx under my mother’s eyes and on some of her dark age spots. In my post about color correcting, I explained that orange concealer will help cancel out the purple tones of under eye bags and age spots (my mom was very hell bent on my covering up her dark circles as best I could.)

One of my favorite features on my mom is her cheekbones, so I chose Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso to highlight them and make them stand out. This shade is a very sheer pink with light reflecting properties. Since my mom wanted a natural look, I figured this would work as a natural looking flush of color with a subtle highlight built in.

To finish off her face, I sprayed her with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist.


For her eyes, I didn’t use much for shadow except a warm light brown with orange tones, and then a deeper brown hugging her lash line to make her lashes appear thicker. Mature eyelids look best with lighter, matte shades because they are less likely to crease into any wrinkles. There also tends to be darker discoloration, so a darker smokey shadow would make her appear more aged and tired. If you want to do a smokey eye on mature lids, it’s best to use any dark discoloration as a base and compliment it with warmer toned shadows rather that cool tones. For example, a red brown in the crease or outer V rather than a gray brown or purple.

Last but not least, I put some of Younique’s Moodstruck Mascara on her lashes ( , go check it out 🙂 ) to open up her eyes even more, and she was done and ready to go be a documentary star ! ❤

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