Like merlot wine and fancy cheese, we just get better as we age. A few things that make getting older so beautiful are that you feel more comfortable in your own skin, could care less what people think, and don’t waste waste your energy on drama.
That being said, our skin changes as we age, so we tweak our skincare routines accordingly to treat these new needs, and the same goes for makeup. While we’re advocates of wearing whatever makeup you feel like at any age, you wouldn’t use the same makeup products that you did in middle school, so why apply your makeup the exact same way once you’re over 40?
The reality is that when we talk about wearing makeup, it’s often in relation to skin that’s plump and tight. While mature skin is still commonly, and wrongfully, left out of the picture due to dated social constructs that young equals beautiful — it’s far from the truth.
That’s why we turned to two celebrity makeup artists for their makeup tips and tricks for women over 40 who want to continue to celebrate their natural beauty.
Tip #1: Don’t Skip on Skin Prep
“Great skin prep is particularly important for women over 40, both in the evening and in the morning, before applying makeup,” says Fulvia Farolfi, a Chanel makeup artist who has worked with stars such as Victoria Beckham and Christy Turlington. “Dry skin will result in the foundation looking chalky, or too oily, if using the wrong products.”