Makeup looks for mature skin

It’s no secret that over time our complexion changes form. But, while it’s common nature to seek out hard-working skincare formulas to combat the loss of elasticity, strength and pigmentation – what about the beauty kit? Featuring a natural daytime look and a striking evening look, our video tutorials will show you how to master makeup for mature skin.

By Day: Natural Makeup for Mature Skin

Perfect for when you’re running errands or heading for a coffee with friends, this natural look will add luminosity to your skin. Cue the compliments!

What Will I Need to Achieve this Natural Look?

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Step 1 – Prep the base  

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Step 2 – Curl lashes & smudge eyeliner

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Apply a thin layer of primer all over the face and neck, massaging in with circular motions using your fingertips. Next, apply a CC cream using a flat bristle brush. Opting for a CC cream over foundation will mean you’ll have good coverage without any cakey residue.

Use a concealer stick to hide any age spots, blemishes or dark circles. Gently dab on any problem areas and blend with your fingertips.  

Take your trusty eyelash curlers and pump a couple of times on each eye to give the lashes a little lift in volume.

Use a soft pencil eyeliner (a slightly blunt nib is better than super sharp!) and draw close to the upper lash line. Blend this in using an eyeshadow brush. Repeat the step just under the lower lash line.

Step 3 – Use gel to set brows 

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Opt for a brow gel with a subtle tint and brush through brows to create definition. This will also set them into place and stop any pesky hairs along the brow arch from dropping down.

Step 4 – Apply colour to lips & cheeks

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Using a savvy two-in-one beauty hero (cheek and lip tint) dab colour on to lips using your fingertip. Then apply the same colour along your cheekbone, dabbing to blend.

By Night : Smokey Eye Makeup for Mature Skin

If you’ve sworn by a smokey eye for decades, there’s no reason to stop when you hit your ‘demure’ years. This rendition of the classic night out look is as edgy as it is sophisticated.

What Will I need to Achieve this Smokey Eye look?

  • Hydrating mist
  • Primer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Eyelid primer
  • Concealer (optional)
  • Gunmetal crayon eyeshadow
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Step 1a – Prep skin with a spritz & primer

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To add a dewy glow to the skin, we’re starting with a spritz of hydrating mist. Hold the product at arm’s length so it lightly coats the skin rather than a direct, watery spray.

Next apply primer all over the face with a flat bristle brush.

Step 1b – Apply foundation & primer

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Apply foundation all over the face. We’ve used a hydrating liquid foundation for added radiance, but you can use a matte finish if you prefer.

Coat eyelids with a targeted primer, as this will cling on to the eyeshadow pigment for a more dramatic, long-lasting look. Go over any age spots/pigmentation/blemishes with a concealer to ensure your base is as flawless as can be.

Step 2a – Curl lashes & apply eyeshadow

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Line up your eyelash curler near the root of your lashes and pump a couple of times for added lift. Repeat on your other eye.

Then take a gunmetal-hued eyeshadow crayon and apply over your eyelids, blending with a brush or your fingertips. Smudge the colour under the eye too, to add definition.

Step 2b – Add more colour to the eyes

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Continue building on the smokey eye look but blending a lighter gold metallic eyeshadow into the inner corners of the eye. Next, take a dark brown eyeliner and gently draw a line close to the upper lash line.

Don’t build up a defined eye, simply draw on and smudge out with a brush to blend into the rest of the look. You can take this down to the lower lash line too for added wow. Finish with a coat of mascara.

Step 3 – Pencil in brows

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Add shape and definition to your brows in a natural (not dramatic!) way with a little help from a brow pencil. Pick a colour that’s a shade darker than your brow colour and apply in short strokes. Use a spooly brush to blend and set hairs into place.

Step 4 – Add a slick of lippie to finish

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Line lips using a nude lip liner and apply a slick of pink/nude lippie. This complements the metallic tones used on the eyes as it doesn’t dominant the look, but adds a warm tint.  

Step 5 – Apply cheek tint

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Using a pink-hued blusher, apply to the cheekbones and blend out with a sponge or your fingertips. We’ve used a stick blusher for added ease – it’s also perfect for top-ups on the go.

Step 6 – Set with powder

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To avoid any shiny spots throughout the night, gently brush on translucent setting powder paying particular attention to the chin, nose and forehead.