Makeup for Aging Skin: How to Stop Caking
Wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines, whatever you choose to call them, no one wants them to be the first thing that’s noticed about their appearance. Or even the second. We use makeup to enhance our good features, and sometimes to appear more youthful and beautiful. But one of the most exasperating things that can happen is to glance into a mirror in the middle of a busy day only to discover that the perfectly made-up face we left home with has become a horror show. Well, maybe we don’t exactly look like the crypt keeper, but it’s certainly true that makeup can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, and can become caked under our eyes, making us not only look our age but often a decade older. So how do we keep our makeup from settling into lines and wrinkles?
How to Properly Prep Mature Skin for foundation application
When skin is dehydrated it’s likely to be layered with dead skin cells. These dead cells can cause makeup which starts out smooth to end up looking flaky and cakey. Foundation will cling to these tiny particles instead of blending into the skin. When skin isn’t properly moisturized, it will quickly absorb the moisture in foundation and leave the pigment behind, resulting in a cakey look instead of the smooth look we saw in the mirror immediately after application.
It’s important to keep older skin exfoliated and moisturized. It’s a good idea to start the morning with a light moisturizer. Stay away from heavy or greasy moisturizers that can interfere with the texture of foundation or cause streaky application. Pay special attention to the under-eye area when applying moisturizer.
If moisture isn’t enough to prevent makeup from caking or settling into lines, a primer is the next step. Primers are generally a cream, liquid, or gel base that is formulated to be nourishing to your skin while also leaving a smoother surface for your foundation to adhere to. Primers fill in fine lines and large pores so foundation can’t sink into them. It keeps a barrier between the skin and foundation to help seal in hydration. Primers help to keep foundation from moving into expression lines as you go through your day so makeup is longer lasting.
How to Sponge Apply Foundation Over Fine Lines and Wrinkles
While many people use their fingers to apply makeup, the oils from your fingers can interfere with the integrity of your foundation, not to mention that they can add bacteria to your skin that will then be glued to your face all day via your makeup. A sponge will allow a smooth, even finish that can’t be achieved with fingers alone. If you do choose to use your fingers or a brush, you can still do a final blend with a sponge to ensure the smoothest finish.
Does Concealer make wrinkles and crow's feet look worse?
The concealer dilemma is another choice that mature women face each morning. On one hand, we love the way it hides the dark circles beneath our eyes and makes us look years younger, but on the other hand, we know that the minute we smile or use any expression, the concealer will begin to migrate into the lines around our eyes and accentuate flaws and wrinkles. So we have to choose: less under-eye baggage, and more wrinkles? Or fewer wrinkles and tired-looking dark shadows?
The first rule of thumb for using concealer as a mature woman is to use it last, on top of foundation and not below. While older style concealers were thick and stayed put under layers of makeup, newer concealers are thinner and do better as a top layer.
Another important concealer rule is not to try to cover crow’s feet on the outer edge of the eyes with concealer. Concealer is for covering discoloration such as shadows or blemishes, not wrinkles. A concealer over wrinkles will only accentuate them. Instead, blend your concealer from the inside of your inner eye down along the under-eye circle with a dry sponge.
Finally, go light with the powder finish. As you age you’ll notice that powder settles into fine lines and creases and accentuates them. If you use powder as a mature woman, use just the lightest dusting over your nose and t-zone.
When we get older there’s no denying that our skin changes in its appearance and needs. It’s important to learn how to change our methods of makeup application in order to get the best possible results and enhancement of our new, more mature beauty.