This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
A beautiful complexion is your biggest asset; it’s an accessory in itself. Beauty trends come and go, but flawless skin is in every season, every year – we’re talking dewy, fresh and natural. Yet it’s easy to get stuck in a time warp, wearing foundation that looks like, well, foundation. It’s almost a century since Max Factor and Elizabeth Arden took pancake make-up from the (silent) silver screen and sold it to shopgirls. Today a cakey, powdery base can make even the prettiest woman look like a drag queen – and certainly far older than her age. The solution? Take advantage of technology, and look for foundation that contains light-reflecting properties. Trial different brands at the department store beauty counters. Bases that promise to make your skin ‘dewy’ or ‘luminous’ contain particles that bounce light off, creating the illusion of a fresh, smooth surface.
Your skin becomes drier with age and your make-up must allow for this. Rather than using a regular foundation (which can be too matte), consider tinted moisturisers or moisturising foundations. There are products out there that multi-task beautifully: moisturiser, light foundation or face tint, and sunscreen, all in one! There is a whole industry competing for the older woman’s complexion – which means there are many new products containing anti-aging and light-reflecting ingredients.
Here’s an idea!
Apply a creamy concealer that’s about two shades lighter than your skin tone on dark eye circles. This instantly makes you look more rested and youthful.
Other than the suggestion of using a tinted moisturizer as a foundation (I wouldn’t), I totally agree with what Pamela says. I left it a little late in life to put time and effort into skin care. I dabbled in it throughout my life, trying a variety of different products. Ultimately though I never stuck to anything and resented the expense of it all.
Nowadays I see the value in good skin care and want to conserve and protect while I can! I’ve discovered the WomanOil8 Australia products and of course I love them so much (I use the Gorgeous Woman Skin Care range) that I not only use them but I sell them as well (here if you’re interested). They’re 100% natural plant-based oils. Once you start me talking about them, it’s very hard for me to stop so I won’t say anymore except that my skin has never, ever felt so beautifully hydrated, nourished and glowing as what it does now, at the age of 54!
As for make up, I think I could do better. I agree that we need to avoid thick, cakey, matt foundations. We need dewy and luminescent! We want a product that will cover the blotchy, pigmented elements of our skin and even out our skin tone, but we want to still have a lovely healthy, natural glow! Also, as we get older, the less is more mantra becomes more and more relevant to us!
I’m sure you’ve heard that our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs all that goes on it straight into our bloodstreams. With this in mind, I believe it is very important to avoid makeup (and skin care) that is full of chemicals and toxic substances that are bad for us. 100% natural ingredients is what we should be looking for.
I like the foundations I use but I have my eye on another range at the moment that I believe would be a better partner for my skin care products and me. I use 100% natural and nourishing products on my skin as part of my skin care regime and I want the same from my makeup. I believe I may have found the range for me. I’ll share more about this range and what I think of it once I’ve tried it, and if I’m happy with it.
Have you got a favourite make-up brand? Is it doing you favours or do you think you might need to revise your choice? Are you team ‘dewy & luminescent’ or team ‘matte’?
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