Just like everything in life, with ageing come changes. The same way one, involuntarily, changes perception over certain matters one needs to change the skincare and makeup routine as well. Perception if often unintentional whereas skincare/makeup change must be done voluntarily. Some might not see it as a necessity but I think it’s a phase that every woman should go through.
You always must pay attention to your complexion and what it needs and you must adapt your routine accordingly. Depending on your complexion’s particularities you must adapt your makeup products as well. I’ll tell you, step by step, what I changed over the years and you can see if any of my experiences apply to you.
Did you have a favourite product for years and years and suddenly realised you don’t like it anymore? That does not mean the product changed its properties. It might just have to do with the natural process of getting older. A more mature skin is different than a young one. As time goes by you need to start looking for different things when you buy cosmetics, wheter it’s skin care or makeup.
Foundation changes due to ageing
When I was younger I had mixed skin. My T-zone was really oily and the rest of the face was ok. I was able to use a mattifying foundation and it looked good on all my face, not just the T area. These days my skin is a lot drier than it used to be and using a mattifying foundation is a big no-no.
For example, I used to love L’Oreals Infallible foundation but I noticed that it was looking cakey on my face. I tried my best to hold on to it. I tried to change the primer, use a different moisturizer, apply it with different tools. No matter what I tool I used to apply it with (sponge, brush, fingers) it still looks cakey and it accentuates really badly the wrinkles and the dry patches on my face.
After about a month of trying even a different foundation, I realised that the issue was not the foundation. My skin necessities have changed. I started looking for things that have “illuminate” and “glow” among the promises a foundation has on their packaging. They look way better on my face even if I need some touch ups during the day. I have to admit that the Rimmel Wake me Up Foundation does not stay on my face all day long but I ok with that. My face still looks ok even after about 4 hours when it starts wearing off.
Powder changes due to ageing
I have to admit: I always loved full coverage everything on my face. It made perfect sense to me to use a pigmented powder as it had some coverage as well. Not much, but in my mind, that was better than nothing. Now that I think of it, my T-zone was not excessively oily during the day. If I used a matte foundation in most cases was sufficient. That did not stop me from using powder as it made me feel more secure about not becoming a disco ball.
But as I was getting closer to 30 I realised that I liked powder a lot less. I started paying more attention when applying because it became increasingly easy to overdo it. It started setting in my wrinkles, having the opposite effect of what I wanted it to do for me. The conclusion I reached is simple: less is more. I no longer use pigmentated powder as it’s too obvious on the face. The translucent one is my friend now. I must be extra careful not to overdo it, just like the pigmented one.
You might ask me: why do you still use powder in this case? Well, as I mentioned in the foundation part of this story, the “glowy” foundation don’t stay put as easily as the matte ones. They look great on my face but they fade a lot sooner if they are not set with powder.
Face concealer changes due to ageing
I try to avoid using it because most of them badly accentuate dry skin. If I really have to use it, I choose one as creamy as possible and it doesn’t have to cover everything. I want my face to look better not to wear a mask. Instead, I started using a green primer to better hide the redness.
Dark circles concealer changes due to ageing
There are days when I am so sleep deprived that I look like a racoon. Therefore, a high coverage concealer is a must. Applying it now takes as much as making the perfect winged/symmetric line used to. That is because I have fine lines and every concealer I tried accentuates them, creases and it looks cakey.
I haven’t changed anything in this department.
Lipstick changes due to ageing
Until I turned 30 I hardly used lipstick. In fact, I only had 1 lipstick that I used regularly for about a year and then it was discontinued. After 30 I became more and more interested in lipsticks and now I have quite a few. Nothing crazy though; I have about 10. This was not a necessity. It happened because the time that I could afford to allocate to my makeup routine was reduced drastically. Also, I have days when my dark circles are just horrible. I can’t fully cover them so I need to distract the attention from that area. What better way to do that than with a colorful lipstick?
As time went by the makeup lost its importance and as the self-confidence went up I felt less motivated to do elaborate makeup on a daily basis. On the downside, that means that nowadays if I want to do a full makeup it takes forever and it’s hardly ever what I intended.
My advice for everybody is this: experiment. It’s the best way to find out what looks good on you and what type of products are the best fit. Also, try different brushes and sponges to see what improves the way the products look on your face. While trying to find before and after photos for this article I realized one thing: my makeup looks the same but I changed the products to get those same results.
What are the changes that you made in your makeup routine over the years? What have you discovered as time went by? Is there any area that skipped my mind and you want to know more about?
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