Nabbing smooth, dewy foundation is a task at any age, but when you throw things like fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin into the equation (rude), it all gets a WEE BIT HARD.
Look, there are some outstanding formulations out there for mature skin (hydrating! lightweight! won't tell fibs!), but more often than not they can all end up looking a little... meh on your skin. You know?
The foundation that was supposed to help enhance your complexion, ends up just hanging out in your fine lines, playing cards and smoking ciggies. Sigh.
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But, you guys. What if it wasn't the foundation? What if it was something as simple as the way you've been applying it?
Because there are some Rather Easy Things you can forget to do when it comes to slapping foundation on your face. And these things might just be the difference between lovely healthy looking skin, and stage paint that looks like it was applied by a four-year-old in the dark.
So, you know what we did? We've asked celebrity makeup artist Michael Brown to give us some of his top tips on the best things you can do when it comes to applying foundation in your 40s and above.
Tip #1: Moisturise.
Obviously! We hear you say. But are you actually doing it? Didn't think so.
Before going gung-ho with foundation, prepping your skin properly is KEY - no matter how old you are. So, we recommend always starting with a moisturiser (one that's hydrating but not greasy and slippy).
"Skin prep is so important for any skin type and age bracket, but even more so for mature skin, especially if dryness is a concern," said Brown.
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You could also reach for a couple of drops of face oil, and gently dab it into the areas that tend to look dull, thirsty and dry. You know the ones.
If you're really excelling on the dry skin front, you could even work some of the leftover facial oil into the foundation.