This is the third and final section of my A-Z of make up for mature skin...And yes, lol, I’ve had to be a little bit creative this week with some of the letters but I’m sure you understand. 


It’s my firm belief that you can buy decent quality make up at a reasonable price and paying more isn’t necessarily going to mean it’s better. The big brand cosmetic houses invest heavily in advertising and packaging where less expensive brands may not. Check out the depth of pigment in any coloured products e.g eyeshadow and see how they sit on your skin; heavier pigment means more of the colour will ‘stick’ where you want it to. You should look for products that glide across your skin quite easily and don’t drag. 


As you get older your skin might be losing its radiance and look a bit ‘flat’. A good way to combat that is to use a base product that provides a bit of luminescence and isn’t too cakey. Sheer liquid or cream foundations might be a better finish than a heavy matte look. Your aim is for your skin to have a natural, youthful glow. 


This is great for ensuring your make up last all day and stays looking fresh. I like to use a setting spray when I’ve got a full face of make up on for special occasions or if I’m filming videos for my online courses – you don’t need to touch it again all day – except maybe reapply lipstick. If you don’t want to invest in setting spray you can use a light spritz of your favourite toner or even water in a plant spray bottle. Close your eyes and spritz very gently from around 30cm away from your face. 


Tinted moisturiser is actually a misnomer. It should not be used instead of a proper moisturiser. It is actually a make up product and is sometimes called BB cream or CC cream. It is usually very light in texture and is similar to wearing a very sheer 7 denier tights in that it provides a ‘barely there’ coverage. It’s great for evening out your skin tone slightly yet retaining a no make up look. Always use your normal moisturiser underneath it as well though. 


UV filters are essential to prevent sun damage and premature ageing of the skin. Many skin care and make up products have them built in these day so you don’t need a separate product with an SPF number. My foundation has SPF 35 in it, and it is often recommended to use factor 50 on your face even in winter! UVA rays are the ageing ones and UVB rays are the ones that burn that we often think our sun lotion is all about. 


Vitamin C promotes collagen production which is great for keeping skin looking great but also good for cartilage production too so can help with those achy joints we have as we get older. You may see skin care and even some make up products including vitamin c. It can reduce the appearance of blotchy skin and pigmentation so well worth taking a supplement. 


I get asked a lot about winged eyeliner and it can be a great way of opening up the eyes when applied properly. The trick is to finish with an upward flick *BEFORE* the end of your eyelid. Take the wing up rather than out. Watch this video to see what I mean. Also, you can try leaving the inner third of your eyelid, near your nose, liner free as this can make your eyes appear close together. Black can be quite harsh as you get older so consider softer neutrals such as brown, navy or charcoal grey. 


I’m using artistic licence for X…It’s a great way of accentuating your cupids bow and making your lips look fuller without having to resort to lip filling injections. Draw an X using a lip liner pencil in your cupids bow on your top lip, the follow the outline of your lips with the pencil. Stop just short of the outer corners though – this is another tip to prevent you looking down in the mouth – so that you’re not going all the way to the edge. Colour in your lips with the liner than add your lipstick or gloss over the top. The X will give your top lip great definition. 


If you’re anything like me, you want to look good for your age rather than mutton dressed as lamb. This is why it’s no good copying the current make up trends that the young ones are applying. What looks good on their young, taut, wrinkle free skin isn’t going to look as good on us with our fine lines. With this in mind less can be more, you might want to have a bit of a make up refresh, try a few different, lighter products that enhance your features. If you’d like any advice regarding the Tropic range, I’m happy to oblige. 


And finally, Zzzz – well applied make up can be your saviour if you’ve not had enough sleep. Knowing how to make the most of the products in your make up bag can be a massive boost when you’ve been awake half the night. Try and get your beauty sleep whenever possible but if you need to get rid of those dark circles remember to go to MAKE UP TIPS PT 1 


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