All You Need to Know About Foundation Application for Mature Skin

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In this tutorial, we're covering foundation application for mature skin. As we get older, our skin’s elasticity, firmness, and moisture levels drop. This makes our skin look dull and dry. Our natural turnover rate also slows down, making wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage more visible. How depressing!

I’m here to help you learn how to apply foundation to older skin to hide these imperfections so you look wonderful. I'm using makeup from Look Fabulous Forever, but you could replicate the same techniques with your own makeup. These are my top tips and techniques to apply foundation to mature skin.

Tools and materials:

  • Facial primer
  • Foundation
  • Foundation brush

Prior to applying

Before you apply foundation on mature skin, here are some my tips:

Keep your skin hydrated both from the inside by drinking enough water and the outside by frequent moisturizing. Nothing broadcasts aging more than dry or flaky skin.

Exfoliate your skin regularly either by using an exfoliator or do as I do, by using a warm, wrung-out washcloth or flannel to remove my cleanser. This gentle action is enough to remove all vestiges of flakes from the face!

Wait before applying any foundation to the skin after moisturizing. Allow the moisturizer to penetrate the skin. I usually apply it and then either clean my teeth, get dressed, or even brush my hair before applying any foundation so it has a chance to do its job!

Using primer before foundation

1. Set the stage

Primer is a must for mature skin. It does two marvelous things to the skin. The first is that it smooths out the surface, minimizing fine lines and pores so everything looks more even.

The second is that it keeps the foundation on without creasing or disappearing from when you apply it in the morning until you take it off at night!

How to apply primer before foundation

Apply a pea-shaped amount on the back of your hand. You can always apply it mixed with your foundation but I prefer to do it separately. 

Applying primer to the face

Use your fingers to gently rub it all over your face.

Applying foundation to the back of the hand

2. Apply the foundation

Foundation for mature skin should have sufficient coverage but still feel and appear light on the skin. Good foundations for older skin should also be infused with products that are hydrating and smoothing.

Makeup that is not formulated for older skin actually leaches moisture, accentuates pores, and highlights fine lines and wrinkles, making you look older. No one wants that! Choose your foundation wisely.

Applying foundation is easy and you don’t need that much. You’ll need about a dime-shaped blob that you can apply to the back of your hand or just directly to your face, using your fingers. 

How to apply foundation for mature skin

Apply foundation to the forehead, cheeks, and chin, with a small dab to the nose. You can use your fingers to spread the foundation or a foundation brush. Buff the skin gently moving from the forehead down on the face. 

Blending foundation with a brush

I like to grip the bristles of the brush for better control, especially in tricky places like underneath the eyes or around the nose. 

Even if I’m going to apply eye primer a bit later, I add a bit of foundation on my eyelids for that extra bit of coverage.

Always start with less because you can build up foundation if you feel the coverage isn’t enough. Proper buffing prevents that mask-like look that eventually settles into wrinkles and lines, making the skin look worse.

Buffing foundation along the jawline

3. Buff baby buff

If you’ve chosen the right color for your skin, you won’t need to put any foundation past the jawline, so there’s no demarcation line. 

Buff the foundation in a diagonal fashion on the cheeks working towards the ears. This helps flatten the fine, downy hairs on the face. 

Buffing skin with a foundation brush

I usually use my fingers to smooth in the foundation but sometimes buff the skin with a clean foundation brush.

The more you buff, the better the skin will look!

Using fingers to lightly blend foundation

4. Final touches

I use my fingers to lightly blend the foundation evenly as the warmth helps smooth it out even further than a brush does.

Take a look in the mirror and see if there are any areas that need a bit more help. Those will be the areas where you’ll add some concealer.

Foundation application for mature skin

Foundation application for mature skin

Foundation helps you create a light canvas where you will create a beautiful picture highlighting your eyes, cheeks, and lips with color, by evening out discolorations and imperfections.

Please let me know in the comments if my tutorial on how to apply foundation for mature skin helped you! Thanks so much!

Suggested materials:
  • Facial primer
  • Foundation
  • Foundation brush

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  • Mavis Mavis on Nov 07, 2021

    Thank you for your most intructional lesson in applying foundation and keeping a woman's skin at it utmost best.