6 Things to Know About Foundation Application for Mature Skin

by Jdee
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5 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to apply foundation on mature skin and give you some tips and tricks along the way.

I often see mature women make the same mistake when it comes to foundation. Here, I'll take you through how I avoid the common errors and what else I do with my foundation.

Tools and materials:

  • Foundation
  • Makeup brush
  • Concealer
How to apply foundation for mature skin

1. Don’t make it too heavy

When you apply foundation, you don’t want it to look like a mask or very heavy. This is one of the mistakes that I see many mature women make when applying foundation. The idea of foundation is not to completely cover your face like a mask.

When you have mature skin, as I do, you can’t put on a lot of really heavy foundation like some of the younger girls do. It works for them because they have flawless young skin, but it’s a little bit different and trickier when you’re older.

As your skin ages, you start to lose elasticity and it will start to sag. You develop more fine lines, especially around your eyes, in the glabellar area, and around your cheeks and chin area.

If I apply a very thick or a full foundation, it will look good for about 45 minutes, and then throughout the day, it’s going to start breaking down. That means it will enhance all of the aging in my skin, and that’s not what we want.

The idea of foundation is just to cover areas and correct them without putting on a full face.

Working foundation around your hairstyle

2. It depends on your hairstyle

Because I have bangs, the top part of my forehead doesn’t show, so there’s no reason for me to go way up to the top of my forehead with foundation. So a lot of it depends on your hairstyle. If you don’t have bangs, then more of your forehead will show.

Using a brush to apply foundation

3. Use a brush

When I put foundation on, there are many times that I can get heavy-handed. I put it on, and I think that more would be better. And as I said before, more is not better; less is better. So, I have gotten into the habit of using a brush.

When I use a brush, it delivers the least amount, and I have more control over the foundation than I do when using a beauty blender or even my hand. 

Applying concealer before foundation

4. Apply concealer first

Before I put my foundation on, I put my concealer on. This concealer I’m using has some luminosity to it, and I like it to be under the makeup instead of on top of it. Then, use your finger to blend it in.

Where to apply foundation on mature skin

5. Concentrate on the areas that need the foundation

To apply foundation, squeeze some onto the back of your hand, then get a little bit onto the brush and pat on your face where you feel you need a little bit of extra coverage.

Instead of covering your whole face, concentrate on an area where you feel like you have a little bit of discoloration that you want to cover up or any freckling that you have. 

Blending foundation with fingers

6. Blend with your hands

When it comes to blending, you can do this with a beauty blender, but I prefer to blend with my hands. I find that the warmth of my hands will meld the foundation into my skin and that my hands will do that better than a beauty blender.

The idea of a foundation is to get it to meld into that top layer of your skin so that it’s not sitting on top of your skin but instead becomes part of your skin. You can then go over your skin once more with a brush to make sure that everything is completely blended in.

Foundation application for mature skin

Foundation application for mature skin

To finish off the look, I added blush, lipstick, lashes, and I corrected my eyebrows. I’m really happy with how the foundation has covered up all of the brown spots, redness, and frecking that I had. The foundation makes my skin glow and gives me a look like I’ve been out in the sun.

I hope that you found my tips on how to apply foundation for mature skin useful and that you’ll keep them in mind next time you’re putting on foundation.

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Foundation
  • Makeup brush
  • Concealer

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  • Aprile Aprile on Dec 17, 2022

    Another point in putting on concealer or make-up in the eye area, never use all your fingers to blend; just use you ring finger; that finger has the least amount of pressure.