How to Do 3D Makeup for Mature Skin Using a Cream Color Palette

Karen Lien
by Karen Lien
6 Materials
15 Minutes

If you’re over 50, you may have noticed your skin needs have changed. Using 3D foundation makeup for mature skin can really help your skin to look glowing, fresh, and beautiful. I’m going to be using a SEINT cream color palette but you can use any cream makeup products of your choice.

Most 3D foundation palettes come with several colors: light, medium, and dark. Some palettes are larger and you can customize them to add other types of makeup as well so it’s super easy and convenient to use. Here’s how to do makeup on older skin so you look great!

Tools and materials:

  • 3D makeup palette: at least 3 shades of foundation
  • Bronzer
  • Lip to cheek color
  • Illuminator
  • Makeup setting spray
  • Eyeshadow (optional)
Applying contour to the face

1. Apply contour

A lot of women notice that their faces aren’t as well defined when they get a bit older. Adding contour helps define and sharpen those areas!

Apply the darker cream contour on your forehead, hollows of the cheeks, and all along the jawline. Blend as you go with the brush. Nothing looks worse than unblended contour. A creamy formula helps make blending easy!

Applying concealer to the face

2. Apply concealer

Apply the lighter color to all the areas where you need help concealing and camouflaging. These could be discolorations, purple, or red areas, broken capillaries, or even hyperpigmentation. Gently blend the edges so there’s no obvious demarcation line.

Mature makeup application

3. Apply brightener

Some 3D foundation palettes come with several different shades, including a brightening shade. You could use a concealer for these areas as well though the result won’t be the same.

A brightening formula has some shimmer to it. This brings light to the areas you want to showcase like the forehead right between the eyes, center of the nose, and top of the cheekbones. Blend as well.

Makeup hacks for older skin

4. Apply foundation

Now you’re finally going to apply the medium foundation shade all over your face. With the 3D palette, you don’t have all types of bottles or tubes. You’re also not layering on tons of different makeups.

How to do makeup on older skin

5. Apply bronzer

Once your skin is looking radiant, smooth, and beautiful, you can add some warmth by applying bronzer to your forehead, cheek hollows, and chin.

Adding color to lips and cheeks

6. Lip and cheek color

Some palettes come with a lip to cheek formula that you apply with your fingertips. You could even dab a bit of this onto your eyelids!

Spray a makeup adhesive spray to keep your foundation in place.

Makeup techniques for older skin

7. Illuminator

The very last step is an illuminator. Not every palette has this but if yours does, it will add extra shimmer! Apply just a bit to the top of your cheekbones, above your brow, and down the center of your nose. 

Makeup for mature skin

Makeup for mature skin tutorial

I hope these makeup techniques for older skin help you! Using a 3D foundation is the perfect makeup for mature skin as it is so convenient, easy, and beautiful! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried it or other makeup hacks for older skin!

Suggested materials:
  • 3D makeup palette: at least 3 shades of foundation
  • Bronzer
  • Lip to cheek color
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