Beauty Gurus Share Their Makeup Secrets for Older Women
According to beauty industry legend Trish McEvoy, "what time takes away, we can bring back with makeup." That is, of course, if you actually know what you're doing. Here, McEvoy, Pat McGrath, and a handful of top makeup artists share their insider secrets—and preferred products—for youthful-looking skin.
Trish McEvoy, Entrepreneur and Makeup Artist
Pat McGrath, Entrepreneur and Makeup Artist
DEFINE THE LASH LINE.
"I recommend using my 'invisible lining' technique. Pressing the liner in between each lash along the lash line adds definition, bringing the look of lush and full lashes even before mascara." —Trish McEvoy
BRIGHTEN AND EVEN OUT THE SKIN.
"Apply a BB cream. If you don't have the time to totally prep your skin, BB is an all-in-one skin perfecter. Not only does it prime, brighten, and even out the skin, it protects from daily UV exposure. An even skin tone projects a more youthful look." —Trish McEvoy
EXFOLIATING IS THE KEY TO SMOOTH APPLICATION.
"Many women avoid exfoliating and end up looking like they’re wearing heavy makeup, because even the lightest application grabs onto dry patches (aka dead skin). " —Jenny Smith
NARS Skin Double Refining Exfoliator
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APPLY CONCEALER BEFORE LIPSTICK.
"Scrub the lips, then apply concealer that’s the same color as your skin all over the lip with a foundation brush. Add a balm on top to set, which provides extra hydration. Outline with a liner, fill them in, and use a lip brush or your finger to apply the color." —Pat McGrath
DON'T BE AFRAID OF SHEEN.
"I like to add a little bit of a sheen on more mature skin by using a BB cream or CC cream. It helps to keep your complexion looking youthful." —Kindra Mann
IT Your Skin But Better CC Cream
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USE CREAM BLUSH OVER POWDER.
"Cream blushes add a glow to the skin. They're easy to use and can double on the lips as well. " —Kindra Mann
DEFINE THE LIPS.
"Using a natural looking lip liner brings back the look of natural fullness of the lip." —Trish McEvoy
BRIGHTEN THE UNDER EYE.
"One of the first areas to show signs of aging are the eyes. Begin by brightening the upper and under eye using the ‘Triangle of Light’ technique: create an upside-down triangle under each eye, gently pressing product into the skin. It makes the area look dramatically lifted." —Trish McEvoy
UNDER EYE BRIGHTNERS
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand
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THERE'S AN "ORDER OF OPERATIONS" WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP APPLICATION.
"Skincare products should be applied before SPF." —Jenny Smith
CHOOSE A LIP COLOR THAT MOISTURIZES.
"For older women, it’s important to choose a formula that’s more hydrating to ensure smooth, even coverage.” —Pat McGrath
PRIME YOUR LIDS.
"Lid primer evens out the upper eye lid creating a bright-eyed look that lasts all day." —Trish McEvoy
Trish McEvoy Eyeshadow Primer
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
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ADD COLOR TO THE FACE.
"Bronzer and blush bring back that radiant and youthful glow. Apply Bronzer using a fluffy brush to the highpoints of the face. A touch of blush on the apple of the cheek worked downward imitates the look of a brisk walk." —Trish McEvoy
AVOID SPARKLY SHADOWS—OPT FOR SHIMMER INSTEAD.
"For the eyes, I always hear my older clients say they want to stay clear of anything with a shimmer or sparkle in it. While I agree with the sparkle part, a little bit of shimmer can be nice on the lid. Just avoid the brow bone area." —Kindra Mann
"Kevyn Aucoin's The Essential Eye Shadow Palette in #1 is perfect for everyday use and the slight sheen in the colors is universally flattering." —Kindra Mann
USE PRIMERS WITH HYALURONIC ACID AND COLLAGEN TO BOOST MOISTURE.
"Lancome's Hydro Glow Primer has illuminating properties that give the skin a fresh look. Murad's Invisiblur Perfecting Shield fills in fine lines and wrinkles. It blends advanced anti-aging treatment with SPF." —Kindra Mann
DITCH HEAVY FOUNDATION IN FAVOR OF A GOOD CONCEALER.
"If you have discoloration or broken capillaries, the right type of concealer coverage, just where needed, will help not only in lasting throughout the day but also will prevent you from having to apply a heavy foundation all over." —Kindra Mann
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.
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