MY OVER 40 MAKEUP ROUTINE
Ya’ll know how I feel about doing tutorials on myself, right? If you don’t, I'm not a fan. This blogazine is about you, not me.
Dear friend Misse Daniel (who has her own amazing wedding blog, Honey Bee Weddings) emailed me and said “OMG what are you doing to your skin? It looks amazing!) I promised her a blog post so here it is....despite I can’t stand these types of posts. I love you Misse. Anything for you! I am going to mostly focus on the complexion part of my makeup routine and not so much on my eyes.
I’m a brick shit house...oh wait, my beauty stats.....
- Age: 46
- Skintype: Sensitive, dry, dehydrated
- Skin Tone: Light Olive with ruddy surface. Mostly from a slight case of rosacea.
- Other challenges: Menopausal skin. (How sexy does that make me?)
I am a huge lover of masks. As an esthetician, I have often wondered why people don’t embrace them as much as they do.
Me? I have several in my medicine cabinet. After 40 they are the holy grail for EVERYONE. Did you get that?
Since my skin is dry and dehydrated (meaning a lack of water) if I apply makeup to dehydrated skin, it looks old and tired. Once I use a hydrating mask my makeup lays so perfect and my liquid foundation lays exactly how I want it to lay.
One of my favorite masks is the Fresh Rose Mask. (More coming up on the power of roses in a future post.) I usually rotate my masks as my mood changes but this one is the one I use when I really want to treat myself. Most of the time I use theBioelements Gel Therapyor one I am trying to formulate for a new line.
I wear my mask for 15-20 minutes while I check email and have my coffee. It’s a sinful little ritual before work. I work hard and even if it’s 20 minutes all alone I feel better about starting my day.
As we age, we can’t forget our neck. I am religious about taking care of my neck as well..but as you see, all those years of being in the sun as I was a kid is starting to catch up. (I am doing a series of laser treatments this fall, so I will show you that as I undergo treatment)
Then I apply my Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer. OMG. This shit is like CRACK.
Gal pal Julia Hamilton told me it was Sephora's number one selling moisturizer. Well, I friggin believe it. It's great year round and doesn't hurt my sensitive skin. It's super delicious. I could use it on my entire body. I use this and the Bioelements Really Rich Moisture as well.
In the brutal Chicago winter months, I use that and the Fresh Creme Ancienne . This stuff is expensive but so far it's lasted me over a year. A little goes a LONNNNGGGG way.
I also am a huge lover of eye creams. I have so many it would take up this entire blog post. One that I am really enjoying now is the Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Cream.
Next I apply a foundation. This month I am using the Perricone No Foundation Foundation.
o give myself a glow from within look, all women over 40 should step up their blush. One of my favorite tricks is to use cream blush underneath powder blush. Hell, that trick is good for anyone. Especially if they want a long lasting makeup look.
Today I am wearing Nars Orgasm Blush in the stick..
Now that you see my foundation and blush on,my skin is super radiant...a little too much for my flavor....but looks hydrated.
Since the Perricone foundation is a little radiant for my personal taste, I am going to powder slightly with a fan brush.
Too much powder makes fine lines and wrinkles really stand out. Eww. Gross. Since my skin tone is dry and dehydrated powder is NOT my friend. I need just enough to “set" the makeup and give it longevity. I do not want to see the noticeable texture on the skin. I want it to look fresh as possible. This is why I use a fan brush to give me just enough powder to set my makeup, but not too much to where I see the powder on the skin.
As we age our eyesight starts to go. In more ways than one. I thought it was just my boobs that were going south. LOL!
We need “brighter” light in our beauty routine, so we can see what the hell we're doing.
Enter “The Makeup Light”.
The Makeup Light is what I use on all my professional jobs and in my studio. I just ordered one for my home now and it really allows me to see what the hell I’m doing when I apply makeup.
Now if only I would stop smudging my mascara as I applied it. Shit.
I love putting my makeup on with this vanity because to be perfectly honest, it makes getting ready go by so much faster.
You can also use a magnifying mirror to see when using your glasses isn't an option when applying your eye makeup.
I use very neutral colors on a day to day basis. I also use matte & cream textures.
Shimmer textures look less than fabulous on me. My professional opinion is that shimmers on women over the age of 40 tend to not be the smartest choice. Especially for work days. However I have seen women over 40 rock them, so when considering using shimmers, look at your eye texture to see if you can pull it off.
If I do wear shimmer shadows they tend to be more of a “wash” shimmer...not a full on metallic. Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Wash Shadows are a perfect example of lightly shimmery pigments that tend to work well for women over 40. I also use the ones from my makeup studio, but Bobbi's are great too.
When I wear shimmer wash colors, I usually use it either on my lid area or under the brow bone, I never put it on myself in the middle of my eye. That is just asking for trouble for anyone with a crepey eyelid.
When choosing your shadows, choose textures & colors wisely when you're over 40. Experiment with creams and creamy powders that are finely milled and skin like.
I keep concealer to a minimum and stipple it on for a more skin like finish. Today I am using the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. I love this concealer for quick shopping days or out doing errands or days I don't have a long day at the studio.
For powder blush I also beauty wardrboe here as well. I use powder blush on top of my cream blush for a little longer staying power.
Blush is key for a youthful look. More is more. But blending is key. When in doubt, blend it out.
Today I am wearing the Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo in #02 Chich Pink on top of my Nars Orgasm stick blush.
To apply, I use my small Sonia Roselli Buff & Blush brush to apply ever so slightly to give me a healthy glow. I like this brush because it keeps it very concentrated on my cheek and gives me a more youthful look.
I do not highlight and contour my face. Nothing screams old and tired than hollowing out the areas of your face. Bright colors and fullness give you a look of youth. Which is why Madonna needs to gain a few pounds instead of getting all that fat injected in her face. Eat some ice cream girl! Shoot.
As we age, we want to look like we have a full, youthful face. This is another reason why I refuse to get super skinny. LOL! Having a few extra pounds on you never hurts.
Pass the chips & butter please, and leave the highlighting & contouring technique to the makeup divas on Instagram.
After I have pulled it all together I apply my mascara, and that’s really it. “Kiss.” Keep. It. Simple.Sexy.
Here is the finished look:
I love Botox. I get botox 2 x a year.
The key to great Botox is this. Kiss it. Don't make out with it.
When you are looking for someone for Botox, look for someone who is a great injector. The art of great Botox is in the artist doing the injections. Choose wisely. Great Botox is an art within itself.
I also get laser treatments every fall. I will be posting a few videos later this month.
As you see, even as a pro makeup artist, I keep my everyday, over 40 makeup routine very simple. I use nice products but I don’t have 400 things that I use everyday. I do have a wide variety of things to choose from, depending on what I am doing for the day. Trust my, my personal makeup collection runs deep, but overall, I keep the looks very simple.
Remember that wearing too much makeup can make you look older.
Wearing the right makeup can make you look like a hot ass yanked cougar bitch. #cougarproud.
Now go forth and be confident.