Say yes to foundation; no to powder
As you get older, your skin tends to thin and develop fine lines, and your makeup routine needs to change to accommodate those nuances. The first order of business is to toss out powder, which reliably makes you look older. “Powder adds way too much texture, looks cakey, and takes the life out of your skin. Skin is alive and should look dewy and touchable,” says Cindy Joseph, a makeup artist turned supermodel who founded the makeup line BOOM! “If you feel you must use foundation, don’t put powder over it. Wait for it to dry; then dab moisturizer over it,” says Joseph. A great, lightweight option for smooth coverage is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. After applying it evenly all over your face, press a makeup sponge onto any wrinkled areas, where makeup may have settled in. And make sure to choose the right foundation—the color should match yours even before it’s blended. (Wearing shades too light or too dark are some of the makeup mistakes that age you.)
Know which lip colors work best with your skin tone
As you age, you naturally lose definition in your lips, so you want to avoid dark colors like deep reds, purples, and browns, which make your pout look even smaller, less highlighted, and less plump. “Choose a color that blends into your skin tone color palette,” Joseph suggests. “You can find the best hue for yourself if you look at the color tone of your lips, tongue, and gums.” Pink? Mauve? Salmon? Let your natural palate guide you to the right colors. We’re looking forward to the January release of Maybelline’s Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, a collection of creamy matte lippies in 10 warm neutrals—with added honey nectar oils to keep lips hydrated.