This Is the Number One Makeup Mistake Older Women Make, According to makeup artist and beauty mogul, Bobbi Brown, “it's common for women especially women with mature skin-to fall victim to the same makeup mistakes again and again, and it's making them look years older”.
"Many older women (no specific age was mentioned but, I know she was talking about me) wear foundation that's too heavy," says Brown. "It makes the skin look drier, and I think it makes them look even older.”
With the right products and application technique, makeup can seriously enhance your look. But if done incorrectly, it can have the opposite effect, even going as far as making the things you were trying to hide (i.e. fine lines and wrinkles) look worse than they did before.
Luckily, this is an easy mistake to fix. "Using a tinted moisturizer [instead] is great, or I really like when you just spot-cover,” Brown explains.
"Women don't really need coverage everywhere. So, for lighter coverage, I use moisturizer and then I'll mix one of my favorite bronzers in with a big brush and use that to kind of create a sheer tinted moisturizer."
Not only does mixing bronzer with your favorite moisturizer give a light, natural veil of coverage to the skin, but it also saves you money because you won't have to buy any new foundations. Talk about a win-win.
The joke is on Bobbi because I’ve been using this trick since my early 20’s.
Here is my secret; throw some illuminator on it! I have been mixing different shades of liquid bronzer and/or illuminator with my facial primer since I realized my acne was gone and didn’t need to apply foundation anymore (it was and still is in the top 10 best days of my life).
My long time favorite bronzer is Hard Candy’s Glow All The Way (I’m not even sure if they still make it but Lord, does it make your complexion look heavenly).
Second favorite is NYX’s ‘Born to Glow’ Liquid Illuminator which comes in various shades and I love them all.
I have tried many primers but the one that seems to work best with my complexion is Too Faced Hangover Rx replenishing face primer.
The primer has more of a moisturizer texture rather than a gel or silicone feel. I just use a pump of primer and a dab of bronzer and/or illuminator on my fingertips and rub them
tog then apply to my entire face as I would my moisturizer, then I apply the tiniest amount of translucent anti-aging powder to areas of my face prone to excessive shine. My current love is ‘it cosmetics’ BYE BYE PORES PRESSED AIRBRUSH SILK ANTI-AGING FINISHING POWDER.
My face has a youthful glow and an even tone but, the best part is I never have to worry about touching up my makeup.