Why You Need To Change Your Makeup Routine As You Age

When it comes to putting on makeup, it's easy to get into a habit. You know what you like and how to do it. Sure, you might throw in a new trend here or there, but your old faithful routine works every time, right?

As your skin ages and loses collagen, the routine you used in your 20s or 30s might not provide the same results in your 40s or 50s. Therefore, you might consider examining your makeup routine every five to 10 years. That look that you could rock at 20 might age you now. Since makeup is designed to give you a youthful glow and flawless skin, you don't want to be working against father time.

While age is just a number and you can rock any look you want, get a few tips to adjust your makeup routine for the best results for your skin. You can find a few golden hacks from your foundation to your lips to make it look like you've gone back in time. And if you're open to it, try a little experimentation with your makeup routine to get the best results.

It's important to invest in primer

As the skin begins to mature, it starts to lose collagen. Therefore, you start to develop fine lines around your eyes and smile. Your pores also begin to look larger and more prominent on your face. The National Institute on Aging also notes that you might start to notice dry patches and age spots beginning to develop on your skin.

Makeup can easily begin to collect in the pores and fine lines, causing creases and making your pores or wrinkles look more prominent. Using your favorite primer on your face and under your eyes can help to mitigate some of these problem areas. The primer is designed to sit on the skin's surface, creating a seamless layer for the makeup to go over. Therefore, the foundation that might have creased into the small lines sits beautifully in those areas.

Additionally, certain primers are created specifically for aging skin. These primers have certain oils to provide hydration and anti-aging serums that replenish your skin with the beneficial vitamins and nutrients it craves. In addition to helping conceal pores and wrinkles, primers are also helpful in setting your foundation to avoid that dreaded makeup migration. Now that you're all primed, it's time to look at your foundation routine. 

Choosing a foundation for your changing skin

As you get older, you might think you want to go for fuller coverage. Actually, the opposite is true. Thicker foundations and heavy powders will fall into the lines making you look older. Therefore, you'll want a more lightweight foundation to give your skin a healthy glow. 

For example, if you need more coverage in one area to cover a blemish or dark spot, you'll want to place your product strategically rather than coating your whole face. This allows you to get the coverage you need without getting that cakey look.

It's also important to look for a foundation with a dewy, reflective finish. Foundations that give off light will blur wrinkles, while a dewy finish makes your skin look hydrated and youthful. Mature skin can be dry; therefore, adding moisture to the skin is vital before going in with the foundation. Hydrated skin is going to give you the best overall look. This is especially true regarding your makeup routine for your eyes. 

Makeup routine for maturing eyes

The thin skin around your eyes is one of the first areas where you can see the changes as your skin matures. You'll start to notice that your lids might sag a little, giving your eyes a smaller appearance. Additionally, you'll get discoloration under your eyes and fine lines along the bottom and in the crease.

The key to making your eyes bigger actually starts with the brow. You'll want to fill in any sparse brows to make your eyes appear more open. Just like how your skin needs a bit of extra moisture and love, so do your lids. Therefore, a primer will be your new best friend to fill in lines and ensure your eyeshadow stays put. You'll want to stick to the basic brown and neutral shades when it comes to shadow. Save the glitter and glam for special occasions.

Using a brown liner rather than black can also be helpful, according to TikToker @cortneyspencer0. The brown liner right along the line of the eyelashes redefines the shape of the eye and makes it stand out. You can top it off with a curling mascara that's really going to coat your lashes and bring them to life. With your eyes and skin refreshed, you can't forget about your lips. 

Age-defying lip routine

Aging also affects your lips. You might notice that they look dryer or start to thin as your skin matures. Your lips can also succumb to fine lines that form to pick up the pigment of your lipstick, making it hard to get that sharp-lined look.

To keep your lips plump and supple, it's essential to pregame. Therefore, you'll want to exfoliate your lips and use moisturizers and sunscreen to help them keep their youthful glow and color. Additionally, when it comes to lipstick formula, you'll want to opt for sheer or semi-matte rather than glossy or dark matte shades. These are less likely to move into any creases.

While you might not have lined your lips in your youth, you'll want to invest in a fat lip liner and lip primer. This will help your makeup stay where it should and avoid falling into any fine lines. It's also helpful to pull your lips tight when lining your lips and add a bit of highlighter on your cupid's bow to draw the eye. While a new routine can help your lip and makeup game, you'll want to be open to experimentation to get the most bang for your buck! 

Experiment with your makeup routine to find the best results

You might think you can't go wrong with a good thing, but that's not true regarding your makeup routine and aging skin. Changing it up and trying new things can be the key to giving your face a fresh new look.

Try looking up new trends on TikTok and YouTube for mature skin. For example, you might find that placing your eyeshadow correctly for hooded eyes opens up your face or that the triangle concealer trick gives your cheekbones new life. It's also helpful to see a makeup specialist to get a few tried and true methods specifically for your skin type.

Mature skin isn't going to respond to your makeup routine like it used to. So, if you keep using the same methods you did in your 20s as in your 40s, you might make yourself look older. Therefore, experimenting with a new routine can help you to find what gives you that youthful glow you've been searching for. You don't keep the same outfits for 20 years; why would you keep the same makeup routine?