This post is titled Makeup Over 50, but I think anyone can use these products.
Whenever I stepped into a makeup store like Sephora, I am like a deer in the headlights.
Every row seems to be the same products, but just a different brand on top. How do you know what to buy?
Keeping it real with the photo above. I am literally wearing my pajama shirt with no bra with a full face of makeup – ha!
My friend Erica loves makeup and it was invaluable to have her show me what to buy. Mind you – this stuff is EXPENSIVE, but I feel it’s completely worth it. As we age it’s important to take care of our skin just as much as what we put in our body.
Below is a list of products she said are a great base to have in your makeup collection. I’ll explain briefly how I use each one and give you a link to purchase. Could you find these products cheaper at other places? Maybe! But I am linking to Sephora since that is where I bought everything.
Tips for Makeup Over 50
- Foundation may not be necessary. I typically only would put on foundation and a bit of mascara and call it a day. But as we age and the wrinkles invariable start to appear, sometimes foundation can get “cakey” and make those wrinkles seem more pronounced. The BB cream I use is kind of like a color correction to even out the red spots on my face to make my complexion even all over my face.
- Hydration is Key. My skin is dry by nature. I’ve talked about putting Pond’s Cold Cream on my face every night before bed. Which I will still continue to do. But twice a week I will be using a water based sleep mask before going to bed.
- Primer. Until last week I had no idea what this was. It’s basically the first layer you put on your face. Turns out primers can help smooth the skin’s surface for the best makeup application.
- Concealer with Hydration. The first under eye concealer Erica tried she immediately said “this is too dry for your face.” We jumped a row over and she picked out Make Up Forever brand matte velvet concealer and there was moisture and it was a dramatic difference. The skin around your eyes is delicate and I love the product she picked out for me.
- Blend! When I first put on the BB cream I just used my hands to move it around my face – but a brush or sponge is key to blend the cream not only on your face, but along your chin line and below to blend it all together.
- Finishing Powder. Turns out this is different from the compact that is always in my purse. A finishing powder is super light and well, finishes off your makeup for an even more flawless look. And it helps keep your makeup look fresh for a longer period of time.
Below are the products I bought with a link. This is NOT a sponsored post. 😂
MAKE UP FOR EVER MATTE VELVET CONCEALER – my shade is 2.3
DR. JART BB BEAUTY BALM – love that this has an SPF of 40! My shade is 02 – Medium Deep
NARS LIGHT REFLECTING LOOSE SETTING POWDER – my shade is Crystal
TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA – Hannah actually turned me onto this mascara a few years ago, so I actually already owned this.
PRO POWDER BRUSH (THE LINK I HAVE IS FOR NO. 50 – WHICH IS JUST AS GOOD)
SUGAR ADVANCED THERAPY LIP BALM – this was a last minute purchase, but I am in love with this lip balm. I literally apply a couple times a day and it keeps my lips soft all day. And I love that the top twists closed.
At the Sephora we were at, they had a combo pack for $20. I didn’t find that on their site, so maybe check your local Sephora
I also bought Nars Mini Orgasm Blush – but I would probably only wear that for special occasions, not for daily use.
While all these products cost me just over $300, I will say so far they have been worth every penny. Typically I would buy my makeup at CVS or Walmart, so this is a very big step up.
My suggestion if you are on a budget, just start out with the BB Beauty Balm and Concealer, and if you can afford the primer that would be a great start. And then just build up your makeup collection over time.
I am by no means a makeup expert, but this makeup routine takes me about 2 minutes and as someone on Instagram told me, it’s like I have a filter over my face because it’s so even.
Let me know what you think of these products. Have you ever spent $300 on makeup?! First time for me and I am 54!