Now, I’m certainly not a professional makeup artist but I don’t agree with some of the things mentioned in this article and so, here are my tips on anti-aging makeup based on personal experience and on what I’ve seen in my friends, who are also in their 30s.
While this Bombay Times article mentions that women in their 30s need to use full coverage foundation, I would recommend using a medium coverage foundation so that the skin still shows through a bit. This looks more natural. Also, there are several full coverage foundations that are really thick and heavy and give a mask-like matte look and might also settle into fine lines. Those are definitely to be avoided. That’s the reason why my MAC Studio Sculpt foundation is one that I barely use. Not only does the colour feel a bit dark, it is also quite thick and matte.
Personally, I prefer lightweight foundations. If you follow my blog, you would know that my favourite foundations are Lancome Teint Miracle and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, both of which give a dewy “radiant” look (which makes a person look younger btw) and are really light in texture and can be layered without looking cakey.
I think the author is a bit confused here because on one hand she says that “to look elegant keep your look subtle. To achieve that, keep your eye makeup heavy but toning down your lips”! Really??? Does heavy eye makeup give a subtle look? To me that sounded more like a smoky-eye, n@de lip look!
A subtle look, to me, is properly defined eyes (not heavy eye makeup), bronzer instead of blush and a soft lipstick. The kind of look that you’d probably wear to work.
Choose A Natural Shade Of Lipstick
Yes, a natural shade of lipstick is required for work or meetings etc. but it can sometimes make one look more mature rather than have an anti-aging effect. What really works are bright lipsticks and lipsticks that have some colour in them and that brighten up your face.
Bright, however, is not = bold/dark though and the latter can make the lips appear thinner and the face older. By bright, I mean something that’s midtone, neither too pale, nor too dark like the Maybelline Lip Polish Glam 9 that I wore in this post. Among other favourites are the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide lipstick in Watermelon, Bourjois Shine Edition no 20, L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlett and quite a few more. All these lippies have one common factor, they all have a creamy, hydrating texture. Super matte lippies that dry out the lips make you look older. The only exception is the new Moist Mat from L’Oreal which is a creamy matte. Glosses too, can make one look younger since they make the lips appear plumper.
And as for bold shades like oranges and reds, why not??? In fact, I got the confidence to wear those shades only once I was nearing my thirties. So if you want to wear those colours, wear them with confidence.
Ultimately, I feel that if certain colours make you feel good and more confident about yourself, go ahead and wear them. If they make you feel conscious or if you feel that you don’t look good in those, avoid them. Simple 🙂