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Video:Foundation for Mature Skin

with Ana Crane Simpson

Find out what to look for when shopping for foundation for mature skin. We'll help you navigate the different options to find the best foundation for mature skin.See Transcript

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Transcript:Foundation for Mature Skin

Hi! My name is Ana Crane Simpson with Applied Cosmetic Services for About.com, and today I’m going to show you what to look for when purchasing foundation for mature or aged skin.

What Is Foundation?

Foundation is a makeup that is liquid, cream or powder based that gives the appearance of even skin and conceals any imperfections. If you have relatively smooth skin that is free of any spots and blemishes, then you can opt for a light tinted moisturizer for daily wear. It provides you coverage while letting your skin breathe. But if your skin requires more coverage and you are planning to go to an important event or party, then you definitely require a good foundation.

Determine Your Skin Type

But always remember: the most important thing to consider while buying a foundation is your skin type and the amount of coverage you will need. This will also determine how much money you should spend, or whether you should be using any foundation at all.

Best Options for Mature Skin

For mature or aged skin, the first thing you should avoid is any powdery or shimmery foundation, which may emphasize wrinkles or imperfections. You should look for a foundation that is oil-free, moisture-rich, and one that will provide hydration to the skin all day. There are even a few foundation brands that act as both moisturizer and foundation in a single bottle. I think the best foundation for mature skin would be the one that not only conceals all the blemishes, but also gives a younger look to the skin.

Choose a Matching Tone

You should avoid matte formulas, which can cause your skin to look dry and dull. The most important factor is matching the foundation with your skin tone. You should try testing at least three or four shades and examine the results in natural sunlight. From my experience, light-reflecting foundation and oil-free loose powder work the best.

Applying Foundation for Mature Skin

You should first start with a primer, applying evenly on the face. This will prepare the skin for a smooth application of the foundation. Using a clean brush, apply a light-reflecting foundation. Blend carefully to ensure even, flawless coverage. Light-reflectors add luminosity to your skin and soften the look of fine lines. For dry skin, consider a moisturizing foundation with vitamins.

Next you will apply the concealer, which should be a brighter tone than the color of your foundation. Apply evenly in trouble spots, like under the eyes, which covers up redness, broken capillaries, dark circles and sun damage. Dust on loose powder with a large powder brush for light coverage. The result will be healthy, vibrant skin. And those are just a few tips on what to look for when shopping for foundation for mature or aged skin.

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