Does anyone ever think make up can be ageing?

(34 Posts)
Ledkr Tue 22-Apr-14 22:44:38

I live make up and rarely go without. All my life I've tended to just use a tanning powder and eye make up but as I'm getting older and recently had an attack of perioral dermatitis, I've been experimenting with foundation.
I thought I quite liked it until today I didn't have time and when I caught my reflection I thought I looked younger and fresher than with foundation.
I've tried minera powder, Clinique redness and various bb/cc creams, am I using the wrong ones?
I'm 46 with a bit of redness and slight eye bags.

Ledkr Tue 22-Apr-14 22:45:06

Not really bags I meant dark circles

LEMmingaround Tue 22-Apr-14 22:46:24

it absolutely does age people, my DP said exactly that this morning.

Ledkr Tue 22-Apr-14 22:47:57

Sort of powdery and dry.
In going to stop I think and just concentrate on having nice skin instead.
Cheaper too.

Sicaq Tue 22-Apr-14 23:08:34

I think lipstick does look ageing on many people. Eye makeup, not at all (at least, I hope not ...)

RhondaJean Tue 22-Apr-14 23:11:09

I think heavy eye make up is very ageing!

Havanacat Tue 22-Apr-14 23:12:37

I think make up is one of those things that it is easy to fall into a pattern of wearing and using what is familiar, but as you get older, different looks/products might be better.
It amazes me how many young women in the media look years older than they actually are due to their make up.
I recently bought a new blusher and eye concealer and instead of buying my 'usual' took the advice of the young (and beautifully made up) girl on the counter - the difference is subtle, but I am impressed!

SwedishEdith Tue 22-Apr-14 23:16:18

It's not always worn to look younger though - I just prefer to look like I actually have some eyes.

LynetteScavo Tue 22-Apr-14 23:22:43

Of course make up can be ageing, just as it can make you look more youthful (or in my case less dead). It depends how it's applied.

I think certain foundations can immediately make someone look older. Especially ones which make skin look powdery. But a good foundation can do wonders.

Many lipsticks make me look 10 years older, and I have to stick to neutral shades

Terrortree Tue 22-Apr-14 23:38:50

Did we all not wear make up [badly] as teenagers to look older?

Or was it just deluded me?

trixymalixy Tue 22-Apr-14 23:46:08

I had that bare minerals makeup put on me in Debenhams. It made me look so awful even the make up artist trying it on me agreed I shouldn't buy it! It made me look grey and accentuated my wrinkles, aged me about 10 years.

Ledkr Wed 23-Apr-14 07:48:39

I wasn't wearing it to look younger, I was wearing it to cover my blemishes and uneven colouring but I'm going to do concealer instead now.
Can anyone recommend a less aging foundation for bad days?

BrianButterfield Wed 23-Apr-14 08:00:11

I think a "covering" foundation takes luminance from the skin so you maybe need to add back in highlighter or something to add a bit of reflected light.

EyelinerQueen Wed 23-Apr-14 08:06:11

I think it can look ageing if it's applied by someone who doesn't know what they're doing and/or if it's applied in bulk.

If you know what you're doing (and use the right products) it's precisely the opposite of ageing smile

conquita Wed 23-Apr-14 08:10:19

My sister is younger than me but looks older because she has these really severe eyebrows. Her daughter has the same eyebrows too. They are angular and look as though they are tatooed on. I don't understand this look at all as it makes her look like a headmistress and she would look so much more younger/happier if her brows were more natural looking.

For me, I just wear bronzer, blusher, mascara and a little bit of eye liner. I think my sister probably dislikes the way I look actually as I don't wear makeup the same way she does.

Ledkr Wed 23-Apr-14 08:17:54

eyeliner can you elaborate?
I did stage make up as part of my musical theatre course so I think I'm applying it right but I'm probably not great at knowing which product.

Eliza22 Wed 23-Apr-14 08:33:54

I don't wear makeup to look younger but without it I look tired and colourless. I've turned into one of those women though, who shakes her head at the fashion amongst young women now, for a flat over-tanned look and ridiculous eyebrows with over processed hair. Though for me, a 70's teenager, I look back on photos of those awful wing collars and platform shoes teamed with blue or green eyeshadow and shudder! So, I guess it really is just a fashion thing.

OP, it could be you're using too much and need a lighter hand? I'm 52 and some days, I look great. Some days I look tired and crap with the makeup. On those days I try to lighten it all up a bit with a brighter lippy that lifts the face so I've been told

EyelinerQueen Wed 23-Apr-14 08:44:46

Ledkr the 'bad' makeup I notice is....

Wrong shade of foundation

Foundation not blended

Shiney face from not using powder (translucent powder never looks cakey - just sets your face).

Eye shadow in a stripe on eyelid

Kate Middleton-esque heavy eyeliner that makes eyes look wee and piggy.

Blusher too bright and too stripey

Eyebrows too dark and severe

There are some great No makeup makeup tutorials on YouTube (Lisa Eldridge included) that show how a light touch and the right products will make anyone look better than they would with no makeup on.

Re: foundations. The YSL Touche Eclat foundation is lovely as is the Lancome Teint Idole. For drugstore I have used and really liked L'Oreal True Match and Bourjois Healthy Mix.

MrsGarvey Wed 23-Apr-14 09:02:02

I think foundation can highlight wrinkles, the texture can be powdery and awful and of course the colour - but lots of women get that wrong. I don't tend to wear foundation, just primer. I wear less make up the older I get.

MsVanRein Wed 23-Apr-14 09:13:01

Ledkr some foundations designed to cover redness can look quite flat which can be ageing.

In your position I would try Clinique Perfectly Real or Even Better. The redness one is great but not for everyone as it takes radiance out of skin a bit. Look for something with a natural or dewy finish as matte finishes can be aging. I like Chanel aqua lumiere too but struggle a but with their colour range.

What do you put your foundation on with?

Ledkr Wed 23-Apr-14 09:16:07

I've used fingers, a brush and sponge. I maybe getting a too pale one as well as I'm scared to look orange but my skin is fairly olive and tans easily so it's weird for me to look too pale iykwim.

MsVanRein Wed 23-Apr-14 09:36:44

Have you tried a buffing brush or stippling brush rather than a traditional foundation brush? They don't give as heavy coverage and you can get a really natural finish by really working the foundation into your skin. Literally just buff it in small circles.

You could be right about the colour sometimes even if the shade looks ok if the tone is wrong it can wash you out. If you are more olive skinned ask for foundations with golden undertones.

Highlighter works wonders too!

balenciaga Wed 23-Apr-14 09:56:04

Yes I do

Im only 34 and look much better if I moisturise well then just wear a primer and touch éclat

On my eyes I use a touch of smudge brown liner, it's meant to be less harsh than black

On my eyes I just

Suzannewithaplan Wed 23-Apr-14 10:26:36

I think it depends partly on how successful you are at adapting your make up to the changes in your face as you get older

Suzannewithaplan Wed 23-Apr-14 10:28:39

I used to go in for more eye make up but now (late 40's) I don't think it looks so good and I stick to sunscreen foundation and mascara

AnnaMagdalena Wed 23-Apr-14 10:30:48

I think it's ageing full stop. I never wear it, as I have no desire to look any older than I look already.

Twinklestein Wed 23-Apr-14 11:33:40

It really really depends on the foundation and other products. If you look powdery it will definitely age you.

You need a really good foundation like Diorskin Nude, Chanel is also very good but it's more yellowy so it doesn't suit all skin tones.

You need a good primer, I use Clarins but there are many other good ones around. This is vital as it stops the foundation from drying out and makes it go on more evenly.

And then only a very light powder such as Dior or Chanel Poudre Universelle. if you apply it lightly you do not appear to be wearing powder.

I use a Nars blusher to make myself look fresh and healthy without appearing to be wearing any.

Deathraystare Wed 23-Apr-14 11:40:18

Well you only have to look at various z list slebs - the absolute horror of comedy brows, yellow/orange tan (very ageing), heavily pencilled lips etc to see it can be ageing if not applied with a light hand and far too much put on. It SHOULD improve the look of your skin, making it look more luminous, covering any zits, broken veins etc.

littlegreengloworm Wed 23-Apr-14 11:44:46

I have found in the past year I've had to tone it down a lot (35)

I wear max factor miracle touch all in one, touch of eyeliner ( really slight line)

I wear a light bronzer and lipgloss

Also mascara and HD brow definer

That's it. I feel much better. I tried a full face the day - full foundation, powder etc Looked awful.

littlegreengloworm Wed 23-Apr-14 11:46:54

Oh yes, I found a lovely pink eyeshadow that's really youthful I think

annebullin Wed 23-Apr-14 11:49:55

Your skin needs to be really well moisturised and a good primer like clarins beauty flash balm is helpful. Tinted moisturiser is good because it's not powdery (I use laura mercier) and it doesn't look cakey. I've just discovered dior skin nude and I really like it but only if I use a little bit as it's so highly pigmented. Too much looks cakey.

specialsubject Wed 23-Apr-14 12:27:23

visible makeup is ageing. Why wear makeup that can't be seen?

wear it if you want, but don't be fooled that it improves anything.

Eliza22 Wed 23-Apr-14 18:11:26

Oh bloody Nora, SpecialSubject. That's not ALL it's about! I used to work in a chemo ward. The ladies in there would often get all excited about showing off a new lippy or wig. We used to have a beautician visit the ward to do facials/makeup/nails. It makes a lot of people feel better. I'm all for that. Perhaps I'm fooling myself but, I look easily 15 years younger than my grandma, when she was my age .... early 50's, and I'm very happy about that!

Snog Thu 24-Apr-14 06:22:12

Try YSL touche eclat foundation for a no make up look smile

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