Many women my age worry that wearing powder cosmetics will age them – emphasizing fine lines and settling badly into their uneven skin.
While I love my powder blushes, bronzers, highlighters and shadows, as well as my loose setting powders, I decided to do a makeup look today using no powder products at all.
It’s possible. And it’s actually pretty good.
So those of us “mature” women who have dry skin or well-earned wrinkles or just want to look softer and more hydrated, here’s a look you can try.
Here are the products I used:
Primer: Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer and Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance
Foundation: Laura Mercier Candleglow in Macadamia mixed with Clinique Even Better in 03 Ivory (because I have slightly more color now that summer is here)
Concealer: Per-Fekt Skin Perfection Concealer in Luminous (under eyes) and Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Medium (on age spots and freckles)
Bronzer: Nars The Multiple in South Beach
Blush: Nars The Multiple in Portofino (this is my favorite cream blush of all time)
Highlighter: Becca Skin Perfection Spotlight in Opal
Eyes: Shadow: Nars The Multiple in South Beach as base with Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tatoo in Tough As Taupe on outer corners/undereye and the Becca highlight for a bright spot of color on inner corners
Brows: Fiona Stiles Brow Pencil in Blond Ash (I have to admit though, I much prefer my Smashbox brow powder here – this is where I should have cheated and used a powder.)
Liner: IT Cosmetics No-Tug Gel Liner in Black-Brown
Mascara: L’Oreal Lash Paradise in Blackest Black
Lips: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Epic as base with Butter/London Plush Rush Lipstick in Lucky
The result is a very understated natural look. I was tempted to use more makeup than usual, so it would photograph better, but I am on my way out the door, and in person, I look like I have on plenty of makeup. It’s really quite glowy.
I set with Milani’s Make It Last, but my guess is that this makeup will not last as long without my favorite setting powders. But I’ll let you know.