There are plenty of mature brides-to-be out there who are fretting about their wedding day hair and makeup going the way they want it to. As we age, our hair and skin texture changes and as such, the makeup products and the application techniques we use need to be adjusted to suit these differences. Most of us get into a habit with hair and makeup that can be hard to break when you’re used to it, but for mature brides, if you want your bridal makeup to look flawless (and every day makeup for that matter too!), it’s time to re-evaluate your makeup bag and switch up your MUA skills.
If you’re a DIY mature bride thinking of doing your own makeup, these expert techniques and product choices are going to be instrumental in putting together your dream makeup look but the real key is practice, practice, practice. If you’re even a little unsure about managing to create a look that you love, take the stress out of your wedding day, hire a pro and save these top tips for looking fab on your honeymoon and beyond!
Pick Your Primer
A primer is one of those things that many makeup civilians wonder “is it really worth it?” and the truth is, yes! A great primer can make all the difference to your overall look, particularly when it comes to more mature skin.
For mature brides, using a fantastic primer will help to minimise pores, fill in fine lines and blur any imperfections, resulting in a satin smooth finish. Choose one to suit your skin type, to keep excess shine at bay in the wedding photos or keep your skin hydrated if you need a little extra moisture.
Don’t overdo it with the foundation to try and cover up signs of ageing as this will only make things worse! Many makeup artists go wrong here – the trick is to build a light product up gradually until you reach your desired coverage. Make sure the you get your chosen shade spot on and then set with a very light dusting of translucent powder.
Applying the wrong eye makeup onto mature skin can often be one of the biggest areas of error. As we age, eye creases get deeper and the skin on and around the delicate eye area can become a bit crepey, so it’s really important to use to right products to avoid making this more apparent.
Use a separate eye primer to start and then choose an eye shadow palette in matte shades or a very light shimmer. Steer clear of too much glitter as this can emphasise creases. Invest in high quality brushes for beautiful, precise blending and a soft edge.
Liquid and pencil liners create lines that are far too harsh on mature skin, so create definition with a dark eye shadow and a small angled brush. Really work it out, blending rather than smudging and aim to get rid of any clear lines.
It’s easy to go wrong with blusher – too much or too little can be a disaster! But just the right amount in the perfect colour goes a long way in giving you a gorgeous, healthy glow.
Cream blushers work best on mature skin rather than powder, which is usually much too dry. Just a subtle hint of colour on your cheekbones and the apples of your cheeks is all you need. Dab it on with your fingers and blend well! Add the final touch with a delicate sweep of highlighter along the highest points of your face.