As our skin grows more mature, most of us will need to make some adjustments to our makeup, but this doesn’t mean that we have to give up a look we love entirely.
Let’s take bronzer. I love bronzer! I love the look of a natural sunny glow that only a day in the sun or bronzer can give. But bronzer can be tricky for more mature skin. If the wrong bronzer is used or if the bronzer is applied in the wrong way, bronzer can be very aging.
With this in mind, I wanted to share a few tips that you may find useful:
1. Choose a matte bronzer. A lot of bronzers contain shimmer and too much shimmer can make mature skin look older.
2. Use a bronzer that has several variations in color. A matte brown is great for contouring, but if you’re going for the bronzed, glowing effect, a matte brown bronzer will tend to look heavy and muddy… and it will also drag down your face. We want our face uplifted, not dragged down!
3. Go lighter on the bronzer. Too heavy of a hand is going to look muddy on more mature skin and it will only serve to emphasize skin that is no longer as taut as it once was. Look for a bronzer that is more lightweight that you can build upon.
4. Apply bronzer on areas where the sun would naturally hit you rather than sweeping it all over your face. This means cheekbones, eyelids, bridge of nose, across the forehead, on the tip of the chin.
5. Contour is a big thing these days and many use a bronzer to do so. We can still do a bit of contouring with mature skin but we just need to go easier with it and also take the specific condition of our skin to mind. There is no one size fits all with contour.
I like to use contour beneath my cheekbones to give them a bit of a lift, but if your cheeks have dropped a great deal, this may not be a good option for you.
I also like to use contour on my jawline as it has softened a bit and contour gives it a more defined look. When I contour my jawline, I extend the contour underneath my chin for a more natural look. A darker line going down each side of the jawline and a lighter shade of skin showing beneath the chin is not a good look 😉
You can also use contour to define your face around your hairline if this works for you.
If you’re new to contouring, or have just given up on it due to having more mature skin, you might want to pick up some matte bronzer and play around with it. Try some of the tips I shared above and adapt them to what fits your skin best. Start with a light hand and go outside in the sunlight with a handheld mirror to see if you’ve accomplished the look you were going for.
And now for the most important tip of all… don’t be hard on yourself. Remember, you’re not trying to make yourself look younger, you’re only trying to look like the best version of who you are now… and that is beautiful!
I created this sunny, natural look with the Magic Minerals Bronzer Kit from Jerome Alexander, CoverAge Concealer from Jerome Alexander, a mauve lip liner, and a bit of eyeliner and mascara.
Ready to get your own sunny glow on? Click here to read my review of the Magic Minerals Bronzer Kit by Jerome Alexander. And, while you’re there, enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Magic Minerals Bronzer Kit of your own! 🙂
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