How To Conceal The Common Signs Of Ageing
Makeup artist Julia Biddlecombe shows VideoJug how to conceal the signs of aging on mature skin. Top tips from an industry expert on how to look after your skin and cover up the signs of ageing.
Step 1: You will need:
- a green concealer
- a good quality liquid foundation that matches your skin tone
- a concealer or stick foundation that matches your skin tone
- alcohol free cleansing & toning wipes
- some skin primer
- a latex make-up sponge
- some liquid highlighter
- a light reflecting concealer pen
- some powder
- and a large round brush
Step 2: Prepare the skin
You can use a wipe that cleanses and tones and then apply a good quality moisturiser that contains sunscreen. Always start by preparing the skin. Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face.
Step 3: Primer
Wait a few minutes for the moisturiser to soak in, and then apply a skin primer. Primers retexturise the skin and make the foundation application smoother, helping it stay on for longer. They are available from most good cosmetic lines.
Step 4: Veins and blood vessels
Strong red veins, usually found on the cheeks, chin and nose can be covered with a green concealer. Dab it on with your finger and blend it into the skin.
Step 5: Age spots
Dab a concealer or foundation stick that matches your foundation onto the age spots with your fingers. Make sure you blend it into the skin. A concealer is better for darker age spots because it is thicker.
Step 6: Foundation
Dampen the latex sponge slightly before you dip it into the foundation. Remove any excess water. This will prevent it from absorbing all of the foundation.
Shake the bottle. Put a little foundation onto the back of your hand.
Dab onto the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks before smoothing it in with even sweeping movements.
Step 7: Under eye bags and dark circles
Use a light reflecting concealer pen to disguise under eye bags. Dot some onto each bag and blend with your finger, being careful not to drag the skin. Don't be tempted to use normal concealer under your eyes, as it will look heavy and emphasize any wrinkles. For a more detailed explanation, refer to VideoJug's 'How to conceal bags under your eyes'.
Step 8: Skin illumination/ liquid highlighter
Use your fingers to apply a liquid highlighter with light reflecting particles to your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose. Blend using your fingertips. This will bring a warm glow to the skin and give it a youthful radiance.
Step 9: Cream blush
Julia recommends using a cream blush. Powder blush is not as suitable for older skin because it can leave the skin looking dry and less youthful.
TOP TIP: Smile and apply with your fingertips to the apples of your cheeks. Blend.
Step 10: Set with powder
Load a large powder brush with some light reflecting powder. Tap it with your finger to remove any excess and then apply a light dusting over your whole face. This will help to 'fix' the foundation and make the skin appear more even. Avoid using powder if the skin feels very dry as it can make the skin look older.
Step 11: Bronzing and shaping
Using a large round brush apply bronzer to the nose, neck & cheekbones. This will help to add shape to the face