Makeup Tips for Fearless Black Women Over 40

While makeup is a universal art form, there are some differences in applying makeup to maturing skin. According to Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, a New York City based dermatologist, there are different factors that affect the skin such as: hormones, seasonal changes, medication, and just plain aging. Since makeup application can require adjustment for more mature skin, here are a few tips to get those flawless results. 


It may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that before applying makeup, it is important to start with a fully cleansed face. While foam cleansers are good for oily skin, they can also be drying. Consider using a moisturizing cleanser instead.

 • Moisturize

Make it a point to be consistent in moisturizing your skin. You shouldn’t wait for your body and face to start feeling dry or for rashes to appear. As the skin’s elasticity is lessened over time, you will want to make moisturizing a part of your daily routine.

 • Use SPF

Sun protection is not optional. Melanin is like a filter of sun rays, but it shouldn’t be relied on for sun protection. Use products that protect the skin from sun exposure in order to avoid permanent damage to the skin and to decrease the chances of developing skin cancer. 

 • Refining Primers 

Using a primer that moisturizes and fills in any fine lines and pores is a key step. Avoid Matte primers, as they can be too drying and can emphasize wrinkles and fine lines. 

 • Eye Cream

Using an eye cream provides moisture to the thinner skin under eyes and tightens the under-eye area. This helps blur and diffuse fine lines and prepares the skin for eye makeup.

 • Foundation

Foundation is one of the key things to perfect when it comes to maturing skin. Using a lightweight foundation rather than a drying foundation will produce more flattering results. Your only real goal with foundation is to find one that will even out your general skin tone. When choosing the right foundation it is important to:

 1. Know your skin’s undertone – for women of color, this is very important. Using the wrong color foundation for your skin’s undertone might make you appear too red, grey, or orange. 

 2. Color correct if needed – Because the pigment of your skin may run darker on some areas of your face (the mouth area and under-eye area, for example), it may be useful to lightly color correct before applying foundation.

 • Concealer

Use a concealer that provides even coverage, but is lightweight and sheer. You may want to use a slightly lighter shade than your foundation, just be sure not to apply too much to the under-eye area. This creates a brightening effect and a more youthful look.

 • Loose Powder 

Set the face with a hydrating powder. Use a small amount around the places you get oily.

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