An anti-aging nude makeup look for mature skin

What can makeup do for me when I’m 40+ and I like a very natural look? A barely-there, nude, anti-aging makeup…? Definitely one of the questions I hear very often during my makeup classes.

Mature skin demands particular attention: small lines need to be hidden, brightness and glow are needed for youthfulness.

In this video, I’ll show you step by step how to work your skin smooth and flawless, all in lightweight textures.

The secret for flawless skin over 40: products which are efficient but ultra lighweight

Moisturizing is key: mature skin is very fine and often dehydrated. All makeup application therefore starts with a good moisturizer.

For the best result, uou want to use highly efficient products which still are “light”, and apply them in a very precise manner, exactly where needed.
I like to work with two different foundations, one super light one for smoothness. The other one, high coverage, I use in tiny amounts to conceal imperfections. Both have to be chosen in precisely your skin tone.

An all gentle eye makeup

I use an eyelash curler to “open” the eyes, my absolute favorite tool. Intrigued? Find more information, including a step-by-step manual, in this post.

With my favorite espresso colored eye pencil, I draw a soft line on the upper eyelid along the lashline, and under the eye. (The dark brown will bring out the blue of Anne’s eyes.)
I smudge and blend the lines very carefully for a soft and velvety result.

Generally speaking, all hard lines should be avoided, along with too bold colors and strong contrasts. Softness is your anti-aging ally.

Mascara and blush: putting some accents

As far as mascara is concerned, it’s all in the application technique: for the best volume effect you want to get a maximum of product into the roots of your lashes. In return the ends should be kept rather light.

A hint of peachy rosy cream blush and a super transparent lip color will finish this flattering look.


The cream I used when shooting this video has since been discontinued. This all-time favorite replaces it perfectly: Shiseido Super Revitalizing Cream / Foundation: MAC, Face and body foundation, col. C4 / Foundation: Shu Uemura, Face Architect, col. 554 / Brush: MAC, Pinceau rond, pointu 219 / Eye pencil: Lancôme, Crayon Khôl, col. brun 028 / Brush: MAC, Pinceau ombreur 242 / Mascara: Gemey Maybelline, Volum’Express, col. noir 01 / Spoolie brush: MAC, (Not available online) / Eyebrow pencil: Shu Uemura, Crayon à sourcils, col. stone gray 05 / Brush: Shu Uemura, Pinceau biseauté 60B / Blush: Nars, Le Multiple, col. portofino 01 / Lipstick: Lancôme, L’Absolu Nu, col. mousseline 103

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