Makeup for Mature Beauties Face of the Day Series. Episode 2 the Neutral Look

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m starting to feel a bit better. I’m still in some considerable pain but my energy level is higher today.

As I explained in yesterday’s post the inspiration for this new series is all thanks to my Instagram friend and fellow Fibro Warrior called Annette. She reached out to me on Instagram and mentioned that she was hoping to get some makeup ideas from me but said that she is 64 and so she felt that she needed to be sensible. To which I replied Makeup is timeless and all inclusive and can be experimented with at any age. đź’ś You never have to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore the beauty world! But I also didn’t want her to feel like she couldn’t do a great job without going too glam or bold… so I told her I would do a Makeup for Mature Beauties series just for her and asked if I could use her name to give her credit for the series and she said yes and that she was excited to know that I would be willing to do this for her. And so… this new series is born…

For today’s look I am focusing on a nice neutral look that any age can wear but was specifically created with the over 40 crowd in mind.

For today’s eye look I used shades in the Catrice Cosmetics Basic Bae Palette ($15 at Ulta) but in the Final Thoughts section of this blog post I will give you my suggestions on how to achieve this look using palettes you may already own.

Today’s scent is Katy Perry Royal Revolution —. The scent notes are:

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate and Pink Freesia
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Sandalwood.
  • Base Notes: Blackthorn (a compact, thorny shrub native to Eurasia), Vanilla Orchids, Leather and Skin Musk.

Well let’s jump into the walk through for today’s Face of the Day…. *please note I do my eyes before my face so allow for easy clean up of any eyeshadow fallout, even though I write my blogs with my base products first, it’s just easier for me that way*

Base:

I primed my face today using the Wet n Wild Photofocus Dewy Face Primer ($5.99 at Ulta) because my face is just a bit dull since I haven’t been keeping up with my skin care this past week due to being in a fibro flair. I primed my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer (). I contoured my forehead, cheeks, nose, and lips using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark using a fluffy shader brush to blend it in. For my foundation today I chose the Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation ($5 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Nude with a dense flat top foundation brush. I then took my setting spray and spritzed my whole face and waited a few seconds and bounced my beauty sponge over my whole face to press the foundation into my skin flawlessly. I bronzed my face using Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay using my dense bronzer brush. My cream highlight today is Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Mesmerize (rose bronze) that I applied it with a fluffy crease brush. I color corrected my undereyes (just the dark areas at the back part of my undereyes and along the middle of my lash line) using the Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer ($4.00 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Light/Medium . For concealer today I am using (just a dab for both eyes and to straighten out my nose contour) the Believe Beauty You’re Covered Liquid Concealer ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Light Beige and I applied both the corrector and the concealer with a concealer brush. I then took my setting spray and spritzed my beauty sponge and tapped out my undereyes and the I immediately set my undereyes using just a touch of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade #1 (fair to medium skin tones). I set the rest of my face with a very light layer of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent (for fair to medium skin tones) using a fluffy powder brush. * For drier skin or more mature skin just simple powder the areas of the face where oils form naturally… the nose, chin, and center of the forehead* I touched up my bronzer using the Malibu Glitz Face Powder ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Honey using a round top powder brush. *For drier skin or more mature skin skip this step as the extra powder will just emphasize the texture of your skin*  For my touch up powder I am using Physician’s Formula Natural Defense Setting the Tone Finishing Powder ($14.99 at Ulta) in the shade Light I pair this with a retractable kabuki brush for touch ups and I only touch up the sides of my nose and maybe the center of my forehead if it needs it.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Clear, I let the brows set for a few minutes  and then filled in my bows using the E.L.F. Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on the ELF website and at Target and Walmart) in the shade Deep Brown. I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P. Louise Base (ÂŁ10/$12.85 on their website) in the shade #0.5 Rumour using a smaller detailer brush and the lightest amount of the base. For today’s eye look I used the Catrice Cosmetics Basic Bae Palette ($15 at Ulta). I started by setting my brow line using the shade a flat shader brush and the color #Basic (Soft ivory – matte). For my transition shade is used a fluffy crease brush and the color #squad (peachy nude – matte). For my crease shade I used a denser crease brush and the combo of the colors #MOTD (soft light-toned brown – matte) and #MCM (warm mid-toned brown – matte). To define the outer v of the crease and to deepen up the outer 1/3 of the mobile lids I used a mid ranged pencil brush and the color #TBT (a deep cool toned brown – matte). For the remained 2/3 of my mobile lid I used a dense flat shader brush and the color #ExtraAF (bronze gold – metallic). I then went back over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lids with the shade brush, just wiped off, and the combo of the colors #MUA (antique bronze – metallic) and #WCW (deep chocolate brown – metallic). For my lower lash line I used a small pencil brush and the more of the color #MOTD (soft light-toned brown – matte) and then using a flat push brush I deepened my lash line using more of the color #TBT (a deep cool toned brown – matte). I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using the smallest pencil brush I had and the color #wifey (warm champagne – metallic). I then lined my lower waterlines using the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($26 at Sephora) in the shade Sunset #74 (golden bronze shimmer). I coated my upper and lower lashes in ColourPop BFF Volumizing Mascara ($8.00 at Ulta and on the ColourPop website) in the shade Black on Black. I then popped on a pair of Alter Ego False Lashes ($5 on their website) in the style Plush.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek ($28 at Sephora) in the shade Werk (dusty rose) that I applied with a duo fiber brush and applied it in the draping technique where you wrap the blush around the temples. I touched up my highlighter using the  BH Cosmetics Glowing In Greece Palette ($16 on their website) in the combo of the shades Athens (peachy-champagne) and Olympia (golden champagne) using a highlighter brush. *For drier skin or more mature skin skip this step as the extra powder will just emphasize the texture of your skin* I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Whipped Caviar (muted rosy mauve). I topped my lips off using BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love ($24 at Ulta) in the shade Tulip (warm pinky coral – crème). I then gave my face a spritz of setting spray and used my hand held fan to dry my face almost all the way and then I bounced my beauty sponge over the whole face to help melt all the face products into the skin better.

Final Thoughts:

You can achieve this same look using just about any neutral palette you own. You only need to have a cream/ivory shade for your brown bone, a peachy tan color for your transition shade, a slightly deeper brown for the crease, a deep cool toned brown for the outer v, a goldish shade for the mobile lids, and a champagne shade for the inner corners of the eyes.

You can substitute the eyeliner I used with a muted skin toned shade such as Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen ($12 at Ulta) in the shade Matte Nude, Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil ($27 at Sephora) in the shade Eye Cheat For Bigger, Brighter Eyes (universal nude), or Sephora Collection 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner ($11 at Sephora) in the shade # 06 Blonde Ambition (beige).

If you have very sparse brows you might get a better result for your brows using a pomade. Some of my favorite pomades right now are Milani Stay Put Brow Color ($8.49 at Ulta and most drug stores) and E.L.F. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream ($4 at Ulta, Target, and Walmart).

Remember that our goal is to have glowy radiant skin so when using the loose setting powder try to use the lightest amount and sparingly apply it to the areas where your makeup normally wears off during the day… the chin, around the nose, the center of the forehead… try to avoid the cheeks and the area above the brows in the temple area… these are the spots where light naturally hits so those are the areas you want to have the most dewy look to and since we aren’t using a powder blush or bronzer you don’t want those areas to go dull or muted because of the loose powder.

Well that’s all for today’s episode dolls. I hope I was able to help you with today’s look. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

XOXO, Nita