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Best Makeup for Mature Skin

As a 60-something female, Kate Swanson is well aware of the challenges facing women throughout their life in health, beauty, and fashion.

Makeup for older women

Makeup for older women

When we're young we barely need makeup to look good, but when we get old and need the camouflage more than ever, it sometimes seems impossible to find a foundation that's up to the job! But don't despair, it is possible to find makeup that works for mature skin. It's all about good preparation, choosing the right products, and applying them with subtlety.

matte powder

matte powder

Lose the Powder!

Most of us grew up using powder cosmetics. Those born in the '40s may use pressed powder instead of foundation; baby boomers were taught to set their liquid foundation with translucent powder, and nearly all of us have used powder blush. The latest craze for mineral powder foundations has sucked in a few of us, too, with the promise of better skin.

Unfortunately, powder—even mineral powder—is unflattering to most mature women, for two reasons:

1. Matte Means Flat

When we're young, our skin has a natural glow. In hot weather or if we have oily skin, that glow can get out of hand, so powder is useful. However, most women find their skin dries out after 50, so there's less need to mattify.

The glow of youth diminishes, so now we need to enhance it, not hide it! Powder hides any remaining sheen we have and can give a flat, lifeless look.

2. Facial Hair

The other thing to watch for is the effect of powder on fine, downy facial hair. Powder clings to the hairs and makes them far more obvious, especially in bright light.

This problem is rarely mentioned by beauty writers, so I was gratified to see a recent Vogue review of a new mineral powder foundation. The writer raved about how great it was, then added, "however powder foundations are not recommended if you have facial down."

light-reflected powder

light-reflected powder

Light-Reflecting Foundations Equals Wrinkles!

If powder is too matte, then maybe the new "light-reflecting" foundations and highlighters are the answer? These products are often marketed to mature women, as a way of reclaiming a youthful glow. Unfortunately, they have their downside on lined skin, too.

Put a light-reflecting foundation or highlighter on a wrinkled area, and light will reflect off the peaks but not in the troughs—making your wrinkles stand out even more! The same applies to foundations or highlighters that are pearlised.

Many mineral powder foundations fall into this category as they often contain mica or other light-reflecting ingredients. The combination of powder and light reflection can be an unfortunate double whammy for some older faces.

The Problem With Full-Coverage Foundation

Uneven skin tone is a giveaway sign of aging. The obvious reaction is to use a foundation that offers better coverage. It may camouflage pigmentation, but it comes at a price!

If a foundation promises to cover better or last longer, it's also going to be heavier or at least, stickier. That means it's almost certain to settle into lines more.

So, if you're trying a foundation or concealer, don't judge by how it looks when you put it on. Wait half an hour, then take a good look at your face in a good light (and, if your eyesight isn't what it was, use a magnifying mirror!).

I tried this recently with an expensive foundation that promised a "dewy, age-defying, long-wearing finish."

It looked great at first, but half an hour later when I looked in the mirror and smiled, I changed my mind. The foundation had settled into my eye wrinkles, so when I smiled I had a map of the Nile delta below each eye!

Use a Subtle Approach

The sad truth is that makeup's ability to camouflage wrinkles and pigmentation is far more limited than marketing suggests.

Remember that even the heavily made-up models in the ads have been photoshopped to hide their flaws! I wish I could offer a magic solution to transform an older face, but I haven't found one so far.

I've found the best approach is to turn the whole thing on its head. Instead of attacking with everything you've got, be subtle. It may not hide as much, but people will think you're not made up, so they'll think your bright eyes and rosy cheeks are natural!

Makeup Tips for Mature Skin

  • Use primers under makeup—it will help even out skin tone and texture, and keep your makeup fresher longer. Primers are available for the face, lips and eyes.
  • Use a BB cream, CC cream or even a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation, or mix your foundation with a drop of moisturizer for a soft finish.
  • Use cream blusher (stick or compact), not powder, for a more dewy look.
  • If you use concealer under your eyes, pat it from the inner corner of your eye to the mid-point. If you use it under the outer corner, it will highlight your wrinkles.
  • Use a highlighter just under your brow bone to open up your eyes
  • As we age, our eyelids turn purple. A pale peach or gold shadow over the whole eyelid will counteract that and give a more youthful look.
  • Use a nude or pale pink eyeliner along the inside edge of your lower lid (like kohl)—instant sparkle!
  • Use a lipliner to sharpen the outline of your lips.
  • Never put mascara on your lower lashes.

Fix the Fundamentals

You may be feeling frustrated that there isn't more you can do with cosmetics to improve your look. But there is something else you can do—tackle the underlying problems instead of trying to hide the result.

There are ways to work on improving your skin's condition, rather than trying to cover it up.

There are several non-surgical facelift systems that can bring back a youthful glow, and reduce wrinkles. My personal favourite is Omnilux Revive. Whether you have a monthly salon treatment or do it yourself at home, it's fantastic for evening out your skin tone and diminishing wrinkles.

Further Resources

  • Grown-up beauty: Less is more for mature skin | Mail Online
    Beauty expert KAY MONTANO speaks to Sixties model Twiggy about how her simple makeup look enhances her natural radiance and is an inspiration to us all.
  • Top Mature Foundations for Women Over 40
    As a continuation from the previous Top 5 Foundations for Women Over 40, we realized that only listing five foundations for "mature" skin was a little skimpy. Women creeping closer to 40, or even well over that milestone, definitely need the correct

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Kate Swanson


Maria Cecilia from Philippines on June 29, 2018:

first I thought I responded to this before but anyway, 4 or 3 months ago, I realized I just can't use any foundation.and I was surprised a pressed powder is now a disaster, my skin changed a lot, I was so oily when I was younger, but now face seemed dried as some part and oily some. Then Mary K was recommended to me, I tried to use them from the facial wash to toner, moisturizer, day cream and night cream, then the foundation is Mary K CC cream. I see great improvement,because my skin improved a lot, kinda expensive but it is all worth it but I am thinking of just maintaining the moisturizer and facial wash. I also discover the Miracle Finish series from the Face Shop, I think this cushion presses powder is better as alternative to ordinary press powder that I used before.

Nicole on June 27, 2018:

Have any of you given Mary Kay a chance?

Ariana Paulins from Ohio on March 13, 2014:

Great Article! I too agree that less is more. Sometimes when people have on too much makeup it can really make them look older! Thanks for sharing!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 14, 2012:

Interesting to hear the chemical peel was worth it - maybe I'll have to investigate!

The white complexion may not be just due to the chemical peel. As we age, our skin tends to turn whiter and whiter. The best way to get color is not with your foundation, but with bronzing powder or blusher. Choose a delicate shade. Sweep it from your cheekbones up each side of your face to your temples, then stroke it lightly in the centre of your forehead, across the bridge of your nose and on the tip of your chin.

I think you'll be surprised at how well this works. I used to use this trick when I was performing flamenco - my skin is pale, and for flamenco it's good to look more Mediterranean. I tried using tan foundation but it looked like a mask, so I used bronzing powder instead - and even though I only used it as I explained above, it made my whole face look sun-kissed.

B Connolly on August 13, 2012:

I am 70. Ten years ago, I had a facelift and a chemical peal (which I have never regretted since I still have no lines). The only downside is, because of my chemical peal, I have a white complexion and I have to use really good cover to look alive. My present cover, Elizabeth Arden covers well but is getting to heavy. Any suggestions?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on April 26, 2012:

Pam, I've started using Aveeno products recently and I'm quite impressed. I must look for the lip balm! And thanks for the tip on the Maybelline mascara.

pam on April 26, 2012:

Someone wanted to know about chapped lips and no mascara on the lower lashes. Lip balm is the way to go, Nivea has a great lip balm and so does Aveeno and MAC has one if you're going high end. If you're worried about mascara flaking off your lashes, Maybelline's Falsies Mascara does not flake off. I've tried many mascaras and I'm 50+.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 30, 2011:

LOL, Jean, don't we all feel like doing that sometimes, as we get older? It's awful when you stop recognizing the old biddie in the mirror!

jean brighton on December 30, 2011:

my god girls why all the fuss why not do what i do i

have been using these helpful tips since i hit 50.get yourself a brown paper bag put it over your head and cut a couple of slits for your eyes gives a nice even cover every time. another faverite of mine it is quick and easy and won`t coast a thing stay in. just thought some light heartedness on the ageing subject

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 03, 2011:

@Maria, that's the downside of losing weight when we get older - it's something I worry about myself. Someone once said, "as you get older, you have to choose between your face or your butt", meaning that a little fat on the face disguises the sagging of old age.

A facelift is the only real solution, but fillers could go a long way to improving things.

Maria on December 03, 2011:

I lost weight and unfortunately my face lost the weight as well - result sagging cheeks and wrinkles. I was pretty at one time but now I look terrible. What remedy do you have for me? Would appreciate any thing.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 28, 2011:

That's interesting Nancy - I don't think we've seen the Platinum range here in Australia yet. Something to look out for!

Nancy on November 28, 2011:

I've been using Avon since I was a teenager, now at 68 I've fallen in love with Avon's "Platinum" line for the over 60 crowd. Who would have thought there would be a cosmetic line for women over 60?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 20, 2011:

Thanks for the tip about Physicians Formula blush, Bettye! Which tinted moisturizer do you wear now? I'm in Australia and what works in South Florida would work well here, too (humid climate).

I have to say, I've tried some of the "luminous" type moisturizers and I find they look shiny and artificial on older skin - but I'm always looking for one that works. Is it the Guerlain Teint d'Ailleurs?

Bettye M Jones on November 20, 2011:

Some of it is useful; however I CANNOT use a cream blush at 78; it just disappears into my skin. Have found a creamy powder blush that works well (Physicians Formula) and is actually in my budget since losing my job in 2007!

I use a tinted moisturize which works well in South Florida where I live; but am looking for a more luminous look..friend tried Guerlain beds (mid 70's and looks great) I like it; however, they do not actually recommend it for seniors?????? I have dry light light/medium skin//any suggestions anyone?

dhalia on October 28, 2011:

I'm over 60; to apply foundation I mix it with some water and moisturizer and blend it together. I have a magnifying small mirror stuck on the window, so I can see what I'm doing; otherwise, Good Luck and smudging.To control shine, I always carry blotting papers, they are wonderful (although I don't always remember to use them).

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 18, 2011:

Thanks for the tip about Mary Kay, Tina - any foundation in particular?

Tina Bryant on October 18, 2011:

I am 46 and have some lines around the eyes and have been looking to switch from Clinique to something else cause it's settling in the lines. I saw a lady who had many many more lines than I have and her makeup was beautiful and couldn't resist to ask about her foundation and she said Mary Kay. I never thought of trying them but she looked great.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 15, 2011:

Rudolph (LOL), I wish I had a solution. I'm also inclined to redness on my nose and chin and haven't had much luck finding a good solution. If it's rosacea, then IPL treatments make a huge difference, so that might be worth a try.

Rudolph on October 04, 2011:

I'm looking for a foundation that will cover my very red nose- without showing all the pores! The last time I wore foundation on my nose my son asked what all the dots were! Can you suggest anything?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 23, 2011:

Touch Tint was a cream eye shadow so I'd stick with a cream formulation. I know someone else who liked Touch Tint and she is now using Laura Mercier Metallic Creme eye colour - which is a bit pricey here but apparently a small tube goes quite a long way. It does look dramatic if you use too much but you can get a subtle effect if you use it sparingly.

MarquetteSam on September 23, 2011:

Marissa, it's too bad that the individuals who disagree with you can't do it in a more pleasant fashion. Good for you for not responding in kind.

I am 63 and am looking for an eyelid shadow to cover my somewhat red and veiny looking eyelids. Clinique's touch tint for eyes in "soft heather" worked so well, but of course it's no longer available. I just bought Clinique's new lid smoothie in "Currant Affair" and its deeper purple shade makes me look as if I have black and blue eyes. Do you think that the peach eye shadow you have suggested would work for this problem. I'd like to put it on first thing in the morning.

Thanks for all the great tips that you have here. I'm a first time user and will definitely return.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 20, 2011:

@Becca, how lucky you are to have wrinkle free skin! The loss of pigment in older skin is a big problem - it's one of the reasons why hairdressers recommend going lighter with hair colour.

If you try to cover the whiteness with foundation you're only going to achieve a mask-like effect. Have you tried using a light blusher instead? Don't just use it on your cheeks, you can also stroke it from the temples down to your cheeks, over the bridge of your nose, in the center of your forehead and on the tip of your chin.

I have fair skin and when I have to look tanned and exotic for my belly dance performances, I don't use a dark foundation - I do the above trick with bronzer, and it works surprisingly well.

Becca on September 20, 2011:

I am 65 years old and basically have wrinkle free skin because I have never sun bathed. My problem is that as I get older, my skin is bleaching itself and the once rosy color I had is now so chalk white it is nearly colorless. The whiteness of my skin is so strong, that it whitens all the foundation colors I put on it. I need a foundation that is dense enough to overcome the whiteness of my skin.

Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 20, 2011:

Danique, I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm a bit mystified about your comment because I didn't say mature women have dried up skin - actually I have an oily T zone as well, but I still find powder is unflattering.

Omnilux, unlike some other so-called non-surgical facelifts, IS clinically proven and I, for one, think they're marvellous - true, it's not going to give you the same results as a real facelift, but it work a lot better than any fancy cream or other treatment I've tried. And by the way, the blue light version is absolutely fantastic for skin that's oily and prone to breakouts.

danique mitchell on September 20, 2011:

I am 50 and my skin is oiler than ever - if I went without powder I would be like an oil slick! Not all mature women have dried up skin - your so called tips were just to sell Omnilux devices - which by the way don't work and are as much use as your tips!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 06, 2011:

Judy, I recommend you try the Omnilux system. Do it at the salon if you can afford it, or buy the Omnilux handheld device. You may be amazed, I was!

Judy Mattioli on September 06, 2011:

Thanks for the tips...they all sound great but many won't help me at my age of 68. My skin has always been clear because I went through a lot of trouble making sure it was clean and used very expensive mosturizers, etc. When I turned 60 it seemed everything went became dull, brown spots started popping up (which are a real problem now) and small red spots on my cheeks. Because of all this I use a lot more make-up to try to cover them up, which I find doesn't really work. I'm not sure anything can help me and I hate looking in my make-up mirror. I'm smart enough to know that I'll never look "young" again but I'd love to find something that would help my skin look better. Just wearing a tinted mosturizer would never work for me, I'm afraid.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 12, 2011:

@Jean, I know what you mean about needing to define the eyes.

Have you tried a photorejuvenation facial? They're not cheap, but if you are interested in your appearance, they can be a real refresher. You can also buy a handheld version to use at home, which works out at a fraction of the price.

Jean Ohlerking on August 12, 2011:

I'm 71 and wear very light makeup foundation. i haven't worn mascara for years because of the droopy-look and constant smudging. I feel like i need to define my eyes so i use eyeliner on bottom rim only. i keep my face clean and use moisturizers. although i still have wrinkles, i figure at my age, i've earned 'em. i will try the tinted moisturizer you write of...and the lipliner as well, just because i don't want to look tired. Thanks for your very informative words of wisdom.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 09, 2011:

@Willies, I identify with your comment! I'm one of those lucky women who looked far younger than their age for years. Then when I hit menopause, I seemed to age overnight - wrinkles seemed to appear out of nowhere. Thanks for the tip about the serum, I will check it out!

willies on August 09, 2011:

'm glad to know I'm not alone here... Throughout my life (even my teenage years) I have always had a good complexion. I mean, here and there I'd get a little breakout, but nothing to write home about. For the most part, my adolescence was smooth sailing as far as my skin went...

I have talked about this with a few other women around my age (35-55) and we all came up with the idea that it may be a biological/hormonal change that occurs for women at this particular age. There also may be a stress factor as we have a lot more to worry about and be responsible for than we did back then.

For my 40th birthday, my mom bought me a bottle of Made from Earth's Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum, and after a few weeks, people were commenting that I looked less tired. They even asked if I lost weight, been exercising or on vacation!

Since it works gradually over a few weeks, you notice a bit of difference yourself, but the people who don't see you that often really notice a dramatic change. Smaller wrinkles are smoothed out and disappear completely, while large ones get smaller.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 16, 2011:

I haven't tried Olay Revitalizing, Jean, I must give it a go. I love my peach eyeshadow but haven't tried pink either - another idea worth trying, thank you!

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on June 15, 2011:

Hi Marisa,

I agree that once our skin is older, less is more. I have been using a light tinted moisturizer, and sometimes that's all on the skin. If I want a bit more, it's a cream based moisture makeup, like Olay Revitalizing. I've tried shades of pinks on eyes (again, not for everyday) and surprisingly it highlights them and looks natural. And you are so right with the No NO about mascara on bottom lashes. It never comes off! Nivea is great too. Nicely done!

Charisse on June 05, 2011:

For those people asking about why mature ladies shouldn't use mascara on the lower lashes - it is because it drags your eyes down. Well, that's what it does to me. Other than an eyelash tint, I put nothing on my lower lid. Even the slightest hint of colour there instantly makes me look tired.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on May 19, 2011:

@WriteAngled, I like the Nivea tinted moisturizer too! I also quite like the Dove product, which is equally cheap. Like you, I keep coming back to these, because I seem to get the most compliments when I'm wearing them.

Krys W from Abertawe, Cymru on May 19, 2011:

Totally agree on the foundation question. I spent a while thinking that I needed full cover now that I am older, and spent quite a bit of money thinking that if I bought quality (= expensive) foundations they would not cake. Hah! My solution now is to use a tinted moisturiser. I've tried several and a fairly cheap one by Nivea works very well. I don't tend to wear make up very often, but when I do use the tinted moisturiser, lots of people comment on how "radiant" or "well" I look, so it obviously does its job well. BTW I'm 57 too.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on February 18, 2011:

Actually ceebee, the author is 57. And yes, women over 50 do often "cake on" their makeup because we can't see close-up any more, and don't realize we're doing it!

In fact, the author in this article about Twiggy makes the same comment:

If you've found a foundation that doesn't settle into wrinkles yet can even out mature skin tone, I'd love to know about it and so would everyone else, I'm sure.

ceebee on February 18, 2011:

I take care of my skin. I know how to apply makeup. I'm not a 'Baby Jane'...and I found this article to be condesending, thank you very much. I am sure there is a foundation out there that can even out 'mature' skin tone. Do you really think that women over 50 just 'cake' on their makeup to fill in wrinkles??? (perhaps some do, but most don't). Instead of telling us to give it up, why ccouldn't you offer some suggestion for foundation brands that best even the skin tone plus 50 skin? Instead, this article emphasized how 'not' to apply makeup and then in the end, suggest a face lift. How old is the author?? 22?

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 17, 2011:

@Dagmar, thanks for sharing. You sound like you're doing all the right things. Good tip about usnig a cotton ball to make sure you've got any excess foundation.

I also wear my hair longer because I need it long for belly dancing - but also because I feel shorter hair can look harsh, and softness is what I need!

Dagmar on January 16, 2011:

Thanks a lot for your tips. I just turned 60 , and I consider looking pretty good for my age. Everyone that doesn't know me, think I'm in my 40's. I never use powder. I just put very light and thin, pencil eraser size dab of foundation on each cheek and forehead (3 in all) and spread it all over. Then I dab off the excess with a cotton ball puff. It gives me a natural look. I still haven't given up on powder blush. I outline my lips because as you age, lips lose there shape. I have never smoked, so I don't have those wrinkles around my mouth. I use a beigey lip liner. I fill in my lips with a creamy either peachy or rose lipstick using a lip brush. I color my hair blonde with highlights and lowlights, keep it layered shoulder length and have always had bangs. Mature women are stereo typed of always having short hair. Therefore, I keep my hair longer. I will definitely try the cream blush and lighter liner. I always use dark brown eyeliner. Thanks again for your WONDERFUL tips! ...Dagmar

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 31, 2010:

@imalittlepot, try this one:

imalittlet.pot on December 31, 2010:

Hi, This was really detailed and Im guessing really helpful for the people it was aimed at but I am fourteen and I have loads of spots and not much money to spend on products, I was wonering if you could do an aticle on that? Thanks,


Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 09, 2010:

Paula, it's not emphasising wrinkles that's the problem, it's emphasising facial hair and giving a "flat", lifeless look. If you don't have a facial hair problem, and you can find a mineral make-up that's talc and bismuth free, it's not so much of a problem. You could also try a liquid mineral make-up.

Mary, if you want something light, tinted moisturisers are a great option - I like Dove's and Nivea's Q10, though they're both cheap!

mARY on December 09, 2010:

can you recommend and nice light foundation for 40ish skin?

Paula on December 09, 2010:

I am 49 and have been using mineral makeup because I also have acne prone skin. Can't wear liquid makeup or tinted moisturizer without it making me breakout and you say powder makes wrinkles more noticeable. So now what?!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 23, 2010:

Raquel, there is some evidence that excessive exfoliation is bad for your skin - however there should be no problem with using a product like that once a week, so long as you don't do it long-term.

raquel on September 23, 2010:

Thanks for the tips. I just purchased the Micabella vitamin C exfoliating peeling gel. Can a mature woman use this product without damaging the face. How often can I exfoliate with this product as I was told it does work.Need your advise. I still use the pouder sparingly because i can not return them .

GURPREET on September 04, 2010:

useful tips .i was aabout to buy good looking and attractive pack of newly advrtised powder .you saved my money and day .......thanks


Naina.Soni from lucknow,India on August 10, 2010:

thanks for sharing I particularly like your tip of using nude or pale pink eye-liner great idea..!!!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 26, 2010:

Glad you like it, and thanks for the link.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 26, 2010:

Really useful tips. We have added a link from our hub "Benefit Cosmetics and the Older Woman". Hope that's okay with you.

SilverGenes on June 14, 2010:

These are really good tips - now if I could just see to put the darn stuff on! As far as working with our best highlights, I figure a good pair of shoes is a place to start :-)

mineral based cosmetics on June 08, 2010:

I really like your tips. Those are really very true especially about lose powders. Thanks for sharing such a great read.

Julie on May 28, 2010:

I am 51 and still have excellent vision. I use light, or clear forumula mascara on my lower lashes to define and that detracts from the wrinkles below the eye because I'm drawing more attention to my eyes. I also use an airbrush system for foundation and for contouring. I lighten up the whole eye area above the lower lash and from the middle of the eye inward to help keep the illusion. It seems to work for me. Hope that helps others.

europewalker on May 07, 2010:

Good advice.Sometimes it is hard to look in the mirror and see an older face,I just have deal with it. You are so right about the powder!

Linda Todd from Charleston on April 19, 2010:

very solid information. You are so right that less is more for those of us who are getting older. I have to make sure my light is good in my bath.

Thank you for sharing.

Alexandra on April 10, 2010:

Thought that could be it, but thanx for clearing that up for me!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on April 10, 2010:

The reason is that anyone over 50 can't see detail. When you put mascara on your lower lashes, it's more likely to flake on to your skin and you won't notice, so you could be walking around all day with black smudges under your eyes!

Alexandra on April 09, 2010:

I'd like to know why you (and others) advise not to use mascara on lower lashes of mature ladies? Thanx

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 29, 2009:

Cheryl, I have dark circles under my eyes too. Concealer doesn't camouflage them well and just settles into the wrinkles. The best plan is really to get rid of them. I find that if I exercise more and drink lots of water, they're much less noticeable.

Lips - lots of Vaseline or lip gloss will reduce the chapping.

cheryl a castillo on December 29, 2009:


double_frick on December 21, 2009:

I'm only 25 but i'm just now beginning to see the signs that i'm no longer growing, and we all know what that means. i've noticed my first laugh lines around my eyes, and i'm not laughin!

i started using Vagisil's chafing gel on my face, as a primer, and it works like MAGIC.

Gabriella D'Anton from Los Angeles, Ca on November 28, 2009:

Thank you Marisa!

Great hub with helpful information and good advice. Mineral make-up is the best, both from a skin and beauty prospective.

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on November 25, 2009:

I changed from foundation and powder to cream foundation, but I still get a very shiny nose. I have to use a mattifier to help control the shine. Thanks for all the tips. Aloha!

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on November 07, 2009:

marissa, Can we buy it by the bucketful. I need it that's for sure. great hub thanks

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on October 07, 2009:

Marisa: I got curious about your articles, and clicked on this one, and wow, the tips are marvelous! I use mineral makeup but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking maybe I should be using a creme blusher as it gives my skin a better glow, but since I keep hearing that minerals are good for one's skin, I have stuck with them. Have bookmarked this hub!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on September 17, 2009:

Thanks Helen. I had a look at some of your articles and readers might like to visit this one, it's relevant:

Helen Cater from UK on September 17, 2009:

This is really good advice for mature skin as lots of us find out to our cost. I always go for a light tinted moisturiser to reduce the risk of wrinkle clogging. You have some really good products for people to try and I have in fact used Laura Mercier foundation primer. Make-up needs to be tip top at my age. I have written several Health & Beauty articles here at Hubpages, but I think I need to go a long way before I can have them looking as good as yours.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on September 15, 2009:

Marisa Wright,

Nice hub!

You are right less is more. As my skin matures I use even less make up. These are great tips!


Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on September 15, 2009:

I'm aging, and so im more concerned about using the right make up for a maturing skin. Thanks for the tips!