Bonjour, mes amours! When we talk about French beauty, we often conjure images of young Parisian women strolling along the Seine with effortlessly chic makeup. But let’s not forget, elegance in France is ageless; it only ripens with time.
Today, I am thrilled to share with you the art of French makeup for those of us over 50. Age is but a number, and sophistication is your canvas at any stage of life. Let’s delve into the secrets of achieving that timeless, French allure that celebrates your experience and wisdom. À la vôtre!
Focus on Skincare
In France, makeup is considered the final touch, not the starting point. Begin by investing in high-quality skincare products for mature skin to create the perfect canvas. I highly recommend L’Oréal Collagen Cream as an affordable, deeply hydrating moisturizer.
To target wrinkles and fine lines, consider Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream. Both of these mature skincare essentials will help your makeup glide on seamlessly, enhancing your natural beauty.
Use a Makeup Primer
Using a primer is like preparing a canvas for painting; it helps your makeup adhere better and last longer. Primers fill in pores and fine lines, creating a smooth canvas for the foundation. Look for hydrating formulas with a touch of luminosity. Avoid mattifying primers, which can emphasize lines as you age.
The go-to primer for women over 50 is Guerlain L’Or Radiance Makeup Primer. It’s infused with real gold flakes and gives a radiant base that’s très chic. Just a small dollop can help smooth fine lines and pores, ensuring your foundation stays put.
Opt for Sheer Foundation
Opt for a sheer foundation with buildable coverage. Heavier, matte foundations tend to settle into fine lines and look cakey, making you look older. Sheer formulas like tinted moisturizers provide a lit-from-within glow.
A sheer, hydrating foundation like Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation gives a natural, luminous finish to women over 50. It’s perfect for mature skin and offers just the right amount of coverage. Spot conceal as needed.
Use Concealer Sparingly
The goal is to brighten your under-eye area without highlighting wrinkles. A little goes a long way with Laura Mercier Flawless Finish Concealer. Dab it only where you need to correct dark circles or blemishes and blend well to achieve a flawless look.
Fill in Brows with a Pencil
Eyebrows frame your face, and a well-defined brow can take years off your appearance. Use short, hairlike strokes and a color that matches your natural brow shade. Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Design 3-in-1 Pencil is fantastic for filling in sparse areas without making your brows look overly done.
Curl Lashes and Apply Mascara
Just a few coats of a volumizing mascara, focused on the upper lashes, nicely defines the eyes. A good eyelash curler and mascara can open up your eyes, making them appear more youthful and alert. For mascara, Lancôme Définicils offers excellent definition and length without clumping, perfect for a sophisticated look.
Apply Cream Blush on Cheeks
Apply some cream blush on the apples of the cheeks. Powder blush can sometimes emphasize pores and settle in fine lines. Cream blush blends effortlessly, giving your cheeks a youthful flush. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in a rose or peach shade works wonders to revive dull skin and add a touch of romance to your look.
Go with a Sheer Lip Color
Choose a sheer and transparent lip color in a rosy or peach shade. Bold matte lipsticks can be aging. Subtle, shiny shades give a younger, refreshed look. Opaque or matte lip colors can be drying and may emphasize fine lines. A sheer, moisturizing formula like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine provides a pop of color while keeping your lips hydrated.
Powders often settle into facial lines on mature skin. They can make mature skin look dry and accentuate wrinkles. Instead of setting your makeup with powder, opt for setting sprays or mists to keep your skin looking fresh and dewy. I recommend the Clarins Fix’ Make-Up setting spray.
Finish with a Hydrating Mist
To set your makeup and maintain a dewy look throughout the day, use facial hydrating mist. Caudalie Beauty Elixir not only sets your makeup but also refreshes your skin and mood with its invigorating scent.
Voilà! These are the secrets to achieving ageless French beauty. Whether you’re strolling down the Champs-Élysées or simply enjoying a café au lait at your local coffee shop, you’ll be turning heads with your timeless allure.
The keys are hydration, lightweight formulas, a minimal approach, and luminosity over matte finish. Focusing on great skin and a radiant complexion creates a beautifully French-chic makeup look after 50!