Take a look as I share my recent delving back into the world of powder makeup. Because, according to many current glassy skin, glossy, dewy faced trends, powder is out. I want to tell you that it is certainly not. Powder makeup is very much keeping up with the times, and the latest hydrating, refining powder makeups to hit the market, may well be just what you’re looking for.

powder isn’t all bad – even if you’re over 40
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In This Episode We Cover:

  • The benefits that powder can offer mature skin.
  • How important hydration is to mature skin, whether using powder or not.
  • Why you should remember to be open to experimenting with products to find the one that works for you.


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Episode 51: Show notes

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I’ve seen a significant shift in the beauty world when it comes to the use of powder makeup. In the last decade, there has been a tendency to shy away from powder makeup, and I’ve noticed this trend not only in the industry, but also in my own personal makeup routine.
While this shift may be attributed to changing fashion and beauty trends, age also plays a vital role in how we approach makeup.

Today, I want to address the misconception that powder makeup is off-limits for those of us over 40.

So, let’s explore the potential benefits and best practices for using powder makeup, particularly for mature skin.

When used correctly, powder makeup can offer you several advantages – particularly if you have mature skin.

One of the key benefits is its lightweight nature, which can provide a more natural and breathable finish compared to some heavier liquid or cream foundations. This is especially helpful if you prefer lighter coverage or do not require foundation all over your face.

The super-fine milling of today’s powders, whether pressed or loose, has reached impressive levels of fineness, with formulations specifically designed to minimize settling into fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smoother appearance on the skin.

And another thing, powder makeup can effectively absorb excess oil, making it beneficial for controlling shine, particularly if you have combination or oily skin, which may become more pronounced with age.

Additionally, its ease of application and convenience for touch-ups throughout the day make it a practical choice if you lead a busy lifestyle.

However, it’s essential to approach powder makeup with a few considerations, especially for those with mature skin.

Keeping your skin well-hydrated before applying powder makeup is crucial to prevent a dry or cakey appearance.

Opting for powders with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or squalane can provide additional moisture and prevent the makeup from settling into fine lines.

Incorporating a primer can also help create a smoother surface for powder makeup while enhancing its longevity on the skin. Some hydrating powders can even double as a primer, offering a two-in-one solution for a seamless makeup application.

So when you’re choosing powder formulations, look for products specifically designed for mature skin, as they can often contain ingredients that provide additional hydration and are more forgiving on fine lines.

Proper blending is key to achieving a flawless finish with powder makeup. Using high-quality brushes or sponges to seamlessly blend the powder into the skin can help avoid a chalky or uneven appearance.

And if you may find powder makeup challenging to work with, cream-based products like foundations or blushes can offer a dewy finish and are less likely to settle into fine lines, providing an alternative for those who prefer cream formulations.

Ultimately, the choice between powder and other makeup formulations depends on your own individual preferences, skin type, and specific skin needs. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and experimenting with different products and techniques can help you find what works best for you.

As we navigate the world of hydrating powders, it’s exciting to see how the beauty industry continues to evolve, offering innovative solutions that cater to the varying needs of different skin types and ages. With the right knowledge and approach, powder makeup can be a valuable asset for those of us over 40, providing a natural, breathable, and polished look that stands the test of time.

So, whether you’re a devoted fan of powder makeup or have been hesitant to give it a try, I encourage you to explore the possibilities and find what works best for you. After all, makeup is an art, and there’s no limit to the creativity and self-expression it can offer. Until next time, embrace the beauty in every moment.

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Episode Transcript

[00:00:04]: In the last five, maybe even ten years, I’ve seen a real shying away from powder makeup in the beauty world for my own face. And when I do beauty makeup at work on set as well. And while part of that may well come down to the simple practice of fashion and trends for me personally, my own age probably has a lot to do with it.

And now, this isn’t to say I’ve stopped using powder altogether either, because that’s definitely not the case. I just use it far more strategically and in a more targeted approach than I used to when I was younger. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today, the fact that powder ain’t all bad, even if you’re over 40.

[00:01:30]: In fact, when used correctly, powder makeup can offer several benefits for mature skin.

Powder makeup can tend to be lighter than some liquid cream or stick foundations, which can give you a more natural and breathable finish to your foundation. And this can be really good news if you don’t want a heavy coverage or don’t need coverage over your entire face.
And the fineness of the milling of some powders today, both pressed and loose, is so incredibly fine. And if you want to hear more about some of these new fine powder ingredients, you should check out episode 14, which is part two of my two-part special on Danessa Myrick’s Groundworks Neutrals Palette.

In particular, in this episode, I explore the ingredient, which is called Upsalite, and just how crazy fine these new ingredients are getting. Some powder formulations are specifically designed to minimize settling into fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smoother appearance on your skin. Now, this is great news for us over folks, so keep an eye out for these types of formulations when you’re looking for a powder that will be kind to your not so smooth skin.

[00:03:01]: Powder is effective in absorbing excess oil, right? So helping to control shine throughout the day.
Now, this can be really beneficial if you have combination or oily skin which may become more pronounced with age. That is the combination thing and this is definitely happening to me as we speak.
I mean, I once had really dry skin and now am a verified card carrying member of the true combination skin club. Yay. I’ve got that blue check next to my name for the combination skin club for sure.

Now, powder makeup is often easier to apply and can be a quick solution if you have a busy lifestyle. It’s also really easy to touch up throughout the day as well.

[00:03:55]: And also, I have to say, if you’re someone who has been found guilty of the odd car makeup application, a powder product really is a good idea. It’s way more easy to blend in a second. And if you find yourself getting a little heavy-handed or a little messy when applying in your rear view mirror, powder makeup is a far quicker fix. You just blend it away, right? Blend, blend, blend and that powder will disappear.

And I couldn’t release an episode about powder makeup without mentioning one of my all-time favorite powder makeup brands and many a product.

And that is Colorescience.

If you have combination skin sensitive skin, are big on sunscreen in your beauty products, and let’s be honest, that should be all of us. Then be sure to check out colour science.

[00:04:51]: I’ll link to the entire brand in the show notes for you. It’s a brilliant brand that can sometimes fly under the radar.

Now, many powder formulations provide a matte finish, which can also help reduce the appearance of pores and create that sort of polished, airbrushed look that is super popular these days. Now, this all sounds like great news, right? And it is.
But there are some things to keep in mind, and it’s essential to keep in mind these few tips when using powder makeup on more mature skin.

Hydration is key. Ensure your skin is well hydrated before applying your powder makeup because moisturized skin provides a better base for your makeup application and will help prevent a dry or cakey appearance on your skin. And if you have super dry skin for powders that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid By Terry have a hyaluronic acid powder that I love.

[00:05:59]: I think it’s called Hydra Powder and say it should be longer than it sounds. The brand is Saie – S-A-I-E Airset Radiant Loose Powder is another great option which contains squalane. And also Becca Hydro Mist. Set and Refresh Powder that is made from a whopping 50% glycerin and water. Amazing. 50% of it is all about hydrating your skin.

So there are definitely options for hydrating within the realm of powder makeup for sure. Now, applying a primer can also help to create a smoother surface for powder makeup and to enhance its longevity on your skin.

[00:06:43]: In fact, some hydrating powders, like the ones that I just mentioned, can actually take the place of that primer too, and become your primer.

Remember, there’s no rules in makeup. Just make it work for you.

Now, that approach is only going to work particularly for someone that has oily or combination skin.

Sure, and maybe you only do it on part of the face. That’s what it’s all about, is just finding what works. Now, opt for powder formulations that are specifically designed for mature skin, as they often contain ingredients that provide additional hydration and can be more forgiving on fine lines.

Something else to remember is proper blending is crucial to avoid a chalky or uneven finish, so use a good quality brush or sponge to blend the powder seamlessly into the skin.

[00:07:37]: And now, if all else fails and you find that you’re just not going to become a powder convert no matter how hard you try, consider cream products. While powder makeup can work well, some people just prefer cream based products like cream foundations or blushes, as they can provide that dewy finish and they are less likely to settle into the fine lines.

Ultimately, the choice between powder and other makeup formulations wholly depends on your own personal preference, your skin type, and the specific needs of your skin or the person that you’re applying makeup to.

Of course, and there’s no one size fits all answer for sure, and there never will be.

So experimenting with different products and techniques can help you find what’s best for you. Till then, I’m ready to dive deep into the world of hydrating powders.

Nothing like this even existed when I was starting out, so I’m super excited. Okay, I hope you love the show.

[00:08:40]: And don’t forget, give me a little rating or review if you haven’t had the chance yet. Five stars, please. It helps so much with the algorithms of podcasts and all that fun stuff. Till next time. Bye.

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