Is age slowing you down? I don't mean in an achy, creaky, bone-popping way but in a logistics way, specifically: Getting ready in the morning.
My routine has changed a great deal in the last 2-3 years, and it's not as if I went suddenly from nubile vixen to curmudgeonly crone. I suspect the change has more to do with maintaining the natural, "le no makeup" look I prefer, than with my biological age—but age is a factor, for certain. Looking the way I want takes more product and more time than it used to. Statement of fact. So it's no wonder I feel somewhat paralyzed in the morning when trying to get myself out the door in a timely manner.
My taste in makeup is almost identical to what it has been my entire adult life:
- Minimal face stuff, just enough to even out the coloring around my nose, but not cover my freckles and pores. Jane Iredale mineral powder has been doing an admirable job for more than ten years.
- Minimal blush (I am naturally rosy). When I wear it, I like a glowy (not shimmery or matte) finish. My current favorite is NARS Gaiety.
- One to two eyeshadows that mimic the natural colors already found in my face/hair/eyes. Rouge Bunny Rouge has several eyeshadows that are scrumptious and the finish is so kind to maturing eyes.
- Lipstick (never lip gloss) with a sheer, glossy finish. I have around six favorites right now, but Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Sweet Cherry remains in the top three since I bought it in May.
I am (20x2)+n. And even though my taste in cosmetics is mostly the same, nature is slowly but surely taking its toll on my face, forcing me to augment and play with areas I never had to before.
In the last couple years I have added several new items to my simple routine:
- Concealer. My skin thinned, hollowed, and darkened in the area between the inner eyes and the nose, and shadows deepened under my eyes. I never needed concealer until I hit my 40s. But instead of covering the shadows with opaque paste, I prefer a concealer/highlighter hybrid that lightens shadowy areas instead of covering them. It's sheer trickery, but I think it looks a little more natural, and I don't have to worry about creasing or color oxidation.
YSL Touche Eclat is my current favorite and has been for at least two years
- Brows. I must now fill in my brows, which have thinned. Many women who go through perimenopause experience hormone imbalances (understatement), and since thyroid is part of the endocrine system, it can get out of whack, too, causing some of us to lose a full outer third of our eyebrows. Luckily, I have avoided that side effect, but the volume has thinned enough that I must fill in the patchy areas with a good, sticky brow powder.
I have been using Clinique Brow Shaper in Shaping Charcoaled
since the late 80s.
- Mascara. One coat of mascara is a must when it was previously a nice-to-have. My eyelashes, which are quite long and dark, have also thinned. I used to have such a nice sooty fringe, but now I have a smattering of Daddy Long Legs legs that definitely need enhancing. I concentrate on the outer third, which helps open the eye. I don't bother with an eyelash curler—it's too much eyelash look for me.
- Eyeliner. Decreasing eyelash volume has left some spots almost bare. I was using an eyelash serum, but instead of getting more volume, I got eyelashes I could braid they were so long. Yuck. Long eyelashes with no volume is as bad as growing your hair very long when it's super fine and thin. So to fill in the gaps (more artifice and trickery), I smudge a densely pigmented powder eyeshadow against the lash line using a thin, firm brush (e.g., Hakuhodo K005). I am too impatient to deal with gel and liquid eyeliner, especially at dark o'clock in the morning, and I am too lazy to wash a brush every day.
Bobbi Brown Navy or Laura Mercier Deep Night
do the job admirably
- Lip pencil. Since both the philtrum and vermillion border flatten with age, I now need to line my upper lip so my lipstick doesn't feather. I don't have vertical lines (at least nothing obvious yet), but lipstick can fade from the top lip in an unflattering way, so anchoring it down with lip pencil is a good idea. I choose a pencil color that matches my lip pigment, not the lipstick, and I connect the tops of the peaks at the cupid's bow, which makes the upper lip look fuller. I don't draw outside the lines, but I don't make the marked dip I used to do in that area. Clinique Sky Violet matches my lip pigment exactly.
- Primer. I don't need primer as much as I want something on my skin that imparts a subtle glow. I haven't found a moisturizer that does this yet, so I look to primer to do the job, and often, the primer lets me skip moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, and powder, so this is one new addition that actually cuts out several others.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Metamorphoses primer gives
a suede-like finish to the skin
|I don't like mascara, so I find one I don't hate. Tarte makes a decent one that |
doesn't make my lashes feel crispy or gummy.
Currently my morning face takes 15 minutes, but as I grow accustomed to using the new additions, I'll get my routine down and be able to shave some time.
As you get older, do you find yourself using more or fewer products? And as you grow older still, will you continue to make the effort
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