Our skincare needs change as we age, but perhaps never so much as during the menopause, when hormonal fluctuations can introduce everything from dry patches to rosacea.
Grace Fodor, founder of cosmetics brand Studio10, believes “make-up is a great tool to create a look that gives us a sense of confidence” during this stage of life, and “looking good on the outside can give us the boost we need to feel good on the inside.”
Here, she shares her advice for upgrading your menopause make-up routine.
Dry skin is common for those tackling the menopause but with the right products, help is on hand.
“Mature and post-menopausal skin tends to be drier as it becomes less able to absorb moisture,” explained Grace. “Adding a primer after you’ve moisturised will even the texture of your skin, helping to smooth fine lines and enlarged pores, while also locking in moisture.
“Make-up ‘sticks’ to primers, making it longer lasting, so it’s something I recommend for mature skin.”
Grace continued: “Our Studio10 Youth Lift Glow-plexion (£26) gives a natural radiance boost to your skin, and contains moisture magnet hyaluronic acid and a binding agent to ensure your make-up lasts longer. You can use this primer under your make-up, mix with foundation or a tinted moisturiser, add on top of your make-up as a highlighter or even blend with body lotion for an all-over glow.”
Grace said: “A common side effect of the menopause is hot flushes, so waterproof make-up is your friend! Formulas are far more sophisticated now, so foundation, mascara and eye liners will all stay put.
“Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation (£34) not only contains SPF 15, but also has great lasting power.
“Avoid powders as they can dehydrate mature skin, and pigmented powders can collect in your natural creases. Liquid blush is a better option as it doesn’t sit on the skin and can be easily blended and buffed for a smooth finish.”
Suffering from redness? Grace recommends going green.
She explained: “A light wash of a green colour corrector applied before your base and foundation can go a long way to tone down any redness on your skin.
“Apply using brushes so that you don’t transfer oil from your fingers to your face. I also recommend keeping a cooling spray in your bag to refresh your skin on the go.”
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