For older women, lighter or darker foundation?

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I have read opposite views on whether older women should wear a slightly lighter or slightly darker foundation. Usually, I read that women should try to match their skin tone as much as possible, but for older women the advice is wear slightly lighter or slighter darker (for different reasons).

Anyone have an opinion on this? Do you find a lighter or darker foundation "aging"?
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By "older" you mean? I personally think no matter the age you'd want to Match your skin.
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i match - and one good reason is that it's less obvious when the stuff settles in your wrinkles!

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I'd definitely match, but it's a matter of knowing which bit to match.
For me, matching the bit just along my jawline near my ear works best.
Matching the color in the center of my face makes me look as though I'm wearing a color that's too intense/dark and looks sort of weird.

Lisa Eldridge has lots of good advice.
Here's one on anti-aging makeup tips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA9U...yer_detailpage
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I'd say match your skin, I've never heard otherwise and can't imagine that going a little lighter or a little darker would flatter anybody. And probably look the worst on more mature skin.
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Isn't there that whole "look luminous" thing, though, where you're supposed to highlight a lot? Or maybe just brighten?

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Match your skin and then use a highlighter on certain areas of your face. I absolutely love this one by Laura Mercier: Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact - Laura Mercier | Sephora. It's subtle but gorgeous on the skin. It just brightens up the whole face. It's expensive at $38, but it will last pretty much forever because there is a LOT of product in that compact. I use it on my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, forehead, and chin. I use it VERY lightly. I have no desire to sparkle.
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Thanks everyone!

Chupie, I'm 69. Definitely "older"

Rou, I actually don't have wrinkles, yet - just freckles that are morphing into age spots. But surely wrinkles are on the way
Wavy, thanks for the link to Lisa Eldridge. I'll definitely check that out. She has a great reputation. ETA: I just checked out that link. It's great! Lots of terrific suggestions including specific brand names and colors and many other Lisa Eldridge tutorials specific for aging skin.

Starmie, it's a little hard for me to match. My skin is not the same color all over. Some cosmetics salesperson said I should match the back of my hand. Pretty weird!

Claudine, I find that whole luminous thing confusing. Some luminous makeup looks greasy on me, but I like the concept. Is there a brand you prefer?

JLeighs, I will look into that Laura Mercier brightener at Sephora. I like the idea that it is matte as well as radiant. Good suggestion!

Well, the consensus seems to be I should match my skin. The search for my HG foundation goes on! It was much easier when I was younger.
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Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift

Last edited by curlypearl; 02-22-2015 at 10:19 PM.
My skin is not the same color all over. Some cosmetics salesperson said I should match the back of my hand. Pretty weird!
Originally Posted by curlypearl
Some of the cosmetics company counters will give you free samples enough for 3-5 applications. So I would get them to give you some samples after explaining your problem to them.

Then see which one matches your skin best in different lights. Then buy from the company where you get the best match and who is the most helpful.
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Thanks, Blueblood. I absolutely need samples. I have spent much too much money buying the whole enchilada before getting a sample. Also, some of the advice I get from salespeople is very confusing. They want to match my neck or the back of my hand. My neck is very different from the back of my hand.

Others test out makeup on my jaw and they ALL blend in. My skin just sucks up makeup even though it isn't particularly dry. I think if they rub it in enough - it blends! So samples are the way to go.
2/c and some 3A.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Hope you find something CP! I'd do samples for sure and highlight or illuminate in areas. It can be tricky if you find most illuminating brands make you look oily. It's better to read descriptions and try those on while you are at a counter. Some give you a natural "lit from with in" look while some have a stronger glow and others are loaded in glitter (no thank you). Anything finely milled and lit from with in (which Laura M probably has) is the way to go.

I know some other popular illuminating powders are Hourglass (each representing a different type of lighting. Dim, etc). Guerlain Meteorites which color correct and illuminate. Bobby Brown has one that color corrects as well. They all have the standard green, yellow, peach & lavender color correcting powders along with a white that brightens but come off translucent on your skin.

Chanel has the Les Beiges powders. They come in a few different colors with warm undertones and are supposed to add a warm glow to your face.

PS- I did a lot of research on IP's this weekend. I want to try Hourglass so bad I can't stand stand it but I would have to travel 3 hours or order w/o testing. I am all about mood lighting and mood lighting for your face is brilliant. You may have already tried them. I have seen a lot of people saying they make your face look oily in reviews. Most who can't do Hourglass seem to love Guerlain Meteorites. I had no idea that L.M had an illuminating powder or I would have picked it up. I bought a small jar of her Secret Brightening Powder, used for setting under eye concealer, a couple years ago. Loved the powder itself but it has chunks of glitter in it. Who wants glitter under their eyes and no where else? Anywho, I'm not sure what the B.B looks like but The Les Beiges by Chanel are supposed to be incredible subtle. Just a natural, healty, warm glow.
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