Makeup and Skincare Must-Haves For Every Age With Makeup Artist, Isabel Rosado
Even though age is just a number in our book, when it comes to your beauty routine, the different seasons of life may call for different products, textures and routines to keep you glowing and gorgeous.
Not sure how to address the concerns you’re dealing with? We chatted with Makeup Artist Isabel Rosado, who knows a thing or two about glowing skin (just take a look at her Instagram), and had her spill what products and ingredients to look for at every phase of life.
Ready to figure out what you should be looking for? Read on as she breaks it all down!
If you’re 18-24 years old…
What to focus on when choosing makeup: Educate yourself on your skin type at this age to explore and discover what it needs. Determine if your skin is oily, dry, normal or combination. Then, choose products accordingly - such as oil-free foundation, SPF, mattifying powder or a facial mist.
How to care for and prep skin: At this age, skin cleanliness is crucial. Make sure to completely remove previous makeup, and follow with a gentle face wash, like a gel or a cream. This time in life is often associated with oily skin and breakouts, and many have sensitive skin. Reach for a light, oil-free lotion to prep before makeup.
The skincare must-have: Eye cream. The under eye area is a sensitive, thin layer of skin with poor circulation. It’s never too early to start caring for this area as a preventative measure.
How to prep skin for the next phase of life: The three basic rules of skincare, which includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing, is the most crucial part of skincare throughout life. Cleansing removes dirt, oil and makeup, which results in purified pores. Toning removes excess dirt and oil that your cleanser leaves behind while balancing the skin’s pH levels. This prevents future breakouts and rescues our pore health from blackheads and whiteheads. Finally, moisturizing helps to repair the skin’s lipid barrier.
If you’re 25-34 years old…
The products you should have in your makeup bag at all times: A staple lip color that you feel most yourself in (it will instantly dress you up), eyebrow pencil or powder to frame your face with a natural texture and a volume and lengthening mascara.
What to focus on when choosing makeup: Lightweight, buildable products and multipurpose items for those on-the-go days that are clean (sulfate-free, paraben-free, mineral oil free, etc.).
How to care for and prep skin: Use an oily cleanser to balance the skin’s water and oils, a hydrating and smooth facial cream/lotion (depending on your skin type) that helps to repair the skin’s barrier while also allowing makeup to gracefully glide onto skin.
The skincare must-have: Retinol cream for nighttime! And/or a good restorative oil. Nighttime is when the magic happens, as it’s the most crucial time for skincare as the body and skin is rejuvenating.
How your beauty routine should evolve from your teens/early 20s: After the three basic rules are taken care of, research becomes a big factor. Introducing acids and retinols should come into play.
If you’re 35-44 years old…
The products you should have in your makeup bag at all times: An eyeshadow palette with neutral shades in mattes and sheens/shimmers, such as taupe and browns, with at least one good dark coffee brown color or black. A lightweight foundation to even out redness (without hiding skin’s natural texture) - you want people to tell you you have great skin, not ask if you are wearing makeup! A good, crease-free concealer to spot correct imperfections. A multipurpose cream illuminator and bronzer (like On-the-Glow Bronzer & Illuminator) to accentuate and lift cheekbones.
What to focus on when choosing makeup: A lightweight foundation that isn’t too mattifying so that skin looks like skin. As we get older, we start to think that the best way to wake the skin is to cover it. Instead, reach for a sheer to medium coverage liquid foundation, and follow with a crease-free full coverage concealer where needed.
How to care for and prep skin: Analyze the state of the skin before you treat it. Starting with glycolic acid, ABA acids, or whatever suits your skin types and needs (at least two times a week) to help remove dead skin cells, smooth texture and brighten so that makeup will go on its smoothest. Exfoliating acids also help to keep up professional facials and prevent impurities. Use hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin plump and hydrated, whether in the form of a serum or moisturizer.
The skincare must-have: Sunscreen! This is important for all age groups, but it should be reinforced as we get older, since our skin’s collagen and elasticity start to weaken. Also, at this stage in life, our skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Even if we’re in in the wintertime, we are still being affected by the UVA in the UVB rays so it’s crucial to use sunscreen and be protected at all times. This will help prevent wrinkles hyperpigmentation and all negative effects that the environment causes.
How your beauty routine should evolve from your early 30s: Introduce ingredients that are effective to help with fine lines and wrinkles, such as exfoliating acids.
If you’re 45-54 years old…
The products you should have in your makeup bag at all times: A kohl pencil in either a shade of coffee, brown and/or light brown to open the eyes. Press into the root of the top lash line to help open the eyes while accentuating the lashes to make them appear fuller. A peachy or rosy blush, and an eyebrow pencil.
What to focus on when choosing makeup: Cream and liquid formulas, whether it’s foundation, blush or eyeshadow.
The skincare must-have: Serums with vitamins and antioxidants.
How your beauty routine should evolve from your 30s: Skincare and makeup are important. However, when applying serums, oils and moisturizers, don’t forget the neck and décolletage!
If you’re 55-64 years old…
The products you should have in your makeup bag at all times: Eyebrow pencil. Soft kohl eye pencil. Lipstick in a rosy shade, or a bold red. Avoid matte shades, as they are drying on the lips. Pair a coordinating lip pencil to accentuate the shape, and use lip primer around the lip line to avoid feathering.
What to focus on when choosing makeup: Hydrating and smoothing products. I love products with collagen technology, as they make everything glide on, stay and feel smooth. Look for products with jojoba oil, castor seed oil, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Anything that will not sit on top of skin, and will give skin a beautiful, healthy look.
How to care for and prep skin: Exfoliating with a gentle acid, low concentration of retinol, eye cream and soaking the skin with as much moisture and hydration as possible using serums, rich creams and/or oils. Plus SPF, SPF, SPF!
The skincare must-have: Lash and brow serum. At this age, eyelash and eyebrow growth starts to reduce. Serums help to condition and strengthen hair.
How your beauty routine should evolve from your early 40s/50s: Applying richer serums, creams and oils.
If you’re 65-74+ years old…
The products you should have in your makeup bag at all times: A lightweight liquid foundation. Cream blush. Lipstick.
What to focus on when choosing makeup: Less is more! Choose shades and textures that best suit your skin with rich and creamy formulas.
How to care for and prep skin: Use exfoliating cleansers, eye cream, serum and a rich cream with a few drops of oil. And of course, more SPF!
The skincare must-have: A rich moisturizer with vitamins, antioxidants, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. The richer the better!
How your beauty routine should evolve from your 50s: Consistency is key. Sticking to a proper skincare routine is the most effective thing you can do!
Questions for Isabel? Stalk her and her expertise (with a major dose of makeup inspiration) at @isabelyrosado on Instagram!