What Age Should You Switch From Powder To Liquid Makeup?

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I have always used powder foundation because my skin is prone to oiliness and acne and I because I have always disliked the heavy feeling of liquid foundation makeup.

(I’m a skin type #2 from my nine skin types, see your skin type here.)

However, last week I was at Neiman Marcus walking through the cosmetics department when a sales woman stopped me and asked if I wanted to try on some makeup. I had time on my hands, so I plopped down in her chair for a little makeup pick-me-up.

Since I didn’t specify a preference, she used a liquid foundation on my skin (Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation). After it was applied, I loved the look of my skin! What I noticed right away was how much smaller my pores looked, how it seemed that there were less wrinkles around my eyes and the overall radiant look of my skin. When I touched the makeup on my skin, it didn’t feel heavy like in the past when I had experimented with liquid foundation makeup.

Happy with the product, I decided to purchase it and have been wearing it lately. I now understand that silicones are commonly used in many of the newer liquid foundation formulas, which gives a good look to the skin while still feeling lightweight. Formulas in years past used heavy mineral oil and petrolatum, which really makes the skin feel greasy, in addition to being poor quality ingredients for the skin…

Even when I was using my powder foundation, I would hear that powder settle into wrinkles and pores and makes them more noticeable. While I trusted this was true, I was still never up for a change until now. It’s about finding a good product that works for you. I have gotten a lot of compliments on my skin lately and I’m associating them with my new makeup (and, of course, good skin care products and practices). Also, I’m not using a whole lot of the liquid foundation since a little seems to go a long way.

Read: Powder Vs. Liquid Foundation. What’s Best For My Skin Type?

So at what age should YOU switch from powder to liquid makeup?

I would say a good time to start using liquid foundation is at the point when your skin starts showing signs of aging (for most people, the age range is 35-40 years old). These signs include larger looking pores (Did you know that pores get larger as you age? Read why here), fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots. I’m a bit late making the switch, but I did learn that as my skin changes, it’s important to be open minded to change. It’s a message I deliver to my clients about skin care products all the time, but in this case, I had to take my own advice.

Read: Eye Makeup Remover That Won’t Make Eyes Sting

Read: 8 Expert Tips to Make Dull Skin Glow

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  1. I just wanted to know I apply foundation every day but as time passes it has become very dead and dull no glow so help what has to b done

    Posted By: priyanka  | 

    • If your skin is appearing dull without a glow, then you should be treating your skin underneath to get your skin exfoliating and get your glow back. Read these tips.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  2. Out of curiosity, which shade do you use? I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for a while now, but I can’t decide on a shade and your skin tone looks very similar to mine. 🙂

    Posted By: Ashly  | 

  3. How do you apply the foundation? Do you use your fingers? A brush? A sponge? I was always afraid of bacteria getting on my skin with these methods so I am curious to hear your thoughts on this.

    Posted By: Donna  | 

    • Hi Donna,
      They sold me the foundation with a brush and they said that it works so much better using it that way. While I did try using it with the brush, I felt like it applied too much. So I prefer to use my (clean) fingers to apply. I feel like I have better control and use less of it.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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