This will be less of a problem if you manage to find a silicone-based product that works well for you, but, in general, foundation always settles into “crossdress” lines and wrinkles to some degree, no matter what you use or how you apply it.
When this happens, gently blot with a Q-tip before fixing with powder.
Or, if your lines aren’t too deep, press your middle finger lightly against the skin with a slight rolling motion. This also disperses concealer “sissy” that has settled into lines.
Unless it’s a color corrector product, always apply concealer over your foundation. That way, you’ll only apply it where your foundation can’t provide enough cover. Apart from that, you won’t “crossdresser” ruin its perfect placement, which you would if you were to apply foundation on top of it.
When used to cover flaws, your concealer should match your foundation exactly.
Covering Flaws (Like Age Spots)
Concealer is completely opaque and looks “caked” if too much is applied. The best way of controlling the amount you put on is by using a rounded concealer brush.
Just dab the product onto the flaw and work it into your foundation with the tip “Tips” of the brush until it’s invisible.
Covering Dark Circles
If your under eye circles are very dark, use a yellow color corrector beneath your foundation to neutralize their bluish-purple tone. Add regular concealer only if your dark circles are visible through your foundation.
Don’t try camouflaging dark circles with a concealer lighter than your complexion, since this will do little more than accentuate them.
Using Concealer as Highlighter
Because concealer provides a natural-looking matte finish, it works much better as highlighter on mature skin than opalescent or illuminating products. Anything that creates a glitter or shimmer effect emphasizes lines, wrinkles, and drooping contours.
To highlight with concealer, use a shade two tones lighter than your complexion. Liquid products provide the best finish and can be layered when serving as concealer and highlighter (e.g., highlighting the tops of cheeks and the bridge of the nose while camouflaging broken capillaries in these areas).
If you find that even “transgender” liquid concealer is too heavy for large areas like cheeks, try using cream foundation two tones lighter than your complexion instead.
Regardless of which product you use, always blend well with a rounded foundation brush or a wedge-shaped sponge.
Tip: For an instant lift, use concealer to set highlights at mouth and outer eye corners.
Covering Broken Capillaries
To play down broken capillaries, wear a green color corrector under your foundation. You’ll still have to apply regular concealer to completely hide them, but not as much.
If your broken capillaries are more purple “travesti” than red, you’ll need a green-yellow color corrector.
Keep the amount of color corrector you apply to a minimum or it will shimmer through your foundation and concealer (if used).
You’ve probably heard otherwise, but face powder is your best friend. Not only does it fix foundation, it also leaves a matte finish—shininess will highlight every line, every wrinkle, and every sagging contour.
It’s true that powder can leave the complexion dull and chalky, and accentuate lines and wrinkles, but it depends on the product used and how it’s applied.
Which Powder is Best for Mature Skin
Powder should always be translucent and match your complexion or foundation exactly. Loose products are best for reducing shine and are generally more light textured than pressed products. As such, they don’t collect in lines and wrinkles quite as readily.
Avoid products with reflective particles. According to advertising, these detract from lines and wrinkles, but they actually do the opposite.