All-natural light-reflecting makeup for women over 40

Updated April 17, 2017

If you're a woman who's 40 years old or older, you may be looking to change your skincare regimen to keep the healthy skin you've had since your youth. As women age, they need to keep their skin hydrated to maintain its glow. Light-reflecting make-up made from natural products is an effective option to use on mature skin.


Women over 40 should opt for a foundation that has both moisturisers and light-reflecting particles. The moisturisers keep the skin hydrated, and the light-reflecting particles diminish the appearance of imperfections while creating a healthy shine. If the light-reflecting foundation you're using now doesn't have enough moisturising properties, mix it with a bit of facial moisturiser. Make sure to apply only a small amount of foundation --- anything more than a thin layer will look caked on and make you look older, not younger.


Choose a blush that has moisturising agents as well as light-reflecting particles, just as you did with the foundation. In blush, light-reflecting particles make skin look smoother, plus the blush will look creamier and give your cheeks a dewy glow. Don't apply blush to the cheekbones if you're over 40 --- your face will look sunken and too thin. Instead, smooth blush onto the apples of your cheeks.

Natural Ingredients

Learn which ingredients to look for in your natural make-up. Zinc oxide is an anti-inflammatory and will make your skin look less puffy, specifically around the eyes. Titanium dioxide helps block out sun, while iron oxide adds a hint of colour. The light-reflecting particles in your make-up are made of mica, a crystalline mineral. Stay away from mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum and parabens. Also avoid phenol or carbolic acid, acrylamide, sodium laurel, dioxane and fragrances or perfumes, which can irritate your skin. Unfortunately, these products are in so many skin products, including make-up, so you'll have to dig deep to find natural make-up to protect your skin.

Additional Properties

Any light-reflecting make-up that covers your skin, such as foundation, should provide sun protection as well. Unprotected exposure to the sun can damage the skin, adding wrinkles and producing older-looking skin. As a woman who is protecting her ageing skin, you should also look for make-up products that contain vitamins, antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients.

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About the Author

As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.