Age spots and uneven pigmentation – we all have them. But how do we get rid of them so our self-confidence doesn’t suffer? Join us in this demonstration with Ariane Poole who has some great advice to share. Enjoy the show!

 

Margaret Manning:

My guest today is professional makeup artist Ariane Poole who is a great friend of Sixty and Me. We’ve been working together for about five years now, always giving great advice and helping women to rediscover makeup and beauty in their 60s.

With about 40 years of experience, Ariane definitely knows what she’s talking about. She’s constantly developing her own product line that she tests on herself. I’m really happy to have you here Ariane. We’ve got a very special question for you today.

Ariane Poole:

I’m always happy to be here with you and the community. They’re wonderful.

Margaret:

You do a lot of work on QVC UK and now on TVSN in Australia as well. All of your work to this point has been geared toward helping women find value in makeup.

I know the question we have for you today is a little personal for you. It has to do with covering age spots and high coloring, a.k.a., rosacea. Can you please share your advice and techniques with us?

Ariane:

Definitely. I’ve got high coloring myself, and I do also have some age spots on my eyes. They tend to pop out without notification, but I do know how to cover them, so let me walk you through it.

Margaret:

Okay, great. I just wanted to say that we’re not advocating about using makeup to cover up things. If you don’t have high coloring or age spots, you can just use makeup to play with Mother Nature a bit.

Ariane:

Some people, including myself, don’t mind having high coloring. I can walk out the door with no makeup on, and I really don’t care, though using my makeup tends to give a spring to my step.

What I wouldn’t allow myself is to sit here with you, my redness showing. Of course, people would think, “What the heck does she know? She can’t even cover up her own!” So, for me, not covering would look unprofessional in certain settings.

Margaret:

I understand. Also, as much as we don’t want to admit it, people do judge us on the way that we look. We know that we don’t have to please anybody else, and sometimes we really don’t care.

Still though, we can have fun with our makeup, covering those age spots and expressing our personality in a way that we really like.

Ariane:

Absolutely, that’s what makeup is about. Of course, I can walk the dog, go down to the grocery store, the hairdresser’s and lots of other places without makeup on. I am certainly not tethered to the makeup.

When I’m doing a talk, though, or if I’m going on TV, or if I’m going out for a nice dinner or a nice lunch, I want to be pulled together. For such occasions, I wear nice clothing and I have my hair done, so it only makes sense to have my makeup done as well.

So, now that I’ve removed the makeup from one side of my face, you can see I have uneven pigmentation and redness that isn’t going away. I’m not one to go through all kinds of procedures to get it permanently removed either.

What I do instead is, I use my Ultimate Face Tint and apply it lightly on my cheeks first. In the winter months, you definitely want to use a moisturizer as well, especially if you have central heating that dries the air.

Margaret:

By the way, yours is one of the nicest foundations that I’ve tried. It’s sheer but gives great color and glow.

Ariane:

It is nice, but it doesn’t provide perfect covering. I would like to get rid of more of that redness, so I will reach for my concealer palette. Another alternative is a stick foundation, and there are some great choices out there.

Bobbi Brown has a great stick foundation you could try. If it feels a bit oilier on your skin, try the tart one. The tart is a little bit dry because it’s a clay base.

So, if you’ve got an oily complexion along with high coloring and eye pigmentation, you don’t want to be using a creamy foundation like the Ultimate Face Tint. Look at the tart options instead. They’ve got a slightly drier consistency, so they’re better for oilier skin. You definitely have options.

Now, I’m going to use my Concealer Palette, and it may seem odd, but I’m going to use the two darker colors. It may seem logical to use the lighter one to get rid of the pigmentation, but mixing the medium and dark one gives me my medium skin tone which does get rid of the redness very naturally.

Margaret:

The effect is amazing, but you know from experience exactly what works for you. The beauty of the Concealer Palette is that it’s got three very distinct tones. You can just play with it to find the right combination.

Ariane:

Exactly. If you have a pigmentation mark, like the one I’ve got near my ear, you do the same thing. Tap the concealer with your fingers or a solid concealer brush and apply where necessary.

I also have a mole on my cheek, but I don’t bother with moles.

Margaret:

Moles are sexy.

Ariane:

Well, you don’t want to annihilate your facial features, you just want to fix your coloring. So, moles can stay.

If you don’t want to use my Concealer Palette, or your skin tone can’t be achieved by mixing those three colors together, I want to show you some other palettes you can use.

The first one is from Dermacolor. It’s inexpensive and you can get it online. It’s got 6 options in a palette and they’re very, very thick. If you’ve got really bad pigmentation, take this palette and just dot and mix the colors.

You won’t make a mistake as long as you don’t go too light, because the light will make the spot look ashy. Always go a little darker than you think.

These also come in a darker skin tone palette, which is really great because darker skin tones also get a lot of uneven pigmentation. I use them for covering up pigmentation on a darker skin complexion. Both of those palettes last forever.

Margaret:

It’s definitely a makeup artist’s palette. I can see it’s been well used. You can use these palettes for covering scars too, from accidents and such. Even if nobody else notices those blemishes, you’re still self-conscious of them, so this is a great option.

Ariane:

You’re absolutely right. No one else sees your flaws except you. So, in most cases, you’re only doing this for yourself.

My younger daughter has a scar on her chest from an open-heart surgery. When she was going to her prom, she wanted to wear a dress with a sweetheart neckline and the scar was showing a little on the top. I covered it up with that palette because that stuff does not budge. She felt really happy.

Margaret:

Makeup is like a confidence switch, isn’t it? We don’t use it to hide anything, but to negate any fears and insecurities we’ve got that make us think low of ourselves.

Ariane:

Exactly. Moving on, if you have pigmentation on your eyes like so many of us do past 60, rather than using the Concealer Palette, which is too heavy for the eyelids and would make your eye shadow crease, you can use the Mineral Illuminating Pen, or a similar product.

I have a brown pigmentation mark on my eye crease. When I first saw it, I thought I’d got a smudge of mascara and spent a whole lot of time trying to wipe it off until I realized it was just a new mark on my skin.

To conceal it, I dab the Illuminating Pen over my eyelid, blend it with my finger and that’s it. This is really great if you do have any pigmentation on your eyelids, but don’t want to wear eye makeup. It takes care of the pigmentation and also brightens your eyelid very nicely.

Margaret:

It really does. To be honest, I’ve seen that overdone, but the way you did it is beautiful.

Ariane:

Well, you need to use a product that’s close to your skin tone. You do not want to make it too bright because it would look weird. It would look like you’re trying to cover something up. The way it is now, it just brightens my eyes and makes me feel fresher in the eye area without any shadow or mascara.

Margaret:

Is this the same pen that you use as a concealer under your eyes?

Ariane:

Yes, it’s the same one. You don’t need to have a different one, because the skin tone in the whole eye area is exactly the same. It covers the pigmentation beautifully. Also, if you’re somebody who only has a few uneven skin marks and doesn’t want to use a concealer palette, the pen can be your eraser for the pigmentation.

Margaret:

Can’t you just use another layer of foundation?

Ariane:

Foundation can be too heavy. Also, it’s really tricky to precisely apply the foundation in a very small area, while concealers are thicker and easier to manipulate. So, it would really depend on the thickness of your foundation.

Back in the olden days, when none of these products were invented, I used to use the thickened foundation from the inside of the bottle cap.

Margaret:

Yes, the leftover foundation there gets really thick.

Ariane:

Exactly, so if you want to save yourself some money and get an exact match, use the inside cap of your foundation. That way you get the perfect color to erase your uneven pigmentation. It really works!

Margaret:

Ariane, you’re always so honest about everything, and you’ve got great ideas. Like we’ve said on numerous occasions, it’s not just about the product, it’s mostly about the technique and the creativity that you use. And your products are really great. What’s the name of that concealer palette you used?

Ariane:

That’s the name, the Concealer Palette. It’s the first product I ever created back in 2002.

It was a great alternative to that green stuff that so many people reach for which makes your skin go really white and ashy-looking, and then you have to find a much deeper foundation that’s not your actual skin tone. It’s just a huge headache that you don’t really want to experience.

Margaret:

Thanks a lot for that very revealing and honest advice. I hope our community appreciates it because many of our women have asked about ways to conceal skin flaws, and there you have it. Thank you again, Ariane. Take care. Bye, bye.

Which kinds of skin imperfections are you the most self-conscious about? What do you do about them? Is there a product you have tried that works really well for you? Please share your opinions and finds in the comments below!

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