Eva Longoria’s Makeup Artist Shares Her Best Makeup Tip For Women Over 40

Eva Longoria’s Makeup Artist Shares Her Best Makeup Tip For Women Over 40

Here’s a real mind-bender: are celebrities famous because their skin is amazing or is their skin amazing because they’re famous? While it might be a smidge of both, there’s no denying that with fame and money comes access to the best that the beauty world has to offer. And for the rest of us? We’ve got TikTok, of course. In a video posted by facialist to the stars and Eva Longoria’s  go-to glam girl, Elan Bongiorno (@beautybyelan), revealed her “best makeup tip for women over 40”. And the answer? Wearing a primer.

“You’ve got to prep your skin, you’ve got to use a primer,” says Elan, who’s built her TikTok following by posting videos using the hashtags #maturemakeup, #50andfabulous and #makeupover40s. 

“t’s going to help your makeup glide on beautifully, fill in those pores, fine lines and wrinkles and you’re going to have a beautiful canvas for your makeup,” she added. “And it’s going to last longer.”

As for where it sits in your morning routine, Elan says “after you put on your potions, lotions, oils and sunscreen, let that sink in, then you use a primer.”

When it comes to picking the right formula, she recommends selecting one according to your skin type. 

Dry skin? Elan opts for an illuminating primer.

We recommend:

  1. e.l.f Illuminating Primer ($14, Adore Beauty)
  2. Estée Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Watery Glow Primer ($68, Adore Beauty)
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow ($76, Charlotte Tilbury)
  4. M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream ($57, Adore Beauty)

Problematic skin? “You want to use a mattifying primer.” 

We recommend:

  1. Clarins Instant Poreless ($47, Adore Beauty)
  2. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier ($63, Adore Beauty)
  3. Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer ($14.95, Priceline)
  4. Lancôme Prep & Matte Refreshing Mattifying Make-Up Primer ($59, Myer)

And for those with discolouration and redness, she suggests a neutralising primer. 

We recommend:

  1. CLINIQUE Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15 ($48, Myer)
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Redness Corrector Step 1 Face Primer ($62, Sephora)
  3. Benefit That Gal Color Correcting Face Primer For Redness ($53, Myer)

Main image credit: @evalongoria

Do you use a primer? If so, which one is your favourite?

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  1. Oooh I never used the MAC strobe cream as a primer before – I thought it was just an illuminator product for on top of the foundation and just above the cheek bones! I think I must have my head under a rock or something! lol

  2. I always thought that primer was applied after moisturiser and before foundation so I’ve learnt something new too. I use P/S Illumiating Primer at night and a Rimmel London one containing SPF25 during the day.

  3. I love using a primer before wearing makeup. My favourite – Maybelline’s Master Prime because it’s hydrating on my sensitive, often dehydrated skin but I also love Clarins SOS primer as it seems to give my skin a dewy glow.

  4. I always use a primer or tone-up cream (some have primer-like properties) after sunscreen and before makeup. I have dry skin so if I do not layer it this with a hydrating primer, my makeup base does not look as flawless. I use some primers as illuminators as well.

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