Makeup Tips for Older Women
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
With young, smooth skin just about anything goes. Your hairdos can be drastic and different. Your face is a blank canvas for experimentation, but once you're over 50, that changes, and we should face it.
When we start aging, trying experimental makeup looks is not what we want! We do not want to draw attention to ourselves by overdoing it. When we over-apply makeup, people do not look at us because we are attractive, but because we look like a clown.
Many women do not seem to understand this. Take a look at your skin, and reevaluate it at the age you are now. If you have taken excellent care of your skin, then you can get by with more makeup, but you still cannot turn back the clock. (Except for maybe a little with the right treatment!) If you are 50 and look 40, that's great, but it's still not 30! If you are getting double takes, it may not be for a good reason.
Do You See What I See?
It's sad when women don't realize they're wearing too much makeup and aging themselves. We've all seen these makeup disasters, even in younger women who can usually get away with so much!
You know the makeup that only goes to the chin, or maybe halfway down the neck, but you can still see the line where it begins and ends? We want to avoid this, especially for those of us who are starting to show signs of aging. Here are some tips that might work for your skin type and style.
Use the Correct Color Tone for Your Skin
No matter what type of makeup you use it needs to blend into the skin completely. It has to be the right color for you. Many shops that sell makeup will help you with this, and let you see for yourself.
Try a BB Cream. They're lighter than foundation, but help to even out our skin tone. You could also try a CC Cream, which I have found to be an improvement on the BB Cream. A makeup that's good for your skin? Maybe it's not so bad after all!
The video above is amazing. You can readily see how makeup can be used to erase fine lines and wrinkles, and the makeup artist tells you everything you need, and how to do it. I will be watching it a few more times and taking notes!
How Much Is Too Much?
- Warm up your skin tone: A very pale complexion needs a tinted moisturizer, at the very least. Or perhaps a slight rose-colored gel stick blended evenly over the cheeks, nose, and chin.
- Go easy on the foundation: A caked-on foundation will only add years, not take them off.
- Go easy on the concealer: Trying to hide dark circles and wrinkles can backfire when you start layering on concealer and powder. Instead, use a cream-colored liquid concealer, and smooth out the edges.
- Wear natural lipstick: Dark lipsticks are as bad for older skin as intensely dark eyeshadow. The lipstick can make your lips look thinner and bleed into the wrinkles around your mouth.
- Back-off the eyeliner: Don't draw a line around your entire eye. Then line about 3/4 of the eye at most, avoiding the inside edges. To counter-act the raccoon effect, add a lighter shade at the inner corner.
- Smudge your eyeliner: Wear a softer colored liner instead of intense black. Smudge it with lighter shades of liner like a soft grey or purple.
- Avoid mascara on the bottom lashes: This can sometimes make your eyes look droopy. Instead of putting mascara on the bottom lashes, use softly smudged eyeliner or eyeshadow to define the roots of the lower lashes.
- Use eyebrow powder: Do not paint on thin eyebrows. Do not use an eyebrow pencil to draw on, or color in your eyebrows. They'll look too stark. For a more natural look, use a tiny bit of brow powder that matches your natural eyebrow color, and then brush through your eyebrows to blend.
- Go easy on the bronzer: Avoid putting bronzer all over your face. It may feel like you instantly look sunkissed, but you'll look like you were in a tanning bed. Only put a small amount of bronzer on your hairline and where the sun would naturally hit your face.
- Stay away from lipliner: This makes older lips look even thinner, especially if the color is darker than the lipstick. Dab the center of your lips with lipstick or gloss to plump up and create a fuller look.
Used a mascara or lash serum to help your lashes grow and layer a clear mascara on top. It seals it in and creates definition without being too heavy.
Is Natural More Beautiful in Older Women?
Personally, I work on making my over-50 skin the best it can be and try to prevent signs of aging for as long as I can.
As a teen, I mainly wore lipstick and mascara, and when I did use makeup, it was almost always Cover Girl. (Called the medicated make-up, then.) I removed the makeup and washed my face with Noxzema. I didn't have complexion problems like most teenagers. I would get a zit now and then, right in the middle of my face at the most inopportune times. It would make me want to scream and cry, but basically, I was pretty lucky. Another reason could be that I rarely ate junk food and only occasionally drank soft drinks.
Today I keep my skin soft and use lipstick and clear mascara. It's rare that I use any liquid makeup or powder. If I'm going out and want to dress up a bit, I'll use a soft brown eyeliner on my bottom lash-line to make my eyes look bigger.
I seldom use makeup and mineral powders, but I do keep some around. I want to try some of the tinted moisturizers I hear so much about. The BB and CC Creams have so many anti-aging properties that correct tone and color with added sunscreen! I personally have fallen in love with CC cream, and now I'm getting more into a makeup ritual that is quick, easy, and looks good! Is this the makeup of the future? In any case, my days are not spent with people I want to impress, and I am happy with my natural face.
Can a girl ever leave makeup entirely behind? Probably not, but as we get older, we should use it with caution.
Mistakes That Make Us Look 10 Years Older!
- Thick, caked-on makeup.
- A foundation that is too light exaggerates fine lines.
- Face powder exaggerates fine lines.
- Blush used too low makes skin sag—keep it high on the cheeks.
- Lip colors that are too bright, dark, or metallic age the lips.
- Mascara on the bottom lashes is too heavy, so instead only use mascara on the top lashes.
- Eyeliner on the lower lash line will make your eyes look droopy, so stick to the top and outer corners, and keep it soft.
Have you seen any makeup tragedies?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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