Hopefully by now you’re well on your way to the best skin care over 50! We’ve been looking at improving our skin by reducing wrinkles, pores, and brightening it up a bit. Firm, smoother skin is the start to looking younger, but what else is there?
Well…I think it’s about time we look at makeup tips for over 50. How about you? Are you ready to have a look at makeup and see if maybe your products and/or application are aging you?
Why Wear Makeup at All?
For some of you, maybe you’ve never liked wearing makeup or maybe you just never learned how. For others maybe you used to wear it, but it just doesn’t look the same anymore. Whatever your reason, I hope this will give you a new perspective and help get you wearing it again…or wearing it differently.
Wearing makeup the proper way can have many positives on your day…like:
- You look less tired and more refreshed.
- It can make up look slimmer and younger.
- You look more polished and well put together.
- You can have more confidence.
It Starts With Foundation
First of all, wear a makeup primer. It will help smooth out your complexion and your foundation will go on more evenly. I promise it won’t make your makeup feel heavier.
Back in the day foundation was all about coverage and hiding our blemishes. Sometimes I felt like I was applying plaster…maybe that’s why some of you don’t like wearing it. Now it’s about thinner, lighter applications, which is good for mature skin. The heavier your coverage, the more it will settle into your lines, wrinkles and pores. So…if you’re still wearing a full coverage foundation, it’s time to switch to a light to medium coverage. A makeup sponge will also help your foundation go on smoother and more even.
Next is your corrector. Yes, your corrector goes on top of your foundation. And remember I said lighter is better? I stop my foundation at my cheekbone because I put a light corrector under my eyes. And by light I mean thickness and color. You want a lighter color than your foundation to brighten up the area under your eyes.
Then comes a setting powder. There’s no need to shy away from powder. Since you’re applying the right products to your face now, you should be seeing more of a glow. There are powders that won’t make your face look dry and dull. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder in Ethereal Light is absolutely beautiful. There are other powders too..this is just the one I wear. Look for a powder that will give you just enough shimmer for a youthful glow, but not so shiny that it enhances your wrinkles. The right amount of shine will deflect the light that draws attention to imperfections.
Finally, to contouring. I won’t be able to unwrap everything in contouring today, but I can tell you that a good bronzer is key to transforming the shape of your face.
First off, make sure to stick with one that has more brown tones. The thing to remember is that light brings features forward and dark pushes features back. That’s why we wear a lighter corrector under our eyes…it brings them forward so they don’t look sunken. Ah…now you’re getting it!
Using a bronzer around your hairline and under your cheekbones will make your face look slimmer. Under your cheekbones will also lift them so your face doesn’t look like it’s drooping.
You didn’t know there was so much to foundation, huh? Don’t be discouraged though. It really doesn’t take long to apply and it so worth it.
Lift Those Cheeks
Blush is more than just adding color to our cheeks. Whether you use a cream or powder or both, where you put it is of the most importance as we age. Blush can bring your cheeks downward if you’re not careful. As a rule of thumb, your blush should start on the cheek even with the inner part of your pupil and work back towards the hairline. Anything beyond that will bring your cheeks down.
It should also stay on the cheekbone above the contoured line you’ve already applied. Remember…light brings forward and dark sends back. This will make your cheekbones appear raised.
Our Eyes Tell It All
So, those eyes of yours don’t look so round and uplifted as they used to, huh? I feel your pain! There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’ll cover the basics and we’ll have to revisit this one as well.
First, those eyebrows. Be sure to keep them plucked and shaped. You want them to show up and lift the eyes. The current trend is a thicker brow with a lighter touch (you can see individual hairs), so look for a product with a fine point tip. Just remember, your eyebrows will draw attention upward, making your eyes look lifted.
Eyeshadow should be used to accentuate and lift your eyes. Don’t be afraid to use colors, but stay away from glitter and high shimmer ones. A little bit of shimmer is okay, unless you’re applying it to hooded eyes. In that case, stick to a matte finish.
Use darker colors on the outside of the lid and extend it above the crease line. For hooded eyes, extend your crease upward or the eyeshadow in your crease won’t show and your eyes will look small. For your eyes, dark is what draws attention and you want the attention to be above your eyes to create a lift.
Now for eyeliner. Keep it on your upper lid. In other words, don’t put it on your lower lids. A heavy black line underneath your eyes only draws them down, making you look older. If you must use something under your eyes try applying a thin line of dark brown eyeshadow and a thin coat of mascara. Using multiple coats of mascara and eyeliner on your upper lids and less on your lower lid will lift your eyes, making you look younger.
If you’re not sold on less color under your eye then do yourself a small favor and test it. Apply your product on one eye like you do now and the other eye like I recommend and see for yourself which one makes you look older.
Finish strong by wearing lipstick. It doesn’t have to be the bright red your mom or grandmother wore, but wear some color on your lips. It finishes out your look and you won’t look so tired.
Play around and see what you think. Try different techniques and colors until you come up with something you’re comfortable with.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll be happy to get back with you.
Thank you, Karen