Makeup is not just an art that helps you express yourself. It is also incredibly empowering because it helps you look and feel like the best version of yourself at any age. When it comes to doing your makeup, your prep and technique is a total game-changer. If you’re over 50 and have concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, don’t you worry. I’m here to help you out with some makeup tips for older women.
1. It’s All In The Prep
Prepping your face is a must if you want your makeup to look flawless and last all day long. Use a good hydrating moisturizer and a primer spray to go with it. A primer goes on before your foundation and will even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
2. Protect Your Skin
Ladies, we all need to protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays. Look for a moisturizer that has it built in so there’s no extra steps. Or if you’re going for a bit of a more natural look, use a tinted moisturizer that has the SPF built in. The big challenge these days is to find one that is free of harmful chemicals. LimeLife’s Perfect Sunscreen is a great option. It contains SPF30 and is organic.
3. Use a Lightweight Foundation
Using the right foundation makes a world of a difference. A lightweight formula will help your base look more natural and radiant (and nobody wants to end up with a cakey finish). Apply your foundation with a damp Beauty Blender or brush, and blend it in really well to achieve the right amount of coverage. Using too much foundation will just emphasize your lines and wrinkles.
4. Concealer is Your Friend
If you have problem areas like dark circles, age spots, and redness, all you need is a bit of concealer to get them sorted. Use a color correcting concealer for those spots and apply before your foundation. Then apply foundation, and follow up with a second concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone to use under eyes, and through the T-zone. Blend, blend, blend.
5. Define Your Lips
One of the most notable areas where you develop fine lines is around the mouth. If you want to prevent your lip color from feathering and bleeding into these lines, all you need is dab a small amount of concealer around your lips and use a pencil lip liner to define them. You can also line your lips just outside of their real edge to give the appearance of thicker lips. This simple trick will add fullness to your mouth.
6. Choose Lighter Lipstick Colors
It’s a good idea to find yourself a good moisturizing lipstick or gloss that won’t bleed or feather into the lines around your lips. Choose lighter colors because they tend to make your lips look fuller and poutier than darker shades. The last thing you want to do is make your thinning lips look thinner. If you like a pop of vibrant color, then go for it.
7. Ditch the Glitter Eyeshadows
When it comes to aging skin, the skin on the eyelids can become loose and descend over them. Your eyeshadow can play a crucial role in the appearance of your eyes. Steer clear of very dark shades and overly glittery eyeshadows as these tend to recede things. Instead, use lighter colors without a lot of shimmers to bring your eyes forward. And always apply some highlighter to the inside corner of your eyes to give a more wide-eyed look.
8. Curl Your Lashes
As we grow older, our eye lashes tend to thin out, and when they thin, they don’t curl as much. Start curling your lashes before applying your mascara. (Hint-heat up your lash curler with your blow dryer for a few seconds to get a better curl). Also, steer clear of water proof mascaras because they can be more difficult to remove at the end of the day and you’ll risk pulling out lashes trying to get your mascara off.
9. Highlight Your Cheekbones
Pronounced cheekbones will lift your face and draw attention to your eyes. Make sure you are light-handed while highlighting this area as you don’t want to look overdone during the day. Just a subtle glow looks truly flattering and can be done on a daily basis within a few seconds. This is a good lesson in “less is more.”
10. Confidence Is Key
A dose of confidence is all we really need to let ourselves genuinely shine! Wear your makeup boldly and with confidence. Remember, you’re gorgeous either way, so why not flaunt it?
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