20 Incredible Makeup Tricks for Women Over 50
As women age their beauty regimen changes to fit their evolving looks and skincare needs. If you’re an older woman you’ve more than likely realized that you can’t keep doing your makeup in the same way you did it when you were younger. To help you ease into the changes that growing older can bring to your makeup routine here are 20 makeup tricks that you can try on your own.
1. Proper Skin Care
First and foremost you have to make sure that you take proper care of your skin. When your skin is healthy, you won’t have to do too much to make it look great. If your skin is in the best possible shape there’s a chance that you won’t need more than basic makeup to help you look your best. Keeping your skin well hydrated and exfoliated is key to success. Also consider using a retinol cream a few days a week, sunscreen every day, and remember to take off your makeup before going to bed.
2. Make Fine Lines Less Visible
You can’t erase fine line and wrinkles permanently, they’re a natural part of aging. However, you can help plump up your skin before applying your makeup in order to make those fine lines less visible. To do this, apply a moisturizer before you put on your foundation. Choose one with hyaluronic acid since it’s best for aging skin that is prone to losing moisture quickly.
3. Pick the Right Foundation
As your skin changes so must your foundation; the product you used 10 years ago won’t work for you now. It’s actually best to change the type of foundation you use based on the season. As a mature woman, you might notice that creamy foundations are better in the winter when your skin is drier while the summer months may only call for a tinted moisturizer since your skin will be oilier. Remember to pick the right shade to match your color.
4. Plump Up Your Lips
Your lips naturally thin out over time. Lip gloss is actually the best thing to plump up your lips naturally. Start by using lip liner to fill in your lips or, if you prefer, use a lipstick that is only slightly darker than your natural lips. Follow that up with some lip gloss and your lips will instantly look fuller.
5. Avoid Dark Lipstick
To add to the previous tip, it’s best to stay away from darker shades of lipstick if you have thinning lips and lighter skin. Darker lipstick shades naturally age women while rosy shades can be more flattering and help you look more youthful. You should also choose a glossy finish instead of a matte finish since the glossier shades will make your lips look full and youthful. You can play with shades but it is recommended not to go darker than two shades above your natural lip color.
6. Switch to Pencil Liners
Liquid eye liners can be hard on mature skin. Instead, choose pencil liners that can create a soft line that you can smudge with your finger or makeup brush. You can also use a makeup brush and use a dark eyeshadow as your eyeliner. Either way, the idea here is to create a soft line instead of a harsh, pronounced line.
7. Draw Focus to Your Eyes
By making your eyes the focal point of your face you can pull attention away from areas you want to downplay like sagging skin or thinning lips. Use pops of color that complement your eye color. If you have brown or hazel eyes try gold tones, browns, and blues. Blue eyed ladies can turn to copper tones and steel tones. Create dramatic looks that will draw attention to your eyes and away from your perceived flaws.
8. Don’t Forget the Primer
Using primer before you apply the rest of your makeup might seem like you’re doing too much but this will actually help the rest of your makeup go on easier and stay on longer. It’s best to apply your moisturizer first, follow it up with your primer, and finish with your foundation. Your primer will help stop eyeshadow from creasing or flaking off and will help stop your foundation from cracking or settling into any fine lines.
9. Embrace Illuminating Makeup
Illuminating creams and highlighters might sound like things best suited for younger women, but in actuality, they can do a lot for older women who are looking to take some years off of their appearance. This is because highlighters and similar makeup can add some lift to your face without anything other than the makeup. You can highlight your favorite areas while detracting from other things. Illuminating makeup can be used in the form of creams, pens, lotions, and powders that have a shimmery base that reflects light naturally. You can use illuminating makeup to make your nose look thinner, add definition to your cheeks, or to help you appear more awake and lively.
10. Continue to Contour
Sometimes mature women think that contouring isn’t important once they begin to age. This just isn’t true. In fact, contouring your skin can help you create shadows and highlights that can help you appear younger. You can create definition, hide flaws, and draw attention to your best assets like your cheekbones.
11. Curl Your Lashes
When you take the time to curl your lashes you can help your eyes appear more open and less droopy. Try warming up your curler with a blow dryer for a few seconds (test the heat of the metal on your arm) before curling your lashes. This will help your lashes curl better. Follow that up with a little mascara for a wide-open look that can make you look younger.
12. Apply Blush Correctly
Adding a little bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks can help add revitalize a dull complexion. However, you can’t just sweep on the blush and call it a day. To properly apply blush you have to make sure you blend it in so it doesn’t look so obvious. Use your blush within your contouring in order to get the most natural look possible that will complement the shape of your face.
13. Blend Your Makeup
On a similar note, always remember to blend your makeup well. You want it to look natural and not be so obvious to others. After you apply your foundation, look for lines on your chin that should be blended. Make sure your blush blends into your skin and that your lip liner doesn’t extend off of your lips. Similarly, if you color in your eyebrows, those should be blended in so they don’t look obviously filled in.
14. Solve Under-Eye Problems
Dark circles under the eyes is a problem that plagues women of every age but can be more noticeable as you age. In order to cover them up, turn to an under-eye cream. At night, use a rich cream while in the morning use a lighter cream. You should also use an under-eye corrector that matches your skin tone and apply a concealer and foundation over that.
15. Lift Drooping Eyelids Naturally
If you notice that your eyelids have begun to sag but you’re not willing to turn to eyelid surgery, you can use some tricks to help with the droop. Make your eyes appear wider by curling your lashes, using mascara, or applying false lashes. You can also turn to highlighters to make your eyes appear wider but stay away from shimmery eyeshadows which can settle into the sagging skin and draw focus to it. You should also avoid lining your bottom lid as this can narrow your eyes which can make the droop appear more dramatic.
16. Opt for Creams Over Powders
As you age, your skin tends to lose moisture. Since you aren’t dealing with oily skin, powders won’t work as well for you as they might eat up any moisture. Opt for cream foundations and blushes instead. Remember to use a synthetic brush instead of a natural bristled brush since the latter are better for powders.
17. Wear Sunscreen Daily
If you haven’t been applying sunscreen whenever you leave the house you should definitely start to do so. Sunlight will age your skin naturally but using sunscreen can help limit sun damage that can cause dark spots and wrinkles. You can get makeup with SPF protection or just opt to put on sunscreen whenever you leave the house.
18. Tend to Your Eyebrows
Sometimes you might forget that your eyebrows should play into your makeup regimen. When you keep your eyebrows neat and sculpted you can actually change the appearance of your face by giving it some lift without surgery or BOTOX. Tweeze stray hairs outside of your brow line and fill in your eyebrows using a brow pencil. If you have the means, opt for a professional wax or threading to keep your eyebrows in great shape. If you have gray brow hairs, conceal them using a pencil or brow powder instead of plucking them.
19. Turn to Baby Oil
A lot of makeup removers have alcohol in them which can dry out your skin more than you like. Instead of using those removers at the end of the night, use baby oil instead. This will not only remove the makeup but will also help your skin retain its moisture. Since this is used on infants you can also be sure that it won’t cause you other irritation either.
20. Remember, Less is More
Piling on too much makeup can have the opposite effect if you’re trying to shave some years off of your appearance. When you slap on a load of foundation or use thick eyeliners and heavy lipsticks you risk that makeup settling into your fine lines or simply drawing too much attention to your flaws. By properly applying the right amount of makeup you can get positive attention while downplaying your flaws.