As women age, we tend to alter our makeup applications very little to accommodate our changing faces. What looked good on us in our teens doesn’t quite work even in our twenties, and we fail to realize that we aren’t really doing our appearance any favors if we aren’t changing up our makeup applications to compliment our maturing faces as we age. Follow these quick tips for the right way to wear makeup as you age for the freshest looking faces!
Mascara is a huge culprit in giving away our age. Glopping it on all over our lashes when we’re in High School is fine, but continuing this pattern into adulthood is a major don’t and makes us look older. As we age, we need to apply less mascara, and only on the outer, longer lashes that reach out toward our temples. If you’re beyond your early twenties forgo putting mascara in layers on all your upper and lower lashes, and only apply mascara to your upper lashes toward the ends that are longest, and only a few quick swipes. This hides the appearance of sagging eyelids rather than exemplifying them, and avoiding the lower lashes makes dark circles and lines less apparent.
With eyeliner, only line the upper eyelid lightly and the outer corner of the lower lid. This makes the eyes appear wider and more vibrant and youthful looking. Lining the entire eye can show off the eyelid sagging and bags under the eyes that come with age.
With eye shadows, don’t go as thick or dark as when you were younger. Browns and pastels are best for any eye color. For blues, stick with baby blue colors, with greens, stick with mint, and with purples go a light lavender. Since brown is always complimentary you can go from tan to coffee brown, just keep it light. Metallics are best if applied over a matte color. Stay away from silver which is too young. To open up the eye, sweep over a metallic white just over the brow bone and dot lightly around the tear duct, then swipe over with a q-tip to brighten up under the eye.
Stay away from lip liner! Stick to natural lipstick shades, or a tinted chapstick. Lip liner only makes aging lips look lackluster and brings out the wrinkles around the mouth and lips. Stick to lighter colors that are natural and slightly shiny (not metallic or glittery) like peach or nude. I just wear cherry chapstick.
Go light on foundation. As you age, your skin loses it’s elasticity and natural shine, so when you cake on concealer and powder foundation it settles in your fine lines and makes your face look flat. Rather than try to cover your flaws, bring shine back to your face which will reflect wrinkles and make them less apparent by mixing a sunscreen into your liquid concealer to make it go on smoother and less thick onto your face. Avoid yellow tones, opting more for peachy or pink tones to compliment your face and bring out color. If powdering, apply a very thin sheer powder only on your cheeks, nose, and forehead.
Blush and bronze lightly. Don’t be streaky or too red. Use a light dusting of bronzer only on your cheeks and forehead, and stick with a lighter bronzer that isn’t too yellow. Stick with peachy tones for your cheeks when using blush.
Less is absolutely more when it comes to makeup and aging. To further make your appearance look younger, switch to brown mascaras and eyeliners, or blue eyeliners rather than harsh black. Always moisturize your face and stick to hues that compliment your mature skin, and quit trying to look 16 again by using the same application you did years ago. The result is a caked on, aging appearance that does nothing for your mature appearance. Keep it light and simple, and compliment your years!