We decided to come up with a few over 50 makeup tips for women because we know makeup that worked on our faces age 30, needs to be adapted at age 50. Unless you want to look overdone, out of touch or just plain scary.
It’s a minefield.
What foundations are the best? Should you use powder? What about shimmery eye shadows? or blushers? liquid or pencil eye liners? What lip colors are the best and should you use a lip liner?
The questions can come fast and furious, so we sieved through loads of tips and tricks from makeup artists such as Bobbie Brown, Wayne Goss, Robert Jones and Lisa Eldridge to tried and tested beauty tips for over 50 mature ladies.
Over 50 makeup tips to look younger :
1) Skin Maintenance and Foundation
Let us be honest, everything crinkles up and goes south when we age. You don’t need to be a dermatologist or a skin specialist to know that your cells don’t re-generate like they used to, or that your skin loses elasticity and starts showing lines and wrinkles because of the sun/environment/lifestyle.
But we are going to pound the often said and obvious : wear sun screen. It is the number one cause for wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin so wear a cream with spf 30 or over everyday. This includes your neck, chest and hands.
Cleanse and moisturize daily with skin products that suits your face. We are loving NUXE Products at the moment and they have some fabulous oils. Don’t forget to exfoliate twice a week to get rid of dull dead skin cells (and get back that fresh face glow) and put a mask on every week for your skin type.
You could even make your own.
Here is a great foundation video that will make you look ten years younger :
This is the first step you need to master before even talking about foundation. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Smooth and plump out those little lines and crinkles so that whatever you put on afterwards, it will have less chance to go into those dry lines that makes your foundation look aging.
2) Eye Makeup for Over 50
We love this tutorial for a natural eye makeup look and the way Lisa Eldridge (she recently did Kate Winslet for Harper’s Bazaar) progressively enhanced and added to make the eyes more ‘complete’.
What’s also nice is that she did not use just very expensive makeup and had some cheaper drug store items that’s affordable and the results were stunning.
Harsh lines and pulling the eye pencil too far out the corner of the eye will only make the eyes look droopy and when choosing an eye makeup color, work with the color of your hair as well as the color of your eyes.
Here are a few over 50 makeup tips for eyes :
- Blend, blend and blend some more – notice how all these makeup artists just blends the colors until it looks natural and just merge into one another.
- Start with a little, then add more – it’s easy to add more on but a right pain to take too much off. Go easy, step back, have a look and add only if you need or want to.
- Choose colors that bring out your eyes naturally – you can always start with a hint of a different color (ie: mauve on brown eyes) and work on it. You don’t have to match the color of your eyes and you do not need to use neutral colors only. But choose wisely and experiment.
- Keep dark colors to the outer lids of your eyes – you want to open up your eyes, not make them look close set and small. The videos above are great to showcase this technique.
- Set the base for your eyes like you would your face – if you use primer, make sure you put some on your lids too. The same goes for the foundation or tinted moisturizer you are using. Invest in a good concealer if you have dark circles or bags.
- Too much shimmer will age you – Use a subtle touch and avoid the garish shimmers from the eighties. Yes ladies, we have moved on since then.
- Try a softer colored eye liner – black is great but it can be too harsh. Try a dark sapphire blue, dark chocolate brown or a deep purple. It will soften your eyes but still add definition.
- Don’t forget your brows – Fill in the sparse areas with a good natural color in either pencil form or shadow and brush but avoid the thick dark angry looking brows. Don’t arch your eyebrows too much as it makes your eyes look droopy, instead follow the natural shape of your brows and make sure both sides are even.
Check Out Our Top Ten Makeup Products For Fair Skin, Olive Skin, and Dark Skin.
If you want to look ten years younger, you need to watch this quick tutorial on how to hide under eye bags :
(The actual tutorial starts at 2:15)
3) Contours and Blushers
We all have seen Kim Kardashian’s contouring tricks and we must say they are quite effective (See how it is done here). Done effectively, it can take years off your face, highlight the good points, take pounds off your chin and lift those saggy bits around the eyes and mouth.
Think we are exaggerating? Watch this:
As Lisa Eldridge says:
Good contouring can make a wide face appear narrower and cheekbones appear more prominent. It can also help to define the jawline and lift the eyes. All this needs to be done with a light touch using the right product and shade, especially for a daytime look. Once you have mastered the very basic techniques shown here you can build up your skills and really make the most of your bone structure and the shape of your face.
Here is her basic powder contouring tutorial :
4) Avoid The Retired Porn Star Lips
(one of the more important over 50 makeup tips – trust us)
Lip pencils are great if you use them with discretion and in a color that is close to your own lip color, or in nude just to outline and give some definition to lips.
We have all seen the mature lady with the thick crayoned lips in some garish color that screams ‘I am a clown’. This attempt to make lips look bigger and plumper is counter-productive and achieves all the wrong results.
Hope you have enjoyed these tutorials and was able to pick up a few tips and tricks. If you have been hanging onto your old makeup techniques it is time to do an overhaul and change those habits.
Just the smallest thing can make a big difference such as using a different color or using a different technique. Makeup artist Wayne Goss has five more anti aging makeup tips to share :
How NOT to look old
At the end of the day, beauty is who you are and how you feel about yourself. No amount of makeup is going to reverse the clock to when you were a teenager (if you are 50 and over) so enjoy your looks now. Seek to enhance and bring about your best features, not cover, change or camouflage your looks.
Most of all feel good about yourself.
Here, Bobbi Brown (who is herself over 50) talks about her over 50 makeup tips and what beauty means.
Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think of these makeup techniques for over 50 and whether you agree or dis-agree. Or share some over 50 makeup tricks to look ten years younger (or more) with us all!