Makeup Tips for older women

Using makeup in the most creative ways should ideally enhance your best features. Getting older tends to be dreaded by many women. Droopy eyes, sunken cheeks, eye bags and creases are often mentioned as common experiences for many older women. Fortunately there’s makeup to come to the rescue.

While you may be used to using makeup a particular way in your teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s, once you hit your 50s, 60s and beyond it’s best to introduce a few slight tweaks to your routine.

Learn how to test in the right places
To test lipstick, the ideal place is to swipe on your thumb. For foundation, concealer and eye shadow, use the web between your thumb and forefinger. What you want to do is test on skin similar to the area where the product will be used. Keep in mind the elasticity of skin changes with age, so it’s important to consider this when testing makeup.

How you apply your skincare is important
The motion you use while applying makeup is key. You’ll want to get circulation going by working from the centre of your face outward. This is ideal for countering gravity and downward pull. Ensure that you use sweeping motions along the jawline and from the base of your neck towards the jawline.

Pay attention to how you shape your brows
It’s always advisable to frame your eye area by extending your brow shape. When filling your brows you also want to pay attention to the colour of your brow hair. If you have light hair, use a darker shade in brow filler. If your hair is dark, go one or two shades lighter. Use light strokes, similar to small hairs to make sure that you have a flawless and natural-looking brow.

Don’t worry about your asymmetrical features
As you age, you’ll notice a few quirks, such as asymmetrical features on your face like slightly differently shaped brows, or your more creased side of your face. Don’t worry about them – rather embrace them. Where necessary, use a few makeup tricks to enhance these features or to distract from them if you prefer.

Experiment with your eye liner

To lift the eyes, widen the top lid liner slightly at the outer end. You can also play around with line thickness and placement.

Create a new eyelid crease to avoid droopy overhang
Create a bold eye size and shape even when your eyes are aging. Opt for a medium shade on the lids and blend it from the lash line straight up and over your real crease to extend above it.