Are you getting older and feeling your age? Sadly, a majority of women over 50 feel as though they’re invisible. The study that revealed this finding also found that 85% of women over 50 don’t feel confident in any part of their lives, and that many link their aging appearance to their lack of confidence.
If you’re relating to those findings, you’re in the right place. Getting older can be a difficult reality, but it doesn’t have to mean you don’t feel confident or beautiful, because you are!
Looking beautiful is possible at any age whether you’re a youthful teen or entering your 80s. Want to learn some beauty and makeup tips for women over 50 to look and feel their best?
Keep reading for 7 of the best mature skin makeup tips.
1. Buy Products that Moisturize and Protect Your Skin
The key to a fabulous makeup look is healthy skin. Piling on layers and layers of makeup to cover up discoloration, unhealthy skin, dryness, and redness won’t look good.
Ensure that your makeup accentuates your glowing skin by keeping it moisturized and healthy. Moisturizing your skin will make it look “plumper”, youthful, and dewy.
You should also protect your skin from further damage by using sunscreen or makeup products with SPF built in, especially during the summer months.
Buy makeup products like primers or foundations that contain moisturizing ingredients and SPF to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. Be sure to learn more about the different components of makeup products to make sure they will moisturize and protect your skin.
2. Go Light on Foundation and Concealer
On the topic of foundation, you want to avoid going too heavy. Caked on makeup may cover up any age spots, wrinkles, or redness you have, but it will also make you look heavy and unnatural.
Look for foundations that feel and look light on your skin. You should also make sure you’re using a foundation and concealer that matches your skin tone and works well with your skin type.
Our skin changes as we age, so your go-to foundation when you were 30 probably won’t be the same as the one you need now!
Now that you have the right light foundation and concealer, use the foundation as a base to even out your skin tone and fill in wrinkles/fine lines. Next, use concealer as an extra cover-up on age spots, discoloration areas, redness, and undereye bags to shed a few years off of your look!
3. Accentuate the Eyes
Wrinkles, crow’s feet, and sagging skin can lead to our eyes looking smaller as we age. Combat this sign of aging by accentuating your eyes in every makeup look you try.
This doesn’t mean you have to go over-the-top glam with a smokey eye and eye glitter every day (unless that’s what you like!). There are simple and natural ways to make your eyes pop and look bigger.
First, try using eyeliner on your lower lash line. This gives your eyes more definition and shape, especially if the skin around your eyes tends to droop or sag. But use colors like brown or grey instead of a harsh black to avoid looking like a raccoon or a punk rocker from the early 2000s.
Curling your lashes before you use mascara is another way to make your eyes pop past any wrinkles or drooping you may have.
4. Lip Pencils Can Shape the Lips
Our lips can lose fullness and shape as we get older. Don’t be afraid to use a lip pencil to outline the shape of your lips before using lipstick.
Just make sure your lip pencil matches the shade of lipstick you’re using!
5. Retinol Products Can Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Retinol is a compound proven to reduce signs of aging by softening and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. When you’re researching the best makeup products to use with moisturizer and SPF, also look for products that contain retinol in order to firm up your skin and tighten any wrinkles you may have.
6. Learn to Contour
“Contouring” means highlighting (or darkening!) certain areas of your face to make certain features more prominent and other features less prominent. Common areas to contour are the cheekbones, your jawline, and your nose to highlight your amazing bone structure.
You can also learn to contour in order to hide certain areas of your face that make you look older. This could be wrinkles, a saggy neck, extra weight under your chin, a larger nose, etc.
7. Eyebrows Complete the Look
Doing a makeup look without doing your eyebrows is like walking around in high heels and no clothes. The look simply isn’t complete (and will often look silly) if you leave your brows undone when you’ve done a full face of makeup.
Our eyebrows also tend to thin out as we age, which can make you look older. Instead of drawing in your eyebrows completely, try simply filling them out with a brow pencil.
You can also shape your brows in ways that can adjust the appearance of your face. For example, if you have droopy eyes or wrinkles around your eyes, you can make them appear wider and larger by shaping your brows into an arch rather than a straight line.
You can also “extend” your brow with the brow pencil out towards your temples to give your face a more awake and smoother look.
Try These Makeup Tips for Women Over 50: You’ll Feel Like a Brand New Woman!
Just because you’re over a certain age doesn’t mean that you should feel invisible. You’re beautiful no matter what age you are. These makeup tips for women over 50 will only serve to accentuate the natural beauty all of us have!
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