The makeup tips and tricks that worked for us in our 20’s and 30’s do not necessarily have the same effect once we reach our 50’s. In order to look your best it is essential to update your products and your techniques. The same methods that keep celebrities looking fabulous into their 60’s and beyond can do the same for you.
Caring for your skin is first priority. Looking great is simplified when you are beginning with healthy skin that is naturally beautiful. If you do nothing else for your skin, use sunscreen and moisturizer. These can effective moisturizers that also contain a protective sunscreen, so find one that you love and use it daily. The sun is your skin’s nemesis, so protect it well. As we age, elasticity in our skin decreases, so moisturizer is necessary to keep its youthful appearance. Cleanse, moisturize, and protect from the sun every single day for a healthy base for your makeup. Less than daily, you can exfoliate and use a retinol product to aid with anti-aging. A thick, creamy moisturizer can be used overnight any time you notice extra dryness in your skin. Choose gentle products that suit your skin type for the best results to maintain young looking skin for years to come.
Where once you might have been able to leave the house with nothing more than a dash of lip gloss, your skin may require a little assistance to get that dewy softness now. A primer is an essential product that provides a smooth, even baseline for your foundation and other makeup. Disguise fine lines, enlarged pores, and minor imperfections with a top quality primer that will not cause oiliness or caking.
Keep the black eyeliner that you love on your top lid, but go for something lighter and softer on your bottom lid to open up the eyes and appear less fatigued. Try a grey or blue for blue eyes, burgundy or violet for green, and brown or purple for brown eyes. You may also want to ease up on the eye shadow as brows and lids sag. A light, neutral shade with a shimmery finish will open up the eyes better than heavy color. Also, keep concealer to dark shadows alone. Attempting to cover wrinkles with concealer will only end up highlighting them.
Forgo the lip liner that has a habit of feathering into fine lines around the mouth as we age. Instead, invest in a premium quality lip brush that allows you to carefully apply and fill in your lips without the need for a liner.
We lose our natural rosy cheeks as we get older, so you may want to start wearing blush even if you never have before. It doesn’t take much, just a dusting of pink on the apple of your cheeks for a healthy glow. If blush intimidates you, try a pink shaded bronzer to start.
Written by Samantha Wilcoxson