I have to admit that I don’t wear make up every day, and often I go for a very minimal look.
A bit of BB cream, a dusting of bronzer, lipstick, a quick brush of muddy coloured eye shadow, then a wave of the mascara wand and I’m ready to go, but recently I was lucky to be invited by Katie from The Body Shop to go for a make-over and and she gave me some great makeup tips for women over 50.
Makeup Tips for older women
I was given the full makeup works and introduced to a much more formal look, which I can replicate for occasions when a little more cover is needed.
And you know what. I felt great. I’d even like to say that heads turned when I strode into the coffee shop to meet my daughter later for a cup of coffee – Lol!
Yes! My imagination ran riot!
A bit of makeup makes us look and feel more polished
But it brought home to me how a bit of ‘slap’ can make you walk a bit taller, feel a bit prouder as you get older and the face isn’t as plump and taught as it used to be.
So today, to inspire you to perhaps update your own routine here’s a before makeup photo and an after makeup photo, along with some top hints and tips about how to apply makeup as we get older from the lovely Katie at The Body Shop.
And my 20 days to a Better You challenge today is to re-vamp and re-define your makeup routine using some of these makeup tips and tricks for women over 50.
Get The Body Shop look
This is what it took to scrub me up to get the formal day-wear look above.
Prep and Prepare: Vit C Micro-Dermabrasion followed by some Vit C Skin Boost
Foundation: E.V. Minerals Liquid 102
Conceal: Lightning Touch 01
Cheeks: A10 Cheek and Ginger 02 and Baked Bronzer 02
Eyeshadow Colour: Colour Crush 110 (sand by me)
Eyeshadow Contour: Colour Crush 225 (Brownie & Clyde)
Eye Definer: Liquid Liner 02 Brown
Mascara: Super Volume 02 Brown
Brows: Brow Kit No 1 applied with a slanted brush
Lip Liner: 03 Clover Pink
Lipstick: Colour Crush 110 – Coral Blush
Perfect your Pout! 9 Makeup Tips and Tricks.
- Your make-up will only be as good as the skin it’s applied to, so don’t apply foundation to dry, rough or dirty skin. Exfoliate twice a week to get rid of built in dirt and grim. Dirt stretches the pores and makes them sag, so they appear larger and make up doesn’t sit smoothly on enlarged pores.
- To find the right colour foundation make stripes on your cheek. The perfect match is the one that you can’t see .
- Use a Kabuki Brush to get a fine veil and even application of foundation – it smooths the foundation for an air brushed effect and a flawless finish.
- After a certain age we shouldn’t use metallic, high shine or pearly type eye shadows as they emphasise fine lines. So stay away from the 20’s trends! Don’t sweep eye colour up to the brow bone as it’s aging.
- Use a flat skin colour on the lid. A darker shadow in the crease and countour. Take colour around to the outside of the eye.
- If you have lots of folds around the eyes then don’t use colour. Focus on your foundation, have neat well-groomed brows, mascara and a bit of liner. Use more blusher and colour on your cheeks than colour on your eyes.
- Be cautious using powders as matt finishes dull the skin surface and ages the look of the skin. So if you must, then just a dusting to set your foundation – consider the minerals range.
- A soft dewy moist foundation rides creases and folds and gives the illusion of a helathier and more youthful look.
- Use a foundation with a 30+ sunscreen and smooth it all over your face including under the eyes, over the lids of the eyes, down the neck and over the higher chest area too.
Try: The Vitamin C Micro-Dermabrasion for a polished facial skin. It’s a high potency Vitamin C with diamond dust that smooths and polishes without breaking or tearing the skin. Use a face shammy to remove, or better still wash it off in the shower. I really liked the beautiful fresh smell and the way my skin felt really smooth afterwards.
Top Makeup Tips for women over 50 from Katie
The Colour Crush lipsticks have a pigment rich colour with cherry seed oil that gives a young dewy look. If you have thin lips then avoid dark or bright colours.
Line your lips and reclaim the natural lip line. Be a bit daring, and always use a sharp lip pencil. Outline your Cupids Bow. If you have drooping lips then don’t take the liner right to the edge. Colour in with the lip pencil first before you apply lipstic as this will give consistency.
- As you get older apply less eye colour (always use matt eyeshadows), but focus the detail on your brows because they fade and become sparser with age. Use a powder with a brush rather than a brow pencil. Eyebrow powder has wax in it to fill in the bald spots and adheres to the hair follicles. It gives a softer finish. Go for the same colour as the roots of your hair. Never go for the thin pencil eyebrows – it’s an agin look and accentuates sagging brows.
- Always use a good mascara, and don’t forget to wave the wand down over the top lashes (takes off any dust and eye makeup) and then curl them up afterwards.
- As our eyelids begin to droop we need to wear a good top eyelid liner. Liquid liner opens up the eye. Use brown if you’re fair, and black if you’re dark. Tip: Paint the liner onto a small plate first and use a wet slanted brush to apply. Squeeze it dry to make a good crisp edge. Dip it in the liner and make small dots along the top of your eyelid close to the lash, and then gently join up the dots.
- If your eyes sag then slope the eyeliner upwards at the edges.
- Correct any eyeliner mistakes with foundation on a brush.
Foundation and Blush
- Use liquid foundations for a youthful dewy finish.
- If your peachyness is fading, then don’t forget blusher. Use it on the apple of your cheeks then draw it up and out and down.
- Afterwards use a sweep of bronzer in the shape of a 3 – Start at the bony part of your forehead and from the hairline take the brush down and around the side of your face to under your cheek bone to the apples of your cheeks, then back towards your ear and under your chin line, and down your neck.
Want a Body Shop makeover?
Maybe you’d also like to know how to apply the latest foundation and eyeshadows? Well you can have a complimentary Express Makeover that takes 10 minutes and a trained staff member will help you to find the right lip colour, choose the right foundation, create a smoky eye, or just work some magic with the latest makeup collection. Premium makeovers for special occasions cost $40.
If you have any make-up tips that you swear by then please tell us in the comments, won’t you?