Make Up for the Older Woman
So I am starting to reach that age where I am thinking differently about the make up that I wear, clothes too but thats for another day. I feel too old to be wearing heavy, caked on make up and I don’t want to look like the young ones today.
Don’t get me wrong I think that make up these days is amazing and its wonderful to see young ones expressing themselves through it but its not for me … anymore haha! I have hooded eyes and there are little trench lines starting to form on my face when I frown or laugh.
In reality there are lots of little signs to ageing all over my face but I don’t think I am ready to admit to all of them ….. yet!
It gets me to thinking how can I change my ‘style’? Or switch it up a little, maybe even so far as to say revamp? I mean I don’t want to change the person I am but I do feel that its time to ditch the neon eyeliner and think a little differently.
Here are my top tips for older women
1. Invest in a good moisturiser.
Now when I say that I mean invest in a moisturiser that is good FOR you. I am a great believer in skincare and although I have spent my twenties basically ignoring it.
My skin decided that my thirties were a great time to demand more care from me. So I hot footed down to a local department store with various beauty counters and literally spent time looking at each product.
I spoke with the consultants there and asked them what they would advise me to use on my skin. I have a fair complexion with freckles but yet I don’t burn that easily. My skin would be normal. Im not oily on my t-zone or dry on my forehead, nor do I have breakouts on my chin or cheeks.
Of all the samples and advice I received, Clinique Moisture Surge (£36) or Estee Lauder Daywear (£45) came up trumps. They provided me with soft, supple skin that didn’t feel weighed down or that there was a thick layer sitting on it.
I would also advise making sure that your skincare has an SPF factor within it to reduce ageing. Also it is worth pointing out that while the two products I have mentioned are at the higher end of the price scale, you can also find little gems from L’Oreal, Nivea, Simple etc on the high street which can meet your needs just as well.
Again I would advise looking on their websites as these companies can sometimes offer free samples or you can email them and ask for some. I always feel that if a company if worth their salt then they will invest in customers both new and old and it never hurts to ask.
Skin oils can also provide with extra nourishment during the cold snaps when the central heating is high and drying you out. I like the Urban Veda Radiance facial Oil (£29.99) as it is so natural and soothing. Remember as skin ages it becomes drier so this step is the first for a reason.
It will ensure that you have a perfect base for the rest of your ‘face’ and help to slow down the ageing process while rehydrating and balancing your skin.
2. Always prime your skin.
So primer may seem like a waste of money. After all you use a good moisturiser and foundations so why should you prime your skin in between? Well the answer is that primer forms a barrier between your skin and your make up.
It helps your makeup to stay on without compromising the skincare regime used underneath. This is why it is so important to invest in a good moisturiser which will sink into the skin and work its magic while you are wearing your makeup and carrying on with your day without a care.
I am using the Estee Lauder Illuminating primer (£26) at the moment and it is gorgeous. It is light, non-greasy and leaves my skin glowy. I even use it on the days I want to be makeup free as it gives a beautiful reflection to my skin.
And it is exactly that! Its a foundation on which you will apply the rest of your makeup. There are so many types out there and there are so many levels of coverage that your head would probably explode if you started to really delve into them but fear not, Christine is here haha.
So you will know your skin type from having selected your moisturiser and I would advise then thinking about the coverage you need. As older ladies we should be aware of looking ‘washed-out’ as our skin tone loses its colour.
Warmer tones suit us better and it can be worth looking at shades one level darker than out current colour to see if we can improve the colour of out base. Another way I find of getting a perfect colour match is to mix shades.
And don’t be afraid to do this as it is better then wearing a shade which is totally wrong. Again visit your local department store (Debenhams, House of Fraser, Fenwick, John Lewis etc) and ask at the counters for samples.
Other great brands include Maybelline, L’Oreal and No7 which all come in the mid-range price. I’m currently using an assortment of different foundations depending on my days activities. I have Maybelline 24 hr stay (£9.99) which is high coverage. I am also using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (£33.50) and Clinique beyond perfecting foundation (£27) which I find give me a lighter coverage than the Maybeline one.
Its easy as we get older to slather our faces with concealer to hide the wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of ageing yet that is the worst thing we could do. The concealer then sits on our face thick and gloopy and instead of hiding, can actual highlight them!
Use a colour correcting palette as shown below to help combat the following problems.
So these can be in the form of creams or powders and the rule of thumb is that if you are using a cream foundation then apply your colour correcting concealer (or regular concealer) either before or after your foundation.
If you are using a powder concealer then wait until you have set your foundation with powder and then apply to avoid caking or drawing attention to these areas.
Can be pressed or loose and to be honest I find it best if it is loose. I turn it out onto the back of my hand and dab it onto my face with a powder puff.
Make sure your press it onto your skin and dust off using a brush. I am currently using a Collection loose powder (£2.99)
My top tip here is to brush you powder off first up the face from jaw line to forehead to ensure the powder gets in underneath the little face hairs and then down the face from forehead to jaw to ensure those downy ‘peach fuzz’ hairs are brushed back down into place.
6. Bronzer & Blusher.
Bronzer is perfect for adding a little colour to your face and giving it a lovely glow. I like to use a light bronzer that I can build up and I love the Rimmel Kate Moss Highlighting palette (£6.99) which give me bronzer, blusher and highlighter all in one.
Use bronzer on the edges of the face and dust it lightly from mouth up to ear as well to give the face a little shimmer. Then use a smidgen of highlighter on the tops of cheek bones, on your nose and chin to give a slight definition on these areas.
With blusher there are literally so many different shades to choose from and I find it best to use a blush palette which can offer lots of choice as well as the option to mix if required.
Tones can be peachy or rose and should only be applied to the apples of the cheeks to give a beautiful flushed look. It may seem like you are breaking a cardinal rule of makeup but trust me ladies a slight tinge of the right colour to the apples of your cheeks will make them ‘pop’
Next up is eyeshadow and this can be where the fun starts! Its easy to get away with using neutral tones and browns on the eyes when we get older and yes this can look okay but what we need to do is up our game a little here.
If you are using brown and neutral tomes then make sure they suit your skin type and don’t make you look washed out. Green tones and in particular sage can be amazing and work so well on older ladies.
You could also think about a little dusting of magenta, navy blue or amethyst depending on your eye colour. Be careful here though because we don’t want to overdo it. Remember less is more.
Finish your eyes off with a liquid liner which is easier to apply to older eyes. A brown eyeliner such as Urban decay 24 hour in ‘smog’ (£17.50) can keep your eyes looking soft.
Thick, dark brows are okay if you are 20 but we are not and we want a subtle, defined brow. Always brush your brows through with a spoolie (clean and dry mascara wand) or an eye brush before applying any product.
A pencil should be hard and put applied using thin strokes to build up shape and texture. Don’t be afraid to use a combination of two shades here eg light and dark brown or even a grey pencil to give the illusion of texture and definition. Remember that your pencil should be kept ‘bluntly’ sharp and should not be too soft.
You can also use a brow gel to set brow if you feel that your brow pencil comes off too easily.
Before using any kind of mascara its worth thinking about the types of eyelash you have. Feel free to use an eyelash curler or lash primer to give you lashes length or definition.
Mascara can then be applied to enhance your lashes. I prefer to use a waterproof mascara and my current favourite is L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes (£10.99).
I am also a fan of Rimmel Scandaleyes (£6.99) but Estee Lauder Double Wear zero smudge (£23) is on my lust list to try!
Finally we move onto Lipstick. I am not a fan of glossy lips and I think that women simply do not have the time to be reapplying lipstick throughout the day so you want something that will stick on you lips without drying them out or looking cakey.
Use Max Factor Lip infinity (£10.99) which stays on ALL day.Then swipe a drop of lip balm over the top to keep lips soft and supple throughout the day. Its much easier to apply chapstick than it is to apply lipstick after all! Play around with the shades and find one that works for you.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up with a pop of pink or a darling red. After all the only limit is your confidence.
End of the Day
Lastly please remove your make up properly the end of each day. Cleanse and Tone your skin and finish with a night cream and possibly even an eye cream too but bin those baby wipes! I will talk more on this in another post but I wanted to add a sidebar here that removing the makeup can be just as important as the makeup itself.
Anyway I hope this article inspires you to play around with your make up and work your moves the way you know how to ladies! I am so excited to hear your thought and views on this so feel free to drop me a line.