And as we change, we also need to remember that our makeup habits must also evolve. Heavy black liner on the lower lashline is no longer appropriate (although, I can’t think of a time when it was!), and makeup becomes more sophisticated in its application. As such, there are some beauty tips to follow to not only help retain our youthful appearance, but to also help hide the lines that show our wisdom. 😉
Cream-Based Blushes vs. Powder-Based Blushes
As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity and moisture. Powder blushes can make dry skin more noticeable and give a flat-looking effect. Cream blushes are better as they have the opposite effect and leave skin looking radiant and moisturized. The less dry your skin looks, the younger you look!
To Glitter or Not to Glitter?
Staying up all hours of the night and running on three hours of sleep the next day might have worked when you were 20, but could you do it now? Probably not! (And if you can, I applaud you!) There is no difference when it comes to glitter! Glitter is great when you’re a teenager or in your early 20s, but after you’ve crossed the 40 mark, it’s best to either throw it away or give it away. Glitter settles into fine lines and its reflective quality draws the focus to wherever it lands. So, don’t give your fine lines a microphone; instead, use products that are either matte in finish or have a slight shimmer formula. This applies to foundations, eyeshadows, bronzers, etc.
Matte Eyeshadows vs. Shimmer Eyeshadows
This is a topic that is debatable and it will truly depend on your comfort level and your unique genetics as to whether or not you find matte eyeshadows to be more flattering than shimmery ones, or a mixture of both in your collection suits you perfectly well.
The eyelid lacks oil glands which means it’s generally one of the first areas of our faces to show aging (this is why moisturizing in your 20s, 30s and 40s is SO important!). Creases that form in the skin are exemplified with shinier colors, similar to how reflective glitter is, as opposed to matte colors. Matte finishes are generally the safest option as they don’t magnify folds in the skin. MAC’s Matte2 line and Laura Mercier’s Matte and Sateen line offer great eyeshadows for mature eyelids.
My closest female friends are in their 50s and they all agree that sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun is a relatively new concept that didn’t exist in their youth. As we know now, sun damage can result in such changes as fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone, not to mention skin cancer. This is why it’s imperative, no matter your age, to wear sunscreen daily. Use products with SPF 30 or higher and with both UVB and UVA protection. Apply it to your face and don’t neglect your neck, chest and the backs of the hands as these are typically the first areas to show signs of sun damage and aging.
Large pores become more noticeable with age and can make the skin appear unsightly. Although the actual size of pores can’t be reduced, various techniques can help you minimize their appearance. Thankfully, there are many products on the market today that help make enlarged pores less visible. If you want to go the drugstore route, try highly rated L’Oreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur to diminish lines, wrinkles, pores and uneven texture. If you wish to go more of the high-end route, Benefit’s Pore-fessional is touted as one of the best for concealing pores among women of all ages.
Some women have the tendency to want to wear the same makeup styles they did when they were in their 20s and 30s, but don’t fall into this trap. Never compare yourself to the way you used to look, embrace your beauty in the moment. As with everything there are exceptions to this rule like:
- Whitening your teeth, because yellow teeth can add unnecessary years
- Getting gloss treatments to keep hair shiny and lustrous
- Avoid heavy floral perfumes; instead switch to clean, fresh scents
- Go for bolder colors in your nail polish instead of neutrals as deeper shades look more youthful
- Over-moisturize your skin to keep it looking radiant
- Since skin tone and natural lip pigment fades with age, go more vibrant in cheek color (but keep it sheer) and brighter in lip color