Last updated on September 16th, 2018
Everybody ages, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it in style with a perfectly pretty face. Here are a few beauty tips for women over 50.
Choose a light base
If you’re looking to wear some foundation to give you a more even complexion and cover up any aging spots or pigmentation that you may have, then you need to choose wisely. Because your skin is older now, if you opt for a heavy coverage foundation, it will weigh down your face and cling on as a pose to blending in with your own skin tone. So the best thing is to use a BB cream. These are very light, rejuvenating and moisturizing to the skin, but still have various tints of color depending on the shade that you need, giving you a more airbrushed look. Because of how light it is too, you can just apply it in the morning as you would any other face cream, but with the added bonus of your skin looking ever fresher than usual. If like many women you develop rosacea as you get older, IT cosmetics makes a great cream foundation called Bye Bye Redness that works amazing.
Find the natural light
When applying your makeup, you need to choose your setting correctly. You would be amazed at how different your entire face can look from sitting under a warm yellow lamp, compared to when you then step foot outside. – Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn’t, and you don’t want to find that out once it’s too late. So always try and sit somewhere that is well lit up from natural light, so preferably by a window. If your windows are very old and dirty and damaged, then you’ll need to take action into your own hands, and if that means having a Window Installation company come over and fit new ones – so be it. Not only will you have the perfect spots to sit to do your makeup now, but you have also just boosted up the value of your home, as well as it’s curb appeal – a win-win situation all around.
Darken the eyebrows
There is a very fine line between darkening the eyebrows a touch and going way too overboard that makes you look like a drag queen. As you get older, your hair starts to lighten and get finer, and this can happen a lot with the eyebrows making them start to look nonexistent. Eyebrows are such an important feature on the face though because essentially they are the thing that gives your face structure and definition, so it’s always good to create that again if this starts to fade. You only want to go up one or two shades from what you eyebrow color is now. A cream-based pencil tends to be best because you have control over how much or how little you use just by the force you use to apply it. Start off very lightly and follow your existent shape, and from there you can choose whether to lengthen or thicken them up a little more.
A dust of blush
When getting older, it’s very common to lose a lot of your color that you may have once had when you were younger, in turn making your face look pale and lifeless. But one simple trick that can quite literally bring the life back into your cheeks, is blusher. Before you go brushing it all over your face, know that a little goes a very long way. Also, blusher isn’t the same as bronzer where it can be used pretty much anywhere. A blusher comes in all different shades, from pinks, corals, reds, and peaches. Depending on your natural skin tone will determine what color will suit you best, but you can try a few and then decide on what you prefer – peach is the best place to start. All you need to do is smile, and where the apples of your cheeks form, lightly dust a little blusher onto them, and within seconds you are able to warm up your appearance.
The placement of eyeshadow
Some people love eyeshadow and don’t feel complete without it, while others couldn’t care for it. It all depends on the type of person you are, but regardless of whether you do or don’t like it, it can come in handy. Over time, the skin around your eyes begins to drop a little, and that can make your eyes look a lot heavier than they actually are. But with a clever placement of eyeshadow, you can reopen the lid and make it appear a lot more awake. All you need to do is find a color that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone, and then use it to cut into where the socket of your eye goes. If you haven’t got much to work with, you can go even higher to give the appearance of a more open lid. Then just blend that in, and you will have defined the eye, without looking like you’re wearing any heavy eye makeup.
A lighter mascara
As mentioned earlier, your hair will be a lot lighter and finer than it was when you were younger, so when it comes to your eyelashes, opting for a black mascara may be too heavy and false looking for your face, especially when you have light features. So rather than using a black mascara, get a dark brown instead. By doing this, you are still getting a little drama around the eye and making them stand out, but you aren’t going so over the top that it begins looking too much. Also, focus more on the top lashes than the bottom. You only need a very light brush over the lower lashes for an added touch of definition – if at all. But you will know after trying what works best for you.
A little concealer
Concealer is a woman’s best friend. It hides all the things we want to hide, be it spots, blemishes, or pigmentation, not to mention under eye circles, and as you probably already know by now – with age comes deeper circles. But they are so easy to be fixed. All you need to do is find a concealer one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone, place a few strokes of it over the areas you want to cover up, and then blend it into your skin with a beauty blender or small brush. Be sure not to drag the product around, you should only use gentle dabs repeatedly until everything is blended in nicely. Before you know it your eyes will be dramatically lighter underneath, not only making you look a little younger, but also making your overall face appear brighter and more vibrant.
A touch of gloss
Lipstick is always a nice thing to have in your handbag to give you that instant pop of colour, but having said that, when you age, you attract a lot more lines and creases around your lips, and when putting on lipstick, that can then sink into the cracks and draw even more attention to them. So if you do like a little color, but don’t want to make things any worse, then opt for a tinted gloss. Because it’s a gloss, it creates a shine that wipes out any cracks and lines, making them unnoticeable. Not only that, but a gloss can also make the lips appear a lot fuller and plumper which is ideal as lips start to thin with age too. If you do want a bolder color, then go for a red gloss, giving you the perfect balance between all things good.