What should someone my age wear? This is one of the beauty questions I am most frequently asked, especially when working with (for want of a better phrase) normal people (as supposed to actors or presenters etc). The answer is pretty much anything (within reason). There is no reason why you shouldn’t go with the make-up looks you want, it’s about adapting the products and methods you use so they enhance rather than age the face.
Like it or lump it we can’t turn back the clock but hitting Fifty (or over) no longer means you have to swap shades for vari-focals or skinny jeans for a twin set. Neither however should it be considered the new Forty (and definitely not the new Thirty). It should be embraced and celebrated.
After being asked the question so many times, I thought it was about time I put together some make-up hints and tips which could make a real difference to anyone who has already reached this age milestone. From application techniques to product suggestions, these are just a few ideas which will help to enhance and define your features and rejuvenate your complexion; giving your skin a healthy youthful glow.
Here are my Top Five make-up tips for those of you over fifty…
Less is most definitely more when it comes to your base. Heavy foundation can sit in the lines on the face and look really ageing, so swap your usual product for something lighter such as a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. I really like Jane Iredale Dream Tint, Madara Tinting Fluid and Absolution La Creme Du Teint.
If you feel you can’t like without a foundation then choose or light liquid formulation such as Inika Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a super hydrating ingredient which works wonders on more mature skin (I swear by it)!
Our eyebrows become more sparse as we age however they also tend to loose their shape and colour so grooming them will make a huge difference to your face. Begin by tidying up any stray hairs before using a brow gel or powder to fill any gaps and define; avoiding applying too much product on the inner half of the brow. My favourite brow products are Ecobrow gel and Couleur Caramel Brow Kit (I can’t find this on the UK site though..). If you like a brow pen then try the Zuii Organic Brow Definer.
Keep it simple and don’t over complicate things with your eye make-up. Stick to one colour shadow across the lid and blend well, building up on the outer edge, avoiding hard lines. Work a little eyeliner pencil such as those by Inika or Lavera along the base of the lashes and then blend before curling your lashes applying a natural mascara to the upper lashes, building up at the base of the lash. Dr Hauschka and Essential Care Mineral Mascara are my picks for a natural finish.
Creme Blush will give a sheerer, dewier glow to the skin than a powder product and looks a lot more youthful. Apply the colour on the apple of the cheeks and gradually take the colour up the cheekbone so it actually covers quite a large area of the cheek. The trick is to make it look seamless; like the blush er is part of your skin. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek and Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Tint are amongst my favourites; both have a great range of flattering shades. For those of you on a budget, Lavera Natural Mousse Blushes are worth look too.
As we get older our lips thin, the lip line less defined and fine lines around the mouth can cause lip colour to bleed. To combat these issues, avoid lipgloss and matte lipstick (matte formulations are ageing) and instead choose a tinted lip balm or a lipstick in a satin finish. I recommend taking a look Bite Beauty‘s fabulous range of satin shades. Alternatively try Ilia Beauty where you can choose from lipsticks and crayons or Essential Care.
Do you have any beauty tricks that you use to enhance your features?