logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Cosmetics Site

BellaOnline's Cosmetics Editor

g

Makeup for Mature Women


Women want to look their best no matter what their age. And with the right cosmetics they can. The aging process dries the skin. Lines and wrinkles appear, lips thin and skin color fades. Because of these changes, the makeup a woman uses in her youth likely will not work well as she ages. But that doesn't mean she can't continue wearing makeup. She just needs the right products and a few tips on how to apply them.

Preparing Skin for Makeup
Start by preparing the skin for makeup by using a good moisturizer or a moisturizing foundation primer. Not only will skin feel better, but the added moisture ensures that makeup will look its best. Add a light eye cream under the eyes, but avoid the top lid; it could ruin eye makeup.

Foundation and Powder
Choosing the right foundation can make or break a look for older skin. Avoid matte or powder foundations, which can accentuate lines and wrinkles and make skin look dryer. Shimmer or sparkle foundations should also be avoided for similar reasons – they make lines and wrinkles more prevalent. Instead, choose a foundation with a light sheen to give mature skin a glow without emphasizing flaws.

Before applying foundation, cover any discoloration on the face. For tips on applying color-correcting makeup, see “Correcting Skin Discoloration with Makeup.” After applying color correcting makeup, dot on foundation with fingertips or a cotton swab. Stipple foundation over color correcting makeup so that it doesn't smear or remove them. Foundation can be applied with a cosmetic sponge, Beauty Blender, or a brush. Blend well.

A light dusting of powder may be applied with a powder brush, but be careful. Applying too much can emphasize lines and wrinkles. Try a spritz of MAC Fix Plus after applying powder to finish makeup.

Concealer
Choose a lightweight, moisturizing concealer. A heavier, dryer one can emphasize lines and wrinkles. Gently dot concealer on under the eyes, then blend it into the skin with a sponge or Beauty Blender.

Eyes
A lighter application of eye makeup works best for mature skin. As with foundation, sparkle and shimmer should usually be avoided, but may be used on smooth areas without any lines or wrinkles. It's all about placement when it comes to shimmer for mature skin. In many cases, shimmer should be completely avoided. A sweep of matte, neutral color on the lids adds dimension without emphasizing lines around the eyes. Follow with a brown or gray liner, blending well to avoid any harsh lines. Sweep on mascara.

Fill in brows with brow makeup, but avoid dark colors – especially black. It makes most people look older. Instead, choose a lighter color that's close to the natural color of the brows.

Lips
Over time the skin in the lip area thins, lips lose fullness, and fine lines often appear. Lipstick can bleed into fine lines around the lips, but a lip pencil can help to keep it in place. Choose a lip pencil that matches the natural color of the lips or a transparent one. Lip liner can also help lipstick to last longer when applied over the entire lip before adding lipstick. For very mature complexions, bright colors work very well.

Lips may become downturned during the aging process. To de-emphasize downturned lips, dab a little concealer on the outer corners of the lips and blend well.

Cheeks
Blush is especially important for older skin. It adds color that makes the complexion look more youthful. Powders can emphasize lines and wrinkles and make skin look dryer. Choose a creme blush, which will add color without making skin look older. Dot it on the cheeks and blend with a sponge, fingertips, or a beauty blender.

Getting older means gaining wisdom – and maybe a few lines and wrinkles along the way. The makeup worn in younger years may work against a more mature complexion. It could emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. By changing what products are used and how they're applied, mature women can continue looking beautiful at any age.
Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Twitter Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Facebook Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to MySpace Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Del.icio.us Digg Makeup+for+Mature+Women Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Yahoo My Web Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Google Bookmarks Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Stumbleupon Add Makeup+for+Mature+Women to Reddit




Correcting Skin Discoloration with Makeup
Foundation Basics
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Cosmetics Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Kimberly Williamson. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kimberly Williamson. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Kimberly Williamson for details.

g


g features
Avoid These Mistakes for Healthier Skin

Free Makeovers?

Using Lip Liner and Lipstick

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor