After a year and a half of wearing masks, I’m not all that excited to wear makeup again because taking it off is a chore. But sometimes, it’s necessary. Fortunately, for women with mature skin, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Start with great skin care
I get to try on different skin care products as a blogger and so far, my favorites are AHAVA, Murad, Neostrata, and L’Oreal. But sometimes a drug store brand, like Cerave, hits it out of the park. When your skin is hydrated, years drop off your face.
Another thing I’ve found is that even though herb-infused “all-natural” brands are the “in” thing, many of them have been disappointing and get rancid after a while. I recommend you stick to brands you trust.
With makeup, think “Less is more”
Too much makeup on a mature woman reminds me of Marie Antoinette during the late 18th century. When you are wearing makeup that is packed on thick, it makes your lines and wrinkles look worse. I prefer a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier’s or a light CC cream to camouflage my facial flaws. My favorite is It Cosmetics,
If I’m on a Zoom call and am not wearing makeup, I discovered that a strategically placed ring light works wonders on my face. The only thing is, if you wear glasses, you’ll see a ring around your eyeballs.
The best makeup products for mature women
At least in my opinion.
Wear sunglasses! LOL
But seriously, I have no eyebrows, probably because I plucked them in the 70s, and have tried many eyebrow pencils. I finally settled on Clinique’s Instant Lift for Brows because it has a soft and easy-to-apply pencil. On the other end of the stick is a highlighter that you can apply just under your brows. Still, I’ll never have brows look like Brooke Sheilds unless I use a magic marker.
I avoid wearing powdered eye shadow because I wear contacts and prefer a cream shadow in a nude or slight shimmery shade to make my eyes stand out. I’m not into smokey or dramatic eye colors, especially because my eyes are deep-set and it would make me look like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.
One shade lighter than your natural skin tone always looks beautiful. Too much eye shadow almost always makes mature women look older. However, if you have HUGE Bambi eyes, go for it.
I still haven’t found the perfect creamy eye shadow brand but Clarins Ombre Velvet Cream to Powder eye shadow is lovely. Most cream eye shadows dry out or get stuck in your eye creases after a while. Clarins sets as a soft powder giving it a matte finish.
Mascara is something I avoid like the plague. I know makeup bloggers say it’s essential to bring out your eyes, but my eyes are sensitive. After a while, I look like I’ve been in an accident. When I do wear mascara, I look for brands with a sensitive eye formula like L’Oreal. Their Voluminous Makeup Lash Paradise Mascara is formulated for contact lens wearers. It is ophthalmologist tested and doesn’t flake. It also conditions your lashes with rose oil.
The best blush, in my opinion, is a little bit of sunshine. I go for walks in the morning before the sun gets harsh so my cheeks glow. However, when I need makeup, I always wear cream blush.
When I’m not wearing a mask, I wear a soft shade of lipstick. I know many women love bright red Marilyn Monroe lips but if you plan to eat, it’s not very practical. And don’t get me started about what it looks like when it smears.
Mature women look best in natural tints like rose, blush, apricot, or nude. I look for brands that moisturize my lips. Long-lasting formulas are often drying. Again, my go-to is L’Oreal. Their Age Perfect Luminous Hydrating Lipstick and Nourishing Serum is formulated for mature lips.
Studio 10 is a lipstick line that impressed me and is very moist. It’s a British makeup brand designed for mature women. I love that their Wake Up and Glow Lip and Cheek Tint does double duty on your lips and cheeks.
If you are concerned about ingredients, especially since lipstick goes directly on your mouth, try a tube of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick which you can find at Walmart. It’s made with organic cacao butter rounds, sesame, sunflower, and castor seeds. Their “Bermuda” shade will look flattering on just about any woman whether they are fair or dark.
Keep it Simple Sweetie is my motto. KISS
What are your favorite makeup brands and why? Please leave a comment below.