By Chelsa MacKay
Be Careful of Adding Texture
Certain cosmetics add texture to the skin, which isn’t needed for people over 50, who generally already have some texture in their skin. For example, use cream-based cosmetics for the face versus powder, which adds texture. Foundation can also add texture. When picking foundation, seek for coverage rather than texture.
Be Careful With Shades
With lipstick, eye makeup and more, older people often choose the wrong shade. For example, find a lipstick that matches the shade of your inner lip or gums, or use lip gloss instead of lipstick. Avoid dark lipstick. Don’t use tinted moisturizers. Remember that less is more when it comes to makeup. On this note, those over 50 should consider leaving off eyeshadow altogether, as it can accentuate creases rather than softening them.
Don’t Use the Makeup Techniques of 20-Year-Olds
Many of the tips given already tie into this one. Many women in their 50s disregard the fact that their bodies have changed, and continue to apply makeup as if they were 20 again. This can in fact accentuate age, and cover up what could be a dignified, beautiful and natural appearance. One area in particular that older women make a big mistake is by recreating eyebrows. Don’t try to give yourself the eyebrows of a younger you. As a general rule, the older you get, the less makeup you should wear. This applies especially to blush.
The elements are harsh on those who have a handful of decades under their belt. Avoid too much sun exposure, and wear sunscreen even if it isn’t hot. Use gloves in cold weather to protect the texture and moisture of your hands. Also wear gloves when doing household chores. Dishwashing liquids, for example, can be hard on hands. Moisturize every day. Exercise is also important for healthy appearance and skin.