I get asked a lot about makeup application on our aging skin. In
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If we copy the looks on YouTube demonstrated by cute young girls with taut skin and no eye bags, most of us will end up looking like some sort of bad Facebook meme. Makeup for our mature eyes needs a much different approach because of the specific difficulties presented with aging eyes. At 49 I often feel like my eyes look tired even when I’m not so a lot of my goal and focus with eye makeup is just to look more awake and brightened.
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Here are some tips to help you get a brightened up, everyday look. There are no rules here. Don’t be afraid to play around with your eye makeup, no matter what your age. I’m not a makeup artist, but I AM a makeup junkie and have been since I was oh…I dunno…about 3 years old. Makeup is fun! It’s meant to enhance your natural beauty and self-expression, so dive right in!
If you want to purchase a good set of affordable brushes and one neutral makeup palette that will work on anyone, then I can recommend this affordable brush set by Luxie and this neutral eye shadow palette by
Pro Tip: A few eye drops can brighten the whites of your eyes before you begin.
Prime your lids
We’ve all seen (or experienced) the dreaded “creased” shadow on a mature eye lid. To prevent this, a quick swipe of eyelid primer on each eye will absolutely do the trick to keep your shadow in place as well as to give you
I highly recommend Two Faced Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer. It’s $20, it does what it says and one tube lasts forever.
Light Matte Shade
Using a soft flat brush like, sweep a light matte shade from the lash line to above the crease on your eye. Covering from the inside corner to the outside corner. (For example, the color “Heaven” in the above palette.)
Medium Shade to Make a Crease
Using a crease brush, use a medium matte shade (“Strip Poker” in the
Darken The Actual Crease
With a small angled or precision brush, use a slightly darker shade (“Cashmere Bunny” in the Palette above) and lightly sweep this color into the ACTUAL crease of your
The very best image that I could find showing this technique is here.
Angie at Hot n’ Flashy has a really good video tutorial here.
Brighten the Lid
To make the actual lid space “pop” a little more, use a bright, light shimmery shade and with your finger, swipe it onto the center of the lid toward the inner corner. The difference is amazing. For instance, if you’re using the Two-faced
Highlight the Brow Bone
Still opening the eye up even further, take a very light shimmery color and with a tiny angled brush, place the color just barely below the arch brow in a teeny tiny stroke. You just want the area to catch a little light. I like to use the color “Silk Teddy” for this.
The brows themselves require a whole seperate post and mine need help! I am currently researching
If you’re over 45 and still using black liner around your entire eye, it’s probably time to re-evaluate that relationship. Black can look really harsh and age our eyes even more, so be sure that you are keeping a light hand and maybe look for softer colors like grey or brown. I adore this eyeliner in brownbecause it has a very fine tip that isn’t too “bendy” and it stays where I put it all day.
I find it looks best on hooded lids, to just line the outer corners. If you want to you can sweep a soft color on the lower lash line if you like that look, but for me personally “less is more” when it comes to lining my lids.
For everyday makeup on mature
This look takes me about 5 minutes. If you’re new to this, it may take a little longer as you figure out which shades look the best with your eyes and getting the placement just right to really brighten and open up your eyes, But if you LIKE to wear eye makeup, then by all means, play around with this- you will be AMAZED at just how much more “awake”, brightened and youthful you can look just with a few
All My Every Day Favorites:
Lid Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance $20
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