Expert Makeup Tips For Over 35-Year-Old Woman
When forty starts approaching many women panic — they start rushing off to plastic surgeons to discuss face-lifts only to be told they are much too young and not to return for several years. Forty is not the beginning of the end; a few lines certainly don’t mean the whole face is disintegrating; and a bit of overweight can be removed, even though it may take longer.
All that is really needed is a beauty reassessment, a re-think of make-up, hairstyle, and color. In order to maintain energy, healthy hair and skin, more attention must be paid to exercise and diet — the effects of years of careless diet and body neglect will start to show in the thirties; from then on, weight-control is much harder and it takes more effort and longer to improve skin and hair health.
The body needs more help to function efficiently; the skin is beginning to lose its elasticity, hair may lose its color and texture, and make-up needs a different approach.
Around forty is when many women who have never had a skin problem in their lives discover the distress of specific forms of acne, psoriasis, blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. Brown spots can appear and don’t disappear — these can now be minimized by regular use of special fading creams. Skin color can change or go patchy and this discoloration is often due to sluggish circulation — exercise or a brisk walk will improve the tone and a soft cream or fluid foundation in the correct shade will do the rest. If there are broken veins or blemishes to hide, use a camouflage cream or stick.
Aim to look well, rather than slavishly using the latest fashion colors to look trendy. A light hand with makeup is essential — heavy makeup is aging, as are dark colors and hard lines.
Choose a foundation to improve your natural tone — perhaps with a little extra pink or peach in it. Avoid cool beiges unless you have a naturally high color, in which case a mud beige will act as camouflage, and try a green tinted moisturizer underneath. The skin shouldn’t look too powdered — or shine too much, although this is unlikely as most skins dry out as they get older. The more matte finish looks lifeless, so be particularly careful not to use powdery make-up or powder under the eyes or on the area of the browbone. Powder sinks into every slight imperfection are bad for delicate skin and make the eyes look lifeless. Use translucent powder — a neutral color or just a shade lighter than your foundation — and fluff it on very lightly with a puff. Be careful on lines running from nose to mouth — they are the first place foundation and powder sink into, giving a tired impression.
Use blusher sparingly — if it is very well blended it is flattering, but beware of adding to an already high skin tone and looking feverish.
Beware of iridescent eye makeup — shine can emphasize the smallest blemish. And avoid very bright colors; a shade several tones paler than your eye color is often a good guide. The varieties of eyeshadow that are painted on with water (a dampened sponge applicator) are often the most satisfactory as they last better and don’t settle into the creases, although many of the newer cream formulas are excellent. Avoid dark eyeliners; use soft smoky green, blue or gray and smudge a line near the lashes.
Don’t be tempted by gold, silver or glitter — they will just draw attention to everything you are trying to minimize. Eyebrows need to be kept trim — neither too thin nor too prominent. Always pluck from below and never use a hard dark pencil. If your brows have thinned, use a soft gray or brown pencil and make light feathery strokes. Aim at keeping the whole eye area moist and soft-looking, neither too dry or powdery nor so shiny that the creases are very evident. If your eyelids tend to droop at the outer corner, keep eyeliner and shadow ‘lifted’, with slightly more depth of shadow towards the temple. Don’t make obvious lines and don’t extend the make-up beyond the corner of the eye unless it is very carefully blended. A touch of highlighter immediately below the brow is a good idea. So is mascara, but choose dark brown or gray rather than hard black. A special eye make-up remover is a good investment as it whisks away all the color with minimum disturbance.
Cream your lips at night to keep them soft and blot carefully before putting on lipstick. A good tip is to take your foundation over the edge of your lips, powder well, then outline with a lip pencil or lip brush, fill in with color, blot again and powder again. This helps to maintain a clean outline and avoids the color ‘bleeding’ into the tiny lines around the mouth. Choose a lipstick color that is light and creamy.
Pinks, corals and light reds are most becoming — but it’s worth experimenting with the plum shades. Pale lipstick will make the lips look dry, brighter ones add life to the skin and eyes. Iridescent colors will show up every tiny line — matt creamy shades, with just a touch of extra gloss if you like, are much more flattering.
If the mouth tends to droop at the corners, extend the outline of the lower lip upwards and don’t take the color on the top lip all the way into the corner.