When I changed my eating habits in my mid-fifties the quality of my skin improved dramatically. The redness and puffiness went away. Breakouts diminished and have all but disappeared. I have to tell you first, that what we eat, drink or smoke (eeeew!) every day shows on our faces. The best thing you can do for your body and your face is to eat more natural fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and drink more water. Processed foods are never good for you. Ask your Doctor before making any significant changes.
Makeup can enhance what we already have going for us, but as I celebrate birthdays, I wear less and less color. I am well aware that my natural coloring is getting softer with passing time and that bold makeup will not serve me well. Hairstyles and makeup trends come and go out of fashion. If we cling to thin, over-plucked and artificially arched brows and darkly lined lips it is just as bad as keeping the Rachel hairstyle a few decades longer than everyone else.
As we age, we develop little pockets of fat underneath our eyes and often develop a hooded upper lid. I apply eye makeup to minimize this as much as possible. There is no shimmer on the brow bone and I work with the natural arch of my brow and fill in only where they are sparse with a very light hand. Thicker brows are the style right now, but that would look rather odd on me because my natural brows are not now nor have they ever been very thick. You can see from the old photo below that if I still wore my hair and makeup in the same way it would not be a good look for my sixty-year-old face. This is an extreme comparison but I promise you, I still see women who are wearing their high school hairstyle and makeup twenty-plus years later. Our faces and skin physically changes over time, as do the trends. We need to keep an open mind about what flatters us or maybe not so much as we age.
It isn’t important what brand of skin care or makeup you use. I have found wonderful products by Neutrogena at Target or Walgreens. A light hand in applying makeup and consistently removing all of it before you go to bed at night are the most important tips I can offer you. Most of the skin care products I use are by Lancome Absolue. The blonde brow color I use is from a brush tip pen called Tattoo Brow by Kat Von D. (It washes off.) I also use her eyeliner brush tip pen on only the top waterline under my eyelashes. I sometimes use the Lancome eyeliner pencils as well but I apply that line only to the top lid into and under the lashline. The line always ends above and before the corner of my eye. Avoid any sort of tail to the brows or your eyeliner because it visually brings your face downward. I use eyeshadows and lip colors by Lancome or Merle Norman. I find that many shadows cause red very itchy lids so I stick to these two companies because they cause no reactions for me. An easy formula for applying eyeshadow is to keep it simple and use only two colors. Use a neutral color all over your lid and then apply a darker color in C shape at the outer corner to counter that hood. You can see how I achieved that in the photo below.
The most important makeup technique to remember is to blend and blot. Deposits of unblended color, bold liner, and lipstick that travels are never kind to us. Chose the colors from a palette that flatters your own coloring (never match your eyeshadow to what you are wearing). Any color you add should always complement your natural coloring. This applies to hair color, makeup, and clothing. Color works for or against you. I will never forget the beautiful lady I saw who had blonde patches of highlighted hair that grabbed brassy tones so that it looked orange and her cheek and lip color was pink and red. Remember to keep an open mind about trends, study your face and hair color in natural light. Do those colors clash with each other or your own coloring? Evaluate your makeup at the end of the day. Did your lip color travel into the lines around your mouth. Did your mascara smudge and flake? Did your foundation cake and gather in your laugh lines? These are good things to know and keep in mind as you apply your makeup tomorrow. The world isn’t lit like a bathroom. Check your makeup in different lighting to make sure you aren’t applying it too dark. I use a lighted mirror by Ott-Lite which simulates natural daylight.