In this article : These 7 Make-up Tips for Women over 50 will help you look and feel your best. Included are links to beauty products available online that are part of the Harbour Breeze Home Shop Collection.
I make no claims of being a beauty expert or fashion adviser. However, I do strive to look as good as possible on a daily basis.
I’ve come up with a daily makeup routine that makes me feel pretty and confident. However, it didn’t happen overnight.
I’ve spent my time in the throes of the comparison game and felt the insecurity and uncertainty that it brings. Although I no longer have to deal with the adolescent acne that once plagued me (yay for aging!), I still struggle with allergy prone skin and the common problems of aging. (Like bags under the eyes…)
So, if you are struggling with finding your own beauty & makeup routine, here are some of my favorite makeup tips for women over 50.
Make-up Tips for Women over 50
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Get a Beauty Makeover
Did you know that many stores offer beauty makeovers? They do. And, you should march yourselves right in and get one!;)
Stores like Nordstroms, Sephora, & The Bay offer makeover services in their beauty department and most of them are free. Each store may be different, so inquire as to whether an appointment is needed, if there is a charge, and what is included.
Why get a beauty makeover?
The advantages to getting a beauty makeover are multifaceted. In fact, the benefits are so great that they are hands down my biggest and best makeup tip for women over 50! Here’s a few of them:
- Try Before You Buy ~ When you get a beauty makeover, you will have a chance to try and feel a product on your skin before you buy it. For someone with extreme skin allergies like me, this is hands down the MOST IMPORTANT REASON I love this service. In many ways, my skin tells me (loud and clear!) what will work and what won’t.
- Ask An Expert ~ I’ve found the beauty consultants who do makeovers to be a wealth of information in answering my specific questions. Before I go in for a beauty makeover, I have in my mind the specific problem I’m looking to solve and have my questions ready.
- Learn New Techniques ~ No matter what our age is, it’s important to be learning new things. It’s no different in the world of beauty and make-up. Going in for a beauty makeover ~ even just once a year ~ can prevent us from being stuck in a rut in our makeup routines. I know that what goes around comes around, but bright blue eye shadow may be best left in the 70s…;)
- Find Custom Colors ~ Finding the perfect colors for your skin tone can be so difficult on your own. Having a beauty consultant help you choose the perfect foundation, blush, and eye shadow can make you feel (and look) like a million bucks.
Personal case study:
I recently went into Sephora with a specific problem in mind. I was looking for a solution for the dark circles under my eyes. Now that I’m doing more live videos on Facebook and Instagram, I didn’t want to look like a raccoon on camera.
The associate was so kind and helpful in explaining solutions and taught me how to use the products she was demonstrating.
I purchased Dr. Brandt’s No More Baggage that day, and have been using it ever since. It has worked wonders. And, since she did a full makeover that day, I also discovered this pink under eye corrector that takes away the black under my eyes, as well as this amazing blush!
Take care of your face every. day.
Remember how I told you I suffered with acne as a teenager? Although I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, I did learn some important life lessons from my dermatologists in those days.
They made it clear that taking care of my face (skin) wasn’t an option. In fact, I was to do these 2 things every. single. day in life:
- Wash your face before you go to bed.
- Moisturize every morning and night.
The hardest thing for me to understand back in those days when my skin was super oily was moisturizing. I couldn’t understand why I needed to do that step when my face felt so greasy. The doctor explained that if I didn’t moisturize, more oils would be produced because the skin wasn’t getting the proper moisture.
Moisturizing becomes even more important as we age. I learned from my Sephora lady that using anti-aging eye cream adds moisture to the skin under the eye ~ which helps diminish dark circles and bags.
Personal Case Study:
I’ve tried many brands of moisturizer over the years. My skin allergies help me determine what will and won’t work for me. Some moisturizers make my skin itch, turn red, and develop hive-like symptoms. Others make my skin feel soothed and silky.
I just discovered a new-to-me skin care line that is hands down the best feeling skin care products I’ve ever used. It feels like my skin can take a long drink of water after it’s been really thirsty!
It’s from Beauty Counter, and can be found from local consultants in your area. I’m using the serum & eye cream right now…and am wanting to add the night and day cream to my routine when my current products are gone.
Educate Yourself regarding Makeup Ingredients
I’d like to tell you what ingredients are in make-up that I’m allergic to, but I can’t figure that one out. I actually have no idea.
But, I do know that you should be aware of the ingredients in make-up and whether you believe them to be harmful for you. I always like to try to make sure that what I use is paraben free.
Wash Make-Up Brushes Regularly
Although it’s not necessarily a fun job, it’s important to clean your make-up brushes out regularly. I’ve heard it recommended daily (who does that??), once a week, or once a month. Rinse them out well with gentle soap and water and let them air dry. If left un-washed they can develop bacteria that aren’t good for your skin.
Develop a Make-Up and Skin Care Routine that Works for your Time Schedule
Do you like to spent 1/2 hour getting ready every day? or 2 hours? or 5 minutes?
Every person’s schedule and preference in this department is unique. Personally, my time limit is 30 minutes every morning. In that time I shower, wash my hair, apply skin care & makeup, and do my hair (it has to be a blow-dry and 2 straight iron moves only style!).
My before bed routine is a bit shorter. I shower or have a bath (because I shave my legs every night. Don’t judge…), and then apply my skin care products.
That’s what works for me. As I learn how to use new makeup and techniques, sometimes it is a bit longer. But, after the learning curve is over, I try to keep it to my 30 minute timeline. I get to impatient if it’s longer than that.
Favorite Bath products:
I’m a new fan to Epsom salts in the bath. I heard they were really good for sore joints and muscles. The scented ones make bathtime feel more luxurious. I also use Jergens Soothing Aloe Lotion for my legs after I shave them. Like my face skin allergies, the wrong lotion can make my legs turn into an itchy mess.
Do Special Things That Make you feel Beautiful
For me, my special “thing” means painting my toenails. No matter if it’s sandal or rain boot weather, I always love to have bright painted toenails. It gives a spring to my step and a smile to my face.
Other people may like to indulge in a pretty perfume or spa treatments. Whatever it is, enjoy taking care of yourself, and savor the moments of being pampered.
Get yourself a magnifying mirror and good pair of tweezers
The more birthdays we have, the more it seems our hair does strange things. It grays on our head, and starts coming out our chins!!
A well lit space, magnifying mirror, and good tweezers will become your companions. Take care of those pesky stray hairs on a regular basis. I also have my good friends on the lookout to alert me to any I may have missed. (What are good friends for but to tell you important things like that??!;))
Shop Harbour Breeze Home Beauty Collection
A few weeks ago, I decided to open up an Amazon affiliate account and develop the Harbour Breeze Home Shop. I’ve already shared some items that I would include in the Kitchen collection.
In today’s post, I’ve included links to the actual beauty products I use on a regular basis. To make it more convenient for you, I’ll include links with images in this section as well.
For Dark Circles Under Eyes:
Favorite Nail Polish Colors
Now, how about you? Do you have any makeup tricks or tips that you could recommend to us? You’re such a clever bunch! I can’t wait to hear what you have for us.