7 Makeup Mistakes Mature Women Make ...


We all make makeup mistakes, but there are some that are particularly unflattering to more mature women. Wearing too much makeup or the wrong shades really stands out on older skin. But with the right choice of products and shades women can look good whatever their age. Makeup isn't just for the young. So here are the makeup mistakes to avoid if you're more mature …

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Never Changing

Never Changing One of the classic makeup mistakes that women make as they get older is to stick to the same look they've worn for years. Think of Joan Collins. I love Joan, but her makeup look hasn’t changed in decades. She always sports bright fuchsia lipstick and thick dark liner around her eyes. But she looks fantastic for her age, and would look even better if she wore a softer lip color and far less liner.


It's crucial to update your makeup routine to complement the natural changes in your skin tone and texture. Clinging to your comfort zone may feel safe, but it can actually age you more. Instead, exploring lighter shades and gentler application techniques can enhance your features. A switch to a tinted moisturizer, for example, can give your skin a refreshed and youthful glow. Remember, makeup is about expressing your personality and feeling great, not just recreating the past.


Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner Back in the day, there weren't many colors of eyeliner available. Women had to make do with black, brown and maybe navy. Dark shades like black and navy aren't always the most flattering colors for your eye color, and they certainly won't flatter mature women. Switch to softer shades like bronze or brown instead, and avoid lining your eyes all the way round..



Powder Older women had it drummed into them that you have to set your foundation with powder. Powder, unfortunately, isn't a friend of mature skin, as it settles into any lines you may have. Also skin tends to be drier as it matures. If you do want to use powder, choose a mineral or light-reflecting version.


To help combat the settling of powder in fine lines and enhance your complexion, apply it sparingly with a fluffy brush. Concentrate only on areas that tend to become oily over the day, like the T-zone. Avoid heavy application around the eyes and mouth where skin movement is constant and lines are more pronounced. A light dusting should do the trick, allowing your natural radiance to shine through while preventing your makeup from sliding off. Opt for hydrating formulas that provide a luminous finish to give your skin a youthful, dewy glow.


Pencilled Brows

Pencilled Brows Many older women plucked their brows heavily as thin brows were fashionable at the time. Their brows haven't grown back, so they pencil them back in with obvious lines. It's more effective to fill in gaps with a brown shadow, using tiny strokes to slowly build up the color.



Lips Another mistake that older women make is with lipstick and lip liner. They can use a lip liner that's far too obvious, or a lipstick that is far too bright. This isn't a flattering look on anyone. Lipstick can bleed into any small lines around the lips, so a liner is useful but it's better to pick one that's closer to your natural lip color.


To avoid this aging effect, opting for matte lipsticks or cream formulas that don't run can be more suitable. Another tip is to pre-apply a bit of concealer or foundation on the lips to create a smooth canvas which helps to prevent color from feathering. Also, rather than going for very dark or very bright shades, choose colors that enhance your natural lip tone. This helps maintain a sophisticated look without overwhelming your features. Remember, the right lipstick can enliven your face, but the wrong shade or application can add years.


Bright Eye Shadow

Bright Eye Shadow Bright eye shadow makes it look as though you're stuck in the Sixties, so ditch the lurid colors for something more subtle. Shimmery and sparkly shadows draw attention to any lines or creases. Choose neutral shades like taupe and brown - they may be simple, but they're very flattering to mature women.


Opting for vivid eye shadow hues can give off a nostalgic vibe, but it might not complement your features as they currently are. As skin ages, less is more—overbearing colors can work against the sophisticated look you might be trying to achieve. For a touch of elegance, try earth tones or soft pinks that enhance your natural eye color without overwhelming. A good rule of thumb is to avoid frosts or glacé finishes, which tend to highlight fine lines. Instead, go for matte or satin textures that offer a smooth, even appearance.


Too Much Foundation

Too Much Foundation Finally, don't apply too much foundation. It won't hide any lines or make you look years younger! Choose a foundation formulated for mature skin and prepare your skin well with moisturiser and primer. Primer is brilliant for mature skins as it helps your foundation stay put.

Mature women can still look great with makeup; the trick is to adapt according to the changing needs of your skin. What looked good years ago may not be so flattering now, so move with the times. There are lots of brilliant products that will suit mature skin, so have fun trying them out. What is your most annoying makeup mistake?

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Except every woman show was under 30!

I agree with this article but I finished reading with the thought that it could have been implied that mature women shouldn't use bold, fashionable colors. Or have fun with color. I could be wrong though. 😊

With grey or white hair you can just look blah with no colour or soft makeup.

Need to put more articles on here for mature woman....please!!!

Very true have to change with age !!

Some is true...but not all! Change it up! Use a setting spray after powder. Use eyeliner and then soften it with shadow. Line lips and fill in lips with same liner. Follow with lipstick or gloss and blot. DO NOT line beyond your outermost lip contours! That doesn't look good on any age! I hate when articles like this make mature women feel like they have so little choice in how they look! Watch trends and use the ones that work for you...at any age!

I disagree with wearing black eyeliner, it looks great on some women during the day as well as at night.

Definitely would like to get more tips for makeup application for older women!!!!

Have fun! I don't agree so much.

So true

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