I recently wrote a post – 9 Simple Makeup Tricks From Experts to Make Your Eyes Pop and I had a request from a reader that is not in her 30s anymore, but wanted some advice on how to do her eye makeup when you’re a bit older. Here are some tips on how to do your makeup to look your best, appear more youthful but, not overdone.
Eye pencils are softer than liquid liners, which can be harsh on aging eyes. To soften the line even more, smudge it with your fingers or use an angled makeup brush dipped in dark shadow to smudge the line to make it softer. Avoid lining your lower lash line. It closes your eye, makes them look smaller and older.
When applying eyeliner, make sure you apply in both directions. Sometimes if you only apply the liner in one direction, it can make it look like a dotted line. If you use a soft pencil, you can go back a smudge it a little bit for a softer look. You may want to also consider pulling your eyelid towards your hair to get a straight line. Just be gentle on your eye lid when stretching.
Just by shaping your eyebrow can create an instant lift. Brush your brows upwards and with the help of a brow pencil and colorless gel you can create a great arch. Never draw on your eye brows. If you are making them fuller, pencil in the color of your current brow color, or 1 to 2 shades lighter. Never go darker, it’s very aging.
As lashes age, they tend to lose some elasticity and all mascara is doing is weighing them down. To create open and younger looking eyes, make sure you are always using an eyelash curler. This will allow the lashes to hold the mascara and open your eyes and create a more youthful look. Curl your eyelashes twice before you apply mascara and look for thickening mascara. Curl your eyelashes first as close to the lash line as possible, then curl again in the middle. This is another trick for eye lifting effect. Avoid putting mascara on the bottom lash; it will actually make your eyes look droopy.
Don’t be afraid of fake eyelashes. Instead of the full set, add a few lashes at a time to the area of your eye that needs some plumping up.
The right shadow and correct application can help your eyes appear younger. When applying your eyelids try for a lighter color of shades right below the brow and on the brown bone. Medium color shades applied on the eyelid will help make the eye appear larger and not as droopy. If you want an even larger look, apply that same medium color shadow to the outer side of the eyelid all the way up to the end of your eyebrow.
Switching from brown and bone colored eye shadows to greens and jewel tones will bring out the eye color giving the eyes an instant lift and a more youthful look.
Don’t be afraid of a little shimmer in your eye shadow. Today’s eye shadow is much more refined than it was 20 years ago and it can open your eyes. Just be careful to not go overboard.
Once you’re over 40, eye puffiness can be a big problem, not to mention dark circles. For this you want to avoid light color concealer and eye creams with the brightening iridescence. It will increase the shadows in your indentation under the eye and will make your dark circles look darker and your face look old and tired.
When you’re looking for a concealer, choose one with a dense pigment that matches your skin tone, or you could even go a shade or two darker. Just make sure to blend well. The darker shades will make your eye puffiness not appear so intense and it will appear less dark under your eyes. Make sure you put on your concealer last, after your foundation and use your ring finger for minimal pressure.
Lines can also be concealed by using a white eye pencil – draw a thin line right inside the furrow or wrinkle – especially that which appear from the nose to the corners of the mouth and those between the eyebrows. Apply your foundation over the top as usual.
Tricks If You Wear Glasses
- Brows are very important when wearing glasses. Keep them trimmed, shaped and not too thin. Make sure to fill in the gaps with feathered strokes in the direction of growth.
- Glasses can make your eyes disappear, so your make-up needs to brighten and define them. Sweep a light peachy-pink shimmery shadow over the whole eye area right up to the brow bone. It can be a great color to open your eyes.
“Big, sparkling eyes convey youth and happiness. Line the inner rims of your eyes with a cream-colored eye pencil.” – Makeup artist Christian McCulloch. This trick will also offset any redness.
“After age 40, eyelids can start to droop at the outer corners,” says Sandy Linter, a Lancôme makeup artist who works with Christie Brinkley. Her fix: Line your top lash line with a creamy black pencil, then use a pointed Q-tip to smudge the line slightly up and out past the outer corner “to create a subtle lift.”
“I don’t like to use a lot of eye shadow on women as they get older,” says Carmindy. “It actually weighs down the lids.” Choose muted, natural shadow shades – like taupe, gray, pink, green and soft lilac – in a light highlight color and a medium lid shade. Apply the highlight shade right underneath the brow bone, and blend the lid shade from the lash line up to the crease. – Makeup artist Carmindy, who stars on TLCs What Not to Wear.
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