My 95-year-old grandmother, bless her, recently asked me for help with her eye makeup. She’s one of the trendiest women around and always looks tip-top, but she simply didn’t know how to apply her makeup for her aging skin which had recently deteriorated a lot. I eagerly accepted the challenge. I put my expertise to use and shared with her some of the best and easiest anti-aging eye makeup tips as well as techniques for older women.
Some of the problems she had were hooded eyes, discoloration around the eyes, lines and wrinkles, dark circles and changes in her eyelashes and eyebrows.
Before you think that you’re not 95, so none of these makeup tips applies to you, let me reassure you that these techniques benefit most women from around the age of 50 or 60. While your skin starts aging from around your 30s’, these eye makeup tips are for once your skin has already aged. They’re easy to implement, even for those who don’t have much makeup practice. Treat your mature and aging eyes to some of the best eye makeup tips and learn how to make your eyes look younger!
1. Use an eye primer
Before applying any eyeshadow or eyeliner, apply an eye primer. An eye primer is super helpful for makeup on hooded eyes as well as wrinkled ones. It creates a smooth base on which to apply makeup and evens out the skin tone of your eyelids.
2. Use cream eyeshadows
Aging and mature skin is often lacking hydration and moisture. Cream eyeshadows are more moisturizing on the eyes and hide eye wrinkes better than powder ones, making them the ideal option for older skin. But that’s not the only reason, cream eyeshadow also has a smoother texture, making it easier to apply to mature skin than powder ones. They also tend to conceal lines giving a more flawless finish.
3. Use matte eyeshadows, not shimmer
Matte eyeshadow is more long-wearing for older skin than shimmers and glitters. Shimmer and glitter eyeshadows have larger pigments than matte ones so they don’t apply as smoothly. Mature eyes have more wrinkles and folds, making it more difficult to get a smooth polished eyeshadow look with shimmer eyeshadows. Stick to matte eyeshadows for mature and aging skin that has wrinkles, lines and hooded eyelids!
4. Stick to neutral shades
Dark eyeshadow ages the face. Instead opt for netural and pink eyeshadow shades which are subtle and improve your overall appearance without making you look older.
5. Fake a Lid Crease
One of the best eye makeup tips for hooded eyes, in particular, but all aging eyes can benefit from is to create a fake lid crease. When you age, your skin often sags making it hard to see where the eyelid ends. Fake it till you make it, and it’s a lot easier than it sounds. All you need to do is create a eyelid shape with your eyeshadow. Doing so will make your eyes appear larger and younger!
6. Opt for grey or brown eyeliner
Keep away from harsh black eyeliner to create a younger, softer makeup look. Instead, opt for softer shades like grey or brown.
7. Soften the eyeliner line
Aside from using a softer color, another great tip on how to apply makeup to aging eyes is to soften the eyeliner line. You can do so by using an eyeshadow powder with an angled brush to apply your eyeliner, or use your regular way and after, with a small brush simply blend it out a little.
8. Use false lashes
False lashes are a lifesaver for many mature women. As we age, the eyelashes tend to thin, leaving you with sparse lashes. Using false lashes opens up the eyes and brings back youth to them.
9. Fill in your brows
Like eyelashes, eyebrows also tend to thin as one gets older and become sparse as one gets older. Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in thin brows. Stick to your natural brow shape and simply fill in where necessary.
10. Use color-correcting makeup around the eyes
Many mature and older women suffer from hyperpigmentation, and it usually gets worse with age. My grandmother has it pretty bad around her eyes, and we found that a little color correcting before concealer made all the difference in her appearance.
Eye makeup can enhance your face without making you look older. These easy tips will change the makeup game for mature and aging eyes. With the correct techniques and products, your wrinkles, lines, discolouration and under-eye bags will be neatly covered!
Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.
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