Bette Davis once remarked, “Old age is no place for sissies.” She was so right! Getting older, especially in a youth-obsessed society like ours can be rough on women. Everyone expects women to stay young or at least look young until several days after their deaths. If they dug up a woman’s body a month after she died someone would probably make a comment about how she’d let herself go.
I admit I’m not a big “beauty” person. Even when I was young my idea of makeup was a little mascara and some Chapstick®. My husband, whom I suspect may be legally blind, often tells me I’m beautiful so I don’t feel any real pressure to wear makeup and fuss with my hair. I like to think of myself as a kind of “earth mother” type. It’s an excuse not to dye my hair and spend money on beauty products.
But lately I’ve been feeling that I should do something to improve my looks. Sure, I could lose 100 pounds and that would help but other things are so much faster and require less effort. With that in mind I’ve found some tips that may help all of us over 50 ladies.
The simplest ways to improve your looks is simply to get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat healthy foods. You’ll be surprised at how much your skin and body will perk up at being treated with care.
Don’t think about how you looked 30 years ago. Those days are gone. Focus instead on your current beauty.
- Whiten your teeth to make your smile look really healthy.
- Pamper your hands and nails with a good manicure. Brittle cuticles aren’t pretty. Neutral nail color is always flattering and deeper tones look more youthful.
- For your hair try getting gloss treatments. They’ll keep your hair shiny and lustrous.
- Don’t wear heavy, floral scents. Go for something clean and fresh with a beachy scent.
- Don’t be afraid to layer on moisturizer, especially if you’re tired.
- Try a tinted moisturizer cream to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brighten the look of your skin. And use more moisturizer and wear more color in the winter than in summer.
- Skin tone and lip pigment both fade as you age so go for a more vibrant, but sheer, color for your cheeks and brighter shades for your lips.
- Don’t use dark eye shadow. Use a light color on the lids and a medium taupe in the crease. Use a dark liner at both the upper and lower lash lines. Use enough eyeliner to be visible when your eyes are open. It also helps to raise the arch of your eyebrows.
- Use cream blushers and blend it upwards and outwards toward your ears. Cover a larger surface than you did when you were a kid. Your cheeks drop as you get older so you want to use blusher to give them a lift. Pale pinks are good for those with grey or very fair hair and peach works best with dark hair and olive complexions.
- Never test foundation on the back of your hand. This area ages more quickly and if it matches there it won’t be the right color for your face. Try blending a test patch at the back of your jaw and down your neck instead.
- If you use a bronzer, get one in a matte finish. You don’t want to glitter and shimmer as this looks wrong on older faces. Bronzers can be fabulous on those lighter patches of skin under your eyes. This is a particular problem for those of us who wear glasses.
- Lips tend to thin as we get older so choose a bright color and a matching lip liner to enlarge and enhance your natural lip line.
- Accent your eyes by using a good eyeliner and pulling the eyebrow as high as you can. Move the pencil in a tiny circular motion where the lashes meet the lids staying on the outer half of the lids and working the color into the root and base of the lashes. This will add depth and open the look of the eyes. And apply mascara right to the root of the lashes. Use a cotton swab to soften and smudge the edges of eye liner. For an extra zing try using accents which are lash strips about ten lashes long. They’re easy to apply and very natural looking. Use them on the outer corners of your eyes.
Feeling beautiful is wonderful and it’s especially nice when you’re getting a little older. So get out there and do what makes you feel lovely!
What are your beauty tips for ladies over 50? I’d love to hear them!