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Four Great Looks for Older Women with One Eyeshadow Palette

4 Great Looks with One Eyeshadow Palette

For those of us who are over 50, eyeshadow application can get tricky for several reasons.  First, for many of us, the skin around our eyes has changed—making it more challenging to easily blend in eyeshadows. Second, the way we used to apply eyeshadow may not work as well for us now due to other issues such as hooded eyes. And third, it just may be that our eyesight is not quite as good as it was a couple of decades ago. So, blending the eyeshadow well can be a challenge.

So, to make eyeshadow application both faster and easier to apply for those of us over 50, it’s very helpful to use an eyeshadow that is highly pigmented and blends in almost effortlessly. And it’s not always easy to find matte eyeshadows that are both pigmented and easy to blend. Sometimes blending mattes together can definitely create a patchy look if the mattes are not good quality.

Four Different Looks

So in today’s video, I’m going to demonstrate four different matte eyeshadow looks using a very good quality all matte eyeshadow palette. I’ll be creating these four looks with the all matte 12-pan Dark Mattes palette from Viseart. This is just one of Viseart’s seven different 12-pan all matte eyeshadow palettes. They also make a neutral matte palette with much lighter colors, a warm matte palette, two different cool matte palettes, an editorial brights palette and they’ve recently come out with a second neutral matte palette called neutral matte milieu.

Now, let me say up-front that these all matte 12-pan eyeshadow palettes from Viseart are expensive palettes and unfortunately, they rarely seem to go on sale. Each of these palettes costs $80. But as I mentioned earlier these are exceptional quality eyeshadows.  If you put two of these mattes next to each other, they almost seem to seamlessly blend into each other without any help. And you barely have to put any product on your brush to get an amazing color payoff. And since you need to use so little of each color, these eyeshadow palettes will last for a very long time. In addition, the color you see in the palette is the color that you’ll see on your eyes—which isn’t always the case with eyeshadows.

But, there’s no question, this is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette. So, fortunately, Viseart has also started making smaller palettes which are quite a bit less expensive. One that’s especially gorgeous is their petite pro 5 palette called Soleil with 8 smaller pans of eyeshadow. They’re also making smaller 12-pan palettes such as “Rose Edit.” The smaller 8 and 12-pan palettes are a mix of mattes and shimmer or metallic formulas and these smaller palettes are more likely to go on sale.

The Looks!

In the first look I’ll be demonstrating in the video, I’ll be using cool and warm tones together—browns and oranges. Combining cool and warm colors definitely adds some brightness and interest to our eye area. For the second look, I’m going to be dipping into two complementary colors—blue and orange. Although this may not seem like a color combination most of us would normally choose, combining complementary colors (which are those opposite each other on the color wheel), works beautifully to create some real “pop” to our eye area.

Our third look combines two analogous colors—blue and purple along with a touch of orange.  Analogous colors—which are next to each other on the color wheel—always look gorgeous together. Think yellow and orange or blue and violet. And the fourth look is another analogous color combination of blue and green. Since these colors are dark, I won’t need to apply very much of any of them. And I’ll also be using my old standby—Laura Geller’s “French Vanilla” color to lighten up some areas of my eye.

I hope these different looks will provide some helpful application tips as well as some inspiration to test drive a few different color combinations. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! 

Be sure to check out Elise’s YouTube channel which specifically focuses on makeup tips, techniques, and product reviews for those of us 50+. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Elise Marquam-Jahns is a professional, working makeup-artist who is passionate about helping women 50+ get their glow back.  In addition to her work as a makeup artist for a major cosmetics line, she founded Boomer and Beyond Beauty and recently launched her “Boomer and Beyond Beauty with Elise” YouTube channel for women 50+.  Elise is also an author and speaker and hosts Normandale Community College’s monthly Learning Well Edge Talk Radio show where she interviews experts in the field of health and wellness. 

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  1. I enjoyed watching this video; my favorite look was the one featuring the green eyeshadows. There’s no doubt that Elise’s eyes looked very beautiful when the makeup applications were completed! For me personally, I would probably never put this much makeup on my eyes. They are very sensitive, and I’ve suffered from certain types of eye diseases since childhood. Also, putting that much product on seemed to require a lot of pulling and tugging on the eyelid–another “no” for me. What works for me, although it is not nearly so dramatic, is to pat a little color on my eyelids from one of those all-purpose sticks for cheeks, lips and eyes, and then add a little glimmer under the eyebrows. I’ll line both my upper and lower lids with a non-tug pencil very gently and maybe add mascara if I’m going out.

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