Today we’re talking makeup tricks for eyes after 50. Our eyes are one of the things that change as we age, but with a few of my favorite makeup tricks for eyes after 50, you can make the most of those pretty peepers in just minutes a day. Here’s how…
Makeup Tricks for Eyes After 50: Hooded Eyes
When skin starts to cover all or part of the eyelid, this is called “hooded eyes.”
Some are born with hooded eyes, but as time marches on, many of us end up with hooded eyes.
However, there are things that can be done — aside from plastic surgery — to contour the eyes, giving them the appearance of being more open. Proper makeup placement is a must; the key is to apply a range of shadows in the correct places on eyelids.
Start by applying a light shadow to the brow bone to help open up eyes and highlight that area.
Next, tilt your head back slightly and apply a medium color shadow to your eyelids.
Finally, line the upper lash, as close as possible to the base of the lashes, with a dark color using a wedge brush. This step is multipurpose: it defines the eyes, making them “pop,” as well as gives lashes the faux appearance of being much fuller, which again emphasizes the eyes.
This is why, darlings, shadow often comes in trios. I challenge you to learn to use them all!
One trip to try is Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Intense Eyeshadow Trio here. And, if you need a detailed tutorial and you have the time, watch this fab little video via Look Fabulous Forever, with step-by-step instructions for contouring hooded eyes.
Makeup Tricks for Eyes After 50: Sparse Brows
Eyebrows become thinner and less defined with age. Time to fill, shape and define your brows because, as beauty expert Laura Mercier tells Oprah.com here, “A fuller brow looks younger.”
Laura suggests having brows professionally tinted once a month. Not only does this help define brows but the tint will emphasize even the lightest of hairs, making brows appear much fuller. Have you tried having your brows tinted?
After brows are tinted or dyed, you may still want to fill them in. Depending on the type of brow product you are most comfortable with, there are three basic types of brow fillers.
I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills “Brow Wiz” here if you like a pencil; NARS makes a lovely gel sold here if that is your preference; or, those who prefer a powder will love this brow powder duo via Glo Minerals here.
Makeup Tricks for Eyes After 50: Crepey + Dark Lids
Dry skin may just be the bane of aging, but hydration is key to slowing down the hands of time! As the skin on our eyelids gets thinner, it may also become looser and drier, of course.
Nourish the delicate eye area by applying hydrating serum not only to the lower eyelids but to the upper eyelids as well! I recommend, as does Allure Magazine, Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream available here.
Apply whatever product you like, darlings, but do it daily and do NOT forget to apply cream or serum to your eyelids, being careful, of course, not to get the product into eyes where it may irritate. After all, our eyes are sensitive.
The skin on the eyelids often begins to darken with age. That’s no problem! A great primer and a favorite shade of eyeshadow will do just the trick. Don’t use a primer? Reconsider it! The technology behind eye primer prevents your eyeshadow from creasing and migrating away from the area shadow was applied to. I like Lancome’s Aquatic Eyeshadow Primer here.
Makeup Tricks for Eyes After 50: Sparse Lashes
Give sparse lashes the boot with a few tricks of the trade!
First of all, you may want to opt for a lash growth serum such as prescription only Latisse, FDA-approved to make lashes thicker, darker and longer.
Like any prescription, there are risks that you should read all about, but I can tell you, Latisse truly works. Or, try a product like LeMetier de Beaute Lash Growth Serum available at your local department store or online here.
Next, using a wedge brush, apply your darkest shadow at the roots of your lashes to create a soft, subtle line that gives the appearance of thicker eyelashes and opens eyes to boot.
Lastly, apply a great thickening mascara to pump lashes up even more. I have a couple of favorite mascaras — Chanel Inimitable and, an affordable option, L’Oreal Paris Voluminous x5 — but I’d love to hear about your go-to mascara. I’m always on the hunt for new brands, so do tell!
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