Senior women who rely on their makeup to look and feel good can often benefit from a makeup tutorial or refresher. Aging skin has different requirements, and seniors who rely on the same makeup techniques their whole lives can often look overdone. Below are some makeup tips recommended for seniors to help them look and feel their best.
Apply primer first
Today, heavy foundation can look like a thick mask. Seniors can apply primer as a first step to even out skin tone and moisturize. Primer also helps makeup settle on the face and stay put even in hot weather. Tinted primer can also replace foundation for those wanting a more natural look.
Don’t use old cakey foundation
Pancake makeup may be making a comeback, but it’s not flattering on older skin because it highlights wrinkles. Instead, use a light foundation and apply it with a brush rather than a sponge. This gives a smooth look and even coverage across the cheeks and jawline.
Use concealer sparingly
When trying to cover age spots or dark undereye circles, look for a slightly darker concealer than you think is needed. Too light a concealer can actually draw the eye to the spot being covered rather than hiding it.
Eyebrows change with time
Eyebrows get more sparse after a lifetime of plucking and age, so the eyebrow shape and pencil seniors would have used in their youth may look comical if they are too heavily applied. There are many new kinds of eyebrow application, from pencils and pomades to stamps that actually stencil the eyebrow shape on. Here, it’s best to find a professional makeup artist to help determine what color and type of eyebrow look most natural and are easiest to apply. Stamps, for example, are much easier for seniors with arthritic fingers than holding a small eyebrow brush.
Regardless of what technique you choose, comb the eyebrows with an eyebrow brush before applying makeup. This will help ensure all eyebrow hairs are going the same direction, so application is smooth.
Age-appropriate eye shadow
Eye shadow powder can cake and wear over the course of a day. For seniors, cream eye shadow is ideal because it goes on smoothly and doesn’t cake as the day wears on.
Mascara and eyeliner
Senior eyelashes are usually sparser, so it can be tempting to reach for mascara that promises longer lashes. Seniors actually look best with a thickening mascara in navy blue that makes the eyes look whiter and lashes look fuller.
For eyeliner, dry pencils can be difficult to apply nicely. Look for liquid eyeliner, which lets you draw like a pen rather than having to use a dry pencil.
Blush and lipstick
Apple-pink cheeks and overlined lips may have been fashionable during their youth, but overdone blush on a senior can look too harshly made up. Blush should be applied on the apple of the cheek, which can be found by smiling and looking for the round part. For lips, experiment with different colors of lipstick to see what is most flattering.
Makeovers with your seniors can improve their mood and give them a chance to feel playful and happy again. Try booking an appointment at a makeup store for a makeover with someone who understands senior skin and senior care.
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