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I get asked a lot about makeup application on our aging skin. In
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You can scroll to the bottom for the links to my favorite products for mature eyes.
If we copy the looks on YouTube demonstrated by cute young girls with taut skin and no eye bags, most of us will end up looking like some sort of bad Facebook meme. Makeup for our mature eyes needs a much different approach because of the specific difficulties presented with aging eyes. At 49 I often feel like my eyes look tired even when I’m not so a lot of my goal and focus with eye makeup is just to look more awake and brightened.
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Here are some tips to help you get a brightened up, everyday look. There are no rules here. Don’t be afraid to play around with your eye makeup, no matter what your age. I’m not a makeup artist, but I AM a makeup junkie and have been since I was oh…I dunno…about 3 years old. Makeup is fun! It’s meant to enhance your natural beauty and self-expression, so dive right in!
If you want to purchase a good set of affordable brushes and one neutral makeup palette that will work on anyone, then I can recommend this affordable brush set by Luxie and this neutral eye shadow palette by
Pro Tip: A few eye drops can brighten the whites of your eyes before you begin.
Prime your lids
We’ve all seen (or experienced) the dreaded “creased” shadow on a mature eye lid. To prevent this, a quick swipe of eyelid primer on each eye will absolutely do the trick to keep your shadow in place as well as to give you
I highly recommend Two Faced Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer. It’s $20, it does what it says and one tube lasts forever.
Light Matte Shade
Using a soft flat brush like, sweep a light matte shade from the lash line to above the crease on your eye. Covering from the inside corner to the outside corner. (For example, the color “Heaven” in the above palette.)
Medium Shade to Make a Crease
Using a crease brush, use a medium matte shade (“Strip Poker” in the
Darken The Actual Crease
With a small angled or precision brush, use a slightly darker shade (“Cashmere Bunny” in the Palette above) and lightly sweep this color into the ACTUAL crease of your
The very best image that I could find showing this technique is here.
Angie at Hot n’ Flashy has a really good video tutorial here.
Brighten the Lid
To make the actual lid space “pop” a little more, use a bright, light shimmery shade and with your finger, swipe it onto the center of the lid toward the inner corner. The difference is amazing. For instance, if you’re using the Two-faced
Highlight the Brow Bone
Still opening the eye up even further, take a very light shimmery color and with a tiny angled brush, place the color just barely below the arch brow in a teeny tiny stroke. You just want the area to catch a little light. I like to use the color “Silk Teddy” for this.
The brows themselves require a whole seperate post and mine need help! I am currently researching
If you’re over 45 and still using black liner around your entire eye, it’s probably time to re-evaluate that relationship. Black can look really harsh and age our eyes even more, so be sure that you are keeping a light hand and maybe look for softer colors like grey or brown. I adore this eyeliner in brownbecause it has a very fine tip that isn’t too “bendy” and it stays where I put it all day.
I find it looks best on hooded lids, to just line the outer corners. If you want to you can sweep a soft color on the lower lash line if you like that look, but for me personally “less is more” when it comes to lining my lids.
For everyday makeup on mature
This look takes me about 5 minutes. If you’re new to this, it may take a little longer as you figure out which shades look the best with your eyes and getting the placement just right to really brighten and open up your eyes, But if you LIKE to wear eye makeup, then by all means, play around with this- you will be AMAZED at just how much more “awake”, brightened and youthful you can look just with a few
All My Every Day Favorites:
Lid Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance $20
Eye Shadow Palettes: Two Faced Natural Eyes $38, Bobbi Brown Haute Nudes Palette $59, MAC Risk Taker (on sale less than $25 +gift)
Makeup Brush Set- Luxie Eye
Eyeliner- Loreal Paris Infallible liquid liner $6.99,Stila All Day Liquid Eyeliner $22
Mascara- Thrive Causmetics Liquid Lash Extensions only $14 with this link.
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You may also be interested in this post about makeup brushes for
Or these previous posts about the best eye cream and everyday makeup for hooded eyes.
As always, thanks so much for reading, commenting and sharing!
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Which eyelash curler do you use? I was reading a blog article that said you need to replace the curler after awhile ( prob. sooner than me.. ha… …I think my curler is maybe 10 yrs. old but I did replace the pads a few yrs ago) because it stops really curling the lashes after continued use day after day
Thank you Nancy! I know what you mean, they really do wear out fast! And they can actually snap off your lashes if they get too worn out. I’ve seen some newer lash curlers that are actually heated, but I’ve not tried them yet. I like this oldie but goodie from Lilly Lash https://bit.ly/2DpZcQ3 it does the job really well and I like the padded handles!
Excellent tutorial, Melissa! This is very similar to the way I apply makeup on my hooded lids as well. I’m saving my pennies for an eye lift! 😉
Thank you Pam! Oh my goodness…….an eye lift is something that I feel like would be SUCH a game changer! I think I’ll look into that, because, well….they just keep sliding down! 😀
Excellent info in here lady. I need to try your Too Faced shadow primer, for sure! I’m always getting creases 🙁
Thank you Lisa- I’ve tried several brands but this is the one that really works well for me, and it’s a decent price point when you think about how long it lasts…just need a tiny amount. So, it’s safe to say that it has a permanent home in my cosmetic organizer for sure. Your eyes are really lovely, I’d love to get any advice!
Great tutorial!! That’s totally one of the things that bugs me the most about aging. Tired dull looking eyes.
Thank you Julie. I hope it was helpful, because it really bugs me too! I don’t want to go around looking like someone turned out the lights in my face! LOL
Thanks! Now that is something we can use, these tips! I am going to try it that way!
Thank you Nancy! Your eyes always look sparkly in your pictures, so you can throw your tips my way any time!
Great information! I love how you displayed the products . I just got last extensions and I love them! I went through so many different mascaras trying to find one that didn’t smear under my eyes by the end of the day. The best part is on the weekend , I just add a little foundation, blush and light lipstick and I look ok. The lashes give my eyes a made up look. I like your advice about avoiding black liner, I will have to take a look, I still use it and I agree it could be aging me, Thanks!!
Peta- I LOVED getting lash extensions. Nothing better than waking up every day with those looooong kitten lashes! But I became allergic to the glue and they tried lots of different ones, but every single time, I had a bad reaction so that was a huge bummer. Enjoy those long, lush lashes and thanks so much for reading and commenting!
This is so helpful! I have hooded eyes and just never know how to put makeup on them. Thanks so much!
Thank you Cheryl! You are another one whose eyes always look pretty in photos…..like your inner light shines through. I’m glad you found this helpful. 🙂
Melissa, This is a great tutorial. I love using a primer…I use my It cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye, over my eye. LOL I use the same pattern as you when I do full on eye shadow and completely agree about the black eyeliner. I think so often it actually closes the eyes instead of opening them up. Happy Friday Eve!! XO
Hi Melissa, I love your step by step pictures…they really are so helpful! I have just recently started using an eyelid primer every day and it helps to make my shadow look better and keeps it from creasing. I had eyelid surgery a while ago and now it’s much easier to put my makeup on! I’m loving your blog and will be checking back often! Have a great day!
I can’t believe I’m a young 75! I don’t know where the years have gone. I have used eye makeup since my early twenties and, obviously, my eyes have changed. I had my eye lids done about 18 years ago so the hoods are not so bad but I agree with you and your followers that dark brown (or black) liner just doesn’t work. Thank you for your very informative posts. I will be experimenting in the next few days for a changed me!