When it comes to makeup, there are plenty of controversial opinions. But when it comes to wearing makeup as an adult, there are even more! As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, drier, and prone to fine lines and wrinkles. So to enhance your natural features without aging yourself, you need to follow some tips! Yes, following rules can be tedious, but what we are trying to do is accentuate your natural beauty in the best and easiest way possible! Another of our goals is to moisturize your skin in the best way possible and make it look radiant. So here are all the things to avoid and what to do when it comes to eye makeup for over 40! Let’s get started!
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Eye makeup for over 40: 4 mistakes to avoid!
Yes, I know the feeling of doing the familiar. I do it, too. For example, when you were 20, you discovered the perfect makeup for your face. Then you’ve kept it for years and years. More than two decades later, however, you start to notice that this makeup doesn’t flatter your face like it used to… Why? You follow the steps and do everything perfectly. So what’s the problem? Well, as much as it hurts to say it, aging is the big problem. Let’s take a look at Pamela Anderson who we all know and love. She was and still is beautiful. Yet, the makeup she wore when she was younger doesn’t look as good on her now. Her lines and wrinkles are more pronounced and her features look more severe. Here’s a photo of her iconic makeup aging her:
Even though she is a beautiful woman, this makeup is not age appropriate. But you will be shocked to see how different and young she looks wearing makeup for her age!
The difference is huge! If you’re curious about how to look younger with makeup, check out our tips for 40-year-old women’s eye makeup.
Makeup that ages: using too much concealer
The skin around our eyes is very thin and may be one of the first areas to wrinkle. Because our eyes express our emotions, they are even more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. When you have dark circles under your eyes, the first thing you do is instinctively put a lot of concealer there to hide them. However, over the course of the day, all that product will crease into the wrinkles. And then make them more pronounced and deep than they actually are. So, instead of putting a large amount of concealer under your eyes, put a very small amount of product in the inner corner of your eye and in the outer corner. Then, with a light tapping motion, make sure to spread it evenly under your eye. This small amount of product is more than enough to even out your skin tone and hide dark circles. Also, a smaller amount won’t crease as obviously in the wrinkles and make them stand out. Be sure not to use powder concealer.
Adding too much eyeliner and mascara
As we age, our eyelids become heavier and less elastic. They also become more oily and look smaller. In order not to accentuate the aging process, you need to learn that less is more! When you put on too much mascara and eyeliner, your eye can look weird. You don’t need to put on a lot of product to make your eyes look more dramatic. It will have a negative effect and actually make your eyes look smaller and overloaded. Especially when you wear glasses! In fact, don’t put black eyeliner in the waterline either, because it makes your eyes look smaller than they are…
Highly pigmented powder eyeshadow
We’ve all used powder eyeshadows. Most eyeshadows available on the market are powder. However, as I already mentioned, as we age, our skin loses its elasticity and firmness, and powder eyeshadow becomes so hard to apply… And at the end of the day, it creases into fine lines and wrinkles. What you can do to avoid this is to opt for a creamy eyeshadow and use lighter shades. And to make your eyeshadow last, always use a primer!
Making your eyebrows look thinner ages you
Forget about very thin eyebrows! This is one of the trends of the year 2000 that we want to get rid of. Not only is it out of style, but it can actually make your fine lines look harder and more pronounced. In short: it ages you. If you already have thin brows, opt for an eyebrow pencil instead, or even try microblading! The latter, however, is reserved for women with very, very thin brows!