This Warm Autumn Eye Makeup for Older Eyes is Perfect for Fall

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Fall is all about warm colors and coziness. I’m doing autumn eye makeup for older eyes using classic fall colors. These are perfect for mature skin and older eyes because they’re flattering for all eye shades.

I'm using makeup from Look Fabulous Forever, but you can use your own to recreate this look.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyeshadows (light cream, medium brown, and dark brown)
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
  • Eye wedge brush
  • Highlighter
  • Mascara

I’ve already done the rest of my makeup, including primer, foundation, blush, lipstick, and even did my eyebrows. What I’m going to be showing you today is an eye makeup tutorial for older eyes.

Applying a cream eyeshadow color as a base

1. Apply a light color

I put a light color all over the eyelids using an eyeshadow brush. Cream is a beautiful base and works with all eye colors. I use matte eyeshadows, which works best for older skin that's a bit more lined, crepey, or not as smooth as it once was.

Applying a medium shade of brown eyeshadow

2. Apply a medium shade

I apply a lovely medium warm shade in a cocoa color just above my eye socket. Gently dip the eyeshadow brush into the color.

I use a windshield wiper effect, sweeping back and forth lightly with my eyeshadow brush. This is a really good technique if you’ve got slightly hooded eyes. As we get older, our eyes start to droop a bit. 

Blending eye makeup

By putting the medium slightly higher on the eyelid, it raises the eye a bit. Blend it well! The key to great looking eye makeup is blending. 

Using the Number 7 technique with eyeshadow

Now bring the brush a bit further down on the outer part of the lid. I call this technique the Number 7 - I go across the top and down to the base of the lashes. This really defines and opens the eye.

Applying a dark brown eyeshadow shade

3. Apply the darkest shade

Here, I dip the eyeshadow wedge brush into the darkest brown color - almost a chocolatey brown. Dust off the excess either by pressing it onto the top of your hand or tapping it lightly.

Applying dark eyeshadow at the base of lashes

Begin by gently pressing the brush at the base of the lashes, depositing the dark color. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re creating the effect of eyeliner but without the harsh look that eyeliner can give to an older eye.

How to do an autumn eye makeup look

Hold the brush so the point is on the outer part of the eye and go upward a bit. This creates a slight winged effect. Nothing too extreme but it helps lift the eye. Keep doing little short strokes to press the color into the lash line.

This layering effect is soft but effective! It gives a thicker look to the lashes without looking harsh.

Pulling the skin slightly to apply eyeshadow

I’m right handed so I find it easier to do my right eye if I pull the skin towards the nose.

Applying dark eyeshadow under lower lashes

You can stop right here or do like I do. I put a little underneath my lower lashes. I just glide the brush at the base of the lower lashes with more product at the outer edge. I go half-way to the center of the eye.

How to add more definition to older eyes

If you want more color and definition on the upper eyelid, take a bit more of the dark chocolate color and pop it at the outer corner of the eye socket line. 

How to use an eyelash curler on mature eyes

4. Use an eyelash curler

I love using an eyelash curler. They are a bit scary looking at first but once you get the hang of them, you’ll really see the difference. Open the curler and insert your lashes in the open space. Gently press for 10 seconds. Lift the curler up a bit just before you remove it. 

Using an eyelash curler on older eyelashes

You can see how beautifully it opens the eye. This is without mascara. It makes a real difference!

Applying black mascara to lashes

5. Applying mascara

Use a black mascara on the tops of the lashes. Wiggle the brush so you get right to the base of the lashes. Don’t forget the outer corners - these little lashes are often forgotten. Take your time doing the mascara so there are no clumps.

Applying mascara to bottom lashes

You can also put a bit on your bottom lashes. Don’t put the brush back into the tube. Use whatever is left on the brush.

If your lower lashes are skimpy or short, you can skip this step.

Applying highlighter underneath the brow

6. Apply highlighter

Put a highlighter directly underneath your brow. Light colors bring forward and dark colors pull back. Here we want to bring attention to the top of the eye by the brow.

If you make a mistake or have little blobs of mascara or eye makeup, dip a cotton bud into your foundation to whisk it away so you don’t ruin your lovely makeup.

Autumn eye makeup for mature faces

Autumn eye makeup tutorial

There you have it! Beautiful, warm autumnal tones on the eyes that are perfect for older eyes, and perfect for fall too. Let me know if you tried these eye makeup tips in the comments!

Suggested materials:
  • Eyeshadows (light cream, medium brown, and dark brown)
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
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  • Sassi Sassi on Oct 17, 2021

    I would like too know the colors of the shadow’s. ? Etc Brand they have so much out there Andy all is different .Thank uou

  • Ellen Ellen on Oct 16, 2023

    I really like these tips as I am having a hard time with eye make up looking good. My experiences with it is 20+ years old and this will help immensely. I can't wait to try it!