Enhancing Lip & Eye Makeup for Women Over 60

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Here, I'm going to share my tips for gorgeous lip and eye makeup for women over 60, in order to best define our mature lips and eyes.

I expect that as a woman of a certain age, you’ve been led to believe - either because you read it or someone said it to you - that you shouldn’t wear too much eye makeup, and certainly not a vibrant or a strong lip color because you’ll look age-inappropriate.

Well, I don’t think that’s true.

As we get older, everything tends to fade a little bit. We actually need more help to define our eyes and have our lips looking pretty, which they can do if you choose the right colors. Let me show you how.

Tools and materials:

  • Lid prime
  • Brow brush
  • Lid color
  • Eye pencil
  • Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Lip prime
  • Lip liner
  • Lip color
  • Lip shine
Applying lip prime to eyelids

1. Lid prime

The first product we’re going to start with for the eyes is the lid prime. The prime prepares the eyes for the shadow that you’re going to put onto them. Make sure that you let the prime dry because if you try to put any product on top of it right away, it won’t stay on.

Filling in gray eyebrows with a brow brush

2. Brow brush

Our model here has quite faded eyebrows that are the same color as her lovely silvery hair. Unfortunately, her brows no longer frame her face, as they ought to do. A brow brush helps to enhance the brows.

Apply it using light feathery strokes. This works so well because you’re not going to end up with a hard, thick line, which you get from pencil, and you’re not going to get a smudged effect, which you would from using a more powdery product. 

Applying eyeshadow

3. Apply eyeshadow

The lid color smoothes out the eyelid and gives a slight hint of color. Here, we've used a very flattering silver shade.

Applying eye pencil to the lash line

4. Eye pencil 

As we age, our eyelashes tend to get thin and less lustrous. You can give the illusion of thicker lashes by putting a bit of color along the edge of the lash line. With the eye pencil, you want to draw a line as close as you can to the eyelashes. 

Applying dark matte eyeshadow to the socket

5. Apply dark eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is all about giving definition and shape to the eyes. You want to use a darker color to create a socket line that will add depth to the eyes. This will make them look bigger and more open.

Don't use shimmer in the socket because it doesn’t work well with wrinkles or dryness. A matte color enhances the look on your eye.

Applying mascara to lashes

6. Apply mascara 

You may want to curl your eyelashes first and then apply the mascara, lifting your eyelashes as you do so. Apply a little bit on the lower lashes as well.

Applying lip liner to older lips

7. Lip Liner 

Start your lips by applying some lip prime. This helps to fix lip color and stop feathering. The lip liner should match your natural lip color.

Apply it by putting it on the very edge of your lips using light, feathery strokes - no hard lines. Don’t go over the edge of your lip because that really does look ghastly!

Applying lipstick with a lip brush

8. Lip color 

When applying lip color, I recommend using a lip brush This will give you a much more professional finish.

A good tip with lipstick to make it last is to apply one coat, blot it with a tissue, then apply a second coat. That can really make a difference as to how long your lipstick lasts.

When choosing a lipstick, you want one that is a creamy consistency, not something too matte or dry-looking. In terms of color, we’re often terrified of using bright, dark, or vibrant lipstick shades when we’re older.

You can use deeper shades (just think about Helen Mirren and how she looks wearing her wonderful red lipstick), but be wary of things like browns or an eggplant shade, which can deaden your face and make you look older.

Applying a little lip gloss for shine

9. Lip shine 

To finish off, add a bit of gloss. Dab it on with the sponge applicator to bring a little bit of shine.

Lip and eye makeup for women over 60

Lip and eye makeup for women over 60

All done, and our model looks much more vibrant and vivacious. The makeup adds warmth and color to her face, while also defining and framing her features. She looks absolutely gorgeous!

Let me know what you think of this lip and eye makeup tutorial for women over 60 in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Lid prime
  • Brow brush
  • Lid color
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  • Debbie Germano Debbie Germano on Aug 23, 2021

    I liked the step by step video. But, a retired woman on a fixed income can’t afford to pay the price for extra products. Every time I look for products that I would love to have, for mature women, they are $45.00 and up.Or they have a designer labels, or super models names. Any suggestions for the average fixed income woman?

  • RN RN on Aug 31, 2021

    Check the dollar store for eye shadow, lip gloss, makeup brushes etc. you’d be surprised at what you will find at the dollar store!