Quick and Easy Eyeliner Tutorial for Women Over 60

8 Materials
15 Minutes

As we get older, our eyes change shape and are more likely to be hooded. Then we have crepey eyelids to contend with and our lashes aren’t as thick.

In my opinion, eyeliner is essential for women over 60. Today, I want to show you my favorite eyeliner hacks and the eye makeup that I use.

The products I'm using today are from the Look Fabulous Forever range, made specifically for mature skin. However, you can achieve the same results with any brand of product.

Tools and materials:

  • Eye primer
  • Soft pencil eyeliner
  • Matching eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Wedge eyeshadow brush
  • Regular eyeshadow brush
  • Blending brush
  • Cotton wool pad or Kleenex

1. Formulation and color

We want our eyeliner to have a subtle look that really enhances our eyelashes. That's the real purpose of eyeliner for women over 60.

I prefer to use a soft pencil that doesn’t drag the skin. 


For color, I’ll choose almost anything but black! Taupe, gray, purple, green, brown - all these colors can look wonderful.

Choose one to flatter your eye color as well as to match your clothes. Today, I’m using purple.

Always use a primer on your eyelids first, so you have a smooth base to work on.

Applying eyeliner

2. Upper eyelid

Pull your lid sideways with your fingers to keep the skin taut.

This makes it so much easier to apply the liner when you have crepey skin on your eyelids.

Applying eyeliner

You’re aiming to place the liner as close to the base of your eyelashes as you can, to make them look thicker.

Applying eyeliner

Glide the pencil backwards and forwards over your skin in short strokes.

Applying eyeliner

3. Outer corner

I used to have almond shaped eyes when I was younger, so it was very easy to add a winged effect on the outer corner.

Now my eyes are smaller and more rounded, I need to be more careful with this part.

Still keeping the skin taut, extend the line very slightly outside the corner of your eye.

Applying eyeliner

Then bring the pencil under the eye, very close to the base of the lower lashes.

I only take this line about two thirds of the way across my eye. 

Applying eyeliner

4. Second eye

Now you’ll need to match what you’ve done on your other eye. 

Applying eyeliner

Keep checking in the mirror, because you want the depth and intensity of the line to be as similar as possible on each eye.


5. Set the line

Powder eyeshadow will help to set your eye pencil and help it to last longer, just as translucent powder sets your face base and concealer.

Eyeshadow brush

Use a small wedge-shaped eyeshadow brush to apply a matching colored shadow over your eyeliner. 

Setting line

Avoid any shadow with glitter in it for this, if you can. Glitter tends to emphasize the loose skin on our eyelids.

Setting line

Apply the shadow to both eyes equally.

Applying eyeshadow

6. Eyeshadow

You could leave it at this and it would look just fine.

I’m going to add eyeshadow in the same color above my eye, for a more dramatic effect.

Use a cotton wool pad or tissue to protect your cheeks from any falling powder.

I apply it in a semi circular shape so that it shows when my eyes are open. Wing it very slightly upwards at the outer corner.

Applying eyeshadow

Blend it well with your blending brush so there are no harsh edges at all.

Adding mascara

7. Mascara

This is the only time I use black around my eyes. 

Black mascara I think is a must to finish your eye makeup. After all, the whole point of spending time applying eyeliner was to make your lashes look thicker.

Brush the mascara on your upper and lower lashes, giving them several coats.

Eyeliner look for women over 60

Eyeliner for women over 60

And that’s it, ladies! I think eye makeup for women over 60 should be soft but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a little dramatic. 

What’s most important is to give yourself plenty of time so you don’t get flustered. And blend more than you think you need.

What do you think of this look? I love to read your comments and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

Suggested materials:
  • Eye primer
  • Soft pencil eyeliner
  • Matching eyeshadow
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