Mature Lips Masterclass: Tips on Applying Lipstick for Older Women

4 Materials
10 Minutes

If you need to brighten yourself up on one of those blah mornings, a simple application of lipstick could do the trick! Follow this tutorial to learn about lipstick for older women, including lipstick recommendations and tips for how to apply lipstick to older lips.

Tools and materials:

  • Lipstick primer
  • Assorted lipstick colors and brushes
  • Lip gloss
  • Cotton swabs

I'm using makeup from  Look Fabulous Forever, which is specially designed for older skin, but you can replicate the same techniques with your own preferred products.

Applying primer to lips before lipstick

1. Start with primer

When you apply lipstick primer, you are keeping your lipstick from bleeding and the lipstick edge nice and sharp.

You only need to apply lipstick primer first, even if you refresh your lipstick throughout the day.

Removing primer residue with a cotton swab

2. Remove residue

After you apply the lipstick primer, use a cotton swab to wipe over your lips to remove any leftover residue and ensure your lips are dry before you add lipstick.

But avoid wiping off the edges because if you do, then the primer will lose some of its purpose.

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3. Create an edge

Use a very thin lip brush and your lipstick to create an outline of your lips. This is particularly important if you have thin lips.

As you are creating your edge, push up gently under your lower lip to get the maximum amount of lip for edging and push down above your top lip.

How to apply lipstick to older lips

4. Fill in with lipstick

Now fill in the rest of your lips with a lip brush and the same lipstick color you edged your lips with.

Llipstick for mature women tutorial

5. Change lipstick to lip stain

Use your fingertip to rub the lipstick into your lips. This transforms your lipstick into a lip stain, which gives you color without making your lips too vibrant.

To make your lipstick last longer you can apply a second coat.

Applying lip gloss to older lips

6. Add lip gloss

Add lip gloss over your lipstick by dotting it onto your lips, and not dragging it across your lips.

The lip gloss will give your lips a finished look, and if your lips are thin, will make them look fuller and more luscious.

Best type of lipstick for older lips

7.  Lipstick color recommendations

I used a soft plum shade for a really pretty, soft look. Pink will also give you a soft look.

You can opt for a cherry red lipstick if you’re going for a “wow!” Cherry red looks especially good if you are wearing white clothes.

Choose a fuchsia shade of lipstick for a bright summer look.

If your skin tone is a warmer shade, then you may want to go with the orange-brown tones. A soft pinky brown is a lovely choice.

If you want a soft color and you are warm-toned, try a coral shade of lipstick. 

Lipstick for older women

Lipstick for older women tutorial

Lipstick doesn’t just brighten your face; it can brighten your mood!

So, try these simple lipstick color choices and techniques for older women, and let me know in the comments how you liked this lipstick masterclass.

Suggested materials:
  • Lipstick primer
  • Assorted lipstick colors and brushes
  • Lip gloss
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Join the conversation
  • Jinxx Jinxx on Feb 02, 2022

    Can you recommend a good brand of lipstick primer for “mature” women? Many thanks!

  • Debra Debra on Mar 24, 2022

    Never heard of lipstick primer. Looking forward to learn more about this.