Make-Up Through the Ages

girl with light make-up and red lips: text: make-up through the ages Most women love to experiment and enhance their looks with make-up. As a teen or younger, we always play with our sisters’ and mom’s make-up bags (much to their annoyance). But as we get older, we tend to develop our own style that changes as we grow older, along with fashion trends and our personal style. As we walk through ages, we also develop make-up through the ages.

So how can we adapt our look as we get older, without losing any of our individuality?

Twenty-Something Make-Up

This is the decade in which we look our most beautiful – well, for most of us anyway. Skin is at its best, and that makes our twenties the best time to experiment and really find our ‘look.’ Don’t be afraid of following trends and trying new things! Make-up is fun! And while you’re in your twenties, it is the best time to find out what does – and doesn’t – suit you.

Start paying your skin some attention at this age, and you set yourself up for a lifetime of good skin. Think about the basics; first, make sure that you always wear a moisturizer with SPF. Second, always remove your make-up before bed and try out foundations and concealers to find one that suits your skin.

What About Your Thirties?

Most women find that they are pretty busy in their thirties, whether with career, family, or both. Make–up can take a back seat and anything that does two jobs at once is a bonus.

Look at getting a good quality tinted moisturizer to save time, or try getting everything in one place; fill a make-up palette with foundation, a cream blusher, your favorite lip balm, and a couple of your favorite shades of lipstick.  Always keep it in your purse for instant glamor. If you haven’t already, you definitely need to add SPF 15 or 30 to your skincare routine. This is to avoid sun damage and fine lines as your skin mature.

Skin Care and Make-Up for Your Forties

The bad news is in your forties unless you’re exceptionally blessed with good skin. This is the decade that you start noticing your skin starts to age a little. Fine lines, pigmentation, and general lack of elasticity can strike 0n your skin. And so, you’ll probably need to up your skincare and make-up routines to compensate.

In your forties is when you should have a classic look – the experimenting of your twenties and early thirties might be replaced by knowing what suits you and enjoying it. You can still adapt your basic look to current trends; if bright pink is in fashion, you can always find your own shade of pink that’s not so ‘in your face and go with that. Concealer and foundation will help cover blemishes and will even out your skin tone, and add some warm-toned blusher to give you a natural glow.

The fifties and Beyond

Hitting your fifties is just another milestone. It’s not considered old anymore, so make-up is still fun at fifty-plus. If you feel that your skin is losing some of its colors and things need perking up, great skincare and the right makeup can carry you through this decade and beyond. Don’t make the mistake that some more mature ladies make and start upping the vibrancy or amount of your make-up, as that can age you rather than enhance your features.

If you’ve noticed lines around your eyes, a brighter lipstick will draw attention away from them rather than wearing too much concealer or foundation in an attempt to ‘cover-up.’

Light colors lift your features, so opt for a bone eye shadow all over your eyelids and under your brows, and give an overall glow with a slightly brighter shade of blusher.


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