The Makeup Mistakes that Make You Look Old 

Makeup Mistakes (and Other Weird Things) that Age You – Part Two

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Today we’re continuing our Weird Things that Make You Look Old series, and I’m talking about the Makeup Mistakes that Age You. Can you believe I actually got to a second in a series? NEW YEAR GOALS, bump it!

PART ONE – ACCESSORY MISTAKES THAT AGE YOU

As we get older, we can’t always get away with the makeup trends that work on a younger woman. While I don’t think we have to give up all makeup trends, there are a few no-no’s we need to remember if we want our makeup routine to bring out the youthful soul living beneath our “experienced” skin. Can you guess what some of these makeup mistakes are?

I never thought I could be a model but…

I’m the “spokes-model” today to save anyone else from finding their photo highlighting their makeup mistakes posted on the internet in a “don’t” photo. Mama didn’t raise no dummy. But she did raise someone who loves a good laugh and is willing to “dress the part” to make a point. *No animals or humans were injured in the making of this post; only my pride! 😉

NOTE – These photos have been taken at close range and not in the most flattering light, though I did not apply unnecessary harsh light either. I have not edited these photos nor applied filters to them. I have indicated the light source used in the caption below each photograph. Any differences in color are dependent on the amount of natural light coming through the window as one day it was sunnier than another.

Aging is Natural, and It’s Beautiful

But sometimes we need a little help!

I won’t get on my positive-aging soapbox today, but let me just say, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aging naturally. You know, sans major surgery, injectibles, and fillers. It truly is what’s inside that counts the most. But wearing a bit of makeup to enhance our best features is a great way to look and feel our best about our maturing faces. However, we can also enhance the “features” we’d rather keep on the D.L.

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Not Wearing Makeup isn’t the Most Youthful Option – for some of us…

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For me, not wearing any makeup at all can be ugly because of my skin issues, which I address further into the post. But not wearing makeup isn’t always youthful even if you have great skin. A little blush, lip-tint, and mascara might be all you need to brighten up your face a give you that youthful glow you once had. 

Your Style is Unique to YOU

I’ve decided to add this disclaimer at the beginning of this post instead of at the end, as I usually do in this type of personal opinion post. I did not create these parody photos to make fun of anyone. 

Style is unique to the individual and each woman should wear what makes her feel beautiful. The cosmetic recommendations I’m making today are opinions based on my observations and study (a.k.a. people watching) of what, cosmetically, might make one woman look older than another of the same age. 


Makeup Mistakes that Adds Years to Our Faces

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DSLR || 50mm || Ring Light + Indoor, Natural (Cloudy)

Foundation

A foundation that’s too heavy or the wrong color can instantly age us. I struggle with this one because I need adequate coverage for my rosacea. However, I have to be careful because a full coverage foundation can sink into my pores, crevices, and into the flakey areas caused by seborrheic dermatitis. Yeah, I got lucky in the skin issue department. ;-(

Choose a formula that’s hydrating and with the correct undertones for your skin. Also, go as light coverage as you can get away with. If you don’t have skin discolorations to cover, you might like a tinted moisturizer. A trip to a beauty counter or makeup artist can be invaluable for finding the right makeup. But don’t be afraid to say you don’t like it and check to see if the store has generous return policies

Another valuable resource for getting makeup reviews from brow pencils to a foundation, including which specific colors of a foundation to avoid because of too much pink or orange undertone (because nothing says “makeup mistake” like that tell-tale orange makeup line on your jaw), is BeautyPedia. Not only will you find a product rating from the experts, but you can read customer reviews as well. 

Highlight and Contour

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DSLR || 50mm || Ring Light + Indoor, Natural (cloudy)

Okay, I don’t know anyone who is this heavy-handed with highlight and contour, but overdoing either is an instant-ager. A perfect real -life example is an actress and advocate, who I love, Leah Remini. She (or more likely her makeup artist) often overdoes contouring, and it looks harsh. 

Highlight

Glitter is a no-no on mature skin. But even if we’re talking about a shimmery highlight, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Depending on the texture of your skin, shimmer can settle in and exacerbate crepey skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

Consider a highlight with very little to no shimmer or add a bit of highlight on your highpoints but under your foundation. You will find some of the combination highlight and contour kits I recommend in the “Contour” section below. But, I will also sometimes use Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter as a primer under my foundation instead of highlighter on top of my foundation. If used sparingly and not all-over, it adds a ‘lit from within” youthful glow. 

Contour

As far a choosing a shade of contour, stay away from orangey tones. Contour is mimicking a natural shadow on your skin; it’s not a bronzer

PowderSmashbox makes an excellent powder highlight and contour kit with a universal ashy-brown contour color. I have two go-to choices for creamy highlight and contour. 

Cream NYX’s contour face stick is convenient and affordable.

A Highlight and Contouring Makeup System

Another fabulous option is Maskcara’s HAC Makeup. They offer so many great color options for contour and highlight that IS actually the foundation. You have to see it to believe it. Check out my post for a full Maskcara HAC Makeup review and video.

You can also get connected with your own Maskcara Makeup Artist who will help color match you. If you don’t already have one, check out my friend Shannon Mason and she will hook you up! She is ready and waiting to answer your questions through her Instagram or you can look around on her website.

Bronzer

As I mentioned above, bronzer is not contour, but it’s nice to add a little warmth to our faces from time to time. I like to stay away from anything too orange or too dark because it will look muddy. Use a light hand to add a bronzed glow to the places the sun would naturally kiss, like the top of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. If you don’t have bangs, the sun will also kiss your forehead. 

Cheeks

I love blush. It’s probably the one makeup product that will add youth to your face as long as you choose the right colors for your skin tone and blend, blend, blend it in. We’ve all seen those old ladies with the little clown dollops of blush on their cheeks. 

Favorites for the Face


Eyes

Eeks! Where do I begin? Again, this is an area that we can take a few risks but BE CAREFUL because it’s so easy to make a slew of makeup mistakes with eye makeup.

If you haven’t already noticed an advice theme running throughout this post, it’s MODERATION. Anything harsh or overdone will make us look older, especially around our eyes.

Eyeshadow

Having hooded eyes that are now pretty saggy, I’m still trying to figure out the best eyeshadow for me, and I’m considering booking an appointment with a makeup artist to help me out. Most days I don’t wear any eyeshadow because it not only closes in my already small eyes even more, but eyeshadow gravitates downward throughout the day. 

But having seen women with an ample eyelid area wearing too much and too dark an eyeshadow, the principle of too-much still applies. You can still add color, but softer colors in medium to light tones are a bit more youthful to an older face.

Eyeliner

Let’s just make sure this is the first thing: stark eyeliner on the bottom lash line is no bueno! If we have that down the rest is easy.

Black is an excellent choice for eyeliner for a more dramatic eye or photos, but for every day, you might choose a softer tone, like brown or slate. Keep the eyeliner on the upper lid either in the lash line or barely above and “smudge” it out. 

I have a little trick where I use a smudging brush or sponge-tip to smudge out the top liner, but then I smudge the leftover on the sponge onto the bottom lash line. That way, there’s no harsh line below the eye, but I’ve created a little definition. I like to say, “I put my eyes on.” 

Eyebrows

The same mature beauty makeup principle applies to eyebrows; keep it soft. My advice is to choose a pencil that is only one (or two at the max) shades darker than your natural brow color. I also prefer an eyebrow pencil that is not too thin because my eyesight isn’t excellent and I can’t be super precise. Follow your brow shape and don’t go too big.


Favorites for Eyes


NOTE: I am not a huge fan of eyebrow micro-blading for me. One, it’s permanent makeup and trends come and go. All those ladies walking around with harsh black eyeliner on their lower lids – TESTIFY! Two, for some reason, it’s not recommended for people with rosacea. And three, after having my breast implants removed, I am incredibly cautious doing anything that injects things into my skin as we don’t know what it does to us. However, we want to accentuate our thinning brows.

Lips

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Okay, lipstick will probably be the one I get the most pushback on. Any lipstick that is “too” can age mature lips. Too bright, too frosted, too matte, and too shiny. But in my opinion (as is this entire post), lipstick that is too dark is the number on lipstick mistake we can make. It’s quite possibly the number one makeup mistake we make that can make us look older. 

As we age, not only are our lips thinning, and we get lines around our mouth and on our lips, but our teeth can look dingier, and our face might be sagging at different rates.

Take my face, for instance. I still have reasonably decent lips, but my face sags more on the right side, and that includes the down-turn of my mouth. My lips are also asymmetrical, and I’m only highlighting the imperfections by wearing a dark lip color. And believe me, I didn’t haphazardly apply this lipstick, this is the state of my lips. The imperfections are only exaggerated by the dark shade of the lipstick. 

But the lips are also a great place to play with color if we keep a few things in mind:

  • Don’t try to overline your lips too much. If you’ve lost lip volume, I think it’s best to give them oomph by choosing better colors (remember, dark recedes, and light brings forward) and drawing only slightly outside the lip line. There are plenty of helpful YouTube video tutorials. 
  • If we want to wear a darker color, consider a sheer color wash. I like Almost Lipstick by Clinique. The Black Honey is a universally flattering berry shade.
  • Red lipstick isn’t a great choice for me. But if I were going to wear red lipstick, I keep it in a flattering tone, and I still like it to be less matte and a little sheerer. Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart is my all-time favorite red lip color, but you can’t always find it. However, Candy Apple is close. 
  • Choose flattering lip colors that mimick your natural lip color but better. For a little more pop, what do your lips look like after they have had a good kiss? That’s the color you want to find! As we get older, our lips also lose color, and we do want to add a little bit of “just kissed” youthfulness to our faces.   

Favorites for Lips



Agree? Disagree? Anything to Add?

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Aahhhh, I feel MUCH better. My lips are still uneven but the imperfections aren’t as pronounced with a lighter lipstick.

And my eyes are just as hooded and small as before yet they don’t look as heavy and closed in. I think the wrinkles around my eyes are also less pronounced too. I like to think of anything too dark like a dark picture frame making the photo inside take center stage.

And maybe my face doesn’t look as “chiseled” without gobs of contour but a full face looks less wrinkled. I like to say, “who needs Botox, eat another donut!

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DSLR || 50mm lens || Indoor Natural (sunny) and ring light
My lips are still uneven yet it is not as pronounced as it was with dark lips.

What’s your opinion on makeup for mature women? Are there makeup mistakes you’ve seen that definitely add years to an already maturing face? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Debbie
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    I think good brows, in a complimentary, ashy shade take years off. The problem with aging is that our hair and skin all lose pigment, so we almost become invisible, literally and metaphorically. Good make up can put the contrast back if it is done well. A soft brown, matte shadow in the crease to help hooded lids, a grey (not black) shadow smudged into the upper lash line only, to add definition and a good mascara will stop your eyes from disappearing. A flattering, dewy foundation but not so heavy it is a mask will even skin tone, a creamy neutral toned lipstick, lips lined to again add definition and a swoosh of blush to add a glow and suddenly 50+ looks fresh and vibrant.
    I’m a 54 year qualified make up artist and our age group is either still doing what we did at 20, or what 20 year olds today are doing and neither flatters us@
    Your hair is gorgeous btw. I’m on my own journey to having my hair entirely my natural colour and I cant wait for mine to be like yours.

    • Paula
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      Well hello Debbie! Do you wanna just come over every morning and put my face on the me? 😉
      Here’s a question for you now that you’ve seen my skin before, after and up close with makeup on,; considering I also have dry patches on each side of my face suspected to be my seborrheic dermatitis per my derm, do you have any good foundation recommendations? High end or low end, I’m not picky.

      Xx
      Paula

      • Debbie
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        I’d love to, but it would be a lengthy commute from West Yorkshire!
        I think I might have found my mature skin Holy grail foundation, on the basis that my must haves are:
        Sufficient coverage to even skin tone & hide redness and age spots
        Must NOT sit in pores or fine lines/wrinkles/huge crevasses
        MUST dry down so it’s not slip sliding all over my face all
        But must also be dewy and glowy, without looking greasy or sweaty (I have the menopause for that!)
        It needs to last all day at work I’m busy foundation, you need to keep up!
        And this miracle maquillage? Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid. Awful name, amazing foundation. I gave my mum some for her 75th birthday and she’s fallen back in love with doing her make up. I hope you get chance to try it, applied with a damp beauty blender it is just beautiful!

        • Paula
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          I’m going to give it a try! Thanks.

          xx
          Paula

          • Kelly Hudson
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            Thank you both! I have exactly the same needs and struggles, so I’ll also try this. Clarins is a great brand, and has a lovely cellulite cream (it won’t get rid of mine, but it smells wonderful and is worth a shot). Also, it’s crazy difficult to find eye shadow without shimmer. Hmmph!

          • Paula
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            The Balm used to have a compact called Meet Matte that was all matte colors. And I know Max carries individual color pots with some matte colors. And ITCosmetics carries a compact called Naturally Pretty that’s has only one shimmer as a color “transformer” of sorts. https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fah7i8cdmi7

            Hope that helps.

          • Paula
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            The Balm used to have a compact called Meet Matte that was all matte colors. And I know Max carries individual color pots with some matte colors. And ITCosmetics carries a compact called Naturally Pretty that’s has only one shimmer as a color “transformer” of sorts.

  2. SO good. I definitely think a heavy hand is a big no no. I go pretty minimal now a days, but never really wore heavy makeup.

    • Paula
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      I agree. As we older we just don’t have as much leeway to get crazy!

  3. Debbie
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    Look forward to hearing what you think. One thing I would say is that it oxidizes so get some put on your face to colour match and then go for a coffee, do some more shopping and then check the colour again. I bought Organza and I think Nude would be better and I’ll try that next time. It’s a small niggle, but a niggle nonetheless! Xx

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    I agree with everything! Except– I do wear darker lip stick now because I feel washed out with my silver hair and blue eyes.

    • Paula
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      I agree we can look washed out as our hair, face, and lips loose pigment. I think we should go “darker” or perhaps we should say, a bit more pigmented to add a bit pep back into our face without going too dark. 😬

      xx
      Paula

  5. Laurie
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    Love love love the natural look-I wonder if just changing the lipstick would’ve helped. But the natural look is classic finesse-Travel Tips by Laurie

    • Paula
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      Thanks Laurie! The assume you mean change the lip on the after? If so, this is definitely my everyday-look and the “before” is my never-look. Perfection (or date night) lays somewhere in between. 😉

      xx
      Paula

  6. Carol-Anne Powell
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    Except for the blush, I love your look in the before photo….

    These seem more like different looks for different experiences. One could be for evening and the other for daytime.

    Either way, I love your blog!

  7. In my opinion, dark lipstick looks really awful on older women. I am 70 and I never wear dark lipstick like the dark red I do wear a natural reddish brown which almost matches the color of my lips. It looks like color, but not jarring.

    • Paula
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      We’re definitely thinking along the same lines Linda!
      Hugs,
      Paula

  8. JoAnne Eteve
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    Thank you so much for writing this article, because it is way too easy to remain the same (blue eye shadow still calls my name) when styles change and we are evolving. The one thing that I have started is to blend two foundation colors to get the color that is right for me.

    • Paula
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      That’s a great idea Joanne! I filmed an everyday makeup tutorial but I could tell my foundation was not quite right when seeing it under a spotlight. But the next color down would probably be too light so a blend might be perfect.

      xx
      Paula

  9. Petra
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    Hi from sunny South Africa, Paula!
    I have been following and enjoying your blog for quite some time and I just want to say that I love your beautiful natural look. Your grey hair is so lovely and it was definitely the right decision to go for your natural grey colour. I have also stopped colouring my hair about 3 years ago and I’m so glad I did! I’m 53 and do not have a lot of grey hair, yet, but I do have to few ones around my face. Nothing more beautiful that natural grey hair, hey! I agree with everything you said about the make-up for our 50 Plussers, definitely go for a natural look and stay away from bright and dark lipsticks! I couldn’t wait to get to your after photo and I love your look!
    Have a great day!
    Kind regards

  10. Sherry
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    LOVE your blog!
    You are a beautiful woman and think the natural look is so stunning on you.
    I too have had rosacea and Photofacial laser treatments helped immensely. Wonder if you’ve ever asked your Derm about this procedure…

    • Paula
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      Thank you Sherry! Yes, my dear wants to do the laser treatment but I have dragged my feet because she mentioned my face might be purple afterward. So when I can home and googled the particular laser she mentioned the “purple” was more like “being beat with a baseball bat purple”. 🤭 However, it has gotten bad enough I need to just bite the bullet and do it. I have reached out to a friend who has a medical spa and she has some sort of vascular Kaser with Excel V+ which closes off the blood vessels. I’ll have to google that then make a decision. I’m glad to know if someone who had good results.

      xx,
      Paula

  11. Victoria
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    For the longest time after I retired I wore nothing on my eyes but mascara. Lately I have been adding eyeliner so I like your thought of going lighter than black. I also like the idea of smudging under the eye. My lip line is terrible and I feel like I need my bottom lip plumped it kind of disappeared. Lol. Great post with lots of great info.

    • Paula
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      Thanks Victoria. I have a couple of “lip tricks” to help create the illusion of a slightly fuller lip. Thanks for another post idea. In the meantime, City Beauty has a plumping gloss that gives a bit oomph to the lips. I think it’s called City Lips.

      xx
      Paula

    • Serena
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      What color lipstick is in the after photo? Looks like a great everyday one!

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    Girl this is a GREAT post. You’ve put so much time in to a subject that we all struggle with from time to time! Thanks for the tips! I think the whole foundation part can be the hardest to get right! The one I use is from CHANEL and the perfect coverage but is so light and silky on your skin! YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!!! XOXO

  13. Jill
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    Hello Paula!

    I just discovered you on Pinterest! We have the same redness in the the same places on our faces, hooded eyelids and same issue with uneven lips. I don’t know when this thread post was created but wish I had discovered you sooner! I am going to be 51 in May and I really enjoyed reading this! Looking forward to reading your past articles, especially the one with your laser procedure that was shown on bottom of this post. I had this done as well. Thank you for this site Paula! I did sign up to follow you. Finally, someone who gets me!

    • Paula
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      Hi Jill! So happy to have you here. I always say that I think God created me with all my little “inconsistencies” and my skin issues and red face so everyone wouldn’t have to be jealous of my beauty. 😉🤣😂🤣 I reckon it just gives us character. 😘

      Be blessed Gorgeous!
      Paula

  14. Deb Janis
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    Love the after picture of you and your honesty. You are beautiful inside and out.

    • Paula
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      Thank you Deb. I know some women really love their dark or strong lipstick or eye makeup. But I just can’t pull it off and feel good about it. Even if we did as younger women, I think as we get older, we just can’t getaway with it without adding years.

      Hugs,
      Paula

  15. Christine
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    I agree that heavy makeup makes you look older. It also looks dated on an older woman.

    • Paula
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      Yes. Older women can’t get away with some the things you get women can. 🥸

  16. Donna
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    Great article, your before and after photos show exactly what your article is saying. In the after photo you look radiant, a woman who is confident with her age. The before picture looks like a woman who is trying sooooo hard to look younger and the only thing she is doing is to draw attention to her clown like makeup. Sorry. Thanks, so wish I could have all women read this and realize how much better they could look, that goes for the women who wears no makeup and her granny hairstyle. You know “ the church lady”.😉

    • Paula
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      You totally GET IT Donna! So many women’s even those who look nice, look like they’re trying too hard.

      Hugs,
      Paula

  17. Mary
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    Think darker lipstick makes your lips look bigger . But both are nice .

  18. Lesley Revuelto
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    Hi Paula,
    Just came across your post in Pinterest. I’ve been going through the same issues this past year. Your make starts looking off and it’s a challenge to figure out why….besides turning 56😂
    I think I found my favorite foundation ( for right now) and wanted to share; it’s Chanel Les Beiges Water Tint. It has minimal coverage but blurs imperfections. Feels wonderfully cool going on and I find it last as long as heavier foundations.
    Thanks for the great article and your after photo is beautiful.

    • Paula
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      Ooo, thanks Lesley! I’m so happy to find products based on recommendations from real people instead of sales clerks.

      Thanks,
      Paula

  19. Connie
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    Wow. You look years younger with the lighter touch. And keep that smile, can’t tell your lips are uneven.

    • Paula
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      Thanks so much Connie! I like to say that my smile is the “money shot”. 😂 Which is why I’m so ticked off that you can’t show your teeth anymore in you drivers license photo. 😠

      Hugs,
      Paula

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    Too much of an arch on eyebrows. I try to get mine as straight as possible.

    • Paula
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      Eyebrows are tricky! I don’t have much of my own left and I’m not skilled or patient enough to get them precise. I’ve thought about micro blading but permanent makeup scares me because EVERY TREND comes and goes. Full eyebrows are in for a while, then thin. But, we do the best we can and then say, life is too short to let this face be my focus. 😄

      Hugs & happy days Carole!
      Paula

  21. Michelle
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    I agree with all of your tips and I would add- try a brow mascara instead of a pencil, especially if your sight isn’t great. I’ve found it looks much more natural and for everyday- is quick and easy to apply. I’m adding you to my regular rotation of blogs to follow, love your attitude and your voice💕

    • Paula
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      Thanks so much Michelle! I’m glad to have you here. 👋 What brand of brow mascara do you use? I’ve been looking and i think I’ve tried the Gimme Brow and the Boy Brow by Glossier, but I found both to not give a lot oomph )maybe I had the wrong color) and I don’t think they lasted long… meaning ran out quickly.

      Hugs,
      Paula

  22. Kirsti
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    I’m just gonna say it… that picture on the left looked to me like you more of an alternative badass. I was feeling roller derby vibes. You look beautiful and youthful in both, just different styles. 💗

    • Paula
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      😂🤣😂 Roller derby!
      I reckon each of us has our own comfort level, even with makeup; including roller derby queens . 😉

      Hugs,
      Paula

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    What lip color are you wearing in the “after” photo? Very pretty!

  24. Cecelia Beyer
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    Great advice on all counts! 🍩
    A product I love by MARY Kay is the eye primer in a grey tube. I see It tighten my puff lid and living in Phoenix Az. It keeps my eye shadow in place. I apply two light coats ( tiny amt.) and dust it with translucent powder, before eyeshadow. Been using at least 15 years, and it Never fails me- till I wash It off!

    • Paula
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      This is GREAT to know Cecelia! With my hooded, saggy lids, I can use all the help I can get with eye products staying put.

      😁

  25. Carrie Stuart
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    I agree with you. I definitely like the softer version of you. Great article

  26. Linda Carver
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    You rocked it woman – definately look more youthful and healthy as the new you!

  27. Kimberly
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    I have seborrheic dermatitis also. May I ask what you use to control it?

    • Paula
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      Hi Kimberly! I don’t currently use a daily prescription on my face, but when I notice flare-ups, I use Elidel. And occasionally Ketoconazole RX shampoo on my scalp. I haven’t had as many scalp flares since stopping the hair dye and I do t use products with heavy fragrances.

      Also, I have found a great peel that has helped with the dry, sandpaper texture on the sides of my face which I’m attributing to the SD and possibly years if steroid use to control it. It’s the Lactic Acid Peel by Stacked Skincare. I started using it when they sent it to me for a collaboration and have kept using it because I LOVE IT!

      https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fff4qzcdmi7 (affiliate link)

      It stings a little going on but has not exacerbated anything. And FINALLY my skin feels smooth!

      Good Luck
      Paula

      • Kimberly
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        That’s so good to know! Thank you so much!

        • Paula
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          You’re very welcome.

          Hugs,
          Paula

  28. I love your “new “ look! It is much more youthful and slimming ❣️
    I am 74 and have been using most of these tips for years. I have dark hair and medium hazel eyes. Extreme eye makeup always looked garish and ridiculous with my light to medium skin tones. Thanks for the update and validation!

  29. Winona Powers
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    I just love the fresh glowing after results. I would love to know exactly what products you used if possible. I have mature skin and hooded saggy eyelids and it’s always such a struggle to put makeup on and I feel stuck! Thank you so much I’m looking forward to a new fresh faced look.
    WInona

  30. Marie Killip
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    Yes you look lovely ,lighter olours on the lips 👄 do look better on nearly every one as we age, especially over 50, I am over 80…(just)…..and I have been blessed with good genes…I love colour,and wear it in my clothes… light and dark always look stunning.

    • Paula
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      I agree! I think that’s what some people miss as we age… brightening up the face doesn’t have to mean too much color and clothes are the perfect way to add the ZING we need!

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Paula

  31. Kathleen Skretvedt
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    This is the first time I have seen your site and enjoyed it. Found it very helpful. Especially appreciated specific product recommendations. Looking forward to future postings.

    I worked with makeup my whole career. I am a master esthetician. However, most of my career was practiced during the 60’s through the 90’s. All heavier/stronger prominate makeup years! Now in my 70s, my skin is just starting to wrinkle and my strong very dark hair/fair complexion is no more. My makeup needs are completely different than ever before.

  32. Shel
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    I love the difference. You can learn to apply eye shadow to mask hooded eyelids and be sure to use cream matte shadow to complete your look.

  33. Cheryl
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    This was very enlightening! Sometimes I think I try to use the products my 40 year old daughter uses thinking it will help me and I’m in my 60’s.

    • Paula
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      I think we can probably use some of the same products, but our “touch” needs to be a lighter. 😘

      Hugs,
      Paula

  34. Jeanette
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    But what about the “smoky” eye ? What if you want to achieve this look ? I saw once if you line your top lid and make the line go up, it gives the eye a lift. If you did use the beige, brown and dark brown or black shadows but blend them well, wouldn’t you still look “okay” with the lighter shade being more prevalent ?
    And if you put a darker shade of lipstick inlay they sides of your mouth for “effect” like shadow and lighter shade in middle with a bit of gloss on top in the middle, wouldn’t it make your lips look plump ?
    I’ve seen some women do this, and older ones too in a tutorial but they were like 30-40, maybe 50.
    I’m wondering though because I like the darker colors but I’ve been leaning towards a dusty mauve lately and yes mattes are my go to.
    I like your look though.
    This HAS given me something to think about.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jeanette

    • Paula
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      Hi Jeanette!
      I definitely think you can amp up your makeup look for special occasions or even regularly if that’s your thing. I would definitely stick to highlighting one area at a time though – if you do a smoky eye, downplay your lips and vice versa.

      You just want to avoid anything too harsh looking so a smoky eye may be a better way to accentuate the eyes because it’s a softer than stark liner.

      I’ve never been great at eyeshadow but I’m working on a couple of looks that are doable. And I have some secrets that I’ll share for getting a fuller looking lip. Stay tuned. 😉

      Hugs,
      Paula

  35. I actually agree with everything that you say , and I think you look gorgeous in the right hand photo.I am older than you and also have small eyes and hooded lids ,and very fair sparse eyebrows .I rarely wear “proper ” make up , but I always use a blonde pomade on my brows and a brown mascara, just so I look alive !totally agree with the lipstick comments , my once full lips are very thin now so I do use a lighter shade of lippy when I wear it , many thanks for your advice < I will follow you for tips .

    • Paula
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      Hello Annie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. When all is said and done, we should wear what makes us feel good and that includes makeup. 😘

      Hugs,
      Paula

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