Discover the magical ways on how to look younger at 50 and put 21 year old girls to shame hey 😉 Here is my tutorial walk-through on applying makeup and a quick skincare routine to get the fabulous look you want.
I’ll show you how in 5 easy and quick steps.
STEPS ON STANDING OUT & PROUD AT 50
There is no myth or formula in choosing the right cosmetics for the over 50’s woman BUT……. Having a simple guide that works and gives you confidence is the key.
In my view, you can never look too glamorous no matter what the activity we wish to pursue, it could be a business meeting or simply a shopping trip…. I could go on. Obviously you do not want or need to spend hours getting ready, let’s face it most of us have neither the time or inclination to do so.
I’m offering you a quick and easy way to get that “fresh look with added glamour in a minimum amount of time “THAT WILL MOST DEFININTELY GET YOU NOTICED!”
Really, I do not want to overwhelm you, so let’s keep it simple for now:
My Before and After:
Identifying Your Changing Skin
I’m really not going to focus too heavily on those fine lines etc. that we get at our age, let’s call them “mature beauty”.
You have probably noticed that your cheeks are slightly dryer, your T-Zone has a little more oil, open pores are more apparent etc. The main thing to remember is that all these are just minor natural developments that can easily be addressed and managed, so there’s no need to stress about them, using good quality branded products will most definitely sort out these problems.
Keep your routine simple – You absolutely MUST remove all traces of make up before retiring to your bed, keep those pores clean, your skin works hard during your sleep, give it a helping hand, then when you are getting ready to face the world…..Cleanse, tone & moisturise every morning, I spend 5 minutes in total, and then you will be ready to begin to apply your beauty products.
Step 1 – Accept who you are
As the saying goes “you have to love yourself” nothing rings more true than when you reach middle age, there is too much focus on fine lines, weight gain, sagging skin, again, I could go on….. The only thing to remember is that we are all beautiful in our own right, our features are a true reflexion of what define us, we have lived, and to be honest we have all had to endure our own personal battles. Relax and embrace your changing look. Confidence is the key and follow your instinct, it rarely lets us down. Go for it!
Step 2 – Cleansing
Premium products can be used safely on most skin types, however if you have a history of skin problems or are using prescription skin products please consult a specialist before using these products.
I use:- Clarins – Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk – Normal To Dry Skin
I’m using Clarins as my cleanser right now, I find it gentle especially when removing my make-up, does not cause any irritation to my eyes but in all honesty as soon as I’m nearing the end of the bottle I will be purchasing YSL milk cleanser, again to keep my choices simple. However, I will need to use for a month before giving a review or promoting as a product.
A quick cleanse:- Apply a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand, (an amount equal to the size of a small coin). now rub your hands together so the milk is spread around your palms. Now use your palms to apply the cleanser to your face…….Starting from the neck sweeping upwards onto the chin, then your cheeks and now onto the forehead. (Make small circular movements), then gently working around the eye area towards the nose but avoiding the eye, glide down the nose , around the mouth and back to the chin, trust me in time this will take only a few seconds.
Now dampen cotton wool pads or a face cloth with clean water and now copy the same movements to remove all traces of cleanser.
Step 3 – Toner
I Use:- YSL Forever Youth Liberator Toning Lotion
Dampen cotton wool with toner and just pat down but wipe over the forehead, down the nose & over chin to restore balance and remove oil!
Step 4 – Moisturise
I Use:- YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum (Liberateur Jeunesse )
I’ve found that Serums tend to work better, on shall we say slightly mature skin, less oily and they do tend to plump out those mature beauty lines.
All you need to do is apply small dots to the neck, under the eye, cheeks, and little on the forehead, nose & chin, please don’t stress, doesn’t have to be perfect just a light covering.
Once applied smooth over, but do not rub-in excessively.
If you are looking for more advice and professional help regarding anti-aging then I recommend that you take a look at an excellent website, Timeless Beauty Solutions – Roamy is also a Beauty Therapist with a wealth of experience and thorough product reviews, I have learnt a thing or two.
Step 5 – Make-Up
I Use:- YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint BD50
I would recommend visiting the beauty counter of a reputable store to get the colour match you need for your complexion. If you can obtain some product samples this will allow you to experiment.
Your jaw line is the best place to seek a colour match, if when you apply the foundation it effectively disappears then it’s the right one for you. If you have a natural pale complexion and you don’t want to look ‘washed out’ then feel free to be a little bit more adventurous and choose the next shade up. I definitely go darker.
Foundation can be so quick to apply, I do tend to use my fingers but to be honest there are some good brushes out there, YSL have bought out a new flat brush, I need to purchase and most definitely will be demonstrating – excited!
With foundation, you work from the forehead down, I would recommend placing a small amount onto the back of your hand but work fast before it sets, again, dot it around and smooth over but use your ring finger to pat under the eye, make sure you work into the sides of the nose and please don’t worry about blending to much along the jaw line just remember to go easy along there.
I use:- YSL Les Sahariennes – Sun-kissed Blur For A Healthy Glow Balm Powder in Number 6 – Sienne
I find that the matt finish best suits me but to be honest, in the Summer you could go with a little bit of a shimmer.
The secret is not to over do this look but to contour – demonstration as photo:
I use:- YSL Kiss & Blush – Lips & Cheeks Soft Matt Colour in Number 4 – Orange Fougueux
I really do think that a cream blusher is definitely much kinder and very versatile, can be used as a lipstick or eye shadow – again demonstration here:
Eye Liner And Eye Pencil
I use:- Dessin Du Regard Crayon Lasting High Impact Colour Eye Pencil with Blending Tip Also Waterproof Pencil in Number 12 Also Dessin Waterproof Stylo Long Wear Precise Eyeliner in Number 3 Bleu Addiction Also Eyleliner Effect Faux Cils Bold Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen in Number 1 – Black.
For demonstration I will use the eye pencil for now – in Number 7 Violet Frivole
YSL along with any luxury brand of eye pencil will just glide over & under the eye without dragging the skin and believe me that is the one thing you really need to avoid.
To be honest I find it easier to start at the outer corner of the eye and work inwards, doesn’t have to be a sweeping movement, you can apply in stages and blend in as photo:
I would stick to powder for now and I think something with less shimmer is best, you could just apply more eye pencil and blend in for quickness.
Day time I do tend to keep my eye shadow colour more bronze, tanned or taupe, don’t forget you can use your bronzer or cream blusher between the crease of the eye towards your brow:
I would recommend choosing a colour that compliments your eyeliner for evening or outing, just a little 🙂 For Example:- Waterproof Eye Pencil Number 12 with Couture Mono High Impact Color Eye Shadow in Number 9 Orient. As you can see it’s one of my favourites.
My Favourite – Mascara
I use:- YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara For A False Lash Effect in Number – Noir High Density Black or Noir Radical for Evening.
Also To Add Drama The New Vinyl Couture Mascara Sleek & Supple Volume Color Impact in Number 5 – I’m In Trouble
It’s amazing and does exactly what it says with instant results :)))))))
Apply as much or little as you feel comfortable with:
I use:- Rouge Pur Couture in No.13
For me it has to be Rouge Pur Couture in No. 13 –
OK! I know the rule of “if you have colour on the eyes keep lips nautral” BUT….. It brightens me up and makes me feel glamorous and without blowing my own trumpet, I get compliments to boot, It can’t be bad.
Obviously, It’s not for everyone and you really do need to go with your skin tone BUT pop to a beauty counter and give it a try or order online and see if they can supply a small sample, you never know.
I would just have a play around with colour, think about what you are wearing, do you want to show your tan off? Don’t be afraid, relax about your age and have fun.
Don’t worry about the eye liners and eye pencil’s, these colours suit all eye colour and skin tone and the exciting thing is that they bring out something great out every season change.
ALSO I will post a video of all the stages within this article and it will be timed to give you an idea of just a quick it can be – coming soon!
I will also do a feature about creating the right eyebrow shape and would definitely suggest that you visit a salon – tinting is a great idea to.
If there are any questions or feedback that you would like to leave then please feel free to post your comments below, I am more than happy to help……