As we age, the delicate skin surrounding our eyes undergoes several changes, necessitating the adoption of new skin-care routines and makeup hacks in order to take years, if not decades, off those mature eyes and make them appear younger and fresher.
Eye makeup mistakes that you could have gotten away with back in your twenties and thirties might now have a bigger impact on your overall appeal as you approach your glorious fifties. What was formerly dark or smoky eye makeup may now seem heavy, sagging, and aging.
Pouted Magazine has put together this eye makeup guide for mature eyes to address those typical eye makeup mistakes ladies over 50 are making and show you the right way around makeup application for this new stage of your life. See for yourself how small adjustments can transform your look, giving you an immediate eye lift and bringing out your eye’s natural beauty and vibrancy.
Mistake #1 Skipping on the Eye Primer
When applying makeup on mature eyes, a rule of thumb that you can’t skip is to prep the area first using a decent eye primer for your skin type.
Eye primer is a simple and guaranteed way to boost your eye makeup wear time. It also helps to smoothen out the skin around your eyes, allowing makeup to glide on and blend seamlessly for the perfect finish.
Why is it so important to use eye primers on aging eyes? The short answer is that it aids in filling fine lines and pores on your skin and controlling oil production in oily skin or counteract the flatness and sagging of dry skin by maintaining adequate skin hydration levels.
An eye primer is also required to neutralize any discoloration on the eyelids and around the eyes. It helps make the area lighter so that eye shadows pop up into more intense colors. This effect is fantastic for bringing more sharpness to your naturally softening features.
Mistake #2 Going for Dark Eye shadows
Using dark hues as shadows is one of the most prominent over 50 eye makeup mistakes, which might have been a fad back then in your twenties and thirties.
However, now that you are 50 and most likely have typical aging signs around your eyes, you should start thinking differently about dark hues or at the very least learn how to use them in a way to better accentuate and complement your eye makeup look.
As known, dark colors shrink whereas light hues expand, so if you want to make your eyes look bigger, bring out their natural beauty and focus the eyes on your eyes rather than the fine lines, bags, and wrinkles around them; you should go for lighter colors instead of dark ones. Inversely dark colors should be limited to areas you want to recede and conceal.
Given this, how can we make greater use of various colors to create the illusion of larger, more youthful eyes? To answer this question more simply, let’s split your eye into four sections: the eyelid, the hoods, the brows, and the lash lines.
Starting with the eyelids, this area that’s right above your upper lash line plays an essential role in making your eyes appear larger and open if accentuated with the right colors. On the flip side, it can make them appear drooping, heavy, and downturned when shaded with the wrong colors. Dark shades on this area are more prone to settle in fine lines and loose skin, which in turn emphasizes those aging signs you want to conceal even more.
Apply light neutral hues to your lids that are lighter yet similar to your skin tone, then blend well with a little darker shade for your transition color. This color placement method will make all the difference in the world to make your eyes appear larger and more lifted.
Next let’s talk about the hoods (usually hanging over the crease), right above the fold where your lids meet the eye cavity, use shades that are somewhat darker than your skin tone. Considering they create a magical impact retreating and hiding the undesirable look of the unsightly hooded look.
Use a circular motion directed slightly upward while blending your eye shadow into your transition shade to give the effect of an eyelift. Particularly when approaching the outer corner of your eye, where you want to kick it up a bit to counteract the natural droopiness of your eye.
Mistake #3: Following the Natural Line of the Eyebrows
Moving up to your eyebrows, or I like to call them the framing window of your eyes, your brows are one of the first and most noticeable places where eyes land when gazing at you. The shape of your brows may have a significant influence on how your eyes look.
Unfortunately, now and again, a slew of new brow hacks and trends emerge. Making it difficult to choose the ideal method for maintaining beautiful brows for the most youthful and fresh eye makeup look.
For many of us, our natural brow line tends to drop as we age at varying rates for each one, making them asymmetric and not filled equally; and because flawless brows are so important in your entire eye makeup look, we can’t just accept their natural imperfection.
From measuring to shaping and filling your brows, you can follow a simple strategy to obtain the ideal over 50 eyebrows.
The tutorial below is to clarify how to perfectly shape your eyebrows in proportion with the rest of your face.
Pay special attention to the brow tail; following the natural line that draws it down will highlight droopiness in your eyes; instead, gently lift your brows urge and tail even if that doesn’t match precisely the natural line of your brows and aim to keep a natural look.
When it comes to filling your brows: follow the hair by hair technique using an eyebrow pencil, powder, or gel two shades lighter than your original hair color, fill in the gaps in the body and tail of your eyebrows, and fluff up the front section with a minimal amount of product for the most natural look.
Mistake #4: Following the Natural Line of your Lashes
Following the natural line while applying eye makeup on mature eyes is a typical mistake. As in the case of eyebrows, the skin around the eyes, particularly the outside corner of the lashlines, droops down as we age, creating the heavy pulled downward effect we wish to correct with makeup.
Going along the natural curve of the lash line while applying eyeliner or false lashes will only accentuate the undesired aging look. Because of the intense statement eyeliner has on your entire look, going slightly wrong with it will give you the opposite result of what you want.
You can create an instant eye lift by using new creative tweaks while applying your eyeliner in order to better cater to the natural mature skin changes. When applying eyeliner, start with a thin line straight along with the lash line, then softly flick your eyeliner wing up as you near the outer corner of your eye.
Another vital tip to keep in mind when applying eyeliner on mature eyes is to keep it light and delicate. A broad, smudgy line will make your eyes appear smaller and heavier. In contrast, a thin, tight line will always give the illusion of thicker lashes and brighter eyes.
Mistake #5: Over Doing It on The Mascara
The impact of thick, voluminous lashes on your look is irresistible; that magical touch can make a world of difference for mature eyes. However, that lovely effect comes at a price; overdoing it with the mascara will gradually weaken your natural lashes, making them brittle and susceptible to breakage.
On the other hand, False lashes can be a risk-free alternative to achieve the thick lashes charm while minimizing the negative effect of mascara on your natural lashes. They also generally seem fluffier and more attractive when applied correctly.
Natural fluffy lashes will not only save you time and effort in curling your lashes and applying layers of mascara. But they will also provide the basic definition and dimension to your eyes, enhancing your finest features while concealing imperfections to a large extent.
To give your eyes a natural lift, use the same eyeliner guideline above. Do that by cutting off the last few lashes on your falsies before applying them; this will contradict the droopiness of your natural lashlines and further highlight the previous eye makeup steps.