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Beauty: Makeup For the Woman Over 50

February 3, 2019

Beauty02.03.19I am going to be honest here….I have shied away from wearing full makeup for years only because I was never sure how to put it on myself…and do it correctly.  If wanted professional looking makeup, I went out to major department stores to have it done, then I was golden afterwards.

Truth is, too, I always don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read books, look at tutorials (but thank God for YouTube), and just spend time putting it on.  So, even though I have tons of makeup, which I run through it and check for old stuff to throw out and replace with new stuff, I just never had the time to put it on let alone learn how to.

With recent changes in my life in the last three years, I’m finding time to do a lot of things.  Becoming a widow and a grandma has totally changed my perspective on life and how I approach and do things.  Even how I see my job and how it impacts my day to day way of life.  With that being said, I’ve gone back to my makeup bags…yes bag is plural because I have just that much organized into its own categories…and I’ve decided to go through each piece to see what I actually have and what look I want to go with.

So, this is for the ladies 50 and over looking for a new dynamic look.  I know turning 50 for some of you is like a real shock.  Some of you are probably wondering what now?  Let me tell you, when I turned fifty in 2017 I had a streaked blonde extensions, that had heads turning like you wouldn’t believe.  I couldn’t go out and buy alcohol without being asked to show my driver license.  That was the start of me becoming more acquainted with wearing my makeup.

Don’t think it’s the end of the world just because you’ve hit the big five-O, or you’re just months or weeks away from it, think of it as the new 20’s (or new 30’s — however you want to see it).  It’s an amazing time in your life to shine, be fabulous, look glamorous, take this time to drop some weight if you desire to do so, enjoy life a little more.  That’s what I am doing while being a grandma and a widow.  Life has not stopped, it’s just getting better.

OK…so, the other day I went on to YouTube to see what new makeup tutorials are out there and I found one by Petite Sue, which I think is probably one of the best makeup tutorials I have seen for someone who practically revisiting this subject again like it’s my first time.  It’s is beginner friendly, and she explains each step clearly as she goes along.

Let me walk you through it the way I learned it (because you can practically learn this easily while following along the video)….

Take a look at my picture there.  Notice how the look is polished even with the editing, that’s because the makeup itself is not heavily applied.

Starting the Look:  What I discovered years back is to first start off with a clean, exfoliated face…basically wash your face thoroughly.  This is ideal for when you apply the foundation.  Having a clean face makes it look smooth and polished.  OK….once I have cleaned my face thoroughly, I applied my eye liner on the lower lid of my eyes.  I always do this first when I am messing around in my make up.  You can also moisturize your face prior to applying the foundation…that’s totally up to you, but I don’t usually.  I leave that for after I’ve removed the makeup at the end of the day.

Next, I use Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick.  I like this foundation because I can take it along with me in my makeup bag in my purse, touch up my makeup throughout the day without having a huge mess.  GO MAYBELLINE for putting this on the market.

OK…So with my multi-use foundation stick I first created a T-pattern in my T-zone area, which is down the center of my face, under my eyes, then I put a line across my forehead and one down each of side of my face.  Each line is evenly placed to ensure a nice even blend.  Using the sponge side of my multi-use foundation stick I took my time and blended in the foundation so that my face looks evenly blended.

Once my foundation was completed and nicely blended, I prepare to apply the eye shadow.  Remember that if you’re going to wear eyeliner on the lower lids of your eyes, apply that before applying the foundation.  Saves on the mess and having to clean your hands from the foundation.

What I did was use a make up base on my eyes for the eye shadow, which is exactly what the tutorial said to do.  Using my finger, I put enough drops to dab just enough to cover my eyelids and just under my eyebrows.  It’s going to look very light in it’s application, but that’s OK — that’s the way it’s supposed to look.  When you do it, you will be bringing it down with your powder.  Now…and this is something I never thought to do before…I got a lightly damp sponge applicator and just lightly blended in the base evenly.

Next…

I use Maybelline Fit Me #360 powder with a fresh sponge applicator to go over the base I had just applied (I also have the liquid foundation Fit Me #360 as well, but I did not use that for this look).  After I was sure I had on just the right amount of the powder, I went on to my color pallet.  For this next step you can use an eye shadow applicator or you can use a makeup brush.  I used a makeup brush.

I like the idea of starting with a red or berry color going over the area where I applied the powder (but you can play around with color choices if you like). Now how much eye shadow is applied is totally up to you.  For me I kept it light so that it would not be too apparent when I applied the remainder of my eye shadow.  Next, I used a white matte eye shadow starting at the corner inside of my eye lid working my way to the center.  I took a light beige and starting from the outer area of my eyes working it towards the center.  Once both eye shadows are applied evenly to both eyes, I blended them in using a blending brush to create a natural blended look.

Finishing the Look:  I finished my look with a top black eye liner thinly applied to the top eye of my eyes and mascara.  On my lips I used Katy Kat lip gloss #Taby Tease over a Black Berry #714046 lip liner.  My eyebrows were done using a multi-purpose 3-in-1 brow pencil by Nyx.  I like this brow tool because it’s a pencil, powder, and mascara for your eye brows.  I picked up this great find at Ulta.

NOTE:  You can use eye lashes instead if you don’t want to use mascara.  I recently purchased L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise.  There was a sale on Amazon where you could get 2 for under $12.00.  It is supposed to be smudge-free.  I’m all for a smudge-free mascara.  I gave the other one to my daughter, who is a bride-to-be.

One thing I like to add after I’ve applied all of my makeup is the Physician’s Formula Multi-Colored Bronzer Powder Palette 3E.  It adds a nice soft glow that is not too over powering, but to me it packs everything together.  This is one product I stay stocked up on.  Keep in mind that it is pricey, usually costing between $11.50 and $14.00 depending on where you purchase it.  And because it’s pricey, I tend to use it sparingly, at the same time I try to buy one every three months just to keep it on hand.

If you are new to wearing makeup, pick and choose what works best with your skin tone (your complexion).  Make sure the foundation you select matches your complexion perfectly.  You want to avoid those that are too light and too dark.

You can purchase the items I used or similar items from Walmart, Ulta, Fred Meyers, Walgreens or Rite-Aid.  Be prepared to spend anywhere between $45 and $70 if you buy them all at once including makeup brushes.  Complete eye shadow pallets can be found online on Amazon.com, Ross Stores, or any one of the stores I just mentioned.  One recommended must-have is a retractable makeup brush.  I will feature that item in my next blog post.  It’s a brush you can’t leave the house without — perfect for touching up your make up especially if you wear powders and/or bronzers.

In my next blog posts, I will post the names and pictures of all of the products I used to complete my look, and I’ll talk about the best way to remove the makeup using the best products on the market that are not expensive.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Stay Beautiful…

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