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Beauty: Makeup Arsenal For Beginners Women of Color Over 50

July 18, 2019

Hey everyone out there!!! How is everyone doing during the summer season?  It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’d start with a post for the beautiful women of color who are over 50 and is looking to make a change in their life by adding makeup to their daily routine or just to try it out to see if it’s for you.  Let’s get right to it!

FB_IMG_1508643878150Turning 50 is not the end of the world.  I know when I turned 50 (picture to the right) two years ago, I had a whole new look that shocked a lot people who knew me well enough to know that I had stepped completely out of my comfort zone.  And in the picture shown here, I just had on eyeliner, a lip liner under lip gloss.  Talk about real simple!

Makeup is one of those things that’s either a hit or it’s a complete miss.  I have been watching lots of makeup tutorials on YouTube over the past five months and have just recently come across a couple I thought were pretty good.  By pretty good, I mean they spent more time talking about the process and the products they use than spending time trying to be too cute about it.

After all of the tutorials I have watched I came to the conclusion that none of them stopped to note that if you’re new to wearing makeup or you want to step it up in having a more polished and professional look there are products you need to arm yourself with, which I call “The Makeup Arsenal.”  Let’s understand, first of all, that women of color follow a completely different process to putting on their makeup than women in other cultures this is because of our dark to medium light, to light skin.  However, in all the videos I’ve watched their process for applying the makeup is generally the same methods with slight variances.

In this post I am going to talk about what I have come to believe the steps to applying makeup for the woman of color over 50.

You want to start with a clean face.  It’s like you’re about to paint a masterpiece work of art and you are starting with a clean canvas.  Well…this is your face.  The cleaner the better.

How I Clean My Face:  When I have them on hand I use facial wipes to start off when I’m cleaning my face.  After I have gone over my face completely with  my facial wipes I use my peach scrub exfoliating facial cleanser.  I like this particular one because it really cleanses my face, removes any dead skin, helps with breakouts I may have had, and is just a good addition to using the facial wipes.  I don’t put too much oils on my face when i am about to apply makeup.  If I do, I use a tiny bit because my skin is already oily so I don’t need too much.

You can use other cleansers that works best for your skin including moisturizers.  I personally don’t use a moisturizer because I have not quite found one that I liked.  However, I just received a new sample in the mail of a new product Este Lauder has put out that I requested, so I am excited to try it out and see how it works, however it says on the box to use it at night after using the serum, so I guess I will be buying some to use as a dual facial cleanser.  Keep in mind, too, that you want to make sure you remember to start your makeup process with a clean face.

What should you have in your makeup arsenal?  In the past few months I have — piece by piece — updating my makeup to have created a good collection of products to create a polished and professional look.  Now, I am going on 52 next month so as I journey back down this experimental road of makeup, it was important to me to ensure I have everything or almost everything I needed to achieve the look I’m looking for.

Suggested products to have in your makeup arsenal:

  • Primer:  This is ideal for having that smooth finished look.  I have never tried primer until last week when I was doing a test run to see if I could create the look I wanted.
  • Liquid Foundation:  I’m a Maybelline girl who loves the Fit Me! brand and use two shades that I really like, but have grown more attached to the 375 shade which is the Java shade.  I really like that shade. I also use the SuperStay Foundation Stick 362 which is the Deep Bronze.  I like the SuperStay Foundation Stick because it is designed for normal to oily skin.  And I can use a loose or pressed powder for oil control. I’ll talk about that as we go along.
  • Loose and Pressed Powder:  The Fit Me! has a wide assortment of pressed powders that you can choose from.  I personally like the pressed powders for ease of handling.  This can be your next to last step before applying the setting powder when you are about to finish your look.
  • Setting Powder:  My daughter thinks this is a step that not really necessary because it can add up to 15 to 20 minutes to applying your makeup, so this step is purely optional.  But if you want to do it and do it the way it’s done, then consider a translucent powder that is used at the conclusion of your applying your makeup.  You can cake it on areas where you feel are the most needed like under your eyes forehead and chin areas.
  • Contouring and highlighting:  I have not purchased any products for contouring and highlighting as of yet.  But in all the videos I’ve watched all the ladies swear by it.  If you are considering adding these two steps to your new makeup routine, email me at and tell me what you’re looking for and I will research some products that best fits what you’re looking fore.
  • Eyebrows and Eye Shadows:  Here’s where it gets fun!  Maybelline has a wide assortment of colors to choose from as far as eye shadows are considered.  You want to make sure you use an eye shadow base that allows you extended wear after you apply your eye shadow.  Practice blending tips and tricks to get the look you’re looking for.  During my research into how to apply makeup and the steps to follow, everyone starts with their eyebrows and works everything else around their eyebrows.  I think with applying eye shadow, you can either start after the eyebrows or after you’ve applied your foundation and powders.  I will provide more information on how to do that and the best route to take.

Finish your look up with eyelashes, mascara, eyeliner, and a setting spray.  These are options you can finish your look up, especially if you’re in the experimenting stage to determine if this is something you want to pursue long term, just trying it out, or you realize you just don’t have the time or patience to do this on a regular basis or even for a special occasion.

Other products to look at are Cover Girl who has great eye shadow color pallets, the Katy Kat lip gloss line which I love; Loreal has great shades of lipsticks, and Clinique has great shades of lipsticks but are pricey at $18 a tube at Ulta.  These are my favorite and suggested brands but you can pick and choose what you like and what your budget allows you to buy.

NewLookHere is my finished look from last week and I went through my third round of experimenting with my makeup for work.  This look took me all of twenty minutes to apply.  It’s a combination of my Fit Me! foundation, pressed powder, eyeliner, and lipstick.

I like this look as my day-to-day wear because it’s quick and it’s simple.  Now if it were for a special occasion, it would have taken me about an hour.  When I did my makeup experimentation #2, it took me almost an hour to apply because I had the foundation, pressed powder, eye shadow base and eye shadows, eyebrow pencil, mascara, liquid and retractable eyeliner, lipstick, and a very curious 2-year old granddaughter. 🙂

I can honestly say that in the last three to five months of building up my makeup arsenal, I have spent well over $100 if not more.  And that included mostly name brand products I know works well with my skin.  I have some drug store products mostly lipsticks like Wet-N-Wild and some others, but use them sparingly to avoid any skin irritations.  You have to be careful of this as you build your own makeup arsenal.

So, this is what I have in my makeup arsenal as a woman over 50.  Getting older is not the end of the world.  In fact, this is when life really begins. What’s in your makeup arsenal?  If you’re new to wearing makeup and you are a woman over 50, and you would like some suggestions on what to buy and where to buy, and what you think will work for you, email me at  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!

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