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It’s not so much due to age as it is a shift in lifestyle. When I was younger, and had more free-time, and would do more elaborate looks on a near-daily basis. However, having to raise a child (who also happens to have autism), I only b have time for the “essentials” most of the time.

Yes, it went from non-existent to having one lol. I do feel that I use more and more product every year. Partially because I need it more (like adding serum to my skin care) and partially because I’m just more and more into makeup. In general, I use a lot less shimmer now and a lot more neutral eye shadow than I used to. I’m also much more likely to wear a bold lipstick vs a gloss.

HAhaha, Yes! When I was in my 20’s, I used to pack on the makeup, using everything possible from fake eye lashes to lip liner; the whole works. Now I am 37, I wear just a bit of makeup and everyone thinks I am younger than my years. Love it 🙂

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Well, I dropped a LITTLE of the 90s grunge once the 90s were over (no more silver lipstick or red mascara!). Other than that, my mom taught me from a young age to exfoliate, moisturize, and always wear sunscreen, so I haven’t changed my skincare routine other than to move to all hypoallergenic products.
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I have several changes. First, like you, I can’t wear the shine so much any more, especially on my crepe-y eyelids and cheeks.
I have to be very careful about eyeliner – it’s starting to look too harsh. I’ve taken to lining the upper waterline instead. The result is that my colored eyeliner is useless, everything I put there just shows up black or brown.
Each morning I have to calculate the trade off to wearing under eye concealer, which will inevitability exaggerate my wrinkles vs. letting the dark circles show.
I have to pull back on the eyebrows, dramatic ones look creepy now.
On the plus, red lipstick actually starts to look better!

Oh yes, I used to just the mere basics. Now my routine is a lot more extensive, because I’ve learned a lot over the years and now realize how important it is to take good care of your skin.

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Same here and this is especially true of powders for myself. I stay away from talc and anything that’s even mildly drying! I also go easy on jet black liner because I feel it can make me look more tired if Im already kinda tired.
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I used to like a totally matte face, except for my lips. As I’ve got older, I’ve actually fallen more in love with pearl/frosted eye products and highlighters and like a dewier finish to my foundations. I still use a mattifying powder but that’s generally only on my nose part-way through the day and, curiously, it is only necessary when I wear my glasses. If I’m wearing contacts, an oily nose isn’t nearly so much a problem.

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Absolutely, texture plays a large role in products I feel work or don’t on my skin. I mentioned this the other day, shimmer can be so beautiful on aging skin but it depends on the amount and quality of shimmer and the ‘thickness’ of the texture. I’ve learned to develop a much lighter hand in application, but more importantly to carefully look at your swatches and eye look pics because I have developed an eye for what will work and what is too much. Same story with matte or any products really. Finer texture melts into the skin and never looks heavy/cakey.

Not so sure if it’s my beauty routine so much as my skin – which in turn has led me to make a few changes. I’m 50 now but my skin has never been better – one of the few benefits of aging! I used to struggle with acne and hyper sensitive/reactive skin but for the past few years that has completely gone away. For the first time in my life I’m not scared to try new products – years ago I reacted to everything, so if I did find something that worked, I stayed with it forever (so boring). Now I seem to be past that. So recently I did revamp my entire skincare and makeup routine just because I could! I tried loads of new products, never reacted to any of them, and just ended up choosing the ones I liked best and that seemed to work best for me. It was so much fun!

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Yes I’m much more diligent about my skincare routine now. I didn’t really used to stay on top of my cleansing and I didn’t exfoliate at all. Now I make sure to remove all of my makeup before bed and exfoliate once a week. Makeup wise, I’ve gotten a lot more lazy lol. I’m trying to get back into the groove of wearing makeup more often. I almost never feel like fussing with eyeshadow these days lol
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Yes! Listen here all younger ladies under 35. Wear all the fun colors, loud, glitter or shimmer you want. Experiment with all the fun stuff now. Unless, you can afford all the Botox , fillers, eyelifts etc… All this will hault after a certain age.
You will have to be hunting for any and all matte eye colors because shimmery shades will not look good on you anymore. For instance the Naked palettes, too shimmery and not enough matte. I see a bunch of lid colors if I am lucky, when I see these.
Cat eye, or liquid eyeliner should not be worn anymore. Too harsh and it accentuates your eye area.
Foundations, depending on your skin will age you. Concealor, the worst.
So all young ladies reading this, take care of your skin now. Stop whatever you are doing to harm it.
Sun, smoke, etc.. that is if you want to continue to wear all the fun stuff for as long as you can.

Forgot to add. Lipsticks are a pain too. All those bold, bright colors with vibrant colors has to come to a hault too.

Not negating your experience, but I don’t think that’s universally the case. I’m almost 50 and I happily use a Naked palette (and some other lightly shimmery palettes), wear foundation (albeit not a heavy one) and love bold, bright lipsticks. There are colors and textures that I stay away from, of course, but I don’t feel like I have to play by any particular rules because of age. As with anything cosmetic, it will always depend on you, your skin and the kind of look you feel comfortable with.

Everyone is different. I’m 44 and I wear all those things with no problem. I do wear them in a more “adult” fashion than I did when I was in my teens and 20s, though (not so much glitter, or a bazillion bright colors at once– I grew up in the 80s).

Right now, I’m rocking revolution’s “Barely There” loose mineral eyeshadow from lid to brow, cobalt liquid eyeliner on my top lid, 3 coats of black mascara, and a super-bright pink lip.

I totally agree with you about taking care of your skin from early on.

I am 35 (turning 36 in 3 months) and my eyes (and the rest of my face) look very young (people often think I’m in my late 20s) so I have no issues with shimmer. I continue to prefer shimmer over matte colors. I don’t wear bold eyecolors or winged liner because they don’t mesh with my lifestyle. As a mom and professional, I don’t really have a time when I need winged black liquid liner or electric colored shadows. But I love smokey eyes and shimmer and even some glittery shades. I also like nice deep lipcolors. I guess there will be a time when I will no longer want to emphasize my eyes but my skin still looks young.

To younger ladies, focus on skincare. Start thinking about it early so you can increase the odds that you look young longer.

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I beg to differ. I’ve just hit my 60’s (yikes) and I indulge in all the shimmery eyeshadows I want and blushes with a sheen to them as well. If anything, I find matte shadows to be aging. The Naked palettes – I have 1 and 2 and wear them happily all the time. I would be lost (or hide indoors) without concealer but the trick is to find one that works for you and your skin (this applies at any age, IMO – concealer can be tricky). Foundation evens out the redness and broken capillaries I have developed and makes my skin look great. Again, it’s a matter of finding the foundation that works for your skin. I’ve taken care of skin from a pretty young age and only smoked for 1 year when I was in highschool. I’ve always eschewed the sun and for decades now, sunscreen has been a part of my daily facial care routine. But I don’t think women over 35 (or over 55) need to avoid anything that they like and which they feel looks good on them.

I have to disagree. I am 36 & just because I am 36 I don’t feel like I have to quit having fun with makeup. I wear more makeup now than I did in my twenties & everyone thinks I am younger than I am. I use shimmer eyeshadow, cat eyeliner & whatever else I feel like wearing. Although your style may change with age it doesn’t mean you can’t use a certain item because you are over 35.

I’ll be 41 next week, and I wear it *all*! There are some in theor 20’s (and sometimes teens) who are just genetically predisposed to crepiness around the eyes, “smile” lines, etc…, and there are those of us who are fortunate to have won the “genetic lottery”, and don’t have the aforementioned issues. The only thing I don’t wear (regularly) is heavy/matte foundation, bit that’s more of a personal choice, and I don’t really need to. Also, I smoke, and take offense to the adage “smoking ages the skin”; as I said, I’m 40+, and I look like I’m in my mid-20s…

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I don’t think anyone means to offend you, Xamyx, but smoking does speed up aging of the skin. The fact that you look young for your chronological age is probably a combination of lucky genes and other things you do to take care of your skin but just as it’s pretty irrefutable that smoking is a huge factor in things like lung cancer and heart disease, it also does age the skin because it constricts blood vessels and, therefore, oxygen supply. It’s great that you’re not showing the effects but in general, it’s pretty much an established medical fact.

I agree with some of what is said. A good skincare is essential at all ages. Taking care of our skin and bodies is important.
I do however not have the same experience with makeup. It’s quite hard to find the right products when it comes to concealers and foundation. But there are good ones out there that will suit you at whatever stage your face is. Best thing to do is to get samples, and try at home, look at the face in all kinds of light and get the ones that suits you.
I personally think using only matte eyeshadows ages me. I need a bit of a shine, or shimmer to brighten the look.
All in all I think we should enjoy makeup and use what we like and feel are flattering for us.

I plan on rocking bright lip colours and glitter nail polish well into my twilight years.

Yes, I don’t look as good in a full face of makeup. I used to get glammed out, especially at night, but I also did a full face during the day as well. Now that I’m older, I find I look really weird totally made up. My skin actually looks better now in my 40s than it ever has (yes, the oily skin curse eventually pays off!) so I’m all about glow-y skin, lashes, and lips now.

Now that I am 35 (almost 36) I am much more concerned with keeping my skin hydrated and avoiding wrinkles. My skin has always been very oily and acne prone. I always used rather harsh products from Neutrogena and Clinique, thinking that the best way to fight the oiliness. I learned a lot about skincare once I turned 30 and I now avoid a lot of the drying products I used when I was younger. I still break out sometimes, but I found that the shine is much more under control now that I use gentler products. My skin no longer tries to overcompensate for drying skincare by producing a lot of oil. In addition, I now make sure to use antioxidants in my skincare and I pay attention to packaging for my skincare. I no longer buy skincare products in jars. I use various brands for skincare, mostly Paula’s Choice now. My skin is much happier as a result.

My skin has gotten oilier as I’ve gotten older, so quite a bit of my beauty routine now revolves around making my skin look good, as opposed to just adding color.

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I think the biggest one is that I’m no longer wearing heavy black eyeliner all around my eyes, but that might just be more of a “style” change. Main change has probably been the addition of SPF before I apply makeup and then looking for makeup products for additional protection. My skin will never look as good as it did the day before, so I need to take care of it!
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