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NO! I think it has more to do with how you feel in your makeup. And, of course, it can depend on where you are in life – e.g. if you have a career where makeup is expected to be very low-key, then of course glitter won’t play a large part in your life, but it doesn’t mean you can’t wear it ever!

— Christine

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I think there are certain things that perhaps you should be more careful about as you get older (like glittery lipstick) but in general it should be able what you feel you can wear! I see a lot of older women at the pharmacy I work at who seem to be stuck in this matte-finish rut, but they could definitely do at least shimmer if not full-on glitter.

Absolutely not πŸ™‚ I’m fortunate enough to have a career where no one cares what I wear on my nails or really on my face, so I can wear all kinds of glitter and bright nail polish, and I love it! I don’t wear a lot of glitter on my face because I’m just not comfortable with it. But I think anyone can wear glitter at any age if they want to. There are a ton of ways to wear it, so you can be as subtle or not as you want to.

No! People should wear what they like. I get not wearing it in a setting where it’s not appropriate. Otherwise, if you like it, wear it, and if you don’t like it then don’t. LOL. I’m not one to think that if you wear color, shimmer, or glitter that you’re somehow less mature or look less mature. IMO, that’s kind of a ridiculous thought process. It’s just makeup; it’s really not that serious.

No, you can never be too old for anything in my opinion (save for ultra-strenuous physical activity, perhaps) — Who the hell made all these rules anyway?

I don’t think there’s a set age where you need to stop wearing glitter but I do think that you need to be aware of your audience if you’re wearing glitter on your face or body. I volunteer pretty much full time at my kids’ schools and while most days I wear what I want as far as makeup goes, if I know I’ll be addressing a group of parents or staff members that I hope take me seriously, I’ll skip too much sparkle and shine. I don’t think it *should* affect how people see you but I know that there are some judgy people out there so I tone it down when it fits the situation. I need you to hear me, not see my favorite green glitter liner.

Ultimately it depends on each individual and their situation. If you love it, rock that glitter girls! I smile anytime I see someone with creative makeup.

I’m nearly 50 and I still love wearing glittery nail polishes and sparkly tops, so no, I don’t think you’re ever too old to shine! However, glittery eyeshadows and lipstick should be used with caution as they can settle into the fine lines around the eyes and mouth, which is definitely NOT a flattering look as you get older.

You can never be too old to wear glitter but I do think that you need to use it in a more subtle way, the older you get. I’m 30 and I no longer feel comfortable wearing glitter on my eyes but I like to wear it (lightly) in blush. But I do like bold lipstick colors! I think you have to go what look will work with you and what feels comfortable!

My boyfriend claims I am too old for it in makeup..at 27. πŸ™ I still own a ton of glittery nail polish though.

I second that emotion.

Not a fan of men who tell their wives and girlfriends what they should or shouldn’t be wearing, anyway, but that’s beside the point. Tell him you know a ton of ladies from ages 30 to 50 in a giant forum who all wear glitter. If we can, you can! πŸ˜‰

Hi Sarah! I was 22 when my boyfriend’s comments and behavior eliminated makeup, jewelry, hairstyles, clothing styles, friends and finally my smile. Over a decade later, I decided to leave my husband (same guy) and being controlled behind to go find my smile. Carreen Cole said it perfectly – I still regret every single thing I gave up…especially years of happiness.
By the way…one of my favorite eyeshadows is a purple pearl by Inglot…it looks great with my green eyes and my smile. And if anyone thinks I’m too old to wear glitter or anything else, they are more than entitled to THEIR own opinion.

Thanks Carreen!!! I was tempted to keep my mouth shut but controlling and belittling behavior begins very subtly by suggesting you are too ___ for ___ and erodes your self confidence at best but becomea very dangerous too often. Reading your words made me grateful that while monitoring this, Christine is allowing us to speak something positive into Sarah’s life – and the countless others in the same scenario.
It is isolation that allows the lies to take root. I was working 3 jobs but still isolated because I was scared to speak.

Sarah, I think YOU are amazing for adding your comment. There is the possibility that he is saying you are too old for makeup because YOU look beautiful and HE is insecure. Just something to consider.

Keep the glitter, dump the boyfriend
And a word of advise from my mom, who is 72 and had been married for 51 years, never, never, ever, ask your husband if you should/can wear something….

I’ve never been a fan of glitter, but if it’s shimmer, I guess not, depending on the state of your skin and where you place it. I can imagine my great grandma rocking a shimmery lipstick or even gloss, if she wanted to, just because her skin is in great condition.

I don’t think age is a barrier to anything, it’s always a question on how you do it. Glitter or skydiving!

I misses my younger skin but it does’t stop me using particular types of products.

Goodness, Christine; I’m speechless. You answered for me perfectly.

No, never too old for glitter, especially if it’s something you love, or part of your job.

If you work in a conservative environment, then certainly–tone down or remove the glitter from your professional life, but if you enjoy it, then enjoy it on your weekends and holidays.

I think I might cry if anyone took my glitter away from me. Someone younger than me once said that she doesn’t wear full lid glitter because it’s not “sophisticated” at her age (ouch for me!), and all I could think was, “Oh dear, you must have the wrong glitter!” lol

I love it with bling-bling, and I love it finely cut and strategically applied, but most of all, I love it. πŸ™‚

Not on your life! While full on “MCRA” type glitter isn’t my thing, I love frosted, pearl products for my eyes. Something like MAC’s Naked Lunch or the pearl finishes from Inglot actually brighten my eyes and make them look more youthful, whereas matte products on my lids can look dull and dry (not always but in contrast to a pearly finish, this is often the case). I like blushes with a bit of shimmer to them too (again, not full-on frosty sparkle) because they impart a nice, moist looking sheen to my cheeks. And highlighers…bring ’em on!

I have say that “shimmer” in moderation is acceptable, almost welcome to recreate a fresh, dewy (not sweaty!) look, but glitter….i think glitter is better left to the young. (and i’m an old(er) woman)…

I wouldn’t put glitter eyeliner on my grandma, but I’d definitely encourage her to have fun with some glitter nail polish! But I do think it has a lot to do with personality. There are some mature ladies I know that would rock some serious glitter.

Honestly, yes, I think you can be too old for glitter, at least in makeup. I think subtle glitter in nail polish is fine, but once you reach a certain age, I think glittery eyeshadow, lipstick, etc. just looks like you’re trying way too hard.

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