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Huh? What kind of question is that? I am already old. I didnt even consider eyeshadow with glitter until few years ago. If you look at Christine’s old photos, her makeup style is not even the same compare to now…on some pictures, her brows are more arched than then now….and they are all beautiful pics…..makeup style changes with fashion and what is available also.

The question says “as you get older” not “once you’re old and that’s it” I’m sure you have more room to get older, right? No one gets old and then….stops. Anyway, I do agree with the rest of your comment about Christine’s make up style changing. I’m always changing the way i wear my make up. I get bored easily with the same ole thing.

Ditto! Like you, Stacey, I’m also “older” (or just plain OLD) but in the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with eye shadows with sheen and even glitter (if it stays on my eyes!). I like to think I look presentable rather than freakish (no yellow or blue lipstick, for example) but there’s no way that anything is “off limits” because of my age. There are looks I simply don’t like or that don’t flatter me (a nude lip, for example) and I avoid them but I’d avoid them even if I were 20 years younger.

One can still look “presentable” in yellow, blue, etc lipstick; it’s not “freakish”. As long as ones makeup is congruent to the given environment, why not wear it. As a nearly-40 year old woman, I *still* rock red eyeshadow & black lipstick, although I wouldn’t wear it in a conservative office setting, or to a PTA meeting. However, if I’m going to a club, concert, party, or hanging out with friends, why not? I’m probably the most conservative person I know when it comes to values, morals, etc, but if I can have fun with my appearance, I see no problem.

I think it’s a great question, actually (I didn’t write it). I think everyone’s still will change or has changed as they’ve gotten older, be it by five, ten, fifteen, or more years. The difference you found in Christine’s pictures shows that! I think that not only do age and trends and fashions play a role in makeup, but sometimes they change such that people feel more comfortable wearing things they once though were reserved for younger generations – brights, bold lipstick, etc. – as age becomes less of a defining characteristic. There are so many inspirational women of all ages now, we’d be hard-pressed not to find fashionable ladies of all ages with looks we would like to emulate.

I certainly hope I will change my makeup as time passes. It’s so awful when you see someone who has worn the same dated hairstyle for 20 – 30 years. I think it’s the same with makeup. So change is necessary and positive! I used to be anti-makeup. Now I love it and all the different looks I can create. Urban Decay has upped the fun I have with my makeup.

If I change anything, I figure it’ll be base products–right now I don’t want much coverage, so I stick to tinted moisturizers and American BB creams. As I get older I may want more coverage and move toward foundations with medium to full coverage. It’s also possible (probable, really) that my skin type will change–I might get dry skin, or normal skin, or something, and that will also change the products I use.

But color-wise? No, no way. My general makeup look now is pretty neutral and subtle, and I don’t see that changing all that much. Unless I get the courage to wear screaming red lipstick out in public!

Yes! Esp in my area (Ecology, working on camp, field practices, rain, rivers, out door and extreme weather) I hardly ever can wear makeup except when I go out and I gotta love my brights! I will wear them as long as age lets me LOL

Christine, I’m 50 years old and I read your blog everyday. My skin has changed more in the past 3 years or so than it had during my entire life. I have found that the aging process isn’t so much about wrinkles, for me it’s about just looking tired and my skin isn’t as firm as it used to be. The only changes I’ve made are in my skincare and foundation choices. I make sure to use either a luminous foundation or add a luminzer to a foundation. Up until about 3 years ago I had to use oil controlling foundations. I no longer use powder or finishing powders all over my face. I use them only on my T-zone. I’ve also had to modify the way I apply certain products because of mature skin issues, especially the eyelid area but I haven’t changed the products I use or colors. I still wear shimmer, glitter…etc. I even use bright colors, orange, hot pink, shocking blue—but I reinterpret looks using those types of colors because to be honest, I personally, do not look good with a bold and bright eye.

Well, I’ll be 58 in October and I’ve noticed that you can’t wear powders anymore because it makes all of those lines/wrinkles, crevices show up a LOT more.
The lips become wrinkled and lipsticks don’t look so hot so I think gloss may be the the way too go but not sure. I have never worn lipsticks too much so I’m experimenting. πŸ™‚
Susie in northern NY

Hi Susie…I wear glosses and can achieve a sheer or very saturated look. But, I was never a lipstick person so that is just me. I use Urban Decay’s clear lip liner if I’m using up a gloss that feathers. I’ve tried Mally’s lip fence which is the same as UD’s product but find it too waxy. I’ve been exploring different textures and found a lot that don’t fall into lip cracks/lip lines. One thing that makes it challenging is the same exact product may be thinner or something in one shade but glide on top of lip lines in another shade. I have good luck with Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils but you do have to sharpen then which is a pain…it’s worth it to me since it avoids the other problems. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

Kelly B.
Thanks for your reply. I’ve never been into lip sticks much either but I do like to have it on once in a great while and don’t want to look crackie. πŸ™‚
I’ve never ever even seen or bought a UD or Nars product. I’m still in the 60’s. LOL.
Thanks for the advice. Maybe I’ll try some.
Susie

Sure! I plan to be the old lady with purple hair, blue lips and pink eyes. Just waiting for my hair to turn white… ;-).

I *love* this comment sooo much! When I was in my teens & 20s, I was often asked when I planned to take on a more “normal” aesthetic. I always figured I would when I was 30, then it was 35, and now that I’m months away from 40, I realize I have no plans to stop. As long as my appearance provides no obstacles in finding employment, or causes me or my family any harm, why stop?

I’m letting my gray hairs (platinums, I call them) grow in for just that reason. Hot pink and bright red dyes go burgundy on my dark hair, but I’m hoping the platinums will take the color full strength so I get funky colored highlights throughout! There’s not enough of them for it to show up yet, though.

It makes me sad when I see people say they can’t wear a certain color or finish due to their age, especially since they’re inevitably way younger than me (I’m 39).

Hi,
I’m fifty one summers young and my makeup sure is different from say thirty years ago. Now i like the more natural, neutral colors with only one exception and that is lipstick, which is mostly a coral color because it really gives that extra pop! i also find that when you get older you actually need less makeup as it looks so much better!
Warm greetings from Greece!

Like Stacey, I’m also at the age (past the age) where “they” say women should give up frost and glitter! HA! Not bloody likely! I find that eye shadows with a sheen to them actually make my eyes look brighter and fresher than matte shadows. And I love makeup. I like to think that what I wear is “age appropriate”, whatever the heck that means, but to be honest, while products have improved since I was in my 20’s (before eye primer even existed!), my tastes in makeup generally (mostly neutrals with lip and cheek colours that mimic my own natural colouring) haven’t really changed. And I will NEVER give up things like the MAC Veluxe Pearl eye shadow finish or their Strobe Cream. If I look a bit like mutton dressed as lamb when I hit my 80’s, so what? I’ll still keep on truckin’ and if other people don’t like it, well, at THAT age, I like to think I’ll have earned the right to look exactly how I want to look!

I LOVE this answer!!! Well said!!!

I’m in my mid-40’s and I have also started favoring the brighter shimmery eye shadows over mattes, as well as teal and gold eyeliners. As far as makeup goes, I will continue to wear what I feel comfortable with.

Lol – “mutton dressed as lamb” – love that phrase! Ditto your comments. As I get older, I’m into my makeup more than ever! My makeup was always matte and neutral as a young’un. Now I’m more likely to wear bolder colors – it’s about application and technique. My emphasis is the “undergarments”: moisturizers, primers, foundations and concealers. If its still around, I will keep wearing Nars Taj Mahal blush on my chocolate cheeks when I’m 90!

I guess it will change a bit, because we always try to learn what work better for us. I use pretty much neutral eyeshadows, and I love purple colors once in a while, I hope as I age, I can still pull it off, but I think, we always change something all the time, acording to what work best for us at the moment.

This is the kind of thing that’s hard to predict until you’re there. I’ve been wearing makeup since my teens, and my style has certainly changed since then.

Makeup trends evolve; I certainly don’t wear eyeshadow or blush the way I did in the 80s. It would look ridiculous now. I’m also not the student I used to be; I’m a businesswoman in a conservative industry. My look has changed both as a result of my tastes and skin maturing as well as my professional environment. What looks great on an edgy 18 year-old isn’t what looks good on her 40-something lawyer mother, much less her 70 year-old grandmother. That’s true in clothing, and it’s true in makeup.

Women are beautiful at every age, but I think we look best when we don’t chase lost youth. As I’ve aged, I’ve found that a lighter hand is more flattering. I also avoid some of the more shimmery products that just serve to highlight fine lines. The reality is that what looks good on us changes over time, even when we don’t think it will.

Yeah I think so, but it’ll be a natural process. My preferences have certainly changed with time, and I imagine they will keep evolving!

Absolutely! Considering all the changes in make-up since I started wearing it in the 70’s, it’s inevitable. I like the trend of multi-purpose make-up – like the original bb creams, and dream of the day that a single eyeshadow product will take the place of lifting gel, primer, and color.

This is what I have discovered; using anything above my eyelids tends to make the skin in that area look textured. I also don’t use any makeup products below, or beside, my eyes-it settles in the creases. That said, I never used glitter or glittery eyeliner when I was younger, but I adore it now-in moderation of course. Bright colors also look great on my older skin. I would say, if anything, my sense of what looks good on me has improved as I have aged. It’s all about learning what works and what doesn’t. I’m fortunate that my parents gave me good genes, because my skin is aging a lot better than I expected. πŸ™‚

Since I’ve already matured (physically more than mentally) a bit, I can say that the changes have chiefly involved treating my skin better rather than anything to do with changes in colour. Also, I’ve learned more and better techniques. But I don’t imagine that I’ll ever really change the way I choose and incorporate colours.

Most likely. As I get older, not only does my looks but my personality or preferences change as well. I’m a big fan of bright lip colours and I like eyeliner, but maybe I won’t like either and they might not look as good on me as they used to. That’s what is fun about makeup! you can change it up. πŸ™‚

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