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Mariella Avatar

Same as Christine – “it’s makeup; it washes off”. I also think of what Nanny Blor (a character in the Nancy Mitford novels very much based on their real life nanny) who, when asked “How does this look on me, Nanny?” would reply “No one will be looking at you, dear!” (and to a very large extent, this is true).

The one piece of “advice” that holds NO WATER at all with me is that whole “over 40, women should not wear shimmery eyeshadow” nonsense! Dull, matte shadows generally emphasize dry, crinkly lids while shimmery ones brighten. It’s the same reason most older folks want a more dewy looking skin – it looks more youthful while matte and dry looks aging.

kjh Avatar

Agree with both you guys. My guess is that the right shimmer diffracts (?) the color and thereby reduces the looks of upper lid lines. When using mattes, you often have to spray them afterwards to keep them from being powdery or crinkly.

Matilda Avatar

I learned that applying makeup is not a selfish act; instead, it is a public service as it gives the world a more visually pleasing face to look at.

Tiffany O Avatar

I disagree. I do it for me. I don’t care what time public sees. If they don’t want to look at my face, they can look elsewhere.

Lily Kelley Avatar

I agree with you Christine, experiment and play with shades and if you do not like it, it washes off. Do not be afraid life is too short not to have fun.

Nancy T Avatar

Exactly! It washes off! Or wipes off! So, even if I have a look that goes sideways, there is almost always a different day to tweak whatever went wrong on the first go.
Also, one is NEVER to “old” to experiment with new shades, techniques, formulas! I am 64 years young, and I still use black (or another very dark) eyeshadow to deepen up my utterly lacking outer crease in order to fake a crease and give my very hooded, flatter almond shaped eyes dimension.
One more: Yes, you can wear red lipstick with a dark smokey eye!

Genevieve Avatar

Enjoy your makeup, find the foundation shade that suits your skin tone and take care of your skin. These are the pieces of advice that resonated with me the most.
I have always enjoyed wearing makeup and once I found out what my undertone to the foundations I purchased were – it all totally worked for me.
Taking care of my skin involves using a cleanser to wash it all off every single night, applying sunscreen and moisturers have helped to maintain my complexion.

kjh Avatar

Funny that so many of us found the ‘advice’ restrictive. Play and don’t GAS what others think. Be ‘appropriate’ when you think it is warranted. If you want, go by dissonance. Marlena Stell (MUG) always said a contrasting blush color in cheeks or lips could be ‘better’ than one in your skintone family. Some light cool blushes literally disappear on my skin totally and I usually prefer medium warm. As to neutral lips, warm nudes look unhealthy and the taupey, cooler, or more purply are better. Clearly the two are 180s, so not together, prob, lol. The main ‘advice’ I can’t agree with is to go by the color wheel…colors and their opposites. Navy is just as good as copper for blue eyes. Finding out what you don’t like is as important as what you do.

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