Beauty Tips for Aging Eyes 

by Linda Robison

Four simple makeup and beauty tips for aging eyes that will have you looking brighter and more awake than ever.

This also works well if you have puffiness and/or dark circles around the eyes.

I'll show you my favorite go to products and tips anytime I want my aging eyes to look wider and more awake.

Beauty tips for aging eyes. Woman apply under eye cream.

1. Lighten up your eyeliner

Even though you may feel great, your eyes may say something different. As we age, our eyes tend to look smaller - giving the face a tired look.

So the question I hear often is "What eyeliner is best for tired looking eyes, or should I just skip eyeliner makeup all together?"

In my opinion, not wearing eyeliner is as aging as wearing too much. So what to do?

Well, you definitely want to skip the heavy eyeliner and shadow. Instead, try outlining your upper and lower lids with a light or slightly shimmery creamy eyeliner makeup.

In the picture below, I've outlined my upper and lower lids with a shimmery, golden caramel colored eyeliner.

You want to define and brighten your eyes without drawing attention to aging eye issues like puffiness, dark circles, or wrinkles.

beauty tips for aging eyes

I absolutely LOVE this creamy eye shadow which can be used as an eyeliner and cheek highlighter. It's called AnyWear Cream.

This one simple eyeliner makeup has many uses such as eyeshadow, eyeliner, cheek highlighter and more.

I also like the fact that it's waterproof, smudge proof, and super creamy, so it glides on without settling into creases or lines. 

AnyWear Creamy Eye Shadow/Eye Liner

2. Brigthen eye discoloration

As we age, the skin around the eyes become thinner, allowing the blue/red blood vessels under the skin to show through.

This can cast a dark/bluish discoloration around the eyes, and especially in the inner corners of the eyes.

The problem in finding a good highlighter/concealer for most women over 40 is finding one that is thick enough to provide decent coverage.

But you don't one so thick that it settles inside all those tiny lines, and papery skin folds around the delicate eye area.

I found a highlighter pencil, that acts as a light concealer as well as a highlighter because it has two different sides.

It’s called Jolie Eyebrow Perfecting Brightener & Highlighter. It's a creamy crayon stick with a nice satin finish. 

This dual sided crayon has a matte conceal on one end and a pearlite highlighter. But not that garish sparkly pearl color – it’s so soft and ever so subtle.

This is one of my favorite beauty tips to brighten aging eyes! Look how my whole upper eye area looks brighter and more awake.

It's a little pricey as far as eye highlighters go, but it lasts a long, long time.

beauty tips for aging eyes before and after highlighter crayonBefore After

I use the pearl end of the crayon above and directly below my eyebrows. The magical thing about this crayon is that you never really see the pearlescent color – all you see is light bright illuminated lifted eyebrows. 

Then I apply the matte end of the crayon on the inner corners of my eyes and down the side of my nose (along and inside the tear trough). This helps lighten the dark/purplish discoloration in the inner corners of my eyes.

How to use this pencil for eye discoloration

This is a perfect combination of a soft crayon with a bit of staying power, but not drying. And because the color is so subtle you really don't have to rub it...just pat to blend.

Here is what I do:

  • I draw the crayon in all the areas around the eyes that are discolored or need a lift.
  • Then wait about 5 minutes to let it warm up and melt into the skin. Then I lightly press my finger in that area to blend in. 

Once it warms up to your skin, it sort of melts into the those tiny wrinkles and lines, so you really don't notice the crayon, you just see a highlighted area.

3. Hide aging eye lines


I love eye lifting serums. If you find the right one for your skin type, they can work well to hide those tiny criss-cross lines under the eyes.

My other favorite product is the Instant Eye Serum. This lightweight serum softly helps firm up under eye skin and helps mask those tiny crepey lines under the eyes.

It also helps reduce the appearance of puffy eyes. You can see a video of how works here.

Unlike some of the other eye firming/lifting serums I've tried the Instant Eye Lift serum dries softly and imparts a slight matte finish to the under eye area.

4. Is your eye color fading eye?


Even if you put on a lot of eye makeup, there's something not quite right. Your eyes don't shine as they used to. They don't have that vibrant and captivating look anymore.

Well, it's not your imagination.

According to Glenn Carp, an eye surgeon affiliated with the London Vision Clinic, approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals may observe a gradual, subtle shift in the color of their eyes. 1

Researchers say that over time, the iris produces less melanin, which is a light refracting pigment that gives your iris its natural vivid color. People with lighter eye colors might observe this change more noticeably compared to those with darker eye colors.

One tip to bring out those baby blues (or browns or greens) is to apply a bronze/copper eye shadow across the upper eyelid.

According to celebrity makeup artist Melanie Mills, certain eye shadow colors can enhance multiple eye shades.

Eye shadow colors like:

  • bronze
  • copper
  • deep gold

You can apply the eyeshadow on the eyelid or around the lash line. Which ever looks better for you.

Regardless of your eye color, the combination of the different gold undertones found in the bronze and copper eye shadows can make your eyes seem brighter by highlight any natural tones found in your iris.

Beauty tips for aging eyes - putting it all together

Here is how I use these beauty tips for smoother, younger looking eyes

After you’ve applied your makeup:

  • Gently glide the matte side of the Brow Power Lift crayon over areas with dark circles, typically found on the inner corners of the eyes.
  • Rim the lower and upper eyelids with the AnyWear cream in golden/caramel.
  • Then smooth a tiny drop of the Instant Eye Lift serum across the under eye area covering any lines, wrinkles or puffiness.
  • Perk up fading eye color with eyeshadow colors in bronze, gold or copper.

Do you have any special beauty tips for aging eyes? Would like to know what styles look best for women over 40 click here? 

In addition to the 4 beauty hacks for aging eyes listed above, there are plenty of other beauty tricks that can help you achieve a more youthful appearance, and this is especially true when it comes to your eyes.

Eyes tend to show the first signs of aging, so it's important to take extra care of them. Here are some beauty tips for younger looking eyes:

  • Use a potent eye cream every day. Eye creams with CBD oil can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, promote younger skin, as well as hydrate the skin around your eyes.
  • Be gentle when removing makeup. Avoid rubbing your eyes, which can cause irritation and lead to premature aging. Instead, use a makeup remover that is designed for sensitive skin.
  • Wear sunscreen. The skin around your eyes is very delicate, so it's important to protect it from the sun's harmful rays. Look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it every day, even on cloudy days.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is essential for overall health and beauty, and it can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep per night.

By following these tips, you can keep your eyes looking young and beautiful for years to come.

Q: How can I make my eyes look bigger and younger?

A: If you wear eyeliner, only line the outer 1/3 corner only of the inside the lower eyelid rim (water line). Also, I find that using a small amount of highlighter in the inner corners helps make my eyes look farther apart and larger. Check out my pictures on how to do this here at: How to Apply Eyeliner Over 40

Q: How can I get rid of hooded eyes without surgery?

A: I ALWAYS wear a small amount of medium to dark brown eyeshadow right in the creases of my upper eyes. This makes the hooded skin look less visible and creates depth to your upper eyes. Try it, you'd be surprised how it hides the hooded skin.

Q: How can I lift my hooded eyes naturally?

A: You can try eye exercises to lift the skin all around the eye area. Here can find a free video for eye lift exercises here at this page.

Q: What color eyeshadow should a woman over 60 wear?

A: Personally, I love to mix it up. I use a dark eye pencil for the upper water-rim and a beautiful champagne/golden brown cream shadow. Check out my pictures!