Best Eyeliner for Aging Eyes

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In my humble opinion, there is NO ONE best eyeliner for women over 40. It's a matter of finding what works for your eyes and skin type.

But, the right eyeliner applied correctly can help enhance aging eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

And quite frankly I -  think eyeliner looks sexy!

So, let's find your best eyeliner style using the right products for mature skin.

Things to consider when choosing eyeliner

Here are a few simple things to consider before you buy any eyeliner makeup.

Eyeliner color

Color is So important. Regardless of the type of eyeliner you choose make sure the color compliments your skin tone. For most women over 40, softer colors work best. Mature eyes should avoid harsh colors as this only draws attention to crow's feet, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

Personally, I like to use muted rich colors like dark plum, dark champagne, brown, or deep blue. However, use your own judgement and experiment with different colors.

Don't just listen to what others say. Everyone is different.

For example: Many makeup artists suggest light brown or taupe eyeliner colors for those with light skin (like me). But, these colors make my eyes and lids look red and tired. So the best way to find your own style is to try a variety of colors. 

For example: Even though I'm a "mature woman", I can get away with wearing a classic black eyeliner pencil as long as I apply it with a light touch.

Different types of eyeliners

So o many eyeliner choices! Thick soft eyeliner crayon, thin waxy pencil liner, liquid eyeliner and even gels, powders liners.

TIP: As we age, the thin skin on the upper lids tend to crinkle - especially when we close the eye shut to apply makeup. So when we apply eyeliner it tends to skip  – looking blotchy and uneven along the upper lash line. This is a messy look and draws attention to the crinkles/wrinkles instead of your beautiful eyes!

Some work around this problem by pulling or stretching the eyelid skin - not a good idea.

So, if you have very loose or crinkly upper eyelid skin, try a pencil eyeliner with a creamy formula base. It will glide on smoothly and fill in wrinkles and gaps creating a nice smooth and soft look.

Check out this video on how to apply gel waterproof eyeliner...

Creamy Gel Eyeliner

Best Eyeliner for Over 40

A great option (and my favorite) is this gel formula that won't melt or disappear in the middle of the day. I love a waterproof formula that won't dry too quickly so you can play around with it before it sets in.

Contact Lens Friendly
Also, it's formulated for sensitive eyes and works well with contact lenses. I use the one listed below. It's made for older eyes so it has a creamy texture that allows for a smooth application but won't smudge into the outer eye areas.

This (IMO) is the perfect eyeliner for mature women with sensitive skin.

OMG! I love this creamy liner in Black Orchid. The color is gorgeous!


With this versatile creamy gel eyeliner you can create a variety of looks based on how you apply it. Plus it comes in so many beautiful different shades.

PLUS: By "smudging" it directly into the upper lids (as opposed to drawing a thick eyeliner line) you won't accentuate droopy eyelids.

These creamy gel eyeliners were developed by professional makeup artist Debra Rubin-Roberts. She offers no frills, inexpensive, easy to use, quality makeup. Check out all the other beautiful colors.

Crayon and pencil eyeliners

If you don't like wearing a lot of eyeliner and only apply it to the outer corner of your eyes (for an instant eye lift), then a thick crayon type eyeliner might be your best bet.

I've tried crayon eye makeup liners like L'Oreal's Smoldering Pencil. It works great if you only line the upper lids. But it didn't last long for me, so it's not my favorite.

But, this pencil is perfect for those with unsteady hands or poor eye sight!

Because it’s so thick it glides on easily and quickly and you usually only need one swipe to line your lids with rich color.

You can easily find this type of "crayon" eyeliner in drugstores or on Amazon.

Problem? Your creamy eyeliner color disappears halfway through the day? Apply a thin layer of similar colored eyeshadow on top to seal it. Or give waterproof gel eyeliners a try!

In addition to creamy gels, I like pencil eyeliners for the daytime. I can use pencil liners on my upper and lower lids. 

Most people will tell you that women over 40 shouldn’t wear eyeliner on their lower lids. But, I think you can make it work if you apply an eyeliner that does not deposit too much color.

Usually, the very waxy type of pencils work best like Maybelline's Eye Pencil. It's very easy to work with since it's waxy and doesn't go on too thick or dark. Pictured below...

I try to avoid the inner corner and instead apply a small amount of this eyeliner to the outer 1/3 corners of my eyes....making sure to smudge it into the lash line.

Because it's waxy, you have to press a little harder to get color deposit, but it lasts all day. Especially, when you smudge a bit of eyeshadow on top.

You can find this pencil in most all drugstores or on Amazon.

Best eyeliner tips for daytime look

If you're not comfortable wearing dark eyeliner colors during the day, but still want your eyes to POP and standout, here is an alternative option:

Try a golden/caramel champagne cream gel eyeliner. This, when combined with a nice layer of black mascara, gives a beautiful subtle yet eye popping look.

Se my picture below...

Update: I found a product called Any Wear Cream that can be used on the eyes, cheeks, lips or anywhere you want color or highlighting. I use it as an eye shadow, highlighter and to line my and upper and lower lashes.

Any Wear Cream (Golden Caramel) on upper and lower eyelids and above eyebrows to brighten and highlight the upper face!

To make my eyes stand out more I've also added black mascara for a more dramatic effect.

TIP: This is a great option for aging eyes because the golden caramel color is subtle but still defines the eyes without drawing attention to crinkly skin or lines/wrinkles - especially those under the eyes.

Best eyeliner tips for night-time/dramatic look

I love the Black Orchid Eyeliner by Mommy Makeup. For a more dramatic evening look, I just apply a thicker line on my upper lids and also line the inside (water rim) of the upper lids.

But, before you try this – make sure the eyeliner you’re using won’t irritate your eyes. I have very sensitive eyes but Mommy Makeup gel eyeliner is one of the few that won't bother my eyes.

I apply the gel liner on the outer 1/3 of the inside lower lids too for a more dramatic nighttime look.

So, there you have it. There is no reason why us women (over 40, 50, and beyond) can't have some fun with eyeliner makeup.

Choosing the best eyeliner is simple when you understand how to apply them.

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