Eyeliner Styles - Simple Styles for Women Over 40

While there are many eyeliner styles to choose from - after a certain age - it's best to keep it simple.

Many women think that after a certain age, they can’t wear eye makeup for fear of looking older or exaggerating fine lines and dark circles. But these simple eyeliner styles work well for women over 40.

Yes, there are a lot of different eyeliner styles to choose from, but a clean, classic simple style is best for most of us over 40.

That doesn't mean that we should eliminate or avoid wearing eyeliner. Properly applied eyeliner makeup can help define your eyes, make them stand-out and even make your eyes seem brighter and whiter.

Best classic eyeliner styles

The Bar: If you’re not comfortable wearing eyeliner makeup try the classic eyeliner bar. You simply run the eyeliner pencil or gel brush across the top eyelid just above the lashes. Also, if you would like fuller looking lashes, try smudging the eyeliner into the lashes a bit. This will make your lashes look fuller too.

Watch this eyeliner tutorial for a simple classic look:


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The Smokey: Sometimes we want a more dramatic look, especially if going out on the town for the night. In that case, try the Smokey method. This style is really simple, but I feel it works best if you use a crayon or a soft pencil eye pencil.

To get this look, just draw thick line across the upper lid/lash area, then gently smudge it in with your fingertip of an eyeliner brush. 

I added a bit of white eyeliner on the lower lid for a brighter look.

I love this eyeliner style because it defines and brings out any eye color, with little chance of makeup smearing under the eyes or drawing attention to fine lines or under dark circles because there is no eyeliner on the lower lids.



The Cat Eye: If you’re over 40 you probably remember this throwback from years gone by. It is considered a diva look (and it usually looks best on younger women) but some women can carry this off. Especially if you only add a small amount of eyeliner on the lower lid. 

A little black eyeliner on lower and upper lid.

I think the trick is not to apply too much liner or use one that's too dark for your skin tone.  Skip the black eyeliner and try a medium-deep brown or even deep hunter green. 

A deep hunter green eyeliner can make your eyes look whiter and brighter! See how here and watch this video!

Another tip for a cat's eyeliner style is not to draw the liner across lower the WHOLE lower lid. Only line the outer half of your lower eyelid.

Eyeliner on the lower lids may draw attention to dark circles, lines or puffy eyes. So, this may not be a style every woman can wear. But, give it a try, experiment. That’s the only way you’ll know what works for you.

On days when I’m tired or my eyes are puffy, I skip the lower lid eyeliner altogether. Or I'll apply a small amount of Easy Eye Serum gel to mask the puffiness and any fine lines that are visible.

See how to apply eyeliner for pictures on how I do this...

Frankly, I LOVE this serum and use it everyday :-)

Why wear eyeliner?

I’m a huge fan of eyeliner makeup. If I had to choose just one part of my face to highlight– it would be my eyes – especially as I get older. 

Why?  As we get older, our eyelids start to slowly droop, causing us to look tired – even when we’re not. A little eyeliner can help define and open the eyes.

Plus, if applied correctly it can make the eyes more attractive - even sexy!

Best eyeliner products and colors

While you’re experimenting with eyeliner styles, keep in mind that it’s also important to choose an eyeliner that you feel comfortable working with.

My mother wore eyeliner (on both upper and lower lids) all her adult life. Even in her 60s she was able to pull that look off without looking old or dated. (I think the secret was in her eyeliner choice. She always wore Maybelline pencil in black.)

These eyeliner pencils are very waxy, so they didn’t deposit too much color – just enough to highlight the eyes without looking too heavy or dark.

I also use the same Maybelline eyeliner pencils my mother used, in addition to two other eyeliners - L’Oreal crayon and a gel liner - for more dramatic evening look.

Eyeliner styles and applications can be as unique as the individual that is wearing it, so you’ll really need to experiment and find what works best for you. The only thing to keep in mind is to have fun and keep those eyes popping.

Got suggestions or great eyeliner tips? Please share...








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