Makeup How To: Anti-Aging Makeup Tips

What makeup mistakes make you look older? Checkout these 7 suggestions and tips for a flawless look.

Makeup How-to Tips: Is your face starting to show the signs of aging. Did you know simple makeup mistakes could make you look older?🫨

Find out if you're making any of these makeup faux pas listed below ...

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by Linda Robison

Many of these simple suggestions and makeup tricks are based on my personal experiences and observations from actual women just like you.

If you're not into wearing a lot of makeup, then you've come to the right place!

I'm a firm believer that the best makeup look for older women is a clean, natural look. You just need enough makeup to de-emphasize flaws and accentuate your best features. 

The eyes are especially difficult when it comes to makeup how-to tips. Most women over 40 find this challenging due to under-eye-lines, puffiness, and dark circles.

You want people to see your beauty, not your makeup! So the trick is to use less makeup with more creativity.

Check out some of these tips below...

Can you hide wrinkles with makeup?

paddle foundation brush

I don't think any makeup will cover or hide wrinkles completely. BUT, a good makeup blending brush can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores.

For a nice, smooth complexion, it's all about blending and buffing your makeup. An oval paddle brush is so easy to use for this purpose. And, you can use a velvet primer to help fill in deep lines for extra coverage. 

Is it good to exfoliate before makeup?

A woman wearing different colors and types of exfoliating masks.


Give your skin a quick exfoliating scrub once a week, (twice if your skin is flaky, rough or bumpy). 

NOTE: One of my favorite exfoliators are sugar scrubs. Especially these DIY Korean face scrub masks.

Not only will your makeup go on smoother, but your skin will absorb your expensive anti-aging creams much better.

A makeup artist told me about this trick years ago, and now I'm hooked and keep a container of baking soda in my shower for my face and body.

Just mix a few drops of water with a sprinkle of baking soda on a clean wash cloth and massage light, then rinse well.

This will get your skin smooth as a baby's bottom. 

See why makeup artists and celebs use Arm and Hammer baking soda for perfect makeup results.

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What type of foundation is best for aging skin?

Nobody can answer this question better than you can. Everyone is different and has different issues and needs.

Sometimes you have to try different types of makeup to see what works best for you. But, I can offer some suggestions that could help. 

Bottom line, we all the want the same thing from our foundation. We want a makeup that:

  • doesn't settle into fine lines (which only makes them look worse)
  • covers imperfections well
  • doesn't make your skin look dry and cakey
  • matches your skin tone perfectly

Here is a solution:

Try an organic, highly pigmented mineral powder that you can mix with your favorite moisturizer or anti-aging cream.

Powdered mineral makeup for aging skin? Yes, let me explain why...

An organic mineral makeup that is formulated to be mixed with a moisturizer or face oil offers several advantages, such as:

  • Allowing you to get a beauty soft matte or dewy finish, depending on how much oil you mix it with.
  • Control. In the summer, you can use less oil and more in the winter, so you're always in control!
  • Built-in sun protection factor, since it's mineral based.
  • Works well with all skin types, especially sensitive or rosacea skin.
  • Allows you to get the perfect skin tone match by mixing different colors.

How should women over 50 wear their eye makeup?

A woman wearing glitter eye makeup. Not a good makeup tip for older women.

No glitzy, glittering eyeshadows, and no thick eyeliners!

The most important tip about eye makeup, is you want people to notice your beautiful eyes - not the makeup! 

When it comes to makeup for older women - less is more. But the question many women ask is:

Should I avoid eyeliner after a certain age?

Not really. I'm over 60 and still wear eyeliner. Much less of it than I did in my 20s, but I still wear it. I think it helps accentuate the eyes.

Here is how I apply my eyeliner makeup and some tips that might help you. And what to use to make your eye look brighter.

I'm often be asked "what's the best eyeliner for older women". Here are some ideas of what type of eyeliners are easy to work with.

Do eyebrows disappear over time?

Picture of thick eyebrows

Yes, eyebrows tend to thin out and eyebrow hair color fades with age. This combo makes them look like they're disappearing.

Eyebrows are important and can have a big impact on your appearance and the shape of your face; regardless of your actual age.

The funny thing is... Most women don't notice it's happening, because it happens slowly.

So take a look in the mirror. Have your eyebrows gone missing? Here is why thick eyebrows are important to your appearance and some tips to bring them back to life.

Don't ignore this very important makeup how-to tip

Do eyelashes change as we age?

Did you know that eyelashes thin out and lose curl as you age?

A great makeup tip, aside from using eyelash growth serums, is to perk up your lashes by dusting them with a little powder before putting on your mascara.

This makes them look thicker and fuller.

An eyelash curler might help too, but I find that tends to break my lashes more than help.

I've been able to get my lashes actually grow longer with these tips. You can see my before and after pictures ...

Does lip gloss make you look older?

Actually, lip gloss can add a more youthful appearance, then heavy, dark, or matte lipstick.

The last important makeup how-to tip - is to go easy on the lipstick, especially with the color and consistency.

As we age, a lighter colored lipstick or lip gloss tone really does make a difference. Stay away from dark matte lipsticks.

If your lips are thin or thinning, a long-lasting lip gloss is a better option. You might have to apply it more often - but it'll look more youthful than a heavy stick.

My favorite makeup how to lipstick trick is to use one of those long-lasting lipstick stains - yes, I know - they're very drying. But, then I apply Chapstick or a thick, hydrating lip gloss on top once the lipstick stain dries.

Check out tips for lips for more advice and learn about the lip gloss that can help lip filler last longer. 

Makeup how-to: Take away

Help your inner beauty shine, and combine it with a gentle makeup routine that suits your personality. You don't need more makeup to look fresher and glowing, just the right tips to accentuate your beautiful assets. 

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Makeup How-To: FAQ's

Here are some common question & answers about makeup tips for mature skin.

Q: How do you minimize pores on mature skin?

A: Pores seem to get larger with age. There are many reasons for enlarging pores, such as using the wrong foundation, not exfoliating dead skin cells and sagging skin.

Q: Should I use primer on mature skin?

A: Not everyone needs to use a primer before applying their foundation. But, I find it helpful to during the hot summer months, because it allows my makeup to last longer. I also like to use around the eye area that often looks red/bluish, due to thinning skin from age. 

Click here to read more about the benefits of soothing makeup primers.