Many women learn how to apply makeup when they are still young, usually from their friends and mothers. This is a good way to start, but your face changes as you age, so your makeup techniques have to change as you get older too. What works in your teens will not work for you when you hit your 30s.
Every teenage girl makes the same mistake when they first start wearing makeup: using too much. This is understandable; after all, here’s no point in wearing it at all if it isn’t going to be noticed. However, makeup is supposed to be used to enhance your natural features, not to replace them. A good guideline to use is to set yourself a five-minute time limit for your makeup application. If you can’t finish within that time, then you are using too much makeup. If you are just getting started and haven’t yet figured out a look, start by just using foundation, blush, mascara, and lip gloss.
For Women in Their 30s
When you hit your 30s, your skin starts to show the first signs of sun damage, like dark spots and fine lines. Even if they are still small, use anti-aging products on them. You will thank yourself when you hit your 40s. Use eye cream daily for the same reason. Switch to an an illuminating foundation to restore your skin’s natural youthful glow, but don’t go overboard. Apply blush lightly, and stick with neutral colors.
For Women in Their 40s
In your 40s, start using a creamy cleanser twice a day, followed by a moisturizer. Use concealer to hide skin damage. A tinted gloss will make your lips look more youthful. For eye shadow, you should stick to shades of gray, brown, silver, or purple. Anything else will be likely to accent fine lines and wrinkles. Blush should be used sparingly. Do not fill in thinning eyebrows with eyebrow pencils. This produces an unnatural look. Instead, use a subtler eyebrow powder.
For Women in Their 50s
After 50, you should use a lighter foundation than you had been, or it will start caking up in your wrinkles and make them more visible. You should switch to a lighter concealer as well. All of your makeup should be applied minimally at this age. Use light colors such as lilac and pink for eye shadow. Dark colors will draw attention to fine lines.
After the 50s, the key is to apply makeup sparingly, and to mostly use it to conceal damaged skin. Although makeup techniques have to evolve with time, if you pay attention and do it right, your makeup will enhance your natural beauty at every age.