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Makeup Tips for Baby Boomers

February 05 2018 – Amy Fell

Daytime and evening makeup for women in their 50's.(Picture from NY Times article)

Being in my 50's, I've come to realize that makeup techniques that worked for years won't necessarily work now. ( We've all seen those 50 something women wearing way too much makeup, bringing to mind Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Sweet Baby Jane.)

Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to See Baby Jane

I have oily skin; therefore, powder has always been my best friend. Now, I find that powder cakes into those unsightly lines that I'd rather not bring attention to.

I've always applied mascara shamelessly, and that makes me look like I'm trying too hard (maybe it always did, but I thought it looked AMAZING).

After reading this article in the NY Times, I've learned a lot. I've tried several of the products mentioned: some worked and some didn't. 


Much of what  the article recommended for evening makeup didn't work for me.  Years ago, bright red lipstick was my signature; now, bright red lipstick makes me feel like a clown.  I probably apply it incorrectly, but I feel like it calls attention to the creases and loss of volume in my lips. 

The product from the article that worked best for me is Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara. It's moist and easy to apply with no caking. The article states "one coat only". At first, I went into withdrawal for just "a couple more coats". 

The concealer recommended is  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, which  has always been a favorite mine; it's lightweight and has a dewy texture. 

Another great product I found in the article was Stila Convertible Color, which I like both for cheeks and lips. Since a moist look is essential for aging skin, the experts say that powder rouge or any products that produce a matte finish are no-nos. 

I haven't tried the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Universal Tinted Gel, Rosy Cheeks and Lips below on the right, because the color looks scary.

(picture from NY TIMES article)

The article states that it's translucent  and works with many skin tones. If you try it, let me know. 

A favorite of mine that wasn't listed in the article is Nars Translucent Crystal Powder. I know, powder is snakebite for aging skin, but this gives your skin a nice glow that looks great under lights, and I've never been able to forgo the "setting your makeup" rule.

See what you think after reading the article and try some of the products yourself. 

Good luck!


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