Unextreme Make-over: Make Up Tips for Older Women

And here’s another blog post into the future from me. Today I should be driving back from Minnesota, reunited with Bryon. I wanted to finish up the posts I had promised before the trip.

Earlier, I talked about skin care. I am not an expert, but I did work with a cosmetologist recently, so I could revise the make-up routine I learned as a young ingenue. Here’s what she said. Remember, you’re always starting with a clean, well-moisturized face.

1. Primer is an excellent tool for older women as they work with make-up. It allows for much more coverage than a cover up, and fills in gaps of wrinkles, enlarged pores, and so on. It also makes your skin feel soft and smooth. I use the Mirabella primer.

2. An older woman wants to use a light liquid make-up preferably one that moisturizes and has a sunscreen. Light refers to weight, not coloration.

3. Powder can really show age. Using a powder only where it is needed is wise. I use powder to cover red cheeks, sun damage on my forehead, and occasionally on my chin and nose. Only where it is needed to even out skin tone.

4. Another recommendation is keeping make-up eye emphasis and lip emphasis closer to natural palette. It seems to work in de-emphasizing age. Since I will be playing with vintage make-up styles, I suspect I will be deliberately not keeping with this tip, although I have no intention of looking like clown princess.

5. This time around, I’m using a bronzer instead of a blush most of the time. I do occasionally still use blush, but the bronzer is more modern and it looks again like that more natural palette.

While make-up will make my skin look more even, making it possible for me to draw attention to lips, mouth, and brows, it will not get rid of my wrinkles. I don’t expect it to. I’m okay with that.


When I return to my regular routine, it sounds like Margot my hairdresser and I will be playing with some hair and make-up styles. I’ll see what I can do about getting some pictures up as we play around.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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