Something unwanted and unsettling happens to your skin around the 50th birthday. As a professional makeup artist, I see it all the time-even when I look in the mirror! Thin eyelid skin begins to lose moisture because of aging (ugh, hate that word) and then it sags. You’ve been told, and rightly so, not to tug on your eyelid skin if you can prevent it. Constant tugging could accentuate the problem. If you are rocking the 50’s and don’t want to ditch the eye makeup, you can do it. Follow these steps to apply makeup to wrinkly eyelids.
Moisturize the eye area with lifting eye cream. These special creams nourish the eye skin and plump it temporarily. Never use regular moisturizer on your eyes. It can leave you with red, puffy painful eyes.
Apply primer-not foundation to the eyelid. Foundation will fold into the creases eventually. Instead, opt for eye primer. This product leaves a smooth, velvety finish and holds everything in place.
Wear a duo of eyeshadows but no more than two. For crepe-paper eye lids, you should choose a base color that is close to your natural skin tone. Then select a color that is slightly darker than that color. Do choose eyeshadows with less pigment. Deeply pigmented eyeshadow is hard to apply even when you have perfectly smooth eyelids.
Blend the two colors together after you apply them with a soft-tipped eyeshadow brush.
Line the top of the lids with waterproof eyeliner. I like the pencil because you can smudge it. Liquid eyeliner looks too harsh on eyelids that tend to wrinkle.
Touch up your brows with a pencil. Fill in any gaps and color in the grays. (We’ve all got them!) Make sure your brows have a nice shape.
Finish it off with mascara! I give my clients two coats for daytime wear and three for special evenings out.
It’s not impossible to get a flattering eye makeup look, even if you have wrinkled eyelids.