There are a lot of things women age 60 and older (and I’m one of them) can do to look fresh and beautiful in the spring. And this means doing things differently than when we were younger.
Realize first, that a young face is not necessarily a beautiful face. If you discard the youth-oriented stereotypes of our modern world, you can look around and see that women in their 50s and 60s often look better (not younger) than their counterparts in their 30s and 40s because they take time to naturally enhance their best features.
Here are the things you should-and shouldn’t do-for a spring makeover:
- Don’t go on a diet, especially a diet that calls for you to lose pounds by restricting food instead of working out. When you lose fat from not eating, you lose fat from your face-not only your belly. And fat in the face is what reduces wrinkling and drooping skin around the jawline (called jowls). Dieting can actually make you look ill and tired even if you feel OK otherwise.
- Keep your eyebrows in good shape because these frame your face. As we age, our eyebrows tend to thin out. Use an eyebrow pencil the same color or only a shade darker as your natural eyebrow color. If it’s hard to get a natural shape, consider going for semipermanent make-up for your eyebrows. But get yourself an expert to do it. This is basically getting a tattoo on your eyebrows.
- Use light shades only–off-white or lavender–on your eyelids. Stay away from anything dark–dark eyeshadow, eyeliner and, yes, mascara. As we age, our eyes tend to suffer from two basic challenges–the hollow or caved-in look and/or the appearance of bags or folds under the eyes. Anything dark around the eyes will just accentuate these problems. But using light colored shadows will lift the eyes out. Instead of using regular eyeliner, experiment with some sparkly eyeliner.
- Use just a little bit of liquid blush only at the top of your cheek bones and rub it into your hairline. This will give your face a little definition. But don’t use a powder which will only cake up on dry skin. Forget that notion of starting the blush on the apple of the cheek and then sweeping upwards; that will further narrow your face-which is what you don’t want.
- Avoid dark colors on your lips. The best is to use colors that are around your natural lip shade, and then add a little gloss. If the color tends to “bleed” off the edges of your lips, use a neutral lipliner. The exception is red. If you’ve always looked good in red lipstick, you still will.
The ultimate test
If it’s hard to give up the heavy dark colors of your youth, try this: Take the time to do half your face the old way and the other half of your face with the new refreshing spring look. I bet I know which side you’ll think looks more beautiful.