Beauty needs change as women age, including more meticulous maintenance of the skin and hair. Piling on foundation to cover blemishes is no longer a concern; rather it is important to choose the right makeup that will not dry out skin, which will prevent making wrinkles and lines more noticeable. Even though skin can pale and hair can turn gray, there is no reason older women cannot look stylish and attractive with the right color combination for makeup, hair and eyebrows.

Skin Care

Be sure to moisturize skin regularly as dry skin tends to look older and wrinkles and lines look more noticeable. Use moisturizing creams as well as soaps to keep skin looking fresh. Try those with antioxidant ingredients, which kill free radicals that damage and age the skin, according to the women’s website Bella Online. Look for sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 that protect against UVB and UVA rays, which damage skin and cause it to age. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and plump-looking. A balanced diet low in sugar and processed foods and high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables also helps keep skin looking fresh and vital. Always be sure to wash off makeup at night before going to bed to prevent it from clogging pores.

Makeup Tips

Do not use makeup too heavily if you are 60 or older. Apply moisturizer and makeup primer before using foundation. Moisturizer and primer will help keep the makeup from settling into lines and wrinkles in the skin. Refrain from using too much powder and powder blush, both of which can also settle in lines and wrinkles. Liquid and cream foundations are your best options for this reason as well. Stick to cream blush for a fresher appearance and try youthful peach and pink shades. Use cream lipstick rather than lip gloss or matte lipstick and apply neutral-colored lip pencils that are similar to your lip’s natural color to define them. Do not use red lipstick. Cream or liquid concealers can cover dark under-eye circles. Define the eyes with neutral eye shadows and eyeliners.

Eyebrows And Hair

Eyebrows can thin and fade over time. Having your eyebrows professionally shaped can keep them looking good and help them frame the face. Wax pulls the skin so consider eyebrow threading or tweezing. Give brows extra definition and color by using powder, pencil or gel similar to your natural eyebrow color, but remember to apply sparingly. Skin color fades over time so try using your hair color to brighten skin tone. Consider dying hair a shade lighter or adding highlights around the face if not trying both. Long hair is generally unflattering on women past the age of 40 so think about ways to update your hairstyle that will compliment your style and skin color. If you decide to change your hairstyle or color you might need to rethink your makeup to best match your new hairdo.