In the world of social media beauty gurus and influencers, it often seems like everyone in the world has flawless skin and Kardashian-level makeup skills. But while some women can contour, highlight, and draw a fierce cat-eye like it's second nature, the rest of us are still trying to figure out our proper foundation shade and how to do a smoky eye without looking like a vampire. This difficulty only becomes amplified as you grow older.
It was a fun experience. After the makeover, I interviewed Nordstrom beauty stylist Lorraine Parker to find out more beauty tips for post women. I'm delighted to share her answers to my questions, and I hope you find Lorraine's advice helpful.
By any chance, do you, like me, have an image of your mom in red lipstick applying powder to her nose? This image is indelibly printed in my brain… along with another image that actually makes me squeamish: remember the fox stoles of the s? Not surprisingly, I grew up thinking powder was the requisite product for calming down that ever-present shine which seemed — on my nose at least — to be akin to a car headlight.
According to beauty industry legend Trish McEvoy, "what time takes away, we can bring back with makeup. Here, McEvoy, Pat McGrath, and a handful of top makeup artists share their insider secrets—and preferred products—for youthful-looking skin. P ressing the liner in between each lash along the lash line adds definition, bringing the look of lush and full lashes even before mascara.
As the world of makeup continues to evolve, so do makeup tricks. Even as makeup gets more complicated to apply, these tips are actually easy to use. They will help you apply makeup more efficiently and make your face look even more fabulous!
When I first met Ariane Poole, more than 4 years ago, I knew that she had an empowering message to share with our community. Her emphasis on positive aging was refreshing and her practical makeup tips were exactly what our community had been asking for. Over the years, Ariane has become an important part of my life and of the lives of the women in our community.
The classes I teach that specifically deal with makeup techniques for 'boomer and beyond' women also tend to fill up the fastest. That response indicates how much older women appreciate a beauty education that specifically addresses their needs. In doing research for this piece, it was shocking to notice the glaring exclusion of women over 40 in the beauty space—an industry so tied to aging.
As we age our skin changes. It loses elasticity and we can even develop wrinkles. Shimmery eye looks and on-fleek highlights are no longer flattering.
However, while makeup and skincare aficionados may be inundated with tips and tutorials from somethings on how to contour a chiseled cheekbone or master the smoky eye, information on how to get those looks once you hit a certain age is few and far between. Before you mess up another makeup look, find out what the masters know about getting that perfect face on in a flash. Tap a very thin layer of eye primer to the lids to even out the tone to a neutral color, which will result in a more vibrant, long-wearing eye shadow application.