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Make up and age


What do you guys think about make up for older women?

My mother is in her fifties and wears only mascara and some lotion, and she looks great (but then again she is attractive!). But I see so many older women out there wearing too much make up for their age - is there a cut off point? Should there be?

I see some little old ladies on the bus with way too much blue eyeshadow on, and so much blush...I am of the natural tradition where make-up should look natural, or more flirty/fun for night time wear.

I especially cringe with older blondes with really heavy and dark eye make-up, especially below the eyes - they look very washed up. They would look so much more attractive with something paler, more natural. I don't mind young blondes with heavy eye make-up...

How do you feel about all this? Should there be an age or a time when we need to change our make up habits/routines to match our age? I still like to wear funky eyeshadow colours, but I am still in my 20's. I draw the line at weird nail polish colours, coloured mascara, pigtails....Am I naturally just changing my make up to match my age?
Mar 11, 2008 @ 11:42 am

4 Replies

Feisty Redhead

no rules

I say as long as THEY are happy with how they look, that's all that matters. I know there are times I leave the house looking like I could use MORE makeup, and there are times I've been playing around with color and I'm sure people look at me and think I need to take it easy on the makeup. But you know what? I don't care. I think makeup should be fun and make you feel better about yourself, even if that means looking a bit (or a lot) silly to others. If you feel good that's all that matters. No rules on fun stuff like makeup.
Mar 11, 2008 @ 11:59 am

definate age time line

I definately agree with you that there is an appropriate place, time and age for everything. I've found that when older women wear heavier eyeshadow/eyeliner it makes them look even more aged. They might think they look hot.. but they defiantely don't. When you're a 50 year old mom you can look hot without looking like a 7 year old who got in her mom's makeup did your face.
Mar 23, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

hit the makeover counter

I think we should all periodically plunk ourselves down at Sephora or the Lancome counter for a little makeover by people trained and in the know about what's current and also age-appropriate. All this with the caveat, however, that you pick a makeup artist that actually looks good, not a harpy. I must say that I don't totally buy Feisty's comment about "as long as you feel good about yourself" because there are some who really have no idea how to use makeup properly (I'm not trying to be cruel, just real). I DO agree with her though in the sense that if you are happy and exude confidence, it is amazing what you can pull off.
Mar 24, 2008 @ 10:52 am


I wouldn't judge a woman on bad makeup....really, what's the point? If she wants makeup advice, then, that's a different story. We're all so caught up with our looks that we judge other women for what they wear, their shoes, makeup, and hair etc. Why should there be a standard look for women of certain ages? Who cares? Let women look and be what they want to be. Sure, she may look clowny to you, but those are YOUR judgements. Not hers.
Mar 25, 2008 @ 08:23 pm

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