Colourful makeup at age 50: what works, what doesn't
You know Julianne Moore, right? The super-stunning redhead that starred with Emma Stone in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love? Or were you too distracted by Ryan Gosling’s rock hard abs to notice her? Don’t worry, we couldn’t help but drool either…
Anywho… moving on. Julianne Moore is a beautiful Hollywood actress, and she’s been on this planet for a wonderful 51 years. Despite her age, she refuses to chop off her gorgeous flowing, long shiny strands (note: this is a good thing in her case), and she’s not afraid to play up her features with colourful make-up. Basically, we adore her.
But recently she got it wrong. Really wrong. And because colourful make-up is hard to master at any age, I feel it’s my beauty duty to point out where she went wrong, and how to make bright make-up work past age 50…
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP LESSONS TO LEARN FROM JULIANNE MOORE
#1: ORANGE EYE SHADOW IS A NO-NO.
As you age, it’s smart to keep your eye make-up as simple and natural as possible. Sure, a sweep of lightly coloured shadow over the eyelid is fine, but heavy, defined lines and dark eye shadows are not. Softness truly is the key. Peach, orange and pink hues should also be avoided. They have a nasty knack of making the wearer look a little sick, and they also enhance any redness in the eyes and skin. Not good.
#2: YOU CAN WEAR BRIGHT LIP COLOURS
Yes, you can! But the only exception to this rule is this: steer clear of dark colours. Please. Deep lipstick hues will only make your lips look smaller and thinner, which will instantly add years to your age. Bright pops of pink, red and coral with a shiny finish will not only make your lips appear full and luscious, but give your face a beautiful glow, too.
#3: USE MASCARA TO ENHANCE YOUR EYES, AND NOTHING ELSE
See how fresh Julianne looks on the left? It’s because she’s left her eye lids bare, and used loads of mascara to define her beautiful green peepers. This makes her eyes pop, without the need for bold eye shadow hues that only end up sinking into fine lines anyway… Tip: brown mascara is even softer on more mature eyes, so if you’re over 50, ditch your somewhat-harsh black wand for a chocolate hue instead.
#4: CRÈME BLUSHES WILL MAKE YOUR SKIN LOOK SERIOUSLY YOUNG
When a woman reaches the age of 40, she should ditch all her powder-based make-up products (read: foundation, eye shadow and blush) and use cream-based products instead. Why? They won’t sink into fine lines, and they give dry, ageing skin a much need glow. Julianne’s use of pink crème blush on the left gives her cheeks a healthy, radiant finish, while the peachy powder blush seen in the right image does not. Lesson learnt.
Which colourful make-up look do you think suits Julianne Moore, erm, more? Do you have any make-up tips for those over the age of 50?
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