I don’t know about you, but lipstick is a powerful tool in my arsenal these days. Life is pretty stressful right now so while lipstick may not have superpowers, a happy or bright colored one has helped get me through plenty of tough times.
Can a woman over 50 wear red lipstick? Absolutely.
Are there lipstick colors that make her look older? Yes, and no.
Can you make your thinning lips look fuller? Yes.
How to Apply
Last week we talked about lip care here which is the first step to having your lipstick look fabulous. The next step is a primer.
Lip primers create a smooth surface for your lipstick, helps your color last longer and keeps lipstick from feathering. They also ensure your lipstick remains true. A nice primer will also add an extra dose of moisture.
Those little or large lines around your mouth are notorious paths for the lipstick to wick up and lipliner is one of your best defenses against feathering. You can either use a neutral lip liner that matches or is slightly deeper toned than your lip or one that matches your lipstick. Trace around your lipline, subtly correcting any uneven edges then fill in the entire lip with the pencil. Lining just outside your natural lipline will help thinning lips look fuller.
*Be aware that a lip liner that matches your lipstick may stay on around the edges long after your lipstick has worn off. A lip liner close to your own lip color will be less obvious when the center wears off.
Best Lipstick Texture
Is Matte lipstick good for women over 50? In a word, no. As we age everything dries out so using a dry lipstick makes your lips look flat, thinner, and older. Alternatively, a goopy gloss isn’t a great idea because it’ll wick up the lines and take your lipstick with it. Choose a dewy lipstick in a cream formula that’ll be less likely to migrate. The creamier the lipstick, the more it moves. Lip stains tend to last longer and because they dry quickly, they don’t have a chance to move into the lines. Many lip stains dry the lips out so beware and add extra moisture on top.
Best Lipstick Color After 50
Choose a color that matches the undertones of your skin. A cool-toned lipstick will look harsh against a warm-toned complexion and vice versa. Deep, brownish lipstick can make you look older unless you have naturally dark coloring. Bright colors are more flattering than deep up to a point. Fluorescent colors have the same effect as matte, they look harsh.
Red, strong and bright colored lipstick draws attention to your mouth so if you’re unhappy with your teeth you want to tone down your lipstick color,
Best Red Lipcolor
The best red is one that doesn’t overpower your own coloring and matches your undertone. An orangey-red jumps off the face of a cool complected woman, and not in a good way. Softer reds can be more flattering at our age and still have that classic look. For pale complexions, a deep rose can be a great red. Go for bright over deep but not so bright that all you see is your lips…unless that’s the look you’re going for.
Best Nude Lipcolor
Nudes are tricky to get right, especially on older lips. They have warm and cool undertones, just like red, so look for ones that harmonize with your coloring. Nudes look best when they are one or two shades deeper than your own lips. Overly pale nude lipstick won’t provide lip definition and nudes that are too deep will leach the life out of your face.
I know the labels are small, but it’s worth reading the ingredients of your lipstick. Because it’s applied to your mouth, it’s often ingested while eating and drinking. The healthiest lipsticks are those that don’t contain:
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Tocopheryl Acetate
What colors are appealing to you these days? Are you choosing brighter colors as you get older?
Do you think confidence has anything to do with that?
Be well and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.