Best Lipsticks After 50

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 primer for lips after 50

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

clarins red lipstick for women over 50

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.

Red Lipstick: The Edit for Fair Complexions 

Best Nude Lipcolor

this is a fascinating product I’m anxious to try

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.

Healthiest Lipstick

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:

  • Phthalates
  • Methylparaben
  • Polyparaben
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Dyes
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Formaldehyde

Non-toxic Lipsticks


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?

If you enjoyed this post, I’d love you to pin it to your Pinterest lipstick for women after 50

Be well and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.





  1. Since I have been wearing masks the only thing I put on my lips is Elizabeth Arden Protectant (no colour)…..because the darned mask will smear any colour all over my face. My lipsticks are patiently waiting until mask season is over LOL

  2. A quick ditto on the Clinique Black Honey! It is so subtle and really goes well with everything!

  3. Thank you for the information. I use a combination of Mac Plumful and Clinique Silvery Moon. Most lipstick colors turn orange on me and that is not a becoming color for me. I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day.

  4. I love Face Stockholm’s Cranberry Veil. It’s a soft red (blue toned). Also Kosas Rosewater for every day. For wow, the Kosas bright reds are gorgeous. And Kosas is clean beauty too. Stay safe! Xx

  5. This has nothing to do with lips but please will you tell us what works to fade or remove dark age spots on face and hands. Thank you.

    1. Jill,

      I have been using Demend. It was recommended and I found it on Amazon. I’ve been pleased with results.

    2. Hydroquinone will but you will need an RX for it. It works very well but then you must be vigilant with sunscreen to prevent them from coming back. A dermatologist can also laser them off and often, regular use of Retin A will fade them.

    3. Laser. I had quite a few brown spots on my face and had them lasered. My skin looked fantastic afterwards. Laser can be used on legs and hands as well.

  6. For every day I use a reasonable lip liner Rimmel Exaggerate Addiction
    the color is soft and goes on easily. For every day lip color use Clinique’s Black Honey and for evening Bobby Browns Nude color lipstick.
    I also apply chapstick quite often.

    1. I use Black Honey too! I’ve used it for years and always buy two so that I have on in my handbag, one in the bathroom. Love the subtle colour and moisture.

  7. Thanks Jennifer …its important to look our best. Can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to wear a mask to go to the grocery store!! a day to celebrate….

  8. The comment about wearing lipstick even though you will wear a mask reminds me of that showman that owned the follies. He insisted his dancers wear pretty and expensive underwear. When they complained that no one would see it it. He responded by saying, no. but you will know you are wearing it. : )

  9. I am very cautious with my lip color. First of all, I don’t use a lip liner or primer. I have Bio-Oil, which is a highly refined oil that I dab on my lips and I use it to carefully remove eye makeup.
    I like to wear eye makeup and prefer to have that be my focus and not my lip color. I am using Clinique cubby stick now, it’s a moisturizing lip balm. I swipe it on the fullest part of my lips, not into the corners. It’s just a soft shimmer that does not create a hard line against a face that needs all the softening it can get! Lol
    Happy Mother’s Day to all!

  10. In your 2017 post, you shared what was your favorite at that time. Is that still a favorite…or got a new one?

  11. Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Seductress is my go to every day. I love it because it stays on & does not go into my lip lines. I have one in my purse, one in the make up bag at home & one in my travel kit. Even my 13 year old Granddaughter loves it. We are both Autumns.

    1. I also wear this, I thought it was a little too bright not being a good judge of what suits my colouring but my daughters really like it on me!

  12. I am allergic to castor seed in Mac lipstick, and beeswax, has allergic properties, please try on your hand first, it’s not fun to have a allergic reaction on your lips.

  13. I have tried several lip primers and they irritated\chapped my lips. Any recommendations?

  14. I laughed at myself this week getting ready for my big outing to the grocery, checking my hair and freshening my lipsticK. Then putting on my mask… I
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  15. My current favorite is Lancome L’Absolu lip lacquer. It’s a new formula for me. It goes on like a gloss but stays like a stain without the dry feeling. I love it! My go-to color is Shine Manifesto. Please share your favorite go-to colors! Thanks!

  16. If wearing a soft pink lipstick, I use MAC Velvet Teddy or Twig. For a brighter look, Bobbi Brown, Rose Blossom (only I think it has been discontinued). The reddest lipstick I would wear is MAC, Plumful which is a soft, slightly glossy plum colour. I don’t wear bright red as it emphasizes any lines around my lips. Would like to try Charlotte Tilbury, but you can only get her products online and I like to try them first.

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