Women 50+ Know: How to enhance their eyes

May 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm in Fashion & Beauty by VN members


Apply eyeliner appropriately.
From The Glam Gals in 9 makeup tips to look fabulous after 50
“Best way to apply it is as close to the eyelash as possible, dotting between lashes and then smoothing out the line, or even better just under your upper lashes. Your eyes will appear much bigger.”

Give up the black eyeliner.
From JerseyGirl726 in What makeup item could you not live without?
“Almay’s Midnight Blue eyeliner. I use it to line the INSIDE of my BOTTOM LID ONLY. It punches up my blue eyes. (Unfortunately I had to stop using Bobbie Brown’s India Ink to line my upper lids. My lids are sagging–I really should do something about it–but in the meantime, the black eyeliner just looked silly, and seemed to make my eyelids recede even further.)”


GloMinerals precision brow pencil
From Karin in Beautiful eyebrows?
“I do have a good way to deal with pale blonde thinning eyebrows.  I use a GloMinerals precision brow pencil in blonde color. One end is a soft pencil and you apply it in SHORT, small strokes….not a long continuous line.  Then, you blend it together by lightly using the other end of the pencil, which is a soft coiled brush. It is very natural looking and the short stroke marks, coupled with brushing, does the trick even if (like me) you’re short on makeup finesse.”

Be careful with “permanent” solutions.
From energizersnobabe in Beautiful eyebrows?
“I can tell you what not to do…resist eyebrow tattooing! As you age, your skin will sag, and your tattooed eyebrows will go every which way! …If you really want to do something more permanent, find a permanent makeup artist with lots of brow experience (look at her pictures!). My hairstylist says that her eyebrow “tats” don’t last as long (permanent isn’t permanent, after all!), and she can go much lighter so the effect isn’t dramatic and obvious. Then if your face changes, you’re not stuck with squiggly brows.”

Vary eyebrow colors for a natural look.
From Rita@Goldivas in Beautiful eyebrows?
“You can use Maybelline light brown eyebrow pencil, also use a regular lead pencil to make a few strokes, the color variation will look more natural. I’ve never tried stencils, it seems to me they might be a lot of hassle.”

Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel 2 dark blonde
From Carol Orsborn – VN Strategist in What makeup item could you not live without?
“Mine is Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel 2 dark blonde. This stuff is magic! It fills in the strange gaps and stray greys that
have hijacked my brows, and is just about the only body part I can turn the clock back on a decade or more without plastic surgery. It gives the appearance of tiny brush strokes, without trying–and the gel keeps everything in place so that I can go through a rainstorm intact.”

Maybelline black eyeliner pencil
From energizersnobabe in Beautiful eyebrows?
“I have a thinning brow problem too, and so my simple, inexpensive, “age-old” technique is a 99-cent Maybelline black eyeliner pencil! With it , I can lightly fill in shallow areas, lengthen both ends, and heighten the arches above the pupils. It lasts all day, it resists smudging, and when I want to go a bit more dramatic, a la Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cleopatra,’ I can!”


Be sure your mascara doesn’t emphasize your wrinkles.
From Cool and Groovy Makeup Girl in Mascara over 50
“As we gals age, gravity makes lines on our faces. Those lines have a color. If the color of the lines and the mascara are the same, the mascara will emphasize the lines. To avoid this phenomenon, lighten your color of mascara. If you used to use black, and you are fair with light hair, switch to brown. You will still get the effect of defined eyelashes because of the contrast between your skin and the brown. But the color will not be the same as the lines.”

Let your hair be your guide.
From Cool and Groovy Makeup Girl in Mascara over 50
“I like black mascara for the evening. It is the best color for clubbing. You know, in the dark. There, it is just a matter of contrasts. There is no color transmission when the light is low. But in the day or in brightly lit situations your eyes can detect subtleties in color and tone. So girls take note of the deepest shade in your natural hair color or the flecks in your iris. These colors will give you clues as to which shades are best for not just your mascara but also lipstick colors, and blushes.”

Eye Creams:

Arbonne eye cream
From cjvon in Best eye cream
“I am an Arbonne customer and have to agree, their eye cream is excellent. It resolved my issues with puffiness and dark circles, my undereye area improved dramatically in just a short time. Plus during the day I combine it with a little lift serum and the lines around my eyes almost disappear. Try it!”

M. Asam products
From beee in Best eye cream
“I have been using from HSN [Home Shopping Network] M. Asam products and my skin looks fab and have used the regular skin cream around the eyes… Everyone commented within a week and I saw a former coworker yesterday who said I LOOKED RESTED”

Let your skin–not the product’s price–be your guide.
From Sherrie Mathieson in Best eye cream
“The “best”depends on your skin. I’ve tried the most expensive department store lines (La Mer, etc.), the ones from Origins (including Dr. Weill’s) that I have felt were good, the ones from Khiehl’s that are similar, and after all is said and done (because I’m not sure any really work except to soothe the skin)–I save money and feel well with Nivea and Neutrogena products.”

Eye shadow:

Skip the sparkle.
From The Glam Gals in 9 makeup tips to look fabulous after 50
“Too much sparkle accentuates creepy eyelids. Also, avoid too much bright color on your eyes. Neutral colored eye shadows–beiges, browns, creams, grays, taupes–will show off your eyes instead of your eyelids.”

Eyeshadow in the evening only.
From Melinda Giordano in A guide to fashion, beauty, and style after 50
“Liquid eyeliner, certainly. Using a pencil is risky, as the color will smear and fade, besides having a coy tendancy to be sidetracked by wrinkles. Pair it with eyeshadow for the evening only. No need to overwhelm your acquaintances-by-day with your fabulousness.”

What’s your secret for drop-dead gorgeous eyes? Share it in the discussion below.

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