Eyeliner Tips for Women 40 and Up

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Eyeliner is one of the oldest cosmetics in the world. It’s been worn by men and women of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. They would use Egyptian kohl to define and enhance the eyes. These days, the humble eyeliner comes in various formulas: gel, pencil, liquid, powder and cream. The kind of formula you choose will depend on the look you want and the staying power.

Although people of all ages can use eyeliner, women ages 40 and up should tweak the application for maximum definition. Let’s face it, as we age, some types of makeup become trickier to wear. And it’s hard to pull off a full-on cat eye when you’re pushing 60. In today’s post, we are sharing eyeliner tips for older women:

Subtle Definition

It’s tempting to go back to your ever-dependable flick to define the eyes. But as we age, subtle makeup becomes a must. Unfortunately, some liners can enhance the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. So go light-handed on the application.

Instead of the usual cat-eye, apply a thin line. A line that’s not too obvious but gives enough definition. You can use a smudger to soften any harsh lines.  This trick will open up the eyes without looking like you put a lot of effort to look good!

Go For Creamy Formula

The easiest way to apply eyeliner is by drawing a line using a pencil liner. Unfortunately, some pencil liners have a harder texture. This makes application trickier, more painful. To get some color out, you’ll have to put too much pressure on the lids and that’s a no-no.

We recommend using a gel or a cream formula. The product will glide on the lids effortlessly. It will dry down matte and won’t smudge, we promise! Of course, cream and gel eyeliners need a steady hand to apply. We suggest propping your elbow on a table then angling the liner brush for a steady application.

To extend the wear of your gel or cream eyeliner, we recommend layering the powder eyeshadow over it. But you have to work quickly. Make sure to apply the powder liner just before the gel liner sets. This way, the pigment will remain vivid throughout the day (or night)! This trick works especially for gel or cream liners that are prone to smudging.

Do Not Tug the Lids

Are you prone to tugging the outer corner of the lids when applying the liner? Don’t! The tugging motion will cause wrinkles. We recommend looking down when applying the liner. Then, use clear tape and stick it on the sides of the eyes for the flick. Make the flick subtle. Once you’re done drawing the line, remove the tape and you get a clean line!

Experiment with Different Colors

There’s more to eyeliner than basic black. As long as the result isn’t stark, don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors! Brown eyeliner is best for every day. You can spice up the eyes by using a midnight blue or violet liner.

Use a Shadow Primer

If you have oily lids, don’t skip the shadow primer. Apply a thin layer all over the lids. What little primer left on your finger, apply it on the lower lids. This will keep the eyeliner intact throughout the day. Applying primer on the lower lids prevents the pigment from migrating downwards, giving you the dreaded panda eyes.


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