Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

How to Look Older | Makeup Mistakes.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

Makeup (for me) is one of life's little pleasures.
There are so many beautiful products available, and so much fun to be had!

The act of applying makeup is relaxing, and calming.
Selecting colour combinations is a real joy.
I also love looking at makeup counters, soaking up the delicious colours.
Trends excite me (even if I don't often follow them) and finding new products to enjoy makes me smile.

Makeup can be very flattering, and beautifying.
It can be striking.
It can be transforming.
BUT, it can also be downright ugly!

It is so easy to get stuck in a makeup rut.
Or, to start piling it on, to try and fill in the cracks.
Bad makeup can make us look decades older.


I love makeup videos and online tutorials BUT sometimes the videos can leave me feeling a bit cheated.

The makeup artist may be in her 40's but she looks too flawless on the camera and I don't really want to see that.
I want to see someone 40+ looking like they are 40+.
Beautiful AND older.

I want it to be acceptable to have lines.
I want to see a real face.
Not someone in their 40's looking 20.
That's not real life.

So today I decided to "keep it real" and have fun with some of my makeup.

I have applied the same makeup products in two different ways.
The first is unflattering, and ageing.
The second is (hopefully) not!

I am happy for you to see my flaws and the fact that makeup can't really hide them... it just makes me feel a little fresher.

What I used:

MOISTURISER: Nivea
WIPES: Simple baby wipes.
FOUNDATION: Rimmel lasting finish (100)... it's not a great colour for me.
CONCEALER: Bourjois Radiance reveal (01) & Benefit Boi-ing (01)
POWDER: Bare Minerals original (Fairly light)
EYESHADOW: Barry M (Starry eyed palette)
EYELINER: Bourjois waterproof clubbing liner (Green)
BRONZER: Bourjois (52)
BLUSHER: Max factor Miracle touch (soft pink)
LIPSTICK: Seventeen (roses are red)
LIP GLOSS: Bare Minerals (Heartbreaker)
LINER: Rimmel exaggerate (Call me Crazy)

Makeup gone bad.... How to look older.



In this video I am 'trying out' a few of the common makeup mistakes that we can be guilty of as we get older.

Having said that, it's not just older women that make these mistakes!
Young women do them too, it's just their skin is taut and smooth so they can get away with it a bit more.

25 Common Makeup Mistakes

Foundation


  • Wearing too much foundation to try and cover the lines.
  • Wearing the wrong colour to change the colour of your skin.
  • Not matching your face to your neck/rest of the body.

Concealer


  • Too much light reflective concealer under the eyes.
  • Too much concealer, in general.
  • Putting opaque concealer under the eyes.

Powder


  • Wearing too much and using a powder puff to press the powder into the skin.
  • Powdering fine lines in a bid to "fill them in".

Eyeshadow


  • Doing your makeup with your eyes shut (especially if they are hooded).
  • Too much shimmery eyeshadow (especially on crepey lids).
  • Light/sparkly shadow under the brow bone, it looks so dated.

Eyeliner


  • Thick lines, unblended.
  • Just lining the lower lashes... especially if the liner is a harsh black or blue.

Brows 


  • Thin brows, over plucked or shaved.
  • Odd shapes, like the tadpole or a really high arch.
  • Pencilled in super skinny brows.
  • Dark brows, like two slugs.
  • Too much powder (or pencil) in them.
  • Not grooming them... those hairs can go crazy!

Lipstick


  • Dark lipliners.
  • Harshly lined lips.
  • Matte, dark lipsticks.

Blusher


  • Not using it!
  • Too much shimmer.
  • Dark contouring... it "sinks' the cheeks in and as we age our cheeks sink in anyway.


Look how harsh this makeup looks.
My lips are hard, thin and a bit mean looking.
The whole face is old fashioned.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

Check out this close up of my eye makeup.
Heavy looking droopy eyes.
Dark and aged.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

The concealer (and powder) accentuates fine lines and my droopy lids.
This is what the world sees even if I can't.

{Anyone who wears reading glasses will know what I mean!}


Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

The same makeup products, but better!



I look much fresher and more natural in this shot.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

Yes, my droopy lids (especially on the side I sleep on) and fine lines are still there, but the makeup is not screaming "Check these wrinkles out!!"

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

My eyes look slightly softer, and a lot more natural.

Fake Fabulous | How to look older | Makeup mistakes, over 40.

I hope you found this post fun!
I certainly enjoyed making the videos, and my daughter enjoyed taking my photographs... getting a good laugh at my crinkly bits and giving me some makeup tips {see her efforts here}.


Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on makeup (or any great tips you have) by leaving a comment.
I love hearing from you!

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15 comments

  1. It's always so much fun watching one of your videos Samantha! In this case TWO!!! Great lessons on the dos&don'ts of "face painting by numbers".
    I feel like I'm always experimenting just a bit but I think being "realistically observant" of our own features good and bad is so important. You're SO correct about young faces being tolerant of practically anything and older faces just looking clown like (my words) when too much make up is applied.
    Your daughter continues to amaze with her wonderful photography and video skills! Her artistic eye and makeup skills are evident in the great vampire look on what is clearly the sweet cherubic face of a 9 year old sweetie pie!

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  2. It's always so much fun watching one of your videos Samantha! In this case TWO!!! Great lessons on the dos&don'ts of "face painting by numbers".
    I feel like I'm always experimenting just a bit but I think being "realistically observant" of our own features good and bad is so important. You're SO correct about young faces being tolerant of practically anything and older faces just looking clown like (my words) when too much make up is applied.
    Your daughter continues to amaze with her wonderful photography and video skills! Her artistic eye and makeup skills are evident in the great vampire look on what is clearly the sweet cherubic face of a 9 year old sweetie pie!

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    1. Thank you Judy! She IS a sweetie... and has such an eye for the 'arty' shots.
      Although, she tends to put her dirty fingers all over the lens! LOL

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  3. You really hit on some great points Samantha!
    It kills me to see woman still put on their under eye liner in that thick black swipe---even the younger girls.
    This is a great lesson for changing things as our skin & coloring changes!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Makeup can look horrible can't it Jodie? LOL.
      I am always experimenting..sometimes it looks great, other times I look haggard.
      This post was lots of fun!
      The "bad makeup" version of me looks quite mean and nasty! :oO
      XXX

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  4. This was a fun post! I did it this morning....Bright Red Lipstick! No no no, I wore , when I was younger obviously, always bright red lipstick. And sometimes I try it , but I am older now and it makes me look sick and older! But sometimes I can t Help myself!

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  5. This was a fun post! I did it this morning....Bright Red Lipstick! No no no, I wore , when I was younger obviously, always bright red lipstick. And sometimes I try it , but I am older now and it makes me look sick and older! But sometimes I can t Help myself!

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    1. I still LOVE bright red lipstick Nancy, and think it looks fabulous on us!
      Don't give up on it. Treat yourself to a new one, maybe your colour has changed? Keep flying the red lipped flag!! :oP

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  6. Great videos, thank you! I just had a couple of questions... I find my blusher comes off easily, am I doing something wrong? Do you reapply throughout the day? Also sometimes I find that either my mascara or eye liner (not sure which) is smudging and creating unsightly black smudges under my eyes by the end of the day. Any suggestions to stop this? I avoid mascara on my lower lashes for this reason.
    Will definitely be following your advice. The photos really helped too. Super post!

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    1. Thank you Nat.
      Your blusher problem sounds annoying.
      Do you touch your face a lot during the day?
      You might do it without realising, which would eventually rub off your blusher.
      Or, do you have an oily skin that causes your makeup to slide off, taking the blusher with it?
      Using a long lasting foundation (like doublewear) or a film-forming foundation (like Mac's) could help.
      Or try a cheek stain... I can't use these as they irritate my skin, but it might work for you.
      I know Tarte do a nice one.
      Or try thebalm instain long wearing blusher. They do a few shades.

      As for the mascara/liner.
      That could be either naturally oily lids OR it could be your moisturiser/eye cream.
      Do you moisturise your lids?
      Try keeping the lotions and creams away from your lashline and it should help.
      You could also use an eyeshadow primer, although I find they can look crinkly on my lids.
      I hope this helps!
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      XXX

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  7. Great post Samantha. I do think it comes down to how you apply things. Blend, Blend Blend! I don't understand the whole 'orange' (or should that be glam?) look that you often see young girls sport with the awful eyebrows. And, just wearing the same things that you've always and being stuck in a rut can be ageing. I too like to mix things up and don't always get it right but I do like to experiment!

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    1. Yes..I agree!
      Blending is the key. I could not resist blending in the first video, it just comes naturally to me. I dread to think how hideous it would have looked without! LOL.
      Speaking of "those" brows. I was gobsmacked today at a set on this (beautiful) young shop assistant. Just plain weird!!
      Keep experimenting and having fun with your makeup! XXX

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  8. I haven't watched the videos but I can see what a wonderful job you've done with your makeup from the photos - in BOTH versions, yes, even the ageing one, although I, too, prefer the more natural one on you.

    PS: I LOVE that bright red lippie on you though!

    In any case, too-heavy makeup does add years to women of all ages. Just today I was scrolling through photos of my makeup and I find that I look the prettiest when my makeup is most natural. But I have to admit, sometimes I myself am guilty of going heavy-handed with my eyeshadows at times - I love the process of applying makeup so much that I add more than necessary sometimes!

    Great post with such good makeup advices, Samantha! *thumbs up*

    XO,
    Liyana | Affordorable

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  9. Well.... this was fun. I watched everything with great attention. When I saw the photographs of the wrong way I was in a bit of a shock and thought "That's me. That is how I look in my make-down video. She got inspired by that".
    So I am going to go easier on the amount and on the colours. Mind you, I am nearly twenty years older (? I am 62), so more wrinkles... OK OK I can hear you: "even the more reason to not overdo it". Understood.
    It was lovely to hear you speak in your soft Scottish accent. Love it.
    Greetje

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