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Makeup Tips for Aging Skin

makeup tips for aging skin from 60 something dermatologist

Makeup tips for aging skin is not a topic you think you'll need when you are younger and enjoying sag-free and relatively wrinkle-free facial skin. As you move into your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, you have the adventure of working to achieve a put together look with eyelid skin that sags and does not take makeup evenly, age spots that resist coverage and wrinkles that seem to gather powder into cracks and lines. Larger aspects of your facial structure have also changed. Our once heart shaped face is now squarer - what was up has now slid down. How do we enhance what we love about our facial features with our makeup techniques? 

Insights to Update Your Makeup Techniques as You Age

Makeup Tips from a 60ish year old dermatologist.

makeup tips for aging skin from 60 something dermatologist
I’ll be 60 this year (and I'm 64 as I update this post!), and my makeup techniques have had to evolve as I have aged. What looks fabulous on a fresh, 21-year-old face looks awkward on a seasoned 60ish year-old face.  

Here are some of the challenges we face with our makeup routine as we age:

  • Re-accenting features and facial colors that have changed or even been lost with the years. Have you noticed?
    • Where do our eyebrows go?
    • What happened to our rosy pink lips?
    • For that matter, where did our cheeks go? Is applying a splash of blush good enough to bring them back or do we need a little more help?
  • Makeup migrates during the day into the crepeyness of our skin texture. It goes into the fine wrinkles that have etched their way into our skin -- like badges of honor marking our survival over the years. How do we keep from finding our makeup pooled in, and accentuating those little crevices by day’s end? Picking the right makeup products needs to take this into account.


See how I have adjusted my makeup to fit my changing face as a 60ish year old dermatologist.

The good news is that we are alive and enjoying our aging faces etched with smile lines.

The challenge is that our makeup techniques need to evolve just like we have.

When it comes to makeup application, I’m just a normal woman, not an expert. I am not a beauty blogger or a makeup artist. I have learned some great tips from my aestheticians, and like a good student, I have spent "quality time" watching some of the best over 50 and 60 YouTubers who have natural makeup talent such as Melissa55. I’ve also studied art later in life and do some oil painting on canvas. I bring a little art class technique to my makeup routine and I think it helps.

See the cosmetic products and mineral makeup I personally use.


Related helpful tips: read Dr. Bailey's trusted guidance for healthy skin and makeup best practices.