How to: Makeup for Women Over 50 Years

by Theresa Pickett ; Updated September 28, 2017

Find makeup that flatters your skin.

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One of the most important ways to take care of your skin as you age is to utilize moisturizer. Reduce the signs of aging by applying night and day cream. Choose makeup that already has moisturizer in it to avoid makeup that makes wrinkles more noticeable. In addition, pick out colors of makeup that flatter your skin and draw attention away from any signs of aging. Go for makeup colors that are light and natural.

Apply moisturizer daily before you apply your makeup. Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated, and it helps avoid creases in makeup. Put on day cream and night cream even if you do not wear makeup that day.

Know that some makeup products come with moisturizer in them. Find a tinted moisturizer for days when you don't need full coverage. Pick out a lip product that has moisturizer in it as well, to avoid creases around your lips.

Do not overload your face with foundation. Lightly apply foundation to even out your skin tone but do not cake foundation on to your skin. Choose foundation that closely matches your skin tone.

Stick with classic makeup colors. Do not try to keep up with the trends examined in fashion magazines. One of the benefits of being over 50 is that you should know yourself and your skin very well.

Choose a light pink lipstick. Light pink is flattering without looking like you are trying too hard. Wear the light pink lipstick on everyday errands and when you play up your eyes.


  • Pick out moisturizer appropriate for your age. Even if you had a favorite moisturizer in your 30s, it might not work for you now, since most women's skin gets dryer as they age.

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Theresa Pickett has written since 2007. She graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Education in elementary education. As a certified teacher who earned the ETS Recognition of Excellence for Praxis II Elementary Education, she has been published in "Student Filmmakers Magazine" and "Model Life Magazine."