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Julyne Derrick

25 Makeup Tips for Older Women

By November 26, 2007

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The last time I posted beauty tips for older women on my blog, women wrote in begging me for "more, more, more." So ladies, here you go. I share all my best makeup and skincare tips for older women in 25 Makeup Tips for Older Women: How to Conceal Wrinkles, Crow's Feet, Crepe-y Lids & Much More.

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December 3, 2007 at 1:57 pm
(1) Elaine says:

About time. I very carefully go over all sites pertaining to beauty and none, but noe, tell us anything about older women. We, also, like to look good, as well as the younger ones. This was too short, I think. Let’s have more, please. Elaine

December 3, 2007 at 2:52 pm
(2) Connie says:

Julyne: This was an absouletly wonderful column on Beauty tips for older women Please continue to being more great Ideas for older women. Thank You Connie

December 3, 2007 at 2:53 pm
(3) Jan says:

I agree about having more for older women. How about old women, like 70 or more. We also wear makeup, eyebrows, lipstick. And we’d like to wear eye makeup, but the directions are always for younger women.

December 3, 2007 at 2:58 pm
(4) Mary says:

I agree, more for older women! And, we do have gray hair, so some tips on that too…

December 3, 2007 at 3:57 pm
(5) Gayle says:

Please – PLEASE have more articles about make-up for older women. I see many articles for younger women but none for 50-plus. We have more money to spend so we are an untapped source! Also, to Jan – 70 isn’t old – you are in your PRIME!

December 3, 2007 at 4:30 pm
(6) JUDY K. says:

I’m with everyone else about this. I am 51 & would love to see more about hair & beauty info for for vital women of a mature age. I am currently trying to grow out my hair it it’s natural color, which has alot of silver. Yes, I would really enjoy seeing pictures of women with natural silver, white & grey hair.

Many times the magazines & on-line sites are geared towards much younger women. We need more for our age group. So, thank you & keep up the good work! Happy Holidays to everyone! Judy K. from Chicago.

December 3, 2007 at 10:46 pm
(7) judy says:

to seal in your lipstick and liner and accentuate your natural mouth, use a q-tip and a dot of concealer or foundation to outline your mouth. Blend in the make-up with the q-tip

December 4, 2007 at 2:11 am
(8) Suzy says:

Yes! I agree with everyone else about make-up for the older woman! I thoroughly enjoyed the article, and it felt like a tease, b/c I know that next week probably won’t have make-up advice about older woman, but I hope it does!

December 5, 2007 at 1:30 pm
(9) Rita says:

Yes, we do need REGULAR info about makeup AND hairstyles (cuts, tips, and care of the hair) for women 50, 60, and 70 too! What the fashion and beauty industry needs to realize is that “baby boomers” ARE the main women that formed our way as it is now. “Baby boomers” paved the way for everything else. A “baby boomer” is anyone born from 1946 to 1964. So that would make the oldest baby boomers 61 years old now, and we are vital and active women to say the least. More beauty tips for older ladies please!

December 5, 2007 at 11:35 pm
(10) RENEE says:


December 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm
(11) Tera Vicario-Sturgeon says:

For THE VERY BEST ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS for Older Women, try EUROPEAN WOMAN, 4432 River Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45204. For only $12.95 ppd, they will send you THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS for Older Females to try!

December 6, 2007 at 2:41 pm
(12) Tera Vicario-Sturgeon says:

Ohh, by-the-way, the product line (referenced above), is “European Woman”, but the place is Nefertari’s Salon & Spa. Same address though; TRY IT; IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!!!

March 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm
(13) T. Thompson says:

More information would be appreciated.
I have never worn much makeup. I couldn’t, I would break out in horrible skin rashes. Today, I heared about and have experimented with some wonderful products and the products do not break me out.

And I don’t know how to use the products: foundation, highlighter, makeup, rouge, day makeup, night makeup.
It makes this older woman shudder.

April 21, 2008 at 8:02 am
(14) Polly says:

Yes.. We have ,seen it,been there, got the ‘T’ shirt..at our age,BUT we still need to know new products which work and won’t rip us off.

We may not be big earners, so we buy something with a lot of thought, we need to know the truth about products and not be ripped off with silly packaging and long words about the ingredients.

Someone, please get ALL the facts about these companies who promote youthful skin for the over 50′s. We should NOT have to be tempted, each time a new product flashes on the Telly, or pushes out from the magazine pages saying it is the ONLY product for mature skin that works. Lets have someone who tells it like it is so we don’t pay the Billions of ’s to this industry for products, which, in affect are basically all the same!
Call the website COST METICS!

April 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm
(15) beauty says:

Thanks for reading my site. I have an entire section devoted to hair and makeup and skincare tips for women over 50. I don’t pander to ads, and I tell it to you straight. Good luck!



April 30, 2008 at 9:47 pm
(16) Abby says:

I have silver gray hair and I don’t know what colors I should use for my makeup now. I used to be a brown blonde (lots of highlights). What I wore then does not seem appropriate now. Please give more information on makeup for gray hair. I like you site would would like more about eyebrows, eye liner, eye shadow and blush.


May 19, 2008 at 10:42 am
(17) Cathy says:

You should show pictures about the hair length and earrings.

June 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm
(18) Debra says:

All the makeup tips for eyebrows say to use a shade that matches your hair. Well, my hair is white and I’ve yet to see eyebrow makeup in that shade! Haven’t figured out what to do with my white eyebrows. Any suggestions?

August 29, 2008 at 5:25 am
(19) JFarr says:

I am 67 and want/need a lift. I’ve been reading about primers – have any of you tried make-up primers? Do they really work? Do they breathe or slide off in hot weather?

I also want creme blush. I can share that since my lips seem to be turning white around the edge, especially on the bottom lip, I use Revelon ColorStay Overtime Sheer in Sheer Mocha like a lip liner. I don’t like the way it feels all over my lips. I just use the lip gloss and it looks natural and fresh.

September 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(20) agustablues says:

I have a head full of gray hair and its beautiful but i think im a little young for it at 47. So i purchase a lace wig and love it I love swimming and i can swim in it not like a traditional bulky wig it looks like my own and i love it if you wanna get one the sites called http://www.lacewigswholesaledirect.com it was pretty inexpensive and has lasted over a year.

MS. Agusta Blues

December 21, 2008 at 1:53 am
(21) Joni says:

At age 48 I figured out that makeup I have worn for years just didn’t work for me. Went for years without any makeup until I realized I needed more polish and began researching. Basics I learned – lighter hair, softer around eyes, matte light eye shadow (with a light primer – real eye brightener), less liner. Key for me has been skin care and EXFOLIATION! Stay away from powder (cream blush and tinted moisterizer instead of foundation) Stay away from shimmer!

December 30, 2008 at 10:35 am
(22) Becky says:

How about some tips for those of us with glasses? Hairstyles and makeup, especially for eyes. I am 52 and have just had to give up wearing my contact lenses. Bummer! The hairstyles that looked cute pre-glasses are not working, and I need a mascara that will not leave undereye spider tracks as I look down through my no-lines!

January 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(23) Sally says:

Thank you for your acknowledgment of us seasoned beauties. Living in a world that favors youth over age is discouraging and sends horrible messages to women in general. Thank you for not contributing to societies flaws on this matter. After all, we are older a lot longer than we are young, and that accounts for a lot! Weather we choose to wear makeup or just a little, its nice to stay updated. we all have something we like to accent. There comes a time just pinching the cheeks and adding lipstick is not enough. Fact is, Women as a whole matter, and tips that help embrace and celebrate our lives as “older” people is well deserved. Thank you for your acknowledgment. in return, we acknowledge you …

August 19, 2009 at 9:02 am
(24) Susan says:

I agree with the comments made. More please. Are there any foundations that won’t sink into the wrinkles that would be affordable on a limited budget? I’m a 70 year old with lots of wrinkles and sensitive skin.

September 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(25) Kay says:

“Long cuts attract the eye downward”

Question: Since the face is “dropping”, don’t shorter cuts “uplift”? Help.

September 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(26) beauty says:

Yes! The right short cut (just above or below the jaw line) is very flattering.

September 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm
(27) Gloria says:

Hi there – I will be 80 next month and believe it or not I still do make-up and love to read all these tips etc. I guess that ladies all like to look attractive irrespective of our age. In my imagination I am still young – only the mirror tells another story. Have good skin though – must be in my genes. Love to you all.

September 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(28) Suzie says:

I agree with everyone else. I’m a 50 year old woman and could use more advice and tips on makeup and beautifying ourselves.

January 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm
(29) Betty Maldonado says:

I’m a young 70, with lung cancer. Just had my chemo and sugery six months ago. Now my hair has grown out grey. Really could use more thing for older lady’s. ON make up, dress, anything else.
I work out three days a week and do not want to be put in with the rest of the gang. Betty 1939

January 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(30) beauty says:

Hi Betty,

You have a lot of spunk and I love your attitude. I will make an effort to include more articles and information for women over 50 because I know there’s a lot of need for it, especially with the huge baby boomer population.

March 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(31) judy says:

I’m 57 and wear a cream-based foundation which goes on like butter and stays there. I also wear super hydrated lipstick and a very nice powder blush which goes on like a cream. I think most decent products for older women can be more easily found at the chemist and they are usually unperfumed. Ditto for hair shampoo.

May 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(32) Ellen says:

I’m looking for good cream eyeshadows & bases that don’t make my eyelids look older. I can’t seem to wear powder shadows any more.

August 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(33) Marjorie says:

I’ve heard use liquid – use minerals – use only tinted moisturizers – don’t use powder – use powder. It all depends on the makeup artist. I don’t care anymore. I’ve spent a fortune on this junk. Now I use moisturizer and put a little vaseline on my lips. I go out in the sun, live life and to hell with the wrinkles and all the poisons I’ve been putting on my face. Some of them are worse than a little bit of sun.

October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am
(34) Bettie Gatewood says:

Thank you for the information for older women.
I am 75 and still like to look good.
Makeup and hair styles are always for the young I need
more info. for my age group.

July 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(35) Victoria says:

Echoing and dittoing these wonderful women above. Please continue to promote and publish information for our age group. If advertisters knew how much money we have to spend on their products, maybe they would be targeting us a little more in regards to products and information geared for us. Not that I would buy into it all, but at least giving us our fair share of timely articles and products is as wise as getting the younger generation hooked on using products before they need them.

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April 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(37) dee sparks says:

Finally! Finally! Women in our age group (and believe me there are plenty of us) are finally being recognized. I get so frustrated when I try to find hair and clothing styles for our age group. It is usually geared to the young. Thankyou and Thankyou that you are finally giving us some attention. We really need to hear more about beauty products and how to apply them for our age group. You know it would boost some of our morales greatly. I for one am not ready to wear the typical “old ladies” frumpy style of clothes. I am not wanting to look 20 just stylish for my age. I truly hope to see much more.

May 20, 2012 at 1:20 am
(38) Diane Smith says:

How about a newsletter just for women over 50? I would subscribe immediately.

May 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(39) beauty says:


Great idea. I will look into this and email you back if I do this so you can make good on your promise (wink). Thank you for your support.


July 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(40) Lisa says:

LOVE this site….I turned 54 this June and have always had very long naturally curly hair past my shoulders. I took the leap and cut it short ….10 years instantly gone…….love it. ….I am now looking here for make up tips…thanks for all the info…

September 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm
(41) lynne says:

I really enjoy reading all that is said regarding “OLDER” women. I’m 82 ,but people don’t believe it…they think that I am much younger. I can thank my genes for that. And now I need to dress and look my age, without looking “old”. I am a singer and I love people. Been married 64 years (to the same man) almost unheard of in these times. My health is good and I can thank our Lord for that.. I thank you , too, for a lot of good advise, Now if we could get manufacturers to show us some updated clothing and hair styles designed for “older” ladies, I would be grateful along with your other subscribers. Almost forgot to include, I am only five feet tall which doesn’t help on the Looking Older problem and the cutesy clothes available for small sizes. Thanks for allowing me to vent my feelings. Lynne

February 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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January 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm
(43) Jacqueline says:

I’m going to be 75 in April. Frankly, I hate being old. I’ve been looking for something regarding makeup and style for women my age. We are ignored by just about everyone from counter help to Avon. We’re not part of anybody’s target demographics except undertakers. To them all I give a Bronx cheer. Phhhhtt. I’ve seen so many women my age with inappropriate makeup that makes them look desperate and sad, though they may not be. I’m sure some don’t see as well. Others don’t know how to adjust their expectations to skin that has less natural color, etc. It all happens to us to gradually we suddenly look in the mirror and see a stranger looking back. Maybe if all of us old dolls went out in public on the same day, all made up with a smokey eye, red shiny lipstick, and super-thick-super-long eyelashes that could kill a man, the makeup industry would be so shocked they’d wake up and realize we’re here and need help! We want to look attractive! And alive! And we have money to spend! Thank you for the site.

March 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm
(44) barbara says:

What about an old hippie. I still fell the same I know I can not bring back youth. But, the least you can do is to how a long haired woman. Silver white hair long I need an update not a movie star who can buy beauty. I want short in front but keep my long braid. You are losing customers remember old is not mau mau and grandma shoes and not short dyed hair have a heart

April 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm
(45) Olga says:

It would be nice to have make up and hair styles for women with gray hair over 65.

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