Lipstick After 50 – The 4 Mistakes That Do Not Flatter The Lips
Lipstick is definitely every woman’s best friend! However, when it comes to applying lipstick properly, there are many factors to consider. For example, our lips start to change as we get older and so do we have to adjust our tactics. Over time, lips lose collagen, which means they may no longer look as plump and your trusty lipstick may struggle to stay put.
Of course, this is not a reason to part with your favorite makeup tool, but you can certainly learn how to use it properly by avoiding some common mistakes.
4 mistakes to avoid, and corresponding tips on how to apply lipstick to mature lips with fine lines or wrinkles.
1: You are Choosing the Wrong Formula
Long-lasting products are your new best friend. But first, know that long-wear and matte are two very different things. You might think that the more matte lipstick is, the longer it will be able to stay intact. Sometimes, that’s true—in a way. A matte formula (often found in the form of liquid lipstick) is indeed long-lasting, but it can also be terribly drying, which exacerbates a pre-existing problem of mature skin. Instead, go for a velvety, creamy, or soft matte finish that also has moisturizing ingredients.
2: You forget to Prepare your Skin
Just as the foundation goes on, more smoothly on dry skin after a layer of moisturizer, lipstick has a hard time applying to a chapped, chapped mouth. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips before applying any color. Dead skin cells build up on the surface, so if you condition your lips you’ll be sure to have a smooth, even canvas to work with. Start by using a sugar scrub or exfoliating washcloth once a week, and be sure to apply lip balm afterward to moisturize your lips before reaching for the lipstick tube.
3: You are Skipping the Liner or Primer!
Perhaps the biggest issue matures lips are facing with lipstick is smudged. So here come lip liner and lip primer to solve the problem, two products that create a framework that will keep your lipstick in place all day. This also helps keep the product from seeping into the corners of your lips or fine lines.
Tip: find a long-lasting lip liner that’s close to your natural lip color. (For a special occasion, consider matching your lip liner to your lipstick shade).
4: You are “overloading” your face
If you wear a burgundy lip color with smoky eye makeup, you may risk committing to a harsh look that is not good for the skin, especially skin that has begun to thin due to collagen loss. Instead, pick one feature of your face that you want to emphasize and commit to it. This rule applies to all ages! If you wear red lipstick, it’s a good idea to keep your eye makeup soft and natural. On the other hand, if you paint your lips neutral, don’t hesitate to enhance the mascara.
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