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9 makeup mistakes women over 60 make: What makes you look older and how can you avoid it?

You are in your 60s, but of course you want to look fresh and younger. Makeup can be a great help in this, but sometimes the makeup mistakes can have an opposite effect than no makeup at all. Remember that as you age, your makeup style needs to evolve and adapt to your changing skin. So if you’re still using your old makeup routine, you could be doing things that make your mature skin look older than you want it to. Read this article to the end to learn which makeup mistakes to avoid.

What makeup mistakes make you look older?

What makeup mistakes do women over 60

We reveal 9 of the most common makeup mistakes women over 60 are likely to make and also show you how to fix them. Makeup is a very powerful method that can take years off your face if done correctly.

Insufficiently moisturizing the skin

Daily moisturizing is a must

This is one of the most common mistakes, but the easiest to fix. Dry skin and makeup rarely get along, so make sure your daily skincare routine includes a good moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin. There are plenty of moisturizers made for oily skin. For even more hydration, apply a moisturizing primer before you start applying makeup.

Choosing the wrong foundation

Choosing the wrong foundation shade is one of the most common makeup mistakes

Foundation can absolutely still be worn after 60! But how do you find the right one and what to look for? Here are a few tips.

  • As we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity and starts to look more dehydrated. If you have mature skin, stick to a light liquid foundation that has moisturizing properties.
  • Our skin becomes more sallow over time, so a perfectly matched foundation can actually give you a “washed out” look. Choose a slightly warmer shade of your favorite foundation, or reach for the next darker shade and blend it with your current shade before applying to the back of your hand. Either way, you’ll get a warm glow that you’ll love.
  • Don’t apply too much foundation. It won’t cover up crow’s feet and other wrinkles, but it will definitely make you look older.

Apply the right concealer

Makeup mistakes from 60 - the wrong concealer can emphasize the lines


Applying concealer under your eyes can hide those dark circles, but it can also accentuate the fine lines under your eyes. The skin under the eyes is seven times thinner than the rest of the face, so gentle touches are necessary. Apply concealer only to the inner half of your eye area to avoid drawing unwanted attention to lines.

Apply black makeup to the lower lash line.

Eyeliner on the lower lash line used to be the height of fashion, and it still looks good on some. But if you’re over 60, eyeliner under the eyes really adds years to the face. It makes the eyes look smaller, emphasizes the fine lines around the eyes and pulls the whole face down. To make your eyes appear brighter and more open, apply eyeliner only on the top.

Too much mascara on the lower lashes

The makeup mistakes from 60 - applying too much mascara on the lower lashes


Similar to wearing black eyeliner on the lower lash line, heavy mascara casts shadows on the lower lashes. This creates the illusion of dark circles and it can even pull the eye down.

Makeup mistakes from 60: Choosing the wrong eye shadows.

It is best to choose eye shadow in earth tones from 60

Eyeshadow can look fantastic, but it won’t if it gets stuck in your eye creases. Powder eye shadow settles into lines and if you have any, powder makes you look older.

As you age, it becomes harder to wear color on your eyelids without looking garish. Luckily, earth tones are all the rage right now and are very flattering and much easier to wear.

Skip the metallic eyeshadow. You may love it, but it can really age you if your eyelids aren’t as tight as they used to be. These cheerful shimmery shadows can enhance and draw attention to the wrinkles and fine lines in that area.

Applying too much blush

Avoid too much blush in too brown or red tones

Women over 60 often use a color of blush that is too dark for their skin tone. Avoid shades that are too brown or red, as they can look muddy when applied. Don’t apply it to your cheekbones. You should also avoid using too much blush and applying it too low.

Too dark lipstick is a makeup mistake you should avoid

The lipstick in neuetralen shades is the best choice from 60

The lips of mature ladies become thinner and lose definition as they age. If you don’t like lipliner to cover your lips, you should avoid the darker shades. Our tip for perfect lips is to start with a lip liner and then use a nice neutral shade.

What to do to prevent lipstick from running?

With these tips you can easily fix your lipstick

Lipstick can run more as you age because the fine lines around your mouth don’t keep it from staying in place. To get the perfect looking lips, use a primer and finish your lip look with lip gloss. The gloss will fix the lipstick and prevent it from smudging.