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How to Wear Bright Make-up When You’re Over 40

It’s a shame to say that when you’re clocking on a bit, you can’t wear the same make-up as you did twenty years ago.

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

It’s a shame to say that when you’re clocking on a bit, you can’t wear the same make-up as you did twenty years ago. You have to make some modifications to keep your look modern and fresh. Super bright make-up is always on trend as the weather starts to warm up and it’s not as scary as it seems, as long as you follow a few simple rules.

I love a splash/pop/accent of color and have come up with four ways to wear bright make-up when it’s completely out of your comfort zone!

LOUD MOUTH!!

A great bright lip color can light up your whole face and make your teeth look whiter. I don’t believe in attempting to match your skin tone to the color of the lipstick (warm, cool, whatevs!) and simply think that you should wear the color that makes you feel great.

I recently bought an Australis matte lip cream in a super bright tangerine color and absolutely love it. It’s OTT, and that’s why I think it’s fab. However, I do have to tone down the rest of my make-up to ensure I don’t look like something from the Rocky Horror Show. Matte lips aren’t the easiest to wear as you get older, and a more moisturising lipstick is usually a better choice.

A few application tips:

  • Prep lips with a scrub first to ensure they’re not flaky or dry
  • Apply a lip balm or a smear of Vaseline and let this sink in for a few minutes
  • A liner isn’t essential but it will stop the lipstick from bleeding into the fine lines around you lip. If you use one, blend it with a cotton bud to avoid a hard line.
  • Apply your lippy with a lip brush, blot and apply again. Blot for a final time for a long lasting finish.

Bright lips call for dewy skin and some simple definition to the eye (just a hint of eyeliner and mascara). Here are a few “more mature” celebs rocking a bright lip and one that just got it WRONG!

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

DON’T GIVE BLUSH THE BRUSH OFF

Don’t be scared! A bright pop of blusher will not get you mistaken for a children’s entertainer! In fact, a bright pink blush makes you look glowing, healthy and just plain fabulous. It can be just as game-changing as a bright lipstick.

Experiment with textures – cream blushers are great for older skin and look really sheer when applied. Powder blushers can be built up and layer with highlighters for a youthful effect. If you’ve applied too much, a buffing of translucent powder with a big soft brush will tone the color down.

I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to wear bright color on your cheeks.

I dare you to try it!




How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

BRIGHT EYES, BURNING LIKE FIRE….

This one is a little trickier. I’m talking about bright eyeliner. Just on the top. What do you reckon? I used to wear bright colors on my eyes when I was younger. Now if I want to wear some color I confine it to a swipe of brightly colored liquid eyeliner along the top, with a little kitten flick.

Choose an emerald green, or sapphire blue to bring out the color of brown eyes, or maybe a deep purple or shimmering silver.

Whatever color you choose, keep the rest of your makeup simple (except for the mascara, this look DEMANDS big black lashes!) and let your eyes do the talking.

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

THE EASIEST OF ALL…

Is of course to wear a bright color on your nails – fingers or toes or both! This is of course a no brainer and there are so many choices of bright polishes out there.

I do, however, draw the line at nail art. I love it and on ladies younger than me, it’s a fabulous look, but I like my nails all the same color (though I’ll pop a different color on my toes!).

I think bright colors look best on short, square nails and it goes without saying you’re going to need a top coat to keep the chips in check.

What do you think?

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