The No. 1 Makeup Tip as We Pro-Age

7

Nov

2021

by Lana Gersman

7

Nov

2021

The No. 1 Makeup Tip as We Pro-Age

By Lana Gersman

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The one question I get asked over and over again is, “Do you have a make-up tip you could share with us?” Yes I do. Keep updating your look.

I happen to love a classic look for a face. Something that simply makes you look like a better version of yourself. It does not need much updating

I have found, so often, that women 60+ apply their makeup in just the same way they did during the decades they were their happiest. Often this is during their 30’s and ‘40’s. They freeze frame that decade on their visage and never change. Again, my suggestion is to keep updating as you age.

On occasion, I would bump into this odd looking woman whenever I was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, around 96th and Broadway. She had a rather sizeable face, which was round. Kinder people might call it telegenic. Everything about her was copious.

She hid her hair under a dirty brown crotched beret and embellished her face in the most peculiar way. Nothing was ever blended. Mostly what I remember, was that she would place two rather large hot pink polka dots on each cheek and then overline her lips with a brown eye pencil, filling in the outline with a reddish brown matte lipstick.

Honestly, as she moved her lips to speak, it occurred to me, that I might be seeing my very first talking anus. Yip. You heard me right. That’s exactly what it looked like to me. She had lost all sense of herself; her body, her face and the very reason makeup was created in the first place — to make you stand out, not your makeup.

My lovely friend, Bobbi Brown, suggests, “Makeup should not be a mask or change the way you look.” Sadly, what this person was doing was masking everything about her to such a degree that she appeared clown-like, buffoonish, in fact.

Ladies, you have heard this many times…. Please, please, please, know that less is more. Improve your application so you make your best features pop, without looking like a clown. Use a lighter hand. Blend, blend, and blend some more. Invest your time in studying some videos for the mature woman, that are readily available on both Instagram and YouTube. Just saying! I admit, there are times it really is okay to pile a little more on, as long as it’s still the real you standing out, not your makeup.

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