How to Look Older with Makeup

How to Look Older with Makeup

OUTFIT DETAILS: Joie Blouse // J Brand Jeans // SJP Heels // Belt Bag

At 32, I no longer can say that I have a baby face, but at some point in my life, I had to learn how to look older with makeup. I bet some of Style Sprinter readers can relate to it too. Whether you are trying to look more mature for the job you are applying or you are just tired to always carry your ID around, this post rounds up tips and tricks on how to look older with makeup. Hope you find it helpful!

Go Monochrome

Perhaps, the most important tip for looking more mature with makeup is to forget about all the bright colors. Instead, go for subtler, “adult” shades of brown and nudes. It especially relevant for your eyeshadow shades. No one argues that metallic eyeshadows are the best kind of eyeshadows and that unicorn makeup is the way to live your life… But if you want to look older, consider switching the color palette and go for monochrome eyeshadow looks.

Same goes for the lipstick. While bright orange or blue lipstick looks very edgy and cool if you are going for the “adult look” stick to more neutral shades. Nude lipstick is a great pick, as well as classic shades of red and brown.

Products to Try: Sephora PRO New Nudes Palette and Natasha Denona Camel Eyeshadow Palette; Tom Ford Lip Color and YSL Rouge Pur Couture.

Lipstick In, Gloss – Out

It’s also important to keep the lip product texture in mind. For some reason, the moisturizing lipstick looks more “mature” than a glittery lip gloss. Same goes for the liquid lipstick: matte lips are in this season, but you might want to save these for the days when you are not trying to look a few years older.

While lip gloss is a great solution if you have chapped lips, consider exfoliating your lips and sticking to a classic lipstick formula. We already discussed the shades to choose earlier in this post, this is just another reminder to pick a lipstick that provides moisturizing (not matte!) finish.

Products to Try: MAC Lipstick Cream, YSL Rouge Volupte and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick.

Brows Are In

Tamed, well-kept brows will not only make your eyes stand out but will also virtually add you a few years. Don’t go for too graphic brown though and stick to natural-looking, but defined option. In order to achieve such effect, start with an eyebrow pencil that is two shades lighter than your natural brow color applied on the bottom and top of the brow. Gently fill-in missing spots and finish with a clear brow gel. Such an easy technique, but it changes the look dramatically!

Products to Try: Chantecaille Brow Definer, Sisley Phyto-Sourcils, and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer.

The Eyeliner Problem

An eyeliner is one of the makeup products that can either virtually age you or make you look super young. So, it’s important to apply it according to the effect you want to achieve. Personally, I associate a bold cat eye look with younger, runway-style vibes. While more mature look would incorporate a more blurred, less wing’y style of applying an eyeliner. To achieve such effect, try using a soft eye pencil (as opposed to the liquid eyeliner) that you can soften out with the help of an angled brush.

Products to Try: Urban Decay 24/4 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Smashbox Always On Gel Liner, and Pixi Silky Eye Pen.

Forget About the Glow

These days, everyone wants to #GlowToTheGods, but too much highlighter will make you look younger. Same goes for shiny eyeshadows. I understand that you still want to look glowing, but to achieve “older” look, you have to stick with subtle highlighter options. There is another scenario for achieving a natural glowy skin. Try using a glowing setting powder instead of a highlighter – like Laura Mercier’s latest Setting Powder Glow. Or, skip highlighter and use an illuminating primer instead – like Becca Backlight Priming Filter.

Products to Try: Sisley Instant Glow Primer, Clarins SOS Primer, and Amazing Cosmetics Illuminating Primer.

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Looking older with makeup is something that could be easily achieved if you know which shades of makeup to use. Think subtle, natural-looking eyeshadows paired with darker lips. Don’t go overboard with contouring and blush, just a little bit of “glow that comes from within” and you are all set. Or, and don’t forget to spray your favorite fragrance! Having a signature scent is something that says without any words: you are an adult!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Joie Blouse // J Brand Jeans // SJP Heels // Belt Bag

How to Look Older with MakeupHow to Look Older with Makeup

Photography by Ashley Gallerani