For those of you new here welcome. Vicki Archer, Sandra Sallin, Beth Djalali, and I recently did a joint post on going gray. It was so well received that we decided to continue the discussion and talk about how we have adapted our makeup routine to accommodate our gray hair. My hair has been “silver” for over eight years and I am 65 years old. I have acne scarring and wrinkles from too many years worshipping the sun. I love a more natural look, but these issues have caused me to step up my makeup game. I have yet to do anything more drastic than botox, but I am considering my options. That’s another post. Today le’s talk about Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Women with Gray Hair.
Before I share which products work best for me you might enjoy this post that I did back in 2016 12 Essential Makeup Tips for Women Over 50. In 2016 there was next to no information on makeup for women with gray hair. Unfortunately, there still isn’t an overabundance of information available. Most of it is found on YouTube. You might enjoy You Tube Videos by Makeup Artist Kerry Lou. Many of the make-up videos on Youtube on gray hair are done by younger women which aren’t very helpful. Kerry Lou is a professional makeup artist and she isn’t a 40-year-old with gray hair. You might also enjoy Goodtimes Makeup Tips for Women with Gray Hair. And you will not want to miss the latest Instagram rockstar Sandra Sallin’s video here.
Gloria Garcia, a makeup artist that works with women with gray hair, says “because gray hair tends to wash you out, you need to pay special attention to the eye and lip. You’re also able to take more risk with your makeup.” Consider a bolder color than you’re used to for the lip. “Vibrant lip colors are definitely a go when you have gray hair,”
I am not a makeup artist or any sort of expert, I am just here to share my tips, and what products I like.
#1 Whiten Your Teeth
This is not theoretically makeup related but important. As we age tea, red wine, and over-fluoridation of water can cause the teeth to yellow. This is very aging. I once read that you should not wear a white shirt that is whiter than your teeth (eeeek!!). A white shirt is really flattering with gray hair so teeth whitening to the rescue. You might find this article helpful. 20 Secrets for Whiter Teeth After 40 or this one The 20 Best Whitening Toothpastes of 2020. In January I penned this post on Self Care Over 50 where I featured teeth whitening and went into more detail. FYI I am not an expert on anything I just do my research.
I have had the best luck (when I am diligent about it) with the glo whitening system. I know many have great luck with the crest whitening strips and others but this works best for my tea and wine-stained teeth. I have to admit I have not been as religious as I should during the lockdown, but these are the products that currently work best for me.
Clockwise from left. I use the glo system it is similar to what you would have done in the dental office. It comes with a low concentration of bleach. When you need a refill if their gel isn’t strong enough and your teeth need more whitening, increase the concentration and order the opalescence (it is the same as most dental offices) .My husband uses the 20% (his teeth are sensitive) and I use the 35% I am currently using supersmile whitening toothpaste (it is expensive but worth it). I am also using the active wow charcoal powder and it seems to really help. If you don’t drink a lot of tea, coffee or wine you may not need any of these.
I used Tom’s of Maine’s regular toothpaste for years. His natural Anti-Plaque and Whitening Toothpaste would be a good fluoride-free option.
I am not going to cover moisturizers and serums. I will save that for another post. I did a post on How to Choose the Best Vitamin C Serum here.
#2 Foundation or CC or BB cream
I have two that are my current favorites. If I had perfect skin this would be my hands-down favorite. There is not a lot of product in the container and it is pricey.
At this age, I feel like I need “spackle and plaster” to cover up all the problems. Most of the time I favor Bye Bye Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50 I mix it with some my inexpensive olay regenerist serum. It is a tad heavy on it’s own for me. FYI Olay has reformulated the serum and I don’t care for it, so I am on the lookout for a new one.
I am embarrassed to admit that I use an inexpensive eye shadow for bronzer. I have olive skin and most of the bronzers don’t even register on my skin. My skin is still somewhat oily as well so a creme product after a few hours just melts into my skin.
I did a post on the Best Blush For Mature Skin here. Most experts advise if you are gray you should stay away from mauves, rose and peachey colors are more flattering to gray hair.
Powder blush is not normally a good thing for mature skin (my skin is still a bit oily). What I have found that works for me are a combination of the Shiseido minimalist whipped blush and the Ilia Multistick If your skin is dry the Ilia would probably be great. For me, I still have combination skin. Powder blush looks chalky but the Shiseido topped with a bit of the ILIA works.
Back in 2018, I did a post on The Best Lipsticks and Lipcare for Mature Women where I go into more detail. I find lip color to be a challenge. I have lots of tiny lines around my mouth where lip color loves to creep. In order to achieve my best results, I use the two-faced anti feathering lip primer then, line my lips with the Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner.
I used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick for several years and now that we are wearing masks I am going to order a couple. Have you had the lovely experience of your lip color rubbing off on your mask? You take off the mask and look like a clown? The Stila can be drying, however. If you aren’t wearing a mask my current favorites are the buxom lip liner as a base or on its own and the Bobbie Brown Art Stick (I wish they had more colors) . The Chanel Le Rouge Ultra Lip Color is my absolute favorite for staying power but it is a bit pricey for the amount of product.
As you can see in the photo above I have hooded eyes, and I really need to learn more about applying eye makeup. Kerry Lou has a good Youtube video here on hooded eyes. Risa does Makeup also has a good one here. This is a work in progress for me, so I am going to look to my fellow bloggers for advice on their favorite products. I am planning to have my makeup done so I will do a post later once I do more research.
I have tried so many mascaras and have yet to find one I love. When it comes to eyeshadow avoid anything with sparkle. When it comes to brows most experts advise (if you have thinning brows) to fill them in with an eyeliner pencil or eye shadow close to your pre-gray color. I still have full brows so this isn’t too much of an issue for me.
I hope you enjoyed this post on Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Women with Gray Hair. Please check out my posts that I have linked for more in-depth information. Now pop over and see the tips that Beth, Vicki, and Sandra have shared. These ladies know their stuff. You won’t be disappointed.