Let’s face it somewhere after the age of 50 lipstick becomes a bit of an issue. Gone are the days when we could just whip on a lipstick and run out the door. With the good fortune, wisdom. and confidence that comes with age so does the problem of how to apply makeup to an aging face (sigh) Sure it is a little (well a lot more work) especially the lip area. Need help in that department? Read on for my sources that the experts claim are the best lipsticks and lip care for mature women. I want to look like Elsbeth Egholm below. I might be able to pull off her look if I had a facelift (well maybe not). She is lovely, isn’t she?.
Let’s move on to the expert’s tips for applying lip color to mature lips.
#1 Exfoliate From my research (I will admit I am an over-researcher) the best exfoliant is plain old petroleum jelly (or a more organic option) applied with an old toothbrush. Save your money for other products you are coveting. Here is a natural alternative to petroleum jelly (thanks readers!!) that you can find on Amazon.
#2 Use a Lip Primer
I don’t know about you but my lips are continually dry and flaky. I now need to give my lips the “love they deserve” before I can even add any color. Here are five of the experts favorites. I have used the much loved “two-faced” for quite a while. I like it but I don’t love it. Any suggestions? Have you tried any of these?
#3 line the outside of the Natural lip line with a neutral lip liner
According to my research, the cult favorite here is Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner. This is also the one I use (if I am not too lazy and don’t use any).
#4 Line and fill in with lip liner. I LOVED one that Ulta carried in their own brand line. It wasn’t too dry and it wasn’t so moist that it was worthless. They discontinued it. I am on the lookout for a good one any suggestions?
#5 Choose Apricot Berry, Rose or Peach Lipcolors
I have been on the hunt for a great lipstick that moisturizes, doesn’t bleed into the fine lines of the lips, and stays on. Is there such a lipstick out there? Here are my favorites and those of the experts. I used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick for several years. It doesn’t harden like concrete like some of the all-day lipsticks. It has great staying power but I would love to find one that stays on that is a little less drying. My friend Elizabeth (aka the Vintage Contessa) swears by the Bobbie Brown Art Stick. I might add Elizabeth is younger and more youthful than I. I am using it and I like it especially on lazy days when I am babysitting Summer. You can slather it on…it stays for quite a while and it is not too drying. I am also using the Mac Matte (I like Ruby Woo). It is a tad drying but it does last for hours and doesn’t creep into the cracks and crevices so much. The other in the group that seriously does not come off is the CHANEL LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE (Chanel could you come up with a simpler name, people could actually find your product!) All of the rest of the lip colors listed come highly recommended by multiple sites. I will link to them in the shop the post widget at the bottom of the page.
Check out this list from Harpers Bazaar and you are sure to find a lip color that you like. Susan from Une Femme d’ Un Certain Age has a great tutorial for obtaining fuller lips here Oprah has a great tutorial on How to Prevent Lip Feathering on Oprah.com Need suggestions on what lip colors look best with gray hair (I do!!)
Allure has their list of the best lip treatments. We should try some! Let me know what you think. The Today show has their picks of the best Long Wearing Lipsticks. I bet Kathy Lee and Hota know! And what about USA today here are their pics for the best lipsticks.
- You ladies have always been a great source of inspiration for me. Please share what products are your suggestions for the best lipsticks and lipcare for mature women like us!
- You might want to check out my post-Anti Aging Lip Care Tips
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