Makeup Tips for Older Women

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

With young smooth skin anything goes doesn't it? Even the hair cuts and dos can be drastic and different. This face is a blank canvas but most of us do nit have this and we should face it.

When we start aging trying to look drastic is looking a drastic we do not want! We do not want to draw attention to ourselves when we have passed a point we cannot and should not overdo. People do not look at us because we are attractive but because we look like a clown when we over indulge in makeup!

Yet we know many women who do not seem to know this. So take a look at your skin and reevaluate it at the age you are now. If you have taken very good care of your skin then you can get by with more but you still cannot turn back the clock. If you are fifty and look forty that is great, but it still is not thirty! If you are getting double takes it is probably not for a good reason.

Even beautiful women can absolutely ruin their looks overdoing it!
Even beautiful women can absolutely ruin their looks overdoing it!

Do You See What I See?

Apparently some do not!

It is really sad when women do not realize they are only getting looks of pity. We have all seen these makeup disasters even in younger women who can get by with so much.

You know that dark makeup that sometimes only goes to the chin or maybe halfway down the neck but still there is the starkness of beginning and end? Makeup all wrong and this person is oblivious to it!

Usually they are very pretty women too so you just have to wonder. Is their eyesight bad? Do they not have a caring friend to tell them?

This is for those of us who are beginning to be older women who really should know and here are also some tips you can use that perhaps you never knew about.

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Have you witness makeup tragedies?

  • Yes and it is so hard to look away! But I do.
  • No! To each his own; I cannot see flaws!
  • Yes and I want to say something before this woman goes any further into her day but I just can't!
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If you use liquid makeup use one that blends into the skin the right color for you. Many shops that sell makeup will help you with this and let you see for yourself. I have purchased but not yet used the BB Cream that is suppose to be lighter than makeup with just a little help evening our tone and now we have the CC Cream I have been checking out which seems to be an improvement on the BB Cream. Will I be able to withstand the temptations? A makeup good for your skin; maybe not so bad!

The bottom video is amazing. The lady is full of wrinkles and although I am sure she always will be you can readily see how makeup can be used to erase fine lines and wrinkles and the makeup artist tells you everything you need. I will be looking at that a few more times taking notes!

Delilah

See the mascara falling and starting to clump in the wrinkles.
See the mascara falling and starting to clump in the wrinkles.

Wouldn't the eyes above be just as beautiful without so much paint? I think so! Smooth out some of those sharp lines and she would be so much more naturally beautiful; wouldn't she? A Q-tip (or a few) smoothed over the sharp dark inner corners and worked back until the starkness is softened would do wonders. Someone that beautiful cheats themselves when they try for more than they have. Enhancement is all they need.

Have you seen the videos of the women putting this make up on? It has to be bad wear on the delicate eye. I cannot imagine doing this every day of my life although I promise you I would love to be that beautiful, but if I were I hope I would realize it and stop trying to improve what God made perfect!

Because moist skin can make makeup smear and make one look like a raccoon I gave it up long ago. I do so much garden work outside and spend time in the heat that adds to the smudging even worse! I stopped wearing mascara and I really missed it so bad.

Although I am not a fan of the show one day I was watching "The View" several years ago (maybe the last time I watched it) and heard Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg talking about mascaras that had no dark smudging. This really caught my attention and although it didn't sound like Whoopi went for the idea, Barbara said she used the mascara that helped your lashes grow and be better along with the clear mascara that is just like mascara, but clear.

Needless to say I bought both of these. For ages I only used one or the other afraid the one good for the lashes would keep the clear from working but eventually seeing that the healthy one actually dried so you could use both I started doing that and I could not be happier! I use my eyelash curlers occasionally but it doesn't seem to be necessary. For the natural look I want just the two seem perfect.


Walking the line.

Just starting to age but you can see that she does not have any stark or dark makeup. The blush is high and the liner is a soft upper smudge only as are her brows. Lips dark but not stark. No stark lines anywhere, very youthful!
Just starting to age but you can see that she does not have any stark or dark makeup. The blush is high and the liner is a soft upper smudge only as are her brows. Lips dark but not stark. No stark lines anywhere, very youthful!

Mistakes That Make Us Look Older

1. Do not be a pale face. A very pale complexion needs a tinted moisturizer at the very least or perhaps a slight rose colored gel stick blended evenly over the cheeks, nose and chin.

2. Do not overdo on the makeup. A caked look will only add years not take them off.

3. Do not use too much concealer getting a caked look. Trying to hide dark circles and wrinkles can backfire when we just get a caked look. Use a cream colored liquid concealer and smooth out the edges.

4. Do not wear dark lipsticks that make lips look thinner. Dark lip colors are as bad as the dark eye colors. Too stark and age defining.

5. Avoid putting liner around the whole eye. Line 3/4 of the eye at most avoiding the inside edges. Add light shades there.

6. Wear a softer smudged liner instead of stark dark. Smudge with lighter shades of liner.

7. Avoid mascara on bottom lashes that can actually droop the eye. Older women cannot carry the bottom lash mascaraed as in youth. Soft smudge instead.

8. Do not paint on thin eyebrows. For more natural and less stark do not use a stick pencil to color in your brow. (Look at photos this article.)

9. Avoid full face color bronzer. This is sort of a tanning bed look and we none want that.

10. Do not line the lips. This makes older lips look even thinner. Dab center lips over lipstick with gloss to plump up a fuller look.

The last video can help you get this look that is more natural looking and not so stark or harsh with dark pencil lines or smudging.
The last video can help you get this look that is more natural looking and not so stark or harsh with dark pencil lines or smudging.

Makes us look 10 years older!

Thick makeup cakes and ages.

Makeup that is too light exaggerates fine lines.

Face powder exaggerates fine lines.

Blush used too low shows sagging skin - keep it high.

Lip colors too bright or dark or metallic age the lip.

Mascara on bottom lids so instead use very dark on top but don't clump.

Liner on bottom lid so instead stick to top and corners and keep soft.


Personally I work on making my over fifty skin the best it can be and try to prevent aging signs for as long as I can.

As a teen I mainly wore lipstick and mascara and when I did use makeup it was almost always Cover Girl. I cleaned off the makeup and washed my face almost always in Noxema. Whether the reason or not I do not know but I did not have complexion problems like many teens did. I would get a zit now and then right in the middle of my face at the most inopportune times (I was a cheerleader) that would make me want to scream and cry; (that's life!) but basically I was pretty lucky. Another reason could be too that I rarely had junk food such as chips and greasy foods, and soft drinks only occasionally.

Today I keep my skin soft and basically use lipstick and clear mascara and rarely any liquid makeup and/or powder. I do use a soft brown smudge liner at my bottom eye corners that seems to make my eyes look larger but I only do this if I am going out and want to dress up a bit and it only takes a couple of minutes.

I do keep makeup and mineral powders I use seldom. I may soon try some of the tinted moisturizers I am hearing so much about; the BB and CC Creams with so many good things (tone and color) plus sunscreen (is this the makeup of the future?) but basically my days are not spent around people I want to impress and I am happy being my best naturally (with a little help from my friends when I need it)! I did a good search at different places on the Aveeno BB and CC Cream and Amazon seems to have the best price including shipping by a few dollars. Walmart was not good and Walgreen was much worse.

Can a girl ever leave makeup completely behind? Probably not! We should use it with caution, though, the older we get.

Applying Liquid Makeup on Older Woman

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FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

You mean I'm going to have to Chang my ways? Sigh.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

If you are packing on the pudding you are! lol Which I am sure you don't!


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Nell Rose 10 months ago from England

I think I do it right, maybe a bit heavy on the lip liner though, better get rid of that! lol! great ideas and facts, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Hi Nell. I use to love that too and in the one video it shows you can still do it but with lighter shades, I am going to be figuring out how she took so many wrinkles away with makeup! lol


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lifegate 10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Thanks for the information, Jackie! I knew I was doing something wrong.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Hahaha Bill! I am sure being around so many women you know exactly what I am talking about.


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moonlake 10 months ago from America

So much goes wrong when we get older. Lashes disappear, eyebrows are so thin they can hardly be seen. Brown spots pop up all over the place. I do need to go through all my makeup and get rid of most of it. I like the last video very interesting she has wrinkles right about in the same places I have them. Enjoyed your hub. The biggest problem I have just being able to see my face.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

There are great whitening creams for the brown spots moonlake; I have a scar that I keep some to dab on and try to protect my face from the sun as much as I can but it is hard to do when probably you like me are always out in it!

I really think it is great to not worry about looks as much today as I once did; knowing how little that really means in life but being woman I guess we cant lose interest entirely. I want makeup with everything in it we would every need don't you? Wouldn't hurt if it curled our lashes while it was at it! lol


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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for all the great tips here for us older women!

I don't use mascara on my bottom lashes because I have terrible sinus issues and that seems to add to making my circle under my eyes darker. I am learning to not use so much under eye concealer as it truly does not help the matter. Less is more for sure for us mature women : )

I can't stand that dark makeup look where you can see a line. It seems when I have gotten older, I don't seem to use any blush for some reason.

Getting the perfect match of shade on foundation is key I think. I think I have finally found the perfect shade for me and I have moved away from liquid foundation and use a cream or stick, which are more convenient and easier to control.

I have naturally long eye lashes, but I do love to make sure I have at least mascara on and lipstick if nothing else. The clear conditioner mascara is great to add great length. When I was young, I used the eyelash curler all the time, but now I prefer a more natural lift in my eyelashes.

I did not know that about the lip liner and will try your suggestion.

I will refer back to this hub for tips.

Hugs and blessings

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Theresa; I know you would be using makeup more often than me and since the main places I go to when I am out shopping doesn't call for looking too great I like using the clear mascara and it does add length and I agree about the lash curlers; I would rather have mine look longer rather than chopped into a curl and even if I use them now and then I have almost always felt that way. I look forward to trying the BB and CC creams and some I saw are for clearing up complexions and so many things others may want to look into! Doesn't hurt to stop and take a look now and then. I do like to dress up a bit now and then which includes a little extra makeup.

Oh I don't wear blush either but in one of the videos it talks about older women using blush way up higher on the cheekbone so I will try that one day and I liked cream blush when I did use it.

Shoot! I need to go shopping!


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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Informative for make-up lovers. I don't use any make-up on my face sometimes lipstick.


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rebeccamealey 10 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks, Jackie. Good tips. I like make-up that looks natural. And this is very helpful.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks for stopping by DDE; I rarely do either but I always reserve the right. lol


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks rebecca; I think I did find some interesting things. Great to see you.


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Besarien 10 months ago

Hi Jackie! Wonderful make-up tips for us more mature ladies! It is interesting to me that a lot of these tips work well for both very young girls and older ladies. Both ends of the spectrum do best to keep it looking natural.


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Rachel L Alba 10 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I agree, too much make up when you are older, doesn't help, it hurts. It also dries out your skin. I used to love to wear make up when I was in my 20's and 30's, but had to back off after that. Now, it's just basics. I love that video, it helped a lot. I didn't know of a silicone base before, I'll have to look for it. Thanks for sharing all of this information.

Blessings to you.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh I know Rachel; that silicone does sound so great. I am hoping before I die they get a product you just spray on and everything just looks like it should! lol You never know! But we would be taking baths in that, huh? hahaha


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is true Besarian in my opinion too but the young girls can get by with more exaggeration than we can as long as it is not too outlandish!


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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean

Jackie, thanks for the makeup lesson. I haven't had much training so I can really use these tips. I admire women who wear their makeup well. Thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I might use more of it if I knew how to wear it well, Dora. I am interested too. I think we most know what doesn't look good so by these tips I hope we can be brave enough to try something new! The primer sounds great to me and better if it comes in a makeup which I think I saw a Cover Girl that does and that has always been my favorite. Wish me luck! As long as my chickens and cats still recognize me I guess I am OK! lol


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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

I do have some cream blush, so I may try that high on my cheekbone. I have high cheekbones but my complexion has some blotches which blush seem to accentuate some. Neutrogena has good products. In fact, there anti-wrinkle cream is amazing. It has some retinol in it that is up to what they can sell without a prescription. It actually works in just a few days. It used to be only $11..99 at Walmart or wherever and now it has gone up to around $15.99, but still good. Now they have a dark circle eraser one too and I bet it works too. I noticed a sunspot recently and I am surprised I don't have more for I used to bake in the sun for hours without sunscreen! We didn't really know about skin cancer back in the day or the damage the sun does to our skin like they know now.

The model from the 70s, Christie Brinkley is now 60 and she looks 30! She has some new products. I think vitamin C and something else combined and put on the skin does wonders, not sure though. I saw her in an ad using that total gym for fitness, which we have here at the house, so I need to get on it. It folds away so easily and you only have to workout on it for 6 - 8 minutes a day. That is how effective it is, and I figured I could squeeze in those few minutes a day with my busy schedule LOL.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

In one of the video, the last one I think it showed a product to cover sun spots. I just have those on my arms but I do have a scar on my face so I try to watch to keep sun off it.

Anyway I saw while doing research for this that Cover Girl has a foundation with the primer in it and it has moisturizer too so I am going to pick some of that up. Great deal getting 3 things in one!

Amazon has the best prices on the BB and CC creams even with shipping but I think I will just buy the Cover Girl at Walmart so I can be trying it.

Yes I saw Christy. I don't know that I believe makeup has kept her young looking but I suppose it is possible. Exercise does help I know.


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Jasmeetk 10 months ago from India

very helpful tips you shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Jasmeetk.


Kathleen Kerswig 10 months ago

Thank you for sharing these tips with us. I am over fifty so I appreciate any ideas that will help me look my best. Of course, I have never used a lot of makeup, even in my younger days. But it's always good to know what to do and what not to do as we move through the years. Thanks again! Blessings!


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Blessings to you too, Kathleen. I do think less is better especially as we age. But yes it is great to find out about products that can help keep us looking younger without looking like a clown! lol


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annart 10 months ago from SW England

Great tips, Jackie! I no longer wear the make-up I used to. My mother gave me great advice as a teenager; use make-up that makes you look good without people realising you have it on (apart from lipstick). She always looked lovely and her favourites were a pretty lipstick and some nail varnish.

I find that a small amount of green shadow above my eyes makes them look bluer - strange but true! I've taken to using moisturiser, which I never used to do, and that makes my skin look a lot better. A little blusher goes a long way too!

Great hub!

Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Ann and I do agree. Makeup is fun for us all I know but it is sad when we see someone have too much fun. lol I use to use bronze shadow to make my brown eyes a whole shade lighter, might do that next time I have a date out somewhere special and see if it is still true. Thanks for the reminder!


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Vellur 9 months ago from Dubai

Great tips on using makeup the right way. Thank you for sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome Vellur; thank you for stopping by. Great to see you!


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

I wear very little makeup...none if I am at home (unless having company) or working in the yard. I gave up using mascara decades ago. When going out I use a dab of a pencil eyeliner, a bit of blush and some lipstick. Those videos look interesting. Years ago for some fancy affair I had my hair done and some professional makeup applied. When I came home prior to going out to the event, I washed it all off of my face. I simply did not like the look. That was surely a waste of money. Ha! Thanks for writing this. It is interesting to see new ideas and before and after photos.


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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Peggy. Makes no sense to wear make-up for those of us who work a lot around the house and outside. We would look like raccoons in no time! lol


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vocalcoach 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Time to clean house with my makeup. Wow...this lesson is just what I need. Loved the videos and learned a heap with the last one. Will be making some serious changes as I apply my makeup from now on.

Thanks a heap Jackie! Sharing and pinning.


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

I have been here for awhile! I watched the videos and learned so much. I didn't know about tinted moisturizer or the concealer under the eyes. I stopped wearing mascara and only use a light shade on my eyelids. I've been using CoverGirl creamy natural cremeux which is wrong I guess. I will be trying all of your idea's. Thank you so much.


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Audrey! Glad you got something from it and I did too learn a lot and am trying some of these I saw in the videos. I guess girls just want to have fun!


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you always exploring. It isn't wrong if it works for you. I do like these makeups with the added moisturizers and age fighting creams. Need all the help I can get although basically I don't wear the liquid everyday and I love the clear mascaras. Gives more lash look and curl without the smears! lol


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Amaya Chaudhary 7 months ago

I've been using CoverGirl creamy natural cremeux which is wrong I guess. My mom she used one of these tricks and this works very well. Thanks

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norlawrence 4 months ago from California

Very good article. Great information that is very useful. Thanks


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Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Norma for checking it out!


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teaches12345 4 months ago

I am at this stage in life with makeup and it's good to know I am doing something right. I find that I have to use moisturizers much more now to keep my skin firm and "dewey" looking. Great article and well written!


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This was really helpful and I truly enjoyed watching the makeup application on the first video. What a great idea to use a below the base silicone primer and a powder concealer. I'm definitely going to use this advice. Thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Dianna, me too. Keeping it moist seems more important than making an impression with make-up to me and I love the clear mascara! No more raccoon eyes!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I liked that too and really great because they did not start with a beautiful woman. I love the BB Cream make up already but got me the CC and it is even better to have moisture working for me even under makeup.


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Cindy Kay Shun 6 weeks ago from Manila, Philippines

best tip is not wear to much and not dye hair bright color. good advices miss!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 weeks ago from Minnesota

As a 53 year old, I really appreciate the make up tips. Thanks so much for the helpful hub.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Linda, it was really fun finding out these great tips myself!


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

I had to wear so much makeup last week. I was on stage! lol! but I do tend to change it occasionally so its updated, good to see you!


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Rachel L Alba 2 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Jackie. A lot of great tips for make up for us older gals. I'll be 68 Dec. 8th and have a neck that hangs down a little now. I hate it but, there it is. I agree that too much make up or dark makeup is not a good idea. I did try that BB face cream that has a little color and I actually like it. It does hid the tiny red vessels that show up under the skin and some dark spots. Thanks for all the other tips. You did a lot of work.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.


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Jackie Lynnley 6 days ago from The Beautiful South Author

So sorry Nell I had no warning I had a comment, just happened to go click on them and saw I have quite a few!

Yes I saw a little something at FB about you onstage but did not catch the gist of it. Do tell!


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Jackie Lynnley 6 days ago from The Beautiful South Author

I rarely wear makeup Rachel but the BB is good and now I like the CC even better. I have a scar on my face that shows when I get sun on it so I have to use make-up now and then to cover that til I get it faded back down. Sorry I had no warning of your message here, I did have a good Thanksgiving and hope you did too!

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