Which Red Lipsticks Suit Older Mature Women

Red Lipstick for Mature Women
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Red lipstick for older women

Some people think there is an age limit on wearing red lipstick. I am here to tell you this isn't true. Red lipstick is daring, provocative, and down right gorgeous. If you are a confident woman and have always worn red lipstick, there is no need to stop as you age. Perhaps a slight adjustment in the shade is all you need. Cosmetic manufactures are developing lines for women like us, as they realize their market isn't just for the 20-30 year-olds. Let's take a look at what is available on the market for mature women.


Aging and makeup

As we age our skin changes. It isn't just the loss of elasticity and the odd little line, often it can become dull and we lose that youthful glow. This is why our makeup regime needs to change. If you are still using products you were using 20 or 30 years ago, now is a good time to revamp your selection. We all have favorites but perhaps they aren't the best choices for your skin type any longer. There are products specifically designed for the more mature woman. That isn't to say they are of lesser quality, they have been formulated to bring out our best. Often these will have extra moisturizers to aid in the reduction of visible wrinkles.

As for our lips, like me, you may have noticed your lipstick bleeds into the lines around your mouth. The lines will be worse if you are or were a smoker or also a sun lover. Below I have included a video which will show you how to stop the bleeding of your lipstick and the best way to apply lipstick. Even after all these years of wearing lipstick, I learned a thing or two from it. Enjoy the video.

Which shade of red lipstick

There are so many red lipstick shades on the market it is difficult to just choose one. As a rule of thumb, if your skin is pale, try a blue/red. If your skin is olive then opted for an orange/red.

Of course you can try either. A blue/red is more of a dramatic evening look whereas an orange/red will be a good choice if you are in fun mood. Ask at the makeup counter if they have a sample or simply try the sample on the back of your hand.

****If your teeth are stained or appear yellow, this could be accentuated by wearing a blue/red lipstick. ****

Below are just a few of the ones I have tried and my opinions on them.


MAC Matte Lipstick

MAC Matte Lipstick RUSSIAN RED
MAC Matte Lipstick RUSSIAN RED

This looks shockingly red if you aren't use to seeing such a bright red lipstick in the tube. This is gorgeous and a head turner for all the right reasons. I prefer a matte look, I think as we age, a glossy look isn't good. I am often complimented by women who tell me, they have never been brave enough to wear red.

 

Maybelline Red Lipstick

Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lipcolor, Red Revival 645, 0.15 Ounce
Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lipcolor, Red Revival 645, 0.15 Ounce

I call this my everyday lipstick. It is the one I carry with me daily and it makes me feel 'made up' and ready to face the world. Although I get compliments, it is less dramatic than my evening or going out lipstick. This is a good lipstick for all skin tones.

 
Mature women who wear red lipstick
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Women Who Wear Red Lipstick

Just look at the different women who wear red lipstick. Madonna, Demi Moore, Dolly Parton, and The Queen of England are all fans of wearing red lipstick.

It isn't limited to hair color either as blondes, brunettes, redheads and even those with gray hair can successfully wear it.

Caucasian, Asian and Black women can all wear shades of red lipstick to great effect. Simply select a hue which compliments your skin tone.

Personal choice comes into it as well of course and not just for the shade but also how it feels on the lips. I prefer one which helps to moisturize my lips, because if they are too dry the lips appear to have more lines. A moisturizing lipstick gives a smoother look to aging lips.

Lip pencils

The pencil for lips isn't new, but for mature lips it is a great tool to have in your makeup bag, it minimizes bleeding into the lines around your lips. Always have it sharp, and if the weather is too hot, pop it into the fridge until ready to use.


It is a good idea to have a couple different shades to blend with the different lipsticks.

Lipcote Lipstick Sealer
Lipcote Lipstick Sealer

It was my daughter who introduced me to the product, when she saw the problems I was having leaving my lipstick behind on my tea cups. She shook her head as daughters do and pulled a bottle of Lipcote out of her handbag. What can I say, now I have my own bottle.

 

Lipstick sealer

Even if your lipstick says it is everlasting or kiss proof, you can't beat a lipstick sealer. If you seem to reapply your lipstick often, with the lipstick sealer, this isn't necessary. The first time I used one, it felt uncomfortable, almost like it was drying my lips. Now I swear by it if I want my lipstick to stay on my lips and not on my glass or on my teeth.

Eye Make-up and Lipstick

If you are planning on wearing a bright red lipstick, you will need to tone down the eye makeup. The reason for this is we want a focal point. Eyes or lips, not both. Otherwise, it is almost clown like which is not the look we are after!

A light neutral colored eye shadow and mascara will suffice. Make your statement with your lipstick.

Although you may see younger woman who can pull off wearing brightly colored eye shadow and bright red lipstick, for mature women, it rarely works. The only exception to this, in my experience is if you are in the theater on the stage where you need to 'stand out'.

Otherwise opt for a focal point as explained earlier. I liken this to wearing a short skirt or a low cut top, it's best to chose one or the other.


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geetbhim 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

I agree with you women can use red lipstick when they grew old need not change their color of the lipstick if they love. Many old women who have crossed there 50's are seen in red lipstick and that enhance their personality. Even I love red lipstick and can't think of any other shades.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello geetbhim,

Thanks for the comment.

Red lipstick has a loyal following. Once you find a shade that suits, you don't want another color, they all seem too bland.

Wonderful to hear from you.


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grand old lady 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for the advice. I guess lipstick is more than putting it on and zipping out of the house. Will have to buy a lotta stuff to get my lips right, but it might be fun:)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Really a great article about make-up for the mature woman. You have some good advice, tips and suggestions. Well presented and laid out. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up and shared!


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Grand old Lady,

I have seen women who can apply it without the aid of a mirror, on a train that is bumping along and still get it perfect. I however am not one of those women. I need to get close to the mirror, mouth open slightly. It is a similar technique for applying mascara. I don't know why we open our mouths for that.

Thank you for your comment.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Suzettenaples,

Thank you for sharing and the vote. I am so pleased you enjoyed it.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am so glad I came by here. Love the advice and next time I am out I am picking up a blue-red lipstick. Thanks for the great advice.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Teaches12345,

I am glad you found the information useful.

Always a pleasure to hear from you.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I am working on a short story in which a 50 year old woman character wears "fire engine red" lipstick and looks attractive thus. When I finish the story, may I put the lipstick sentence in a comment to this article and ask if it sounds plausible or if I should have the character wear a different shade of lipstick?


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello,

Of course, you may. I appreciate you asking. Sometimes people try to sneak in a link which tends to irritate me. Although I don't wear that shade of red, my sister does. She looks fabulous in it.

Thanks for asking and can't wait to read it.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Blond Logic, here is the paragraph from my short story in progress that has a 50 year old character wearing "fire engine red" lipstick. The woman is an associate professor of psychology, is divorced, and is on the prowl for romance. A man who is nearly 40 has been eyeing her. Is it plausible that she would wear bright red lipstick and that men would find her attractive, in part because of the lipstick rather than in spite of it? If she asked you, what lipstick would you recommend she wear? Should I delete "fire engine red" and substitute something else, such as plum purple or Cadillac pink or whatever? Would your answer be different if the scene were in a bistro in Brazil instead of the USA?

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She ate a breath mint, shoved everything back in her shoulder bag, and appraised her appearance in the mirror--teeth: clean; medium-length copper red wig: straight; fire engine red lipstick: perfect. Satisfied--except for hating the bags under her eyes and little wart on the side of her neck, she shouldered her bag, stepped out of the Women's Restroom, and, aware of the little man's glances, strode back to the bar.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

I personally think 'fire engine red' is perfect. If she is on the prowl (or the hunt) it is the perfect color for her no matter what country she is in.

For anyone else who reads this, please answer, this is directed to all of us.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Thanks lots.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I've never heard of lipstick sealer. Sounds like it would be a great addition to my arsenal. I'll definitely look into it. I've found a red with blue undertones works best with my skin. I'm glad to know about the colors you recommend. Thanks so much!


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Vespawoolf,

Actually it was my daughter who told me about the lipstick sealer, now I always have it close at hand.

Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks for comment.


Randie 19 months ago

Any type of blue cool toned red or pink,look horrible on me because I have fair very warm undertoned skin( which is very common with natural redheads) and shades with warm yellow,orange and a little brownish reds and pinks look best on me.When I was 22 I went to a color specialist who taught me with warm clothing swatches held up to my face and the warm cosmetic colors she made up my face with,that I have a really warm undertone to my skin and that I should avoid any blue based cool colors and only use warm colors and she was totally right! I never had any freckles though.

On many make up blogs and sites like the very good Make Up Alley, and online articles they explain and or demonstrate the same things.


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Blond Logic 19 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Randie,

Thank you for sharing your experience, I think many would benefit from going to a color specialist to find colors which suit them.

I think we have all made mistakes in purchases and then never use the product.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Rukhsarrr 12 months ago from Leicester, UK

This is a great hub! Well done on helping older women find confidence in wearing red lipsticks!

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