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Try A Makeup Makeover For A Great New Look

Updated on April 4, 2017
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Change Your Cosmetics And Look Years Younger

Women have been wearing makeup for centuries, from the first Kohl eye pencil in ancient Egypt, to the modern look we see today. But how many of us are still using the same old lipstick colors, eye pencils, foundation and eye shadows?

Yes, me too. We get stuck in a rut not only with the same old colors but lots of us keep forgetting to buy new cosmetics. How long have you had that mascara? I know it still works, but come on, that make went out ten years ago!

What we seem to forget is that face makeup can actually get stale and go off. When this happens it can start to collect germs and can cause all sorts of problems. Makeup should be changed at least every six months. And in between it should be sterilised to make it safe for use.

So, throw away your old stale makeup, and while you are out buying some more change your style!

public domain To much makeup even for a young girl.
public domain To much makeup even for a young girl.
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Sagging facial muscles courtesy of

Funny Face!

Makeup is a style that you choose. The way you look and are seen by others is important to you, so why do you look like an old Panda that has forgotten to wash his face?

Well let me tell you. We age! Yes I know, that's blatantly obvious. But while we slather on loads of moisturiser, scrub out face with corn kernels, yes they are good for exfoliating and so is salt believe it or not, we forget to change the makeup we have used since 1970!

Age And Facial Structure.

However hard we try, we cannot keep back the signs of age. Unless you have cosmetic surgery, but that's something else completely different. Even then it can go wrong. We have all see the cosmetic programs where someone has had such a high face lift their nose is virtually stuck to their forehead!

Over time, the muscles of the face start to sag. You can keep them at bay by doing facial exercises but that won't take away all the wrinkles and the sags. It can definitely help. But there is one part of the face that tends to do its own thing. Your eyes.

The skin surround the eye socket is probably the most over used of the face. Not only do we squint, rub our eyes, use contact lenses and blink a lot, we also spend many years painting on loads of eye shadow, mascara and foundation.

The face that you looked at in the mirror twenty or even thirty years ago, is not the same face you see today. So lets get back to that same question. Why the same makeup?

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public domain pink lipstick


We all may have had a pout that would knock out a hard man at fifty paces, but sorry ladies its not going to happen now. Why? Our lips get thinner as we age, so that famous pout will look thin and wrinkled.

The lipstick that you wear when you are young, just looks awful at an older age. For example, never ever wear dark lipsticks when you are past the first flush of youth.

Browns, deep red and dark orange make your lips look thinner. And the color will bleed into your wrinkles around the lips.

Lips should look natural but slightly shiny. You can use pale reds, slightly orange and natural colors on your lips but pink is probably the best bet.

The point of wearing makeup when you are young is to really go for bold colors. Not only to show of that proud pout again, but to stand out from the crowd.

When you are older the idea should be to just accentuate your facial features. There's nothing worse than seeing an older women with so much makeup on it looks as though you could scrape it off with a shovel!

So, pale pink, natural, lip gloss and slightly orange or red is the way to go.

Don't forget to exfoliate the lip area. When we scrub our faces we tend to forget the lips. Its important to get rid of dry skin, so buff them up and then add a generous amount of moisturiser too.

Use a lip liner.

A good tip is to make sure that you don't use the lip liner all the way around your mouth. Just accentuate the bow of your lips and the plumpest part of your lower lip.

This will really bring out the shape. And always fill in the color all over your lips with the lipstick. Its amazing how much difference it makes.

Exercise Those Face Muscles!

Toning and skin muscle exercises can be a great way to stop that sagging skin.

Facial Exercise The Natural Facelift That Will Take Years Of Your Face Just 10 Minutes A Day

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public domain Eye makeup

Color Those Eyes

Eye pencils can be your friend or make you look like Dracula's daughter. If you are still using liquid liners, then its time to throw them in the trash.

The reason that an eye pencil is better is because you can apply them easier, and to get rid of harsh lines smudge them at the corners of your eyes.

The eyes are one of the places that you will notice a difference when you age. When we are young, our eyelids are firm and are a perfect palette for eye shadows. As we age they tend to droop and start to cover the eyelids more.

Obviously you can get lots of eyebrow fillers, botox etc. But if you want to go ea' natural', then be very careful how you apply your eyeshadows.

A good idea is to take a look at your eye color and try to find a combination that accentuates them but doesn't overdo it.

For brown eyes or slightly hazel, then go for golds and light browns.

If your eyes are blue then add a slight layer of grey or light brown.

Never ever use too much concealer around the eyes. Whether it be foundation, powder or concealer. This will not cover up your wrinkles or lines, it will just show them up much more.

I have a little trick that has worked for years. After applying my eye makeup I dab a tiny amount of Nivea cream at the outer corners, in the brow line and one dab under each eye. This way even if I have added to much makeup, it smooths it out and leaves a shine. Therefore softening the lines.

A great tip is to try to make your eyes look lifted. Apply the liner to only the upper lid, and the eyeshadow across the top and slightly at the sides. Then use your finger to gently pull up the eyeshadow towards your hairline. This way your eyes will look wider and more alert. Pretty in Pink eyeshadow Pretty in Pink eyeshadow
The perfect eyebrow shape that follows the shape of your eyes public domain
The perfect eyebrow shape that follows the shape of your eyes public domain


How many of us have completely botched up our eyebrows by plucking them too much? Yes me too. The best idea is to go and get them professionally done. I had a friend years ago who swore by this method and she always looked great.

But if you prefer to do them yourself you have to remember one thing before you start. The eyebrows are the frame of your face.

Too much plucking will leave you with a startled look, and not enough will make people think you have wiggly worms crawling across your forehead!

  • Before you start, brush your eyebrows with your fingers, this way you will see any stragglers underneath.
  • Apply a warm flannel to the eye area to open the pores. Open pores mean less pain!
  • Tweeze hairs in the direction that they grow.
  • Start from underneath, never from the top. Otherwise you will end up with a ragged edge.
  • Try to make an arch but not to high otherwise we get the startled look again!
  • Always apply a soothing cream afterwards, this will take the redness away much quicker.

Check Your Face For Hidden Illnesses!

How often do you really look at yourself in a mirror? They say the eyes are the windows to your soul, but did you know your face is the best way to discover whether you have any hidden illnesses?

Are Wrinkles Droopy Eyes And Dry Skin A Sign Of Bad Health - True Facts About Your Face

Preparing Your Face

Before you apply makeup you should prepare your face to take the cosmetics. An artist wouldn't paint on a dirty saggy canvas. Your face should be treated the same way.

To start, make sure your hair is away from your face, and then give you face a really good wash and scrub. Don't scrub to hard you don't want to take off the skin!

Allow ten minutes for your face to adapt to its normal texture. Then apply a good sun screen and moisturiser.

Let that dry for a few minutes, then add the foundation or concealer. A good tip is to apply too much, then remove the excess with a slightly damp cloth. This will remove the top layer and set the foundation.

If you want to use face powder do it the same way. This is the way the professionals apply it. It allows good coverage and then you can wipe it off.

There you have your face ready to be painted in your new makeup.


Some people do, and others don't. But if you do use blusher then a good idea is to place the brush with the color on your cheek bones.

Then suck in your cheeks and just gently brush the blusher around the area that is above the sucked in part. This way you won't end up with it on your lower face which can make you look sallow.

Fabulous Hairstyle for The Older Woman public domain
Fabulous Hairstyle for The Older Woman public domain

Don't Forget The Hair!

After all your hard work, you don't want your face to be framed by a mop mess! This is the time to be bold and colorful. Go to the hairdressers and ask for a brand new hairstyle. Let them choose your new look as they know how to frame your face.

  • For a long face, try a nice short style that frames the face around your ears and higher jaw.
  • For a round face, go for short choppy styles.
  • For a square face, try a longer style but with added curls.
  • Oval face. This is probably the best shape as you can have virtually any style you like. Short will make you look hot and trendy, while long curls will give you the romantic older woman look.

Whichever style you choose, give it a boost with a great new color. Ask your stylist which would suit you best.

So why not give yourself a great new makeup makover? This is the perfect time of the year for a brand new you.

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great makeup tips. Eyeliner highlights the eyes and make them look great. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Thanks nancynurse, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nancy McClintock 

      7 years ago from Southeast USA

      Love it can't wait to try.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi lovedoctor, I have done that with my eyebrows too! lol! thanks again for reading, nell

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      7 years ago

      These are great tips! thanks for sharing. Voted up!

      I'm not Dracula's daughter, but still love my smokey eyes. For smokey eyes, nude lips look nice. I prefer bold colors for lips though. You want to stand out from the crowd and be different. The gold, purple and light brown eye shadows make my eyes look hazel. I have that in between funky light brown shade. As far as eyebrows, you are better off getting them waxed. I don't like plucking. I remember one time plucking my right eyebrow so much that it looked horrible. It took a while for it to grow so I had to use a pencil to blend it in.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Thanks Cathy, glad you liked it, nell

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Wow great information.

      I actually just bought lip liner and used it for a special occasion and I loved it.

      I like your tip on eye liner too, and will try it.


      Got to tweet this one!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi toknow, lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      8 years ago

      I always love makeup tips. My daughters and I can spend the entire day in the makeup store in the local mall, and we often do. I loved a lot of your tips. Great hub.!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, lol! thanks as always, nell

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes once more so useful and another gem so much needed ha ha!!

      Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend Nell.


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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi kimberlie, lol! glad you liked it, and thanks!

      Hi b. Malin, that's a great place to buy them, I do too! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      I feel Pretty, Oh so Pretty, after reading your Wonderful Hub...Great Ideas and Advice. Actually today, I brought 3 new Lipsticks at the $1.00 store. Thanks again for all the Tips!

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      Kimberlie Kacan 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      I'm guilty of forgetting to buy new makeup. I think the last time I bought new was right after my wedding...ooops! Thanks Nell for the reminder and for some great tips!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks rhbtrades, glad you liked it, nell

      Hi Hilary, thank as always, I have thrown away all my old stuff, and its lovely to buy some proper makeup at last!

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You have some great tips here...wait, LOTS of great tips Nell. Thanks for reminding me of some important rules on what NOT to do. Cheers!

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      Aryan Bajoria 

      8 years ago from Kolkata, India


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks teaches, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi tills, my comment went out the window! lol! thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi mary, thanks so much, I think if you are lucky enough to live in a sunshine place then I don't care if I had wrinkles! lol! and yes with your lovely family you have earned them, thanks so much, nell

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell. I wish I had taken better care of my skin when I was younger, then maybe I wouldn't have so many wrinkles, but I think I've earned them!

      Great info here. I hate to see "older" women wearing a lot of makeup that just accentuates their wrinkles.

      I voted this UP, and will share and Pin.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Come on, what woman wouldn't like this hub? Overflowing with great ideas and tips and written in that style that is Nell! Great job. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Love your post, Nell. I also love the last hairdo look. Voted up and shared.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks so much everyone for your great comments, I am a bit behind today, thanks as always, nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great Nell. I'm gonna clean out my makeup drawer and start over. The nose on the forehead, what a hoot!. I have never used Lifecell, maybe i will try it....

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      Danson Wachira 

      8 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You have very useful information here about skin care. This line: [Eye pencils can be your friend or make you look like Dracula's daughter] is very true, some applications of eye pencils i see out there are just funny. Voted up and useful.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If I wore makeup, I suspect this would be very useful. And I'm afraid to forward this hub to lady friends because they might think I'm commenting adversely on their current makeup styles. Still, I'm voting this Up and Useful.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Nell - I have always enjoyed wearing subtle makeup that doesn't look like makeup. Not sure why, but whenever I apply it heavily, I look like a girl playing dress-up. LOL! Really great tips and I am inspired to get out there for some new, fresh items and a makeover. :) Best, Steph

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. As usual, I'll share all about makeup and beauty with my mom. Thanks for writing. Voted up!


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      8 years ago from United States

      Great tips, Nell.

      Every age requires a make over occasionally. This helps uplift our mind n spirits.

      Voted up as useful.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, thanks so much, it started out with me throwing away my makeup in disgust! haha! they say write about what you know!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Anne, lol! I think we all have! you have a lovely suntan I expect, I am so jealous! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article, Nell! Just what some of us need at this age. LOL So well written and presented! I am book marking this one for sure. Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge with us!

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      8 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. I swear to god you have looked into my make up bag..I have stuff more than 10 years old. Must admit I don´t wear make up at all now except for really special events, it´s too hot here in the summer and it just slides off. I really should buy some new make up though as I do wear it more when it´s cooler, and it does give you a lift to know you are looking a bit more kempt too.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks tammy, I have to be careful too about what I put on my skin, I probably would be allergic as well, and yes get rid of that blue! haha! no not really, just joking! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Janine, oh to be 35 again! lol!

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      Joana e Bruno 

      8 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Nell, great tips and you are totally right, I keep using the same things every day, mascara and eye pencil and that's it, maybe it's time for a change... A change usually makes us feel better... Voted up and certainly useful... Sharing and pinning! Have a great day!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      It is just a good idea to find a way to improve your a good feeling about ourselves. We all get in ruts with makeup etc. And picking out new colors of clothes..all very uplifting..Thanks and voted UP.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Love these ideas, Nell! Voted up and shared.

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Nell....ooooo...a make-up party!!!! Count me in. I love all this girly-girl stuff. My friends and I used to have make-over parties all the time. Facials....massage and make-up...we even took before and after pictures!! I love this hub, Nell. You choose the neatest things to write about!! Thanks for this one. You have convinced me to dump all my old stuff and go cosmetic shopping!...UP+++

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Terrific makeup tips, Nell. I remember attending a makeup session and the speaker said the best makeup doesn't look like it is makeup. In other words, less is better. More is obscene.

      Loved the photos and voted Up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      This was a fun one Nell, I love make-up, but usually I just buy lots of it and only use mascara and lipstick. I do doll up a few times a year though and it is always fun. Up as always and shared!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Does this mean I need to get rid of the blue eyeshadow? LOL. I want to go to the store right now. I recently switched to mineral make up and it looks so much more natural. Repaorts claim it causes cystic acne and it did for me at first but stopped after about a month. Excellent tips for any age! Thanks!

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Nell, so really great advice here and am pinning to refer back to, because even at 35 I see a bit of difference from 10 years ago and this really offers some wonderful tips in the makeup area as you do age. Thanks and have voted and shared too!!


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