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Should I stop wearing lipstick?

Updated on October 8, 2014

Is lipstick making me look old?

Once upon a time I couldn't wait to wear lipstick and look older. Now I think that wearing it makes me look too.old.

Sometimes I l look at myself in the mirror and wonder who that old lady can be, but I still reach for my lip gloss and start smudging it over my mouth.

Should I keep on wearing lipstick? Is it drawing attention to the inescapable fact that I'm neither a young lass nor a smart 40 something professional woman with a flair for fashion? Does it make me look old?

I remember my first lipstick

My first lipstick was a pale pink shade (Blush Pink), a perfectly suitable colour for a 14 year old. I felt like Brigitte Bardot (she wore this shade) although my mother told me I was slapping it on too thickly. It never lasted past the first sip of chocolate malt anyway..

Then there was a time I didn't wear any lipstick at all, I affected a fresh-faced flower child style but I probably looked more like a pallid creature recovering from a long illness.

It was about my 40th birthday that my lipstick became brighter, more bold, more red. An attempt to put some colour into my worn-out face.

But now, the red is too red. The face, alas, too lined and, let's face it, too old.

Should I stop wearing lipstick entirely?

Are these good enough reasons to wear lipstick?

A bit of colour on my face is better than nothing. It brightens up my appearance, making me look less old.

A bit of colourful lip gloss looks like I still care about myself. (I haven't thrown in the towel yet).

It's my face and I'll paint it if I want to.

Are these good enough reasons not to wear lipstick?

Nothing ages like lipstick bleeding into fine lines but lip liner really stands out on me. I look like a clown.

When it's shiny it makes me look like that proverbial mutton pretending to be lamb. When it's matte it makes my whole lower face look droopy.

My lips, never full to start with, are thinner. Lipstick emphasises this. (Thank heavens I don't have artificially plumped lips like some ageing celebrities. They can frighten goblins).

They knew their stuff in Ancient Mesopotamia!

Five thousand years ago the people of Mesopotamia were doing really clever things like inventing writing, so they could record their recipe for making beer and yes, they were also painting their lips red!

The Ancient Egyptians picked up these advances in science and began to use lippie too. It's said that Cleopatra liked hers a rich shade of hot red.

Hit me with the honest truth

I'm at retirement age. Am I too old to wear lipstick?

Maybe I should get this and make a comeback?

Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45

Don't you think he looks like a man who knows his stuff?

It's a very rare occasion when I take advice from a man but I saw Hopkins on Oprah and almost sent off for his book straight away.

Maybe I should order it now and learn how to look after myself

Kindle format : Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45

Perhaps I need this!

The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook: Simple Health and Beauty Tips for Older Persons
The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook: Simple Health and Beauty Tips for Older Persons

I'm not old enough yet to have a carer but I can learn makeup applications from this now and look after myself for longer.


Is there an age cutoff to stop wearing lipstick?

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I made a page about my mom and how good she looked in her eighties. Society discounts older beauty but the laugh lines on our faces and the wisdom in our eyes to me counts as beauty.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The new photo suits this page ideally. Beautiful girl. You rock.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      I agree you shouldn't stop wearing it just tone down the colors a bit to match skin tones more.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I think that as we age we have to go to lighter colors in our hair coloring and lipstick. Our skin is getting lighter in color and we have to match it. It is sort of like being a teenager again (innocent colors and fragrances again).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always gonna wear lipstick, no matter how old I get!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Smooch! Kisses for you, dear!

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      I think a peachy lip GLOSS looks good at any age (:

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      Emily Tack 5 years ago from USA asked for it, but I warn you - my lipstick is hard to wash off! ;)

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Hmmm. Before I kiss you -- are you wearing lipstick? Wouldn't want my wife to see it... :-)

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      TheMummyNextDoor 5 years ago

      More lipstick. The redder the better ;)

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      OK, you made me laugh out loud. Great lens!!

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      This is a very cute and creative lens! Thanks for the giggle! :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      This is a fun lens. I always feel ridiculous when I am wearing lipstick, but I always wished I could wear it and look good. I guess I should try it again before I am too old. (And I voted that you never are too old, go figure). Somehow I always feel like I am playing dress up when I wear it.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Actually I've never really worn lipstick. I usually don't bother putting it on and when I do, I manage to eat it all off (?!) within a short time.

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      MoiraCrochetsPl 6 years ago

      I don't wear lipstick because it dries my lips and my face is too oily, I don't like how I look after an hour. But I really want to wear red lipstick ala 1950's style.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Maybe as we get older our make up looks better if it is softer in color and sheen. I have seen many beautiful older women and look forward to becoming one! Someday. ;-)

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio


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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Seriously, I usually forget to put it on. Go ahead and wear it if it makes you happy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't usually wear lipstick, just lip gloss lol. But I think that you should be able to wear lipstick at any age.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I don't wear lipstick very often, haven't worn make-up at all for years. But that is by choice, nothing to do with age. And, yes, I'm old, too.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Smootches...with fire engine RED lipstick!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Did the responses help you decided?

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      but what did you decide?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this lens, BIG KISS.....

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Great lens, very funny. I haven't owned lipstick in more years than I can count but if I did, it would be some gawd-awful color. I am still partial to the 60's very pale colors like the one with the blue tint.

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      simplyoasis 6 years ago

      I don't think anyone should stop wearing lipstick due to age but I will say use common sense!! Don't highlight the age signs instead tone them down with a different choice in color. At a certain age drop dead red is very UNflattering ...

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      BW Duerr 6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Big Kiss for a great and very fun debate regarding age and the use of lipstick. My grandmother wore a shade of red that let us count every love- and laugh-line in those fabulous pucker up kisses of hers. :D .

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love this lens. I just wish that my lipstick stayed on for more than one hour. lol

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Miaponzo said it well. Mwaaaa! Lensrolling this to my baby boomer and old as you feel lenses.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Mwaaaa.a. how's that? :)

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      The votes are in and by popular demand you are not to stop wearing lipstick!

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      haha very amusing lens, really entertaining and I really enjoyed it!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Funny, never thought much about it. Maybe I should as old age approaches. :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Keep wearing lipstick if it makes you feel good but watch the shade, then again if you love a rich red just go for it, you only live once!

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      Marie 6 years ago

      I don't do make-up but lots of people who are older can wear it well. I think sometimes more muted colours can work better as you get older - but you don't need to stop.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      What I really hate is that my eyebrows have disappeared and the only way that I can now have them is to paint them on grrrr. It's funny because my hair has remained it's natural shade lol.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      I never learned this habit, but I should say that when your hand shakes so much you can't draw straight, that's probably the time to stop - and find somebody to do it for you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't wear makeup often but when I do, I wear it for myself, not anyone else. I think the shade is the vital component here. Get some advice from a knowledgeable person, or if you are not shy, when you see a mature person with nice makeup, ask her what she wears! I don't know for sure, but I suspect there are tips to makeup that will enhance your lips and at least one of the cosmetic companies must make lipstick that is suitable for older skins. If YOU like it, wear it and to heck with what anyone else thinks!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I never wear makeup. Maybe I'll freak out all of my friends and START wearing it when I'm 90!

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Go for it ! I'm pretty ancient but still always wear lippy and always will!

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      religions7 6 years ago

      Great topic for a lens :)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Just enjoy wearing it! :)

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      Lots of love, hugs and blessings..............

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      It's the one piece of makeup my 82-year-old mom won't give up. And it's still bright red. She puts it on every morning, even when she's not going anywhere ... which she rarely does.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England