Makeup Kit for Over 50 Beginners
I will be talking about makeup for over 50 mature, dry skin. It’s a completely different matter than makeup for someone in their 20th, 30th, or even 40th.
This blog post is perfect for you if you are finding yourself over 50 and you have never worn makeup before and you really DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START.
Or if you used to wear makeup a long time ago, got busy with life, kids, family, job, and everything else, and now you want to get back in, but things look a lot different in a makeup world than they used to.
Without fail, once a week, someone asks me, “Can you just tell me what to buy?”
The questions only increased since I started writing about beauty products, so I decided to finally answer them.
Listen, I get it.
Drugstore and Sephora are a minefield of products, and unless you know what to look for, it’s hard to find out what’s good and what isn’t.
But once you get the products that work best for you, your makeup routine will be forever changed.
After a lot of firsthand testing, I compiled the complete list of what to grab for a full beginner makeup routine.
As for my skin, I have very dry, eczema-prone skin with a light neutral tone.
What Makeup Do an Over 50 Beginners Need in their Makeup Kit?
I will go through the list of products that I use; love and think are the best to start with.
But I will let you decide what is best for you.
Perhaps you would want to start just with blush and mascara.
You can pick and choose what’s feet in your routine.
When I started with makeup in my 40th, I didn’t start with all of the skincare that I use now or the makeup that I use now.
I added it bit-by-bit as I became comfortable, and more interested in it.
Please don’t feel pressured that you have to jump in and buy a whole bunch of makeup that you are not interested in or don’t understand.
Let’s get started with a makeup kit that I think is best for us over 50 mature women.
Consider This to Be Your Beginner’s Guide when Shopping for Makeup
I start with my skin washed and prepped with my A.M. skincare routine.
BEGINNER MAKEUP KIT
BEGINNER MAKEUP KIT – FACE
If you’re new to makeup, put down the full coverage foundation and say hi to something natural instead. A lightweight CC CREAM like this one is easy to blend with your fingers or sponge, won’t require a ton of fussing to make it look good, and doesn’t get cakey if you need to layer it for more coverage.
I personally love this when my skin is on the drier side because it adds extra dew and life back to my skin and never clings to dry patches.
I use Light Medium – pink-beige shade with cool undertones.
When someone asks me for a concealer recommendation, I don’t have too much thinking. It’s always this. It is Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer provides fool coverage, is lightweight, blendable, and doesn’t settle into lines.
I pretty much depend on concealer for the circles under my eyes and some hyperpigmentation coverage. This one won’t budge or crack throughout the day.
The second runner-up is Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. This one is not as thick as IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye and therefore looks more natural and easier in the application.
On days I don’t want to wear foundation, I pop this under my eyes and on any age spots, and it blends seamlessly into my skin.
Regardless of skin type, the powder is necessary. It blurs your pores, prolongs your makeup, and gets rid of the tacky foundation feeling we all hate.
But it’s gotten a bad rap for being cakey and drying – until this one-stepped in.
There’s a reason you’ll find this in makeup bags all over YouTube. It’s silky smooth, fine powder that glides right over the skin and does everything you want a powder to do without doing what you don’t.
No dry and crusty skin here.
BEGINNER MAKEUP KIT – EYEBROWS
Try this tinted gel that will add volume and color to your sparse, gray brows while shaping them in place. This one comes in three shades.
As we age, our brows tend to stop growing. They also start to sprout some unwanted grays throughout. A brow gel like the one from Essence is the perfect fix. Take the brow gel wand and brush throughout brows in and upward and outward motion to fill in sparse spots and to coat grays.
I use 02 Browny Brows
BEGINNER MAKEUP KIT – EYES
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as Eyeshadow Primer
I need this for my hooded eyes. When I wear eyeshadow, it keep them put on my eyelids without transferring to my upper lid or creasing.
I also love a subtle wash of shimmer on my lids and that’s what MAC paint pot does. It gives a beautiful hint of brightening glimmer. I love the way it looks and it’s seriously long-wearing.
I use A11 Bare Study
If you’re new to eyeshadow, skip the giant palette and try something like this instead. I love big palettes as a makeup lover because it offers a lot of variety, but when I’m in a hurry, there are too many options and I end up staring at the palette for 10 minutes, trying to figure out what to do. With a palette like this, coming up with your go-to look (and others) is practically guaranteed. Not to mention, the mattes in this palette are so easy to blend and shade your looks, and the shimmers are glitzy and shiny.
PRO TIP: When applying your everyday makeup, nothing looks better than soft and neutral eye shadow colors. Taupe, nude, cream, or a subtle coral will help give you a natural-looking glow.
The tight line underneath my top lashes. If you haven’t done this before it’s OK. It’s easy to learn. You simply going to take this liner and run it right underneath the upper lashes. And really create a very distinctive line and emphasis to your lashes.
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara
I will recommend Drugstore option mascara for beginners because it’s providing you with high-quality performance. L’Oréal mascara is so good, I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. It darkens your lashes from the base to the tips keeping them nice and separate and a little bit filler without being clumpy.
Neither flake nor smear under my eyes. It’s everything you could ever ask for in a mascara.
BEGINNER MAKEUP KIT – ADD ON
For a beginner, I’d recommend forgoing cream bronzer for now and heading straight to a powder. When used with a fluffy brush, bronzer can give you an all-over glow that’s pretty foolproof (unless you’re using a very wrong shade, but I love Revlon highlighting palette because none of the shades is orange). For a more targeted application, focus on the 3E method: around the temples, under the cheekbones, and under the jawline.
The first time I tried this blush, I thought to myself, “This would be incredible for a makeup beginner.” For one, it is so creamy and emollient that it blends with the lightest touch without compromising on pigment. Speaking of, it’s the perfect middle ground: pigmented enough to show up but not too pigmented to give you clown cheeks.
I use Werk – dusty rose
Or L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil- Peony beautifully on the skin.
And of course, you’ll want a gloss to give a little bit of color to your lips. It’s not sticky at all, has a bit of longevity, and actually makes my lips feel softer and plumper.
If you don’t like the plumping effect then go for Maybelline Lifter Gloss Silk 04
These are the products I would recommend for Makeup Kit to a beginner over 50, who is wondering what products to purchase.
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