When I first started taking photos for Empty Nest Blessed, I decided that it would be fun to have my makeup done for a few photo shoots. Although I don’t do it all of the time, I really like to do it! It’s challenging to put yourself out there in photos, and It gives me confidence to know that a pro is making me look as good as I possibly can! When I was looking for a makeup artist who could help, someone recommended Bebe Tran. I loved her immediately because she told me I was beautiful before we even got started! She got so excited about doing my makeup, and it was incredible to see a true pro in action! We’ve become good friends, and I’ve loved watching her grow her business and establish her own salon. Back in February, she graciously hosted my readers for a free Makeup Over Fifty Class, and it was so much fun to collaborate with her on that. (If you haven’t read my wrap-up post from that event, you might want to! It’s full of Bebe’s best tips, tricks, and lots of product recs. Click here to see it.) Over the years, I’ve peppered her with dozens of questions, and she’s patiently answered each an every one.
I’ve written a lot on beauty over 50—those are some of my most popular posts—and you all have asked me lots of questions too! Sometimes I know the answer, or can share tips of my own, but I thought it would be an even better idea to pose your questions to Bebe so that we could get a real professional’s perspective! So, without further ado, let’s jump in and talk makeup over 50, shall we?
Makeup Over 50: Less is More?
I’ve heard that women should wear less makeup the older they get. How do you suggest they do that?
Bebe: That’s true! I’ve always believed that less is more. We tend to get drier as we get older so using a water-based foundation or a foundation with a built-in anti-aging serum will help plump and hydrate your skin throughout the day. Also be sure to use a hydrating eye serum or brightening cream around your eyes because it will help plump those fine lines so your makeup won’t settle in them, emphasizing those lines even more. I usually use a light to medium coverage foundation on my mature clients as opposed to full coverage or oil-free foundation. Also, a moisture mist or rosewater mist is a great addition to your make-up kit as it helps to refresh your makeup/skin throughout the day. On Suzy, I always use a dewy finish setting spray when we finish her makeup.
Makeup Over 50: Best Foundations
What foundations do you recommend for women over fifty?
With Anti-Aging Serum
- Make Up For Ever Water Blend (normal to dry skin)
- Diorskin Forever Undercover (normal, combination, and oily skin)
Natural Finish + Buildable Coverage
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD (normal to combination skin)
- Armani Luminous Silk (medium coverage; normal, dry, combination, and oily skin)
Compact Foundation + SPF
- Dior Airflash Spray (normal, dry, combination, and oily skin)
Makeup Over 50: What to Toss
Are there some products that women over fifty should just get rid of all together?
When I do one-on-one makeup classes with my mature clients, I find that every one of them has a couple of items that they need to toss out of their make-up bag. Throw away shimmery or glittery eyeshadows, oil-free or full coverage under eye concealer, and full coverage or oil-free foundation.
Makeup Over 50: Concealer
How do I apply concealer so it covers the dark circles but doesn’t show the wrinkles?
Remember less is more and hydration is key for any products that go on your undereye areas. The easiest way to help diminish dark circles is to color correct with an orange concealer before putting on your foundation and a brightening primer. My favorite orange concealer is the Make-up Forever Self-Setting Concealer in Almond #40. I love the entire Make-up Forever Self-Setting Concealer line because it’s very moisturizing. Other brightening concealers I recommend are the Dior Flash Luminizer Radiance Booster Pen or the YSL Touche Eclat Brightening Pen.
Makeup Over 50: Age Spots
How should I cover age spots?
I would color correct the age spot first with orange concealer (Make-up Forever Self-Setting Concealer in Almond #40) and then foundation and brightening concealer, Apply it using a “patting” motion to get more coverage.
Makeup Over 50: Dry Skin
No matter what foundation I use on my skin it always tends to make my skin look dry! Help!
Use a new line of skincare that is made specifically for dry skin. Use both serums and creams for your skincare as opposed to a gel-based facial cream. Follow your skincare regimen both day and night. (Not just once a day.) Drink a lot of water. Use a water-based foundation or a foundation with a built-in serum. Carry rosewater or moisture mist around to spritz when you feel dry or need to freshen up your make-up.
Makeup Over 50: Which Comes First?
Should you put on under-eye concealer first or foundation first?
Put on your foundation first and then under-eye concealer. The exception to this would be if you are color correcting. If that’s the case, then color correct, use foundation, and then concealer on top.
Makeup Over 50: Lipstick Bleed
How can I keep lipstick from bleeding out of my lip lines?
I always like to use a lip liner to keep lipstick from bleeding out of the lip line. A good one is Make Up For Ever’s colorless Lip Line Perfector. It creates an invisible barrier so your lipstick won’t bleed.
Makeup Over 50: Mascara Smears
What do you suggest to keep mascara from smearing undereye as the day goes on? I don’t want to use powder because I think it will make that area look even drier and make the lines show more.
Makeup Over 50: Mascara Application
When I put on mascara the tips of my eyelashes, it always gets on my eye shadow! What can I do to prevent that? I’m afraid if I put mascara on first, the eye shadow will get on the lashes!
When putting on mascara, open your eyes wide when you’re putting it on the base of your lashes. When applying mascara to the tips, look slightly down and wait for it to dry before opening your eyes completely.
Thank you, Bebe, for answering all of our questions! To learn more about Bebe Tran, her salon B-Lashed Beauty & Bridal Bar, and the services she provides, visit her website. (BTW, it’s not listed, but she also does one-on-one makeup lessons via Skype or Facetime.) For more of her tips and product recommendations, see this post. To check out the lash lift and tint she did on my natural lashes, click here.
When I select styles to wear for my photo shoots, I try hard to pull classic, versatile pieces that come in multiple color options for you! This square-neck layered look top with the flutter sleeves is a great example! It has a layered-look inset on the bottom, but in this photo I wore it tucked in (um, because I totally planned this outfit around this darling navy & white under $15 gingham belt!). The square neckline is the neckline of the moment, and I love the feminine fluttery sleeves.
You may remember that last week I got a sneak peek at the upcoming limited-edition lifestyle collection that Vineyard Vines is doing with Target, beginning May 18!!! OH, it’s GOOD, y’all! There are more than 300 items across home and outdoor goods, decor, apparel, accessories, swim, and even pets! It will feature Vineyard Vines colorful, optimistic vibe, and prices start at just $2 with most items under $35. You can preview the collection here, and save your favorites by clicking the heart button next to items. That way, when the collection launches on May 18, you’ll be able to add them to your cart quickly.
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Click the pink links to go straight to the sites, and be sure to use the discount codes I’ve provided. Thank you so much for using my links to shop! It means so much to me, and it supports Empty Nest Blessed.
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Happy Friday! I hope your week has been good! It seems like everybody’s gearing up for graduations, showers, and weddings right now! And smack dab in the middle of it all is Mother’s Day. I hope you feel celebrated and loved this weekend, mamas! I’m grateful for each and every one of you. xoxo
Photo by Megan Weaver.
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