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The 5 minute face – A video makeup lesson for women over 50

The 5 minute face makeup lesson for women over 50

Elizabeth Rist, who’s a long-time contributor to Prime Women, and a professional makeup artist who regularly does the makeup for mature women, took the time to give one of our readers a makeover and makeup lesson for women over 50 specifically. In this video, she’ll teach you a quick 5 minute makeup routine you can easily do when rushed for time, but still look naturally put together.

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How to apply makeup for women over 50 in 5 minutes

1. STEP 1 – Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

  • It’s one of the most important things you can do.  Protect your skin and moisturize
  • While you’re at it – give yourself a face massage. Anytime you can use your hands to apply lotions and makeup, you’ll stimulate your circulation. Your face will love you forever!
  •  Elizabeth Recommends: CeraVe Ultra-light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

2. STEP 2 – Eyes

Yes! Eyes go next. Why? So you can clean up anything that falls under eye and reduce darkness

  1. Eye Primer

  2. Eye Shadow

    In this makeup lesson for women over 50 pull the eye to get in the creases

  3. Shadow Liner

    • Use an angled brush
    • Choose a natural medium shadow color- not too dark or too light
    • Stamp it down right at the lash line
    • Move outside inward and then inside outward


  1. Face Primer

  2.  Foundation

    • Apply a light Application
    • Avoid a matte, cakey look – it tends to sink into lines and wrinkles
    • Look for a light silicon or water based foundation with emulsifiers in them
    • Consider “BB Creams” – (lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers, with SPF and anti-oxidants) or “CC Creams” – (color correcting creams with a lighter feel to them)
    • To soften the look, dampen a sponge and pat around your face
    • Elizabeth Recommends: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ “Your Skin or Better” or…read all her recos in MAKEUP FOR WOMEN OVER 50: THE 7 BEST FOUNDATIONS
  3. Concealer Showing how to apply concealer for women over 50

    • Use 1 – 2 shades lighter than skin tone
    • Apply a very light layer right underneath eyes
    • Also use anyplace you have a little redness, like around the nose
    • Don’t use on blemishes, though, as it will make them stand out more
    • If applying with your fingertips, use ring or middle finger and softly tap
    • Elizabeth Recommends: Stila Aqua Glow Serum Concealer
  4. Powder set

STEP 5 – Brows

  • Go for a neutral tone eye shadow – avoid auburns and warm tones
  • Use two similar colors for dimension
  • Take small vertical strokes with a firm eye shadow brush
  • Just fill in your natural brow line
  • Extend just slightly at the end to the angle of your lash line
  • Soften with your damp sponge
  • Elizabeth Recommends: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

STEP 6 – Mascara

STEP 7 – Blush

STEP 8 – Lips

This makeup lesson for women over 50 make look like it has a lot of steps. But they only require quick applications. Once you’ve applied to your own face a couple of times, this will be an easy routine to manage when you’re headed out the door for a casual day at the office or running around town.


Read Next:

Best Face Primers For Women Over 50

Ultimate Guide to the Best Drugstore Makeup Brands

The Best Makeup for Women Over 50



5 Minute Makeup for Women After 50




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