Life as a woman is a journey filled with precious moments, cherished memories, and, yes, a few battle scars. Living to your fullest is a labor of love that leaves its mark on your appearance. But those wrinkles mean you laughed and gray hair means you cared.
At the 50+ stage of life, makeup application takes on a new dimension. It’s not about concealing the passage of time but enhancing and celebrating the beauty that comes with it. As we learned from Wedding Wingman Sylvia Waller, just as an artist adapts to a changing canvas, it’s important to change up products and techniques when applying makeup to mature skin. We understand that every woman is different, and so we present you ten stunning mature makeup looks to inspire you. Whether you prefer natural or glam, are planning to do your own makeup or have it done by a professional, these tips and tricks will help you feel and exude radiance.
Watch as professional makeup artist, Gucci Westman, apply makeup to a mother of the bride in real time. In this step-by-step tutorial, Gucci expertly showcases how to highlight the mother’s natural features with a subtle makeup look, with a bold and flattering dark lip. Before diving into makeup, she shares important skincare prep tips, including an incredible product the Lyma Laser, that has incredible results for improving sagging and skin texture. She showcases a lightweight foundation look that even out the skin tone without concealing those beautiful freckles. You won’t want to miss her tips for eyebrow shaping and eyeliner application plus what she suggests you have on hand in your bag on wedding day for touch ups!
Watch as Jen, an exceptional Bridal Makeup Artist, works her magic on a real mother of the bride client. This tutorial is great for mom’s seeking a full-glam look that exudes elegance and sophistication. With the camera zoomed in on her mom, it’s easy to follow Jen’s precise movements. Highlights of the look include a flawless complexion with contoured cheekbones, complemented by a brown smokey eye with delicate glitter, and smudged-out eyeliner. Bonus: all the products used are listed in the description.
Join Mel C, an incredibly talented self-taught makeup enthusiast, as she creates a timeless and classic wedding look on herself. This tutorial is perfect for wedding makeup on older brides that want to do their own makeup on the big day that could use some expert guidance. Mel curated this DIY mother of the bride makeup look on her 50-year-old self using exclusively drugstore products, making it easily accessible and budget friendly for all who need to update their products. With Mel’s detailed step-by-step instructions, she guides you through every production selection and placement, for instance where to put each color of the eyeshadow palette, what brushes to use, and how to blend in a circular application instead of a windshield wiper technique.
Popular makeup artist Ali Andreea showcases a mature makeup look on a 60 year old Spanish model. This natural look focuses on embracing her beauty! First things first, Ali goes in with skincare including a cleanser, brightening serum, illuminating eye gel cream, an illuminating moisturizer, an anti-aging lip treatment and an anti-aging face tint. All products are linked in the video description for your convenience! Then she goes in with a lightweight coverage face tint, which is great for those not used to foundation on their skin! Additionally, she adds glowy blush, contour, and a shimmery eye look.
This is a great tutorial for grandmother of the bride or groom makeup. Meet Spencer, a talented makeup artist, who created this radiant YouTube mature makeup tutorial on his lovely friend, Brenda. Spencer’s focus is to enhance the skin to achieve an effortless beautiful glow – like you just got back from a relaxing vacation. He shares his curated list of products that complement fine lines rather than compete with them. In addition to the luminous skin look, he found many mature women struggle with lipstick cracking. To solve this, he suggests using a liquid lipstick.
Talented makeup artist, Dominque Sachse, unveils a remarkable difference between old popular makeup application techniques compared to more flattering ways for mature skin. She says ”many of us have either genetically inherited downtown features or as we age, our features tend to move downward and sag a little bit. It is amazing the power of makeup has to be able to change shape and to create lift.” Watch as she bravely applies makeup the wrong way, reminiscent of the 80s trends, on one side of her face, and the right way on the other. Through this fascinating comparison, she imparts essential tips on avoiding common mistakes, such as filling in eyebrows downward, using heavy eyeshadows that weigh down the lids, and accentuating droopy eyes. She also shares invaluable insights on eyeliner application to maintain lash fullness, as well as strategic contouring and blush placement for warmth and create a lifted appearance.
Stephanie invites her mom to join her YouTube channel for an exciting glam session, tailored specifically for those with hooded eyes, a common concern among mature women due to excess skin and soft tissues covering the eyelids. In this tutorial, Stephanie guides viewer on creating a stunning eye look that doesn’t disappear under the hood of the eye. She generously shares the benefits of shimmery and matte eyeshadows A brilliant tip involving microporous tape allows for the creation of wings and allows for the creation of a winged out smokey liner that is both elegant and gentle on sensitive skin. Stephanie also addresses the issue of overplucked eyebrows, something her mom did when she was younger, by demonstrating how to expertly fix and refine them. And for those concerned about heavy false lashes, fret not, as Stephanie reveals how to flawlessly apply individual flashes to fill in gaps.
Australian makeup artist Tina Yong gives her fifty-one-year-old mother a makeover perfect for special occasions such as, you guessed it, weddings! Her mom, Houng is a great example of makeup for mothers of the brides over fifty and skincare is just as important as makeup! Keeping in mind her oily skin type, and her large pores, Tina suggests color correcting first before applying foundation with a peachy color to brighten under the eyes, a green around the nose for redness, and peach again for pigmentation. With makeup for asian mothers of the bride, eyeshadow can be used to lift drooping or hooded eyes.
Brittany treats her mom to a makeover that is absolutely stunning! The transformation she achieved in under 10 minutes is incredible. The spotlight of this makeover was undoubtedly the mesmerizing eye look, which she demonstrated step-by-step, making it effortless for anyone to replicate at home by revealing the exact eyeshadow shades. One of the standout tips Brittany shared was the use of a lighter concealer on the high points of the face, providing a mini-face lift effect. Additionally, her use of bronzer to define the face and create the illusion of a smaller nose is a game-changer!
When it comes to professional makeup application often you’ll be asked to choose between airbrush and traditional makeup application. If you’re unsure, don’t worry you’re not alone, most women are in the same boat. Professional makeup artist Vicki Miller, known for her expertise in work with women over 40, is here to guide you towards an informed decision. She compares the difference between traditional foundation and Temptu airbrush foundation and evaluates their performance after a full 7 hours of wear.