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Should Women Over 60 Wear Eyeliner?

author image Shelley Moench-Kelly
Shelley Moench-Kelly is a writer and editor whose clients range from L'Oreal and to the McGraw-Hill Companies and FIDM. She has interviewed notables such as Dr. Andrew Ordon of “The Doctors” and the legendary Vidal Sassoon. Her first book, "Egg," is slated for release in 2016.
Should Women Over 60 Wear Eyeliner?
The right eyeliner makes women of any age beautiful. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

As women age and transition out of the workforce, they'll also likely abandon some makeup must-haves. No one wants to draw attention to herself if she perceives anything to be less than perfect. Ironically, a bare face can actually age a woman. And no one wants that. Just a touch of eyeliner in soft, new, unexpected colors can add sparkle without making a woman look like a silent film star.

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A Change in Attitude

Many women would never leave their homes without makeup, especially during their working and active social years. But as women age, there's a common misconception that the need for makeup diminishes. On the contrary, wearing makeup in your later years not only boosts your physical appearance, it buoys your emotional and mental well-being as well. It's all in the attitude.

The Face of Time

Colors and formulations that a woman wore in her younger years likely won't enhance her features in the same way when she's 60-plus. Whether you're a "fashionista" who wants to add a bit of color to your face or a "natural woman" who rarely wears makeup, eyeliner is a quick, easy way to enhance your eyes. Age is just a number. Don't let a bare face drag you down and age you prematurely.

Conditions of Aging Skin

As women age, the skin texture, thickness and tone change. The skin becomes thinner and sometimes crepe-like, and some experience blotchiness and hyperpigmentation (also known as age spots and irregular discolorations), along with moles, wrinkles and skin laxity. Because of these conditions, eyeliner -- as well as other makeup applied with a light touch -- brightens the face and brings that spark of youth back to older skin.

A Light Touch

Women of a certain age should not use black eyeliner. Black is harsh against the skin -- whether it's fair, olive or dark. It ages the wearer and makes the eyes appear smaller than they actually are. Using softer colors -- such as moss green, soft brown or lavender -- does wonders to enhance any eye color. These shades brighten the eyes and provide definition. And women of any age can benefit from that.

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