Makeup 101: Less Is More


I've learned a lot about makeup over the past 30-something years. When I first got out of cosmetology school, it was all about how much I could apply to a woman's face. I was like a kid in a candy-makeup store who couldn't eat enough. However, I eventually discovered that it's not always about how much you apply, but rather how astute you are in using makeup to achieve the most effective results.

As I've shared in past posts, I see nothing wrong in women using makeup to enhance their beauty and appearance. And I will even go so far as to say that if a woman chooses to use makeup for a more dramatic look, then more power to her. Makeup is an artistic tool that can be used however a woman feels comfortable.

Such as this eye makeup application. It's dramatic, yes, but it's skillfully and exquisitely done...


I was fortunate when I first got into the beauty industry to be exposed to a wide variety of ages. And I have to say that my favorite age group to work on was, and still is, the 40 and up ladies. I've even applied makeup to women in their 70's and 80's. Many women feel that as they mature, they're hopeless when it comes to makeup because it's only for younger women. Yet, if you use makeup wisely, it can be applied to any woman of any age and look GREAT.

My theory is, less is more; especially when it comes to mature women. The trick to makeup is that it should allow a woman's natural features to come forward. If done properly, makeup should appear almost subliminal. What you should primarily notice is an overall glow to the face.

Below are photographs of what I feel is beautifully applied makeup to women of different ages...








One thing I adore is a pop of red lipstick because it's so classic. And a lot of  women shy away from red because they either feel that they can't wear it or it looks too much. However, there is a shade of red lipstick for every women - some are bright, some are deep, some are orange-red, some are blue-red - but I'll tell you, there IS a red lipstick for any woman of any skin tone, and any age.

Take a look at these...


Aren't they stunning in their red lipstick?

So there you have it folks, my Makeup 101: Less is More post. Hope you enjoyed. 

Have a great week, y'all!
X

*all photographs found on the Internet


31 comments

  1. Rob LenihanMay 18, 2015

    Hey, Ron, appreciate your insights and expertise in this area, as I am woefully clueless when it cones to the whole make-up business. However, I do appreciate the concept of less is more and I agree whole-heartedly. Have a great week, buddy!

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  2. Ron, thank you for sharing this post because at my age (50's) I still like to wear makeup but feel the same as you, less is more. I think as woman matures, a light-weight foundation or tinted moisturizer looks much better than something heavier because foundation can settle into the lines and wrinkles and make them more prodomiment. I prefer a coral lipstick on my lips, but now that you mentioned red, I'm tempted to try one. It's looks great on those women in the photographs! Nice selection of photos, btw.

    Very interesting post. You are a wealth of informative knowledge. I for one would like to see you post more of these type posts because I could use your expertise.

    Thanks!

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  3. Ron, this is a post I am definitely going to share with my girlfriend because as I told you before, she's a product and makeup junkie Lol! It's not that she wears a lot of makeup, but she likes to collect it. And think because she's an artist, she's very good at applying makeup. But I believe she would find your thoughts very interesting.

    Great photo examples. Love red lipstick on a woman. I think it's sexy!

    Another great post, dude! Boy, you've had a lot of different careers in your life, haven't you?

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  4. Hello there Elaine!

    " I think as a woman matures, a light-weight foundation or tinted moisturizer looks much better than something heavier because foundation can settle into the lines and wrinkles and make them more predominant."

    You are spot on about that and I agree! Foundation especially should have a much light texture and feel as a woman matures. And I also think it should have a dewier and more natural finish instead of a matte, so that the skin glows.

    " I prefer a coral lipstick on my lips, but now that you mentioned red, I'm tempted to try one. It's looks great on those women in the photographs!"



    I love a coral lipstick too! And yes, please try a red lipstick because you can find them in an orange-red so that it's more of a coral-red.


    If you're interested, you can search my blog archives (under product reviews and grooming) to find more posts on this topic. And yes, I may post more in the future.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaabulous week!

    X

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  5. Hiya Matt!

    " And think because she's an artist, she's very good at applying makeup."

    Being an artist, I bet she's awesome at applying makeup because makeup is very much an art; involving shadowing, highlighting, and knowing about color.

    " Love red lipstick on a woman. I think it's sexy!"

    I think it's sexy too! It reminds me of the 40's and 50's, when many women wore red lipstick. It's a CLASSIC!

    "Wow, you've had a lot of different careers in your life, haven't you?"



    HA! Yes, I have. I can't even count the various careers I've had. I'm one of those people who's tried so many different things in my life because I like SO MANY different things!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent week!
    X

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  6. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comMay 18, 2015

    Less is definitely more - although I have to admit that I don't wear make-up at all.

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  7. Hey there Rob!

    " However, I do appreciate the concept of less is more and I agree whole-heartedly."



    It's interesting how my whole concept of makeup has changed over the years. I definitely feel that there is a place for dramatic makeup and love it for it's art and technique. However, for everyday wear, I find less is more.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a grrrrrrrreat week!


    X

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  8. Enclosed herewith one return ticket to the UK. Please bring lipstick!


    Seriously, at 81 (coming up) I still wear make-up, though not a lot. I do try to make myself look as natural as possible though some days are better than others. For many years lipstick has been a problem because (I am told) of the nut oil used in its manufacture. Anything I put on the lips caused great discomfort until I discovered Blistex Lip Brilliance. It's not a lipstick, more a coloured lubricant for dry lips. Going back to lipstick proper, For years I thought the real trouble was the actual application rather than the content. This is something I remember the doc telling me years ago, that my skin suffers from 'contact eczema' and only 'contact'. Why just the lips, though?? And why doesn't Blistex do the same thing!! Oooh I'm rambling again.


    Anyway, I love the pics you showed, they gave me the heart to carry on wearing make-up, plus the chance to 'vent' my views on you haha. Have a brill week x

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  9. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don't use make up. It takes such a short amount of time (4 minutes) but gives me great results. The before/after shot of the Asian woman reminds me of my own look. You really can't tell she has any make up on, but what a difference in how old she looks!

    I admit to shying away from red. I usually go for a pink lipgloss. I love lip gloss! Have a super week!

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  10. Oh Ron, I love this post and your examples of beautifully applied makeup! " I eventually discovered that it's not always about how much you apply, but rather how astute you are in using makeup to achieve the most effective results." I was the same way when I was younger, I was heavy-handed. But now as I'm getting into my mid-30's, my application has become more subtle. The big thing now is contouring, but I haven't tried it yet. My favorite look is soft eyes and a bold lip. I think the right lipstick can do wonders for a woman's face. I sometimes used a deep burgundy-red lipstick.


    Beautiful application of the dramatic eye makeup in the photo. Love the brows!


    Fun post, Ron! Have wonderful week x

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  11. " although I have to admit that I don't wear make-up at all."


    That's awesome, Fiona! I know many women who don't wear makeup at all (or very little) and they look great!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a terrific week!
    X

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  12. "Enclosed herewith one return ticket to the UK. Please bring lipstick!"

    HA! Valerie, I LOVED that! And I promise if I ever come to the UK, I'll bring you a red lipstick!

    "Seriously, at 81 (coming up) I still wear make-up, though not a lot."

    That's GREAT! I think makeup, no matter what age, can be such a wonderful highlight to a woman's features - even if it's simply some mascara, a dash of blush and a lipstick.

    "Going back to lipstick proper, For years I thought the real trouble was the actual application rather than the content. This is something I remember the doc telling me years ago, that my skin suffers from 'contact eczema' and only 'contact'. Why just the lips, though?? And why doesn't Blistex do the same thing!!"

    I know many woman who have the same issue when it comes to lipsticks. And I think it may be caused by certain dyes and ingredients (such as, nut oil). Plus, I think the lip and eye area are more sensitive to things. And yes, I know the product, Blistex Lip Brilliance, and think it's a brilliant product. Many women use it as their lipstick choice because it's more of a lip balm and not as heavy as most lipsticks; using more natural ingredients.



    Thanks so much for stopping by and venting your views, dear lady. Enjoyed it!


    Have a super week!
    X to you and Joe

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  13. "There is rarely a day that goes by that I don't use make up. It takes such a short amount of time (4 minutes) but gives me great results."

    Excellent! And I think it's great it only takes you 4 minutes because on a day-to-day basis, makeup application should be quick and easy.

    "The before/after shot of the Asian woman reminds me of my own look. You really can't tell she has any make up on, but what a difference in how old she looks!"

    Yes, that's one of my favorite before/after shots because you can see such a difference yet, her makeup is minimal and natural-looking.

    "I admit to shying away from red. I usually go for a pink lip gloss. I love lip gloss!"



    Yes, I think lip gloss is a GREAT choice if you prefer a more softer-looking lip. Many times I'll apply a touch of gloss on top of a lipstick when I do a woman's makeup; giving the lips a more moist-dewy look.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, my friend. Have a super week!
    X

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  14. Hola Denise!

    "The big thing now is contouring, but I haven't tried it yet."

    OMG yes, the interest right now seems to be about contouring. Many women come into my store and ask for contouring kits. But I'll tell you, it has to be applied very carefully, as not to look too overdone. I've seen some great contouring tutorials in You Tube, if you're interested. My background in theater makeup taught me so much about contouring.

    "My favorite look is soft eyes and a bold lip. I think the right lipstick can do wonders for a woman's face. I sometimes used a deep burgundy-red lipstick."

    I agree! Lipstick can do wonders for a woman's face. And I LOVE the look of a soft eye and bold lip. I also love the look of a bold eye and soft lip. It's all about balance.

    "Beautiful application of the dramatic eye makeup in the photo. Love the brows!"



    Aren't her brows faaaaaaaabulous?


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic, girl. Have a wonderful week too!
    X

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  15. Ron, I so appreciate this post! I've read posts online of late that seem to encourage women to quit wearing makeup and buying into a false beauty, and I want to scream, NO!! Makeup, artfully applied, can enhance a woman's natural beauty, and most faces I've seen can certainly use a bit of enhancement! I won't go out of the house without some makeup on -- if that means I'm vain, so be it!

    Love the technique in the first collage. It's one I've never mastered, though I've tried. I guess I'll just keep trying and maybe eventually I'll get it right!

    I've never been a red lipstick kind of gal -- I know the blue-reds are best on my skin tone, but I just feel like everybody's staring at my lips when I wear red (and I'd rather they be looking at my eyes!!)

    Hope your week is going great, dear!

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  16. benzekneesMay 19, 2015

    Love the pics Ron! I started wearing "a little eye shadow" at age 14 & didn't stop wearing makeup until my mid-40's. I did not go anywhere without makeup! I went through the bright white eye shadow with the thick black eye liner of the 60's & though various other stages. Then I moved to a new town where there was just a tiny, tiny amount of sand in our water & I started getting eye infections like crazy. Of course I couldn't wear make up with an eye infection, so I stopped wearing make up altogether. Now it is very rare for me to wear makeup at all!
    I was never one to wear anything on my face except for a little blush because I was blessed with lovely skin, sort of the English rose type of complexion. I think this was part of the reason I continue to have lovely skin even at my age!

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  17. I could not agree more with you!!! Less is definitely more - especially with mature women. My mom has had to let go of the overly done up eyes of her youth, lol. It's all about dewy skin and light eyes! No under eye liner either, IMHO. She actually sent me a pic of Blythe and she wants to copy her hair. Such a pretty lady! And my grandma DID wear red lipstick right up until the end. looked great on her!

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  18. SuziCateMay 19, 2015

    I agree, less is more. That first lady is simply stunning, a fresh and lovely look!

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  19. Geraldine H.May 19, 2015

    What an interesting post. And as a 50 plus woman who still wears makeup on a regular basis I hear ya!! If skillfully applied, makeup can work wonders. I like that you enjoyed working with more mature faces, most of all, how cool is that.

    I think it was Pierre Cardin who said that there is a perfect shade of red for every woman. He was referring to clothing. But I think it could definitely apply to lipstick too. I love true red lipstick but I'm not gutsy enough to wear it now, maybe I should.. Especially when wearing black and black is still a "color" that I really suit.

    Thanks for the inspiring post RON.Have a super week. Hope your new job is going well.:-)

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  20. Hello there Debbie!

    "I've read posts online of late that seem to encourage women to quit wearing makeup and buying into a false beauty, and I want to scream, NO!! Makeup, artfully applied, can enhance a woman's natural beauty..."

    If a woman chooses not to wear makeup because she genuinely likes going without it, I think that's awesome! However, I don't think wearing makeup is false beauty because that would be like saying plucking your eyebrows; styling your hair; using skincare products; and wearing stylish clothing are false beauty too. But in fact, they (just like makeup) are things that women (and some men) do to look their best. Makeup is a styling tool, just like any other grooming aid we apply to ourselves.

    "Love the technique in the first collage. It's one I've never mastered, though I've tried."

    Isn't that faaaabulous? It's dramatic, I know, but it's exquisitely applied!

    "I've never been a red lipstick kind of gal -- I know the blue-reds are best on my skin tone, but I just feel like everybody's staring at my lips when I wear red (and I'd rather they be looking at my eyes!!"

    Actually, if the right color red lipstick is applied, it will make your EYES more noticeable than the lipstick itself. You can always tell if you're wearing the best shade of lipstick by looking at your eyes - if your eyes pop forward, it's the right shade. but if you don't notice your eyes at all, then it's the wrong shade.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  21. Hiya Benze!

    "I went through the bright white eye shadow with the thick black eye liner of the 60's & though various other stages."

    OMG, yes, I remember that from the 60's!!!!

    "Then I moved to a new town where there was just a tiny, tiny amount of sand in our water & I started getting eye infections like crazy. Of course I couldn't wear make up with an eye infection, so I stopped wearing make up altogether."

    Yes, and I can see why you no longer wear makeup because if I were a woman, I would too in that case.

    "I was never one to wear anything on my face except for a little blush because I was blessed with lovely skin, sort of the English rose type of complexion. I think this was part of the reason I continue to have lovely skin even at my age!"



    I think it's wonderful that you have that kind of complexion and skin! And I also think you're doing the right thing by only wearing a little blush to add some color. VERY smart!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Have a SUPER week!
    X

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  22. Hey there Brit!

    " It's all about dewy skin and light eyes! No under eye liner either, IMHO."

    You are ABSOLUTE right about that! Dewy skin and light eyes. As a woman matures, her foundation should be almost a tinted moisturizer so that it gives a glow to the skin. And NO powder either. Powder dries out the skin.

    "She actually sent me a pic of Blythe and she wants to copy her hair. Such a pretty lady!"

    Don't you just LOVE Blythe? When I spotted that picture of her, I knew I had to use it. And her daughter Gwyneth has that same kind of beauty!

    "And my grandma DID wear red lipstick right up until the end. looked great on her!


    GO, grandma!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a faaaabulous week!
    X

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  23. Hiya Suzi!

    "That first lady is simply stunning, a fresh and lovely look!"



    Isn't she stunning? I love her makeup because you really don't notice the makeup, only her beautiful face!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have super week!
    X

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  24. Hello there Geraldine!

    " And as a 50 plus woman who still wears makeup on a regular basis I hear ya!! If skillfully applied, makeup can work wonders. I like that you enjoyed working with more mature faces, most of all, how cool is that."

    I love working with more mature faces because I honestly feel that a woman gets more beautiful with age. Age to me is very sexy!

    "I think it was Pierre Cardin who said that there is a perfect shade of red for every woman. He was referring to clothing. But I think it could definitely apply to lipstick too."

    You're right, I think Pierre Cardin did say that! And also, Valentino!

    " I love true red lipstick but I'm not gutsy enough to wear it now, maybe I should.. Especially when wearing black and black is still a "color" that I really suit."



    Exactly. Red lipstick is faaaaaaaabulous when wearing black because it gives a POP of color!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super-duper week!


    X


    P.S. Yes, I'm REALLY enjoying my new job :)

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  25. Ron, even though I don't wear makeup, Lol, I found this post very interesting and enjoying to read. I love your verbiage and how you explain things. You should write a book on the how-to's of makeup. I agree with you on less is more, and the photos you included are perfect. That first woman is beautiful. And I like the pic of Blythe Danner, such a classy looking lady. The before and afters of the 5th and 6th pictures down are incredible because it looks like little makeup was used, but the transformations were remarkably noticeable yet, natural looking!


    You're right, when used properly, makeup can be quite effective.

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  26. Hey ho Robert!

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed, even though you don't wear makeup - HA!

    " And I like the pic of Blythe Danner, such a classy looking lady."

    Isn't she a timeless beauty? And her daughter (Gwyneth) is equally as beautiful.

    "The before and afters of the 5th and 6th pictures down are incredible because it looks like little makeup was used, but the transformations were remarkably noticeable yet, natural looking!"



    I agree! Those two photos (along with the Asian woman) impressed me the most because the use of makeup was very minimal, but the effects were remarkable!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a fabuloso week!
    X

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  27. benzekneesMay 19, 2015

    Unfortunately, now I am "old" I need some more face makeup to cover the spots & fine lines.

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  28. Benze, one of the best makeup foundations I can recommend for any age group (but especially mature skin) would be from Bare Minerals. It's called Complexion Rescue. I LOVE this foundation because it gives good coverage, but looks very natural. And it's very reasonably priced. Here's the link in case you're interested:

    http://www.bareescentuals.com/Complexion-Rescue/USmastercomplexionrescue,en_US,pd.html

    It's sold in Canada as well as the US.

    X

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  29. I have mixed feelings about the whole make-up thing. I wear almost none - mascara most days and sometimes lip gloss. But to my eye, make-up looks like hiding the real person. I mean, I can see objectively that it might bring someone closer to our cultural standard of beauty, but I also feel like our standard is false. Men don't wear make-up - they are content to let their faces be what they are. I worry about what it does to us as a culture to suggest that women should be made-up to be okay. Have you see the Colby Caillat video for her song "Try"? It's an interesting look at the issue: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXoZLPSw8U8

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  30. Great video! And I can see the meaning behind it, truly I can. I don't think anyone (women or men) should try to be something that they're not by comparing themselves with others or what society feels is BEAUTY.

    However, I don't (and have never) thought of makeup as trying to be something that you're not. I think of it as "highlighting" what you are. And when I teach a woman how to apply make, that's exactly what I teach - I teach them how to hightlight the beauty that's already there.

    But on the other hand, I also think makeup is a fun way to create certain looks (such as the collage of the eye makeup application). To me, that's an art form skill which I find beautiful.

    " Men don't wear make-up - they are content to let their faces be what they are."

    Yes, I would say that most men don't, however (and maybe it's because of the industry I'm in) I see many men wearing makeup. In fact, I myself wear a powder bronzer to give my skin some color. So, I see nothing wrong in men wearing makeup as well.

    Makeup is a tool, just like any other grooming aid, that allows us to enhance and highlight the way we look. But it's all about using it in balance.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this topic, my friend. I appreciate it!

    Have a faaaaabulous week!
    X

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  31. Hellooooooooo Jean!

    I found that garlic naan bread at Trader Joe's for $2.95 (four slices). And OMG...it's DELICIOUS! They also have it plain, but I prefer the garlic because it's more flavorful; especially when you use it to make mini pizza's.

    "Recipe #2 I think I can handle... not sure though."

    HAHAHAHAHA! I know, that one is kinda tricky - HA!

    Thank you. I really like my new job. It's a much more organized company and seems to have many more opportunities for advancements and growth. They also have stores in NYC, which I can hopefully get a transfer to after being there for a while. I truly would like to move back to NY.

    "And I'm still looking for the right shade of red for my complexion (olive)."

    Try and select a red lipstick that has a "blue-base" because that shade of red goes very well with (and complement) olive skin.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post, dear friend! You're a sweetheart!

    Have a great week!
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