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!
*all photographs found on the Internet