Age is just a number and when it comes to beauty, the eyes have it. This is true especially if you are over 50. For older women, a good eye routine (both skincare and makeup) just may be the most important aspect of your regime. That is why eye makeup ideas for blue eyes over 50 are worth trying.
Great eye makeup can shift attention away from fine lines, spots, and wrinkles directly to ageless eyes. You will absolutely want to enhance your eyes’ natural color with the right palette, without makeup that comes across too harsh or heavy.
If you have blue eyes you will want to gravitate toward neutrals, golds, and blue-gray tones. The makeup techniques you used in your 30’s probably aren’t going to be as effective in your 50’s, so take some time to re-master your routine.
Natural Eye Makeup for Blue Eyes Over 50
After we’ve enhanced the luminosity of your eyes, the key to enhancing the eyes – the focus of our faces – is trying to intensify the color of your eye, making them even more striking.
So, let’s begin with the shadow. You don’t want your eye shadow to just make the eye appear dark or smaller. You want to enhance its color. Color scientists understand how to do this –as do most great painters: use the complementary color. Blue eyes are enhanced by the complementary colors on the color axis which we show below. Take the axis which we show below, and draw a line across the middle. Anywhere along that axis you get the complementary color. Brown or gold tones, trending towards yellow, make the blue of your eyes even more intense.
A little shimmer goes a long way too. Select a soft, matte eyeshadow that compliments your skin tone and don’t forget to use a little eye makeup primer. Then a little shimmer of highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes can really make your color pop and even make your eyes appear brighter.
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Eye Liner and Mascara for Blue Eyes Over 50
When you get to your eye liner, sometimes no eyeliner is the best choice. If you want to go for the liner, chocolate brown or gold shades—also part of that color wheel– are doing to give you a brighter and more natural look than a darker shade. Save the dark eyeliner, which sometimes can show up too harsh, for a nighttime eye.
Finally, for a sweep of mascara, you can choose anywhere from black/brown to even violet! A blue or purple mascara can bring out the natural blue tones in your eye and add a little contrast that can really draw attention. Don’t forget to curl your lashes first for a put-together but natural look.
You need an eye that is clear and bright
Let’s talk about the eyeballs themselves. They shouldn’t be red or dry looking. The tiny blood vessels of the conjunctiva—the skin of the eyelid, should be practically invisible, otherwise you look tired. The eye should be “luminous”. A product called Lumify made by Bausch and Lomb and available over the counter, can do the trick. It’s used every 6-8 hrs, maximum 4 times a day, and it really works alone to make the eyes look better. One caution: some of our clients are allergic to the preservatives in the drop, so if it’s not working for you or make your eyes look more red, stop it immediately and see your eye care provider. Lots of eye drops contain that same preservative.
What if makeup isn’t doing the trick?
In the situation where you still don’t feel like you are getting that incredibly glamorous look, you can consider interventions. These can be as simple as a drop, or an office procedure. Surgery is reserved for the advanced cases, but is also something that you can consider if these more conservative techniques don’t work.
For eyes that appear tired, Upneeq eyedrops lift the upper eyelids. It is a drop that requires a prescription from either an eye doctor or a plastic surgeon. It works for 8 hours and makes sleep eyes appear more awake.
Botox or any other neurotoxin can be used selectively by an experienced professional in many cases to elevate the brows, to soften upper eyelid fullness, and to help diminish crows feet and forehead lines,
Fillers such as Restylane or Teosyal-1 can be used under the eyes and sometimes even above them to help soften concavities and hollows and to conceal the puffs.
Advanced solutions include peels which we do in our office with minimal downtime that diminish wrinkles and make the skin around your eyes glow.
We also use radiofrequency energy (Morpheus8) treatments to help treat swollen lower eyelids and tighten the skin.
When things have gotten beyond the point that makeup and in office procedures won’t give you the pop you are looking for, it may be time to think about doing something more. Droopy lids can be addressed, along with puffs in the upper and lower lids, with an upper or lower blepharoplasty. The procedure, at least in our practice, is not done with a blade—it’s done with radiofrequency energy and/or lasers—we feel the most precise way of addressing these changes. You won’t be going out for a week or two, but the results are long lasting and generally spectacular.
Why trust the W Cosmetic team to help?
Our mission at W Cosmetic Surgery® is to provide natural-looking results with the help of our expert staff. It matters to us that each of our patients is well-informed and comfortable with their decision throughout their treatment.
Debbie Tuccillo RN has been working in dermatology and plastic surgery practices for 20 years and is an accomplished nurse injector and surgical care nurse. Gina Veith, LME has been a licensed medical aesthetician for 18 years. Victoria Clay is an incredibly talented aesthetician and a sought-after makeup artist that works at W Cosmetic Surgery, making the world more beautiful, one face at a time. And last, but certainly not least, Dr. Allan Wulc is board-certified in ophthalmology, plastic surgery, eye, and facial plastic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. He has 25+ years of experience and is ready to help you reach the desired aesthetic look of your dreams. Fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation or call (610) 828- 8880.