Our eyes, just like everything in our bodies, continuously change. No matter what you do, the effects of age, natural downward pull, sun damage, hormonal changes, collagen loss and genetics will gradually make you look different and that’s okay. You really don’t want to look like a teen in your forties. Trust me.
What you want is to look your best at any age. Makeup, a pair of cool sunglasses or perhaps even occasional Botox will do the job. What you need is to keep in mind that beauty products that worked for you years ago do not necessarily work for you years later. You must definitely choose the best you can afford, but you also must make sure you choose what is most suitable for your eyes today.
While what works for me might not necessarily work for everyone, but here are some general tips that you might find helpful:
Don’t go too trendy. You can safely skip those bright purples and pinks. Even most twenty somethings can’t pull it off. These ads and fashion shows are umm… well, they are what they are — ads and fashion shows. Art. Abstractionism. Whatever. It’s not for real life. Forget it!
If you want something different try something darker, like dark green or dark blue eye liner while leaving the rest natural. If you feel you must have those trendy bold colors, try to incorporate them as liners, not shadows.
Add contrast. While we all realize that makeup makes us look (and feel) fresher and younger, not everyone realizes why. I will admit I didn’t until I saw this research which not only confirmed that makeup makes you look younger, but also explained what is that thing about makeup that does the trick.
As it turns out, it’s all about contrast. As you age, or let us put it this way — as you grow older — your skin, eye lashes, lips and brows gradually lose their color and the contrast gradually diminishes. This precise thing makes others perceive you older. Now that you know where the problem is, you can easily fix it with makeup. This goes for everything and is true for your eyes too. Add color to your brows and eye lashes, fix those dark circles, perhaps add a little eye liner for more dramatic effect.
Don’t use liquid shadow. It’s just messy. It doesn’t blend and doesn’t work for anyone.
Nourish your lashes. As you age your lashes lose the intensity of their color and become thinner and shorter. We shared some awesome home remedies for growing eyelashes here.