This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
Unless you are one of those rare women blessed with luscious lips that have stayed that way throughout the decades, there is a fundamental rule that must be obeyed as you age: ditch the super-dark lipstick. Even if you’ve worn nothing but deep reds for as long as you can remember go straight to your nearest department store and work you way through the lighter colours. As we age our lips lose collagen and they thin. The darker the lipstick colour, the thinner your lips will look. Just think about it. Why do you wear black pants? Worse still, there is nothing less attractive than seeing dark lipstick ‘bleeding’ into the lines around the mouth!
THE LIP ISSUES
Thin lips: By all means define your lips with a liner, but it’s best to use the same colour as your lipstick or just a shade darker. Choose shiny gloss and creamy lipsticks to give the illusion of fullness. Never line outside your lips, and don’t waste money on products that claim to temporarily plump your lips – they can irritate your skin.
Loss of definition: As we age we lose lip definition, and if you’ve been quite minimalist in your make-up approach, you may find you now need a lip liner and lipstick. Again, don’t line outside the mouth, and if you can still see the pencil after you’ve filled in your pout with lippie, blend the line with a lip brush to soften the look.
Lines around the mouth: Smoking is one of the main causes of these lines, as is sun damage and genetics. Prescription-based retinoid creams will help lessen the lines. Before applying lip colour, plump your pout with a hydrating balm (an eye cream will also work). Experts suggest lining and filling in your lips with a lip pencil then apply lippie and top it off with a little gloss.
Loss of colour: Toss out your beige or brown lippie (they’ll only emphasise the problem) in favour of vibrant cherry, berry, rose or apricot hues. A lip stain is a pretty way to add colour: make your own by mixing lip pencil and lip balm directly on your lips, and blending with your finger.
RED LIPS AT ANY AGE!
The classic red pout can be yours! It’s important to know the shade that suits you. Women with ‘cool’ undertones to their skin should wear blue-based reds, while orange-brown shades look lovely on ‘warm’ skin.
TIP: if the veins on the inside of your arm look blue, your skin tone is cool; if they look green, it’s warm.
Well first up I’ve gotta say that when it comes to lips I’ve been pretty lucky. I actually really like my lips! They’re quite full (not thin) and I’m happy with them. They don’t seem to have thinned as I’ve gotten older. Yes there are a few lines around them now where once there wasn’t but they’re not hugely visible or bothering me. When I do a big ‘teethy’ smile though, my lips seem to disappear. I don’t like my ‘teethy’ smile for that reason and also because my teeth are small and a bit gappy and my face goes round and pudgy looking. That’s why when you see photographs of me, I’m doing the grinning kind of smile rather than the ‘teethy’ kinda smile. I wish I had the Hollywood teeth for a big teethy smile but I don’t. I do however have great lips so that is what I like to show rather than the alternative.
When it comes to lipstick colours I have to say that I have never liked the super dark colours. Still don’t. Never will like them. I like red, varying shades of pink, neutral tones, and not much else. I don’t do the bright red glossy lips anymore. I might ‘stain’ them slightly with a touch of red lipstick (not lip pencil as Pamela suggests) and top with a bit of lip gloss but no more. Mostly, I stick with tones of pink and generally more at the blush pink end of the spectrum than the hot bright pink end! I don’t use lip pencils. I like a natural look and find them a bit too much for me!
How do you feel about your lips? Are you suffering with any of the lips issues mentioned here or are you happy with your lips like I am? What do you think of Pamela’s tip for determining whether your skin tone is cool or warm? I think the veins on the inside of my arm look more blue than green which would make my skin tone cool. However, I always thought I was warm, so I’m a little confused now. Tell me your results!
Ciao for now,