When it comes to eye makeup, many of us feel that the possibilities are limited. However, the truth is that it can be as flexible as any other part of your face. With the right techniques and products, you can experiment with color, texture, and dimension to create unique eye makeup looks regardless of your age or personal style. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or someone who struggles when it comes to applying eye makeup (which let’s face it, is most of us!), there are so many different ways that you can change up your look depending on your preferences and needs on any given day. Thankfully, we have the wonderful world of Instagram to thank for inspiring us with its constant stream of new ideas and insights into what people are currently wearing in real life. Here are some cool eye makeup looks for the over-40s.
Bottom eyeliner for in-between looks
If you’re unsure as to what kind of eye makeup look to go for, then why not try a bottom eyeliner? This is particularly popular among those who are trying to go for a softer look but don’t want to go fully without eyeliner (which isn’t the done thing in some workplaces). A bottom liner is ideal if you want to add definition but don’t want to go for a full-on eyeliner look. It’s also a great option if you don’t have an eyeliner of a color you want to use. When it comes to application, you can either draw a thin line along the bottom of your lashes (which will also help to lift them) or apply a thicker line along your waterline. For the latter, make sure that you use a pencil rather than a liquid or gel eyeliner.
Bright eyeshadow for a bold look
If you’d like to try something a bit more dramatic, then go for a bold eyeshadow look. This is particularly popular among those in the fashion industry, with many makeup artists opting for bolder eye colors. For an eyeshadow look, you’ll want to begin with your base color. Once that’s applied, take a colored eyeshadow that’s one shade lighter than your base color and apply it to your entire lid. Next, take a darker eyeshadow and apply it below your crease. If you want even more definition, you can apply a darker shade along your lower lashline as well. When applying your eyeshadow, make sure that you apply it to the lashes; not on the lids.
A neutral eye with soft eyeliner
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more subtle but still makes a big statement, then a neutral eye with soft eyeliner is for you. Neutral eye makeup is a great option for those who want to go for a more natural look. Begin by applying a base shade to your lids. This can either be a single color or a combination of different shades, depending on what look you’re going for. Next, apply a neutral shade to your crease and use a fluffy blending brush to blend it in seamlessly with your base color. Once that’s done, take a soft pencil eyeliner in a neutral color (black works well, too) and apply it along your waterline.
When eyes are the focal point
If you want to bring attention to your eyes, then go for a smoky eye with a lot of depth. If you’re not familiar with a smoky eye, it involves applying a lot of color to the lid (with a mixture of textures, such as cream, powder, and pencil). You can also apply a darker shade to your crease and blend it into your brow bone. When it comes to eye makeup, there are no rules. You can use any color palette you like, as long as it’s flattering and suits your skin tone. When creating a smoky eye, start with your base color and blend it into your crease with a fluffy blending brush. Next, use an eyeshadow or a cream pencil in a mid-toned shade (depending on what look you’re going for) and apply it to your entire lid.
Dark and dramatic eyes with black eyeliner
If you’re a huge fan of eyeliner that you want to draw attention to, then go for a super dark and dramatic eyeshadow look with black eyeliner. If you’re going for a super bold look, then you can even skip applying any base color. When creating a dramatic eyeshadow look, you can either opt for a single shade or a combination of hues. When it comes to choosing your shades, make sure that they’re neutral and not too bright. You can also add a pop of color to your look with colored eyeliner. When applying your liner, make sure that you use a thin and precise brush. You can also apply a colored eyeliner on the waterline if you want to add a pop of color to your eyes.
Eye makeup is all about experimentation, so don’t be afraid to try something new and bold. If you have a particular event coming up (like a wedding or a special occasion) or you’d just like to try something new and exciting, then search for different ideas online. Incorporate your chosen eye makeup look with your outfit and makeup look for a more cohesive look. Just remember that makeup is supposed to enhance your natural beauty; not change who you are as a person.