Lovely at 60: Make-up tips for mature women 11



View Profile

Now that we are coping with the effects of gravity, wrinkles and coarsening of the skin, we must rethink our use of foundation.

Liquid foundation tends to collect in wrinkles and folds. Sometimes the skin on our face can be a bit flaky, so liquid foundation looks awful.

If you like, gently apply a little gel powder before foundation or concealer or to give a flawless look when choosing not to wear any foundation. I find that gel powder tends to “roll up”, so only use it sparingly. Wipe off any “rolls” with a clean handkerchief. It improves the look of open pored areas. Experiment with gel powder because it is worth trying. I use Avon’s Magix face perfector.

If you have been using Retin A for a time and your complexion is looking good, you may be able to do without any type of foundation or gel powder. Just cover blemishes with concealer, make up the eyes, brush on some powder blush, apply lipstick and you are ready.

For a special occasion or if preferred, sweep over your face with a tiny bit of mineral powder on a brush in a colour to suit your skin.

During the day you will need to keep the shine off your face with a pressed powder and puff. Not too much application of powder – you’re just blotting away the oils.




Cleanse your face with Cetaphil gentle cleanser, then apply moisturiser containing either peptides or liposomes, but not to any open pored or coarse areas (usually the chin and between the eyebrows). Apply astringent lotion there. I suggest vodka on a cotton ball but the choice is yours. Allow to dry. Next, perhaps some gel powder.



If your complexion is even-toned and smooth, just some concealer on the blemishes and a smear of cream-to-powder foundation worked into any coarse areas. Cream-to-powder foundation is a good concealer and can also be worked into the edges of your lips to help define the lip outline ready for applying lipstick.

TOP TIP: A dab of astringent lotion or vodka, on top of the cream-to-powder foundation will refine coarse areas a touch more.

If your complexion needs to be evened-out, after applying concealer to blemishes and cream-to-powder foundation to coarse areas, sweep your face with a large brush loaded with a small amount of mineral make-up powder in a shade to match your skin tone. This is a very fine and light face powder which acts as a foundation. Use sparingly. It is perfect for mature skin. Mineral face powder is hard to manage because it is so fine and inclined to drift all over the working surface when tapping the brush to achieve just the right amount. Try spilling some onto a tissue and dabbing the brush in that, wiping and tapping on the tissue to adjust the amount. Just wrap the brush and all up in the tissue and pop into a ziplock bag ready for the next application. (Use the same technique for mineral blush). Don’t put mineral powder on your eyelids, but sweep down under your chin and onto the top of the neck.

Take a look in the magnifying mirror and blend any mineral powder, concealer or cream-to-powder foundation out of the creases. Brush off any “rolls” of gel powder.

If you didn’t sweep mineral powder over your face and neck, you may like to remove any shine with your pressed powder compact puff, once again bearing in mind that you are removing oils not applying powder.



Using another large brush apply a sweep of mineral powder blush. Sweep from high on the cheek bones halfway up the temples. Use pink or terracotta and not too much – just a touch. Add another touch if one application is not enough.

TOP TIP: A little illuminating eye shadow in a gold hue worked into your mineral powder blush will give a pearly finish. Make the illuminating eye shadow powdery with a stiff eyebrow brush so that it will mix well with the mineral powder blush.


Tell us, what other beauty tricks do you use daily?



For other great Health & Beauty Tips For Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry’s book is available for $23.25 via Booktopia.

Margaret Woodberry

Since publishing her book Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry has been contributing style and beauty articles to a variety of publications especially for the mature aged. There is little beauty advice to guide woman through their 60’s and 70’s – a time of dramatic changes in appearance. “We may not look young anymore, but we can still look beautiful” is Margaret’s motto. Author of "Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged between 60 & 80"

  1. What is gel powder ?

    1 REPLY
    • I was going to ask the same thing Helen. A real oxymoron 🙂

  2. why can’t we in our later years go natural and not feed the huge industry that wishes to undermine us and say ageing isn’t normal while hitting us in the hip pocket.

  3. I just use tinted moisturiser and a concealer stick. Then a light pat with some face powder. Sometimes a little eye shadow and lippy

  4. I use loose powder apply with a large brush. Tinted foundation, light coloured blush. Lippy and lip pencil. Crayon eye pencil and mascara, soft brown eye shadow for eye brows, that’s it.

  5. I use a mineral powder, powder blush and most days just highlight my eyes with the blusher. A little lipstick and I’m ready. If I’m not going anywhere I just cleanse and moisturise.

  6. I have never used make up except on stage, just moisturiser with sun screen. Why would anyone bother putting gunk on their faces, costs money and time. In fact I realise that I do not trust people who use make up

  7. I use a moisturiser twice daily, and I only wear lipstick, but that;s purely by choice.

  8. I use lipstick and a tiny amount of foundation on the end of my nose to make it appear shorter…..a tip I read in some magazine years ago!

  9. Seems like a waste of good vodka to me!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *