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Jun 30, 2007
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Hi all!!! I'm doing my mother-in-law's makeup for a wedding next Saturday, and I really need advice on how to do it!!! I do just fine when I do my own mu, but I have no idea where to start when applying mu for mature women!!!! She has fair skin (like mine) and she has some wrinkles around her eyes and lower eyes, with a little bit of dark undereye circles. Other than that, she really has no blemishes. She says she is concerned about her eye wrinkles, but would really want pretty, glamorous eyes for the wedding.

What would you ladies suggest? I did a search on makeup for mature women and the only tip I got was to place the e/s on the upper lid only to "lift" the eye. Any more tips? How do I make her eyes glamorous and youthful, not heavy-looking? I want to give her a youthful look and yet not make her makeup too minimal. I want her face to look glowy and glamorous at the same time, but not overdone. I know that too much mu on older women can make them look even older.

What can I do??? Should I contour? Should I highlight the face? Should I put on fake lashes? What colors should I use? Her dress is going to be burgundy. I was thinking maybe like a pinkish-mauve color with a light highlight? OH, and btw her eyes are kinda close-set. She wants a bit of a cat-eye look with the eyes going upwards, but her eye shape naturally goes downwards more.

Sorry for such a looooong question...but as you can see, I am CLUELESS!!!

Any advice or tips would be appreciated!!! Thanks!!!!!

Please...I really need help from you MUT ladies!!! You always have the best advice! I've looked up google and all I got were basic/general tips, such as don't pack on the concealer, etc...I need help on how to shade the eye to make it look younger....

I really would appreciate any advice! TIA!!

Jun 21, 2007
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Hmmmm...that's a tough one. I'm not an MUA, but I'm thinking you might want to stay away from dark colors, because they tend to close the eye. I myself have pretty big eyes, and I make them smaller by lining the waterline. You might also want to stay away from harsh, dark eyeliners. Maybe a soft brown eyeliner smudged on the top lid.

HTH! Sorry I'm not much help...

Jan 12, 2006
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Check out Eve Pearl's book "Plastic Surgery Without The Surgery: The Miracle of Makeup Techniques". She has a section on makeup for mature women. Check YouTube as well (there may be some videos of Eve's work).

Good luck.


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