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How to....wear bright make-up when you're over 40

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

It's a shame to say that when you're clocking on a bit, you can't wear the same make-up as you did twenty years ago.  You have to make some modifications to keep your look modern and fresh.  Super bright make-up is always on trend as the weather starts to warm up and it's not as scary as it seems, as long as you follow a few simple rules.

I love a splash/pop/accent of colour and have come up with four ways to wear bright make-up when it's completely out of your comfort zone!


A great bright lip colour can light up your whole face and make your teeth look whiter.  I don't believe in attempting to match your skin tone to the colour of the lipstick (warm, cool, whatevs!) and simply think that you should wear the colour that makes you feel great.

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

I recently bought an Australis matte lip cream in a super bright tangerine colour and absolutely love it.  It's OTT, and that's why I think it's fab.  However, I do have to tone down the rest of my make-up to ensure I don't look like something from the Rocky Horror Show.   Matte lips aren't the easiest to wear as you get older, and a more moisturising lipstick is usually a better choice.

A few application tips:

  • Prep lips with a scrub first to ensure they're not flaky or dry
  • Apply a lip balm or a smear of vaseline and let this sink in for a few minutes
  • A liner isn't essential but it will stop the lipstick from bleeding into the fine lines around you lip.  If you use one, blend it with a cotton bud to avoid a hard line.
  • Apply your lippy with a lip brush, blot and apply again.  Blot for a final time for a long lasting finish.

Bright lips call for dewy skin and some simple definition to the eye (just a hint of eyeliner and mascara).  


Don't be scared!  A bright pop of blusher will not get you mistaken for a children's entertainer!  In fact, a bright pink blush makes you look glowing, healthy and just plain fabulous.  It can be just as game-changing as a bright lipstick.

How to wear bright make-up when you're over 40

Experiment with textures - cream blushers are great for older skin and look really sheer when applied.  Powder blushers can be built up and layer with highlighters for a youthful effect.  If you've applied too much, a buffing of translucent powder with a big soft brush will tone the colour down.

I think you'll be surprised how easy it is to wear bright colour on your cheeks.

I dare you to try it!


This one is a little trickier.  I'm talking about bright eyeliner.  Just on the top.  What do you reckon?  I used to wear bright colours on my eyes when I was younger.  Now if I want to wear some colour I confine it to a swipe of brightly coloured liquid eyeliner along the top, with a little kitten flick.

Choose an emerald green, or sapphire blue to bring out the colour of brown eyes, or maybe a deep purple or shimmering silver.

Whatever colour you choose, keep the rest of your makeup simple (except for the mascara, this look DEMANDS big black lashes!) and let your eyes do the talking.


Is of course to wear a bright colour on your nails - fingers or toes or both!  This is of course a no brainer and there are so many choices of bright polishes out there.

I do, however, draw the line at nail art.  I love it and on ladies younger than me, it's a fabulous look, but I like my nails all the same colour (though I'll pop a different colour on my toes!).

I think bright colours look best on short, square nails and it goes without saying you're going to need a top coat to keep the chips in check.

Brighten up your winter look with a pop of colour - which one are you going to try?


  1. Absolutely agree with all of your tips Vicki. I find that wearing a bright pop on my lips really livens up my face and makes me feel younger (even if it is only for a few hours!).

    1. Thanks Kate! I'm loving bright blusher at the moment, particularly with a bit of (fake!) tan! x

  2. Great tips and nodding my head about the nail art. Looks great on my girls but I'm just not going there. My nails are in horrendous shape at the moment thanks to shellac. I had one nail split all the way down the middle. I'm giving them a much needed rest and hoping no one notices.

  3. Fantastic tips . Im all for some blush these days especially after a mostly sleepless night with a toddler. My poor nails are sadly the last to get care . Maybe a nail painting session is in order today with Miss Moo .


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