Are under eye wrinkles and crinkles the area you want to address most?
Ever leave the house feeling content with your makeup and around midday catch your reflection in the mirror and see a “mudslide?” Does your concealer separate in little cracks?
This happened more frequently when I hit mid-forties, and while we can’t stop the skin from completely showing signs of aging, there are a few things you can do about those under eye wrinkles, sagging eyelids, and smudged makeup. Here are my favorite skincare and eye makeup products for women over 40.
First Things First: Lay The Foundation
Usually women think they need to find the perfect concealer but before we think of painting the canvas, let’s make sure it’s properly prepped first. Before you’d paint anything, you’d make sure the surface is as smooth as possible and this is no different.
The first thing you should do is invest in a retinol eye product. I prefer a serum over a cream as serums have a higher concentration of performance ingredients. Adding a retinol eye serum was a game changer under my eyes.
I’ve noticed improvement in firmness of skin on the upper lid and a smoother appearance under the eyes. Crows feet are pretty minimal too.
The first retinol eye serum I ever tried was Natura Bisse’s Diamond Life Infusion Retinol Eye Serum. Though the price is steep it will forever be the gold standard to which I hold all other serums.
Mind you, there’s no “eye lift in a bottle” and Nana is still saving her pennies for an eye lift but this is as good as it gets. If you have a hunch that you need more than a product, read this before getting professional treatments.
You’ll need to be patient as retinol can take 12 weeks or more to really start making a difference. I always tell my clients, “We didn’t get this way overnight and it’s not going away overnight.”
I’m definitely going to try a less expensive serum on the next purchase, most likely it will be Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum. The ingredient list is fabulous and the price tag is more palatable!
Painting the Canvas
As optimistic as I am with retinol minimizing crinkling under my eyes, I was still dealing with the makeup mudslide.
I found that in my attempt to keep that area hydrated, some eye creams are too rich and don’t play nice with makeup. Everyone’s eyes are different in terms of dryness or oiliness so you’ll need to play around until you find your perfect match. Start off with a tiny amount, like the size of a rice grain.
I’ve covered best concealer options here: Best Concealers For Mature Skin
The following offenders are the real culprits that travel down the eyes and give the dreaded raccoon look.
This is an easy fix. If you like waterproof mascara, boom problem solved
Unfortunately I hate waterproof mascara. I feel like I lose too many lashes when trying to remove it.
Two of my favorite non-waterproof mascaras that have not traveled or flaked are Chanel Le Volume and L’oreal Lash Paradise. You can get L’oreal at any drugstore so no link for that here, just toss it in your cart next time you’re at Target.
Of the two, Le Volume is my favorite but $32 every three months is pricey so I switch back and forth to give my wallet a break. I do find drugstore mascara seems to dry out and start flaking quicker than luxury brands.
I used to recommend Voluminous by L’oreal but Lash Paradise is like the new and improved version with more volume.
For a multi-tasking everyday mascara I love GrandeMascara Lash Boosting Mascara. Long term use will help lashes grow longer so its a win/win product and not too expensive.
I’ve read a lot of advice for women over 40 and always shake my head at some of the suggestions. One particular tip was to leave applying mascara to the bottom lashes to a professional makeup artist.
I say if you still feel comfortable wearing makeup on the bottom lashes then go for it. Who gets to make these rules anyway!
The right eyeliner can make or break your look. If it’s not a quick setting liner chances are it’s going to travel. This means you have to get it perfect really quick before it sets.
Trish McEvoy’s Classic Eye Pencil is great because it has my favorite element, the blending sponge tip. These make application so easy. Just remember to wash them often as you would your brushes.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon is absolutely fantastic. This one requires a little skill with a flat brush as it will go on way too thick straight from the source. Both of these will always have a place in my makeup stockpile.
I’m always looking for new products to try so if you have found a Holy Grail eye serum or an amazing eye makeup product that doesn’t flake or smudge, please share in the comments.
For products and treatments to avoid for mature skin be sure to read 5 Skincare Items To Avoid For Mature Skin.