One of the harsh realities of aging is that your features develop fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before. And one of the most notable areas where this occurs is around your mouth. Those fine lines and wrinkles that crop up around your lips can have a big effect on your overall appearance! But you don’t need to resort to injections or surgeries to make your lips look younger and fresher. All it takes is a little know how, and keeping a few clever tricks up your sleeve!
Today I’ll be sharing 9 tips to help “mature” women (such as myself!) make their lips looks their best. Because I think us women deserve to look and feel our best at any age. :-) And if you have any must-know tips for aging lips, or any products you simply swear by, share all the juicy details with us in a comment at the bottom of this post!
9 Tips For Younger Looking Lips
1. Choosing Colors
For mature lips, choosing the right color can make all the difference! Neutral shades like roses and corals produce a natural-looking “flush” that is universally flattering. Another universally flattering option is to choose a nude color that is about 2 shades darker than your natural lip color. Find those everyday colors that work for you, and stick with them! :-)
2. Find Your Finish
Lip products with matte finishes are very trendy right now, but cream finishes are more flattering on mature lips. A cream finish is softer than a matte finish, and it’s my personal finish of choice! (I also avoid frost finishes because I’ve noticed they make my lips appear dry.)
3. Long-Lasting Color
If you have trouble with getting lip color to last or stay put, try this lip liner trick. Pick a lip liner or crayon in a shade you like, and fill in your entire lips with it. Finish off the look by applying a coat of lipstick or gloss in a similar color. Filling your lips with a liner acts like a lip stain, which helps the color last for hours!
Exfoliation is key for mature lips! Our lips lose the plumpness over time and produce fewer natural oils. Exfoliating your lips regularly can help stimulate blood flow and keep them looking soft and smooth! For my favorite lip exfoliator, check out my homemade lip scrub at the link below.
5. Removing Lip Color
Easily remove lip color by slathering on Vaseline (or a natural alternative like my homemade salve). Let it sit for a minute, then gently wipe the color off. Other effective options for removing lip color are makeup remover, or a product called Milani Keep It Clean Lip Color Remover (which I love!)
6. Save On Makeup
Makeup products are available in all kinds of price ranges, from super affordable to astronomically expensive. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to get good quality products! Look for “makeup dupes” online to find drugstore equivalents of your favorite expensive products, and check out my post below!
7. Lip Primer
Lip primers are becoming increasingly popular, and my daughter recently introduced me to one she found at Target. It’s called e.l.f. Lip Primer & Plumper. The primer side of the stick is a lipstick-like product you apply to your lips, and it gives you a great smooth surface for applying lip color. The coat of primer also helps your lip color last longer and stay in place!
8. Stop Bleeding & Feathering
If you struggle with lip color “bleeding” or “feathering” into the fine lines and wrinkles around your lips, try this easy tip. Apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer around your lips (not on your lips, just around the outside edges). The eyeshadow primer will help smooth out lines, and will act as a barrier to keep your lip color in place.
9. Treat Your Lips
Keeping your lips moisturized is important at any age, but it’s especially important for older women! Try a lip moisturizing product formulated for aging lips, like Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment.