When I was a child, my gorgeously tan grandmother instilled in me her belief that all women look better with makeup on. Now an octogenarian (though she’d be hard pressed to admit it), Grammy’s the one asking me for makeup tips. But all too often, she finds herself disappointed in the way my winged liquid liner looks on her own eyes. Likewise, her skin’s changing texture has affected the way certain products appear on her face.
For those of us with the fleeting advantages of youth still on our side, trying new beauty trends is as easy as watching a YouTube tutorial and popping down to your local Sephora. But for those of us who’ve had the privilege of enjoying life a little longer, makeup doesn’t always seem so user-friendly.
We consulted two beauty professionals experienced in making up some of the world’s most gorgeous women: Hollywood makeup artist Elaine Offers, who counts Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, and Ellen Degeneres among her celebrity clients, and MAC Cosmetics senior artist Neil Young, who worked with legendary style icon Iris Apfel on her collaboration for the brand.
“I truly believe anyone of any age can wear most beauty looks,” says Young. “It’s just a case of adapting it to be more age appropriate.”
So ladies, put down that magnifying mirror for just a minute and read this instead: Just in time for Mother’s Day, our experts will tell you the absolute best way to wear the beauty looks you love while still acting your age. Skin, eyes, lips, and hair–it’s all in here.