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Choosing the Best Red Lipsticks for Mature Women

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Red Lipstick for Mature Women

Red Lipstick for Mature Women

Red Lipstick for Older Women

Some people think there is an age limit on wearing red lipstick. I am here to tell you this isn't true. Red lipstick is daring, provocative, and downright gorgeous. If you're a confident woman and have always worn red lipstick, there is no need to stop because of your age. Perhaps a slight adjustment in the shade is all you need. Cosmetic manufacturers are developing lines for women like us, as they realize their market reaches beyond the millennial generation. Let's take a look at what is available on the market for mature women.

Aging and Makeup

As we age our skin changes. It isn't just the loss of elasticity and the odd little line, often it can become dull and we lose that youthful glow. This is why our makeup regime needs to change. If you're still using the same products you were using 20 or 30 years ago, now is a good time to revamp your routine. We all have favorites but perhaps they aren't the best choices for your skin coloring any longer. There are products specifically designed for the more mature woman. That isn't to say they are of lesser quality, they have been formulated to bring out our best. Often these will have extra moisturizers to aid in the reduction of visible wrinkles.

As for our lips, like me, you may have noticed your lipstick bleeds into the lines around your mouth. The lines will be worse if you are or were a smoker or also a sun lover. Below I have included a video that will show you how to stop the bleeding of your lipstick and the best way to apply lipstick. Even after all these years of wearing lipstick, I learned a thing or two from it. Enjoy the video.

Which Shade of Red Lipstick

There are so many red lipstick shades on the market it is difficult to just choose one. As a rule of thumb, if your skin is pale, try a blue/red. If your skin is olive then opted for an orange/red.

Of course you can try either. A blue/red is more of a dramatic evening look whereas an orange/red will be a good choice if you are in fun mood. Ask at the makeup counter if they have a sample or simply try the sample on the back of your hand.

****If your teeth are stained or appear yellow, this could be accentuated by wearing a blue/red lipstick. ****

Below are just a few of the ones I have tried and my opinions on them.

MAC Matte Lipstick

Mature women who wear red lipstick

Mature women who wear red lipstick

Women Who Wear Red Lipstick

Just look at the different women who wear red lipstick. Madonna, Demi Moore, Dolly Parton, and The Queen of England are all fans of wearing red lipstick.

It isn't limited to hair color either as blondes, brunettes, redheads and even those with gray hair can successfully wear it.

Caucasian, Asian and Black women can all wear shades of red lipstick to great effect. Simply select a hue which compliments your skin tone.

Personal choice comes into it as well of course and not just for the shade but also how it feels on the lips. I prefer one that helps to moisturize my lips, because if they are too dry the lips appear to have more lines. A moisturizing lipstick gives a smoother look to aging lips.

Lip Pencils

A lip pencil isn't new, but for mature lips it is a great tool to have in your makeup bag, it minimizes bleeding into the lines around your lips. Always have it sharp, and if the weather is too hot, pop it into the fridge until ready to use.

It is a good idea to have a couple different shades in your make up bag, to blend with the different lipsticks.

Lipstick Sealer

Even if your lipstick says it is everlasting or kiss proof, you can't beat a lipstick sealer. If you seem to reapply your lipstick often, with the lipstick sealer, this isn't necessary. The first time I used one, it felt uncomfortable, almost like it was drying my lips. Now I swear by it if I want my lipstick to stay on my lips and not on my glass or on my teeth.

Eye Make-up and Lipstick

If you are planning on wearing a bright red lipstick, you will need to tone down the eye makeup. The reason for this is we want a focal point. Eyes or lips, not both. Otherwise, it is almost clown-like which is not the look we are after!

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A light neutral colored eyeshadow and mascara will suffice. Make your statement with your lipstick.

Although you may see the younger women who can pull off wearing brightly colored eyeshadow and bright red lipstick, for mature women, it rarely works. The only exception to this, in my experience, is if you are in the theater on the stage where you need to 'stand out'.

Otherwise, opt for a focal point as I explained earlier. I liken this to wearing a short skirt or a low cut top, it's best to choose one or the other.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mary Wickison


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 09, 2017:

Hi Annamarie,

Having chapped lips is a pain and it can sometimes be difficult to stop. Wind, cold, and a change of temperature can all help contribute to it. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by keeping a lip balm handy. Not only does it act as a barrier to the elements, it reminds us to not wet our lips, which exasperates the problem.

I know what you mean about updating the make-up including eye shadow. I used to love wearing a dark grey but have now changed to softer brown tones.

The positive thing is, we realize we can successfully change, and there are products out there for us.

It does take courage to make changes when we have been using the same colors for so long. It isn't just the eye shadow and lipstick though as I have found, a need to change my foundation color as well.

Thanks for reading and I am pleased you found this useful.

Annamarie Sammons on June 08, 2017:

I am 56 year old, my lips are very dry although I am wearing lip ice underneath my lipstick. I used all these years the same eyeshadow and lipstick but just feel now to change and get more modern if I can say so. I enjoyed your article was very useful.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 29, 2016:

Pleased you liked it, thanks for reading.

Rukhsar from Leicester, UK on December 12, 2015:

This is a great hub! Well done on helping older women find confidence in wearing red lipsticks!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 21, 2015:

Hi Randie,

Thank you for sharing your experience, I think many would benefit from going to a color specialist to find colors which suit them.

I think we have all made mistakes in purchases and then never use the product.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Randie on April 21, 2015:

Any type of blue cool toned red or pink,look horrible on me because I have fair very warm undertoned skin( which is very common with natural redheads) and shades with warm yellow,orange and a little brownish reds and pinks look best on me.When I was 22 I went to a color specialist who taught me with warm clothing swatches held up to my face and the warm cosmetic colors she made up my face with,that I have a really warm undertone to my skin and that I should avoid any blue based cool colors and only use warm colors and she was totally right! I never had any freckles though.

On many make up blogs and sites like the very good Make Up Alley, and online articles they explain and or demonstrate the same things.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 15, 2012:

Hello Vespawoolf,

Actually it was my daughter who told me about the lipstick sealer, now I always have it close at hand.

Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks for comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 15, 2012:

I've never heard of lipstick sealer. Sounds like it would be a great addition to my arsenal. I'll definitely look into it. I've found a red with blue undertones works best with my skin. I'm glad to know about the colors you recommend. Thanks so much!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on October 08, 2012:

Thanks lots.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 08, 2012:

I personally think 'fire engine red' is perfect. If she is on the prowl (or the hunt) it is the perfect color for her no matter what country she is in.

For anyone else who reads this, please answer, this is directed to all of us.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on October 08, 2012:

Blond Logic, here is the paragraph from my short story in progress that has a 50 year old character wearing "fire engine red" lipstick. The woman is an associate professor of psychology, is divorced, and is on the prowl for romance. A man who is nearly 40 has been eyeing her. Is it plausible that she would wear bright red lipstick and that men would find her attractive, in part because of the lipstick rather than in spite of it? If she asked you, what lipstick would you recommend she wear? Should I delete "fire engine red" and substitute something else, such as plum purple or Cadillac pink or whatever? Would your answer be different if the scene were in a bistro in Brazil instead of the USA?


She ate a breath mint, shoved everything back in her shoulder bag, and appraised her appearance in the mirror--teeth: clean; medium-length copper red wig: straight; fire engine red lipstick: perfect. Satisfied--except for hating the bags under her eyes and little wart on the side of her neck, she shouldered her bag, stepped out of the Women's Restroom, and, aware of the little man's glances, strode back to the bar.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 07, 2012:


Of course, you may. I appreciate you asking. Sometimes people try to sneak in a link which tends to irritate me. Although I don't wear that shade of red, my sister does. She looks fabulous in it.

Thanks for asking and can't wait to read it.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on October 06, 2012:

I am working on a short story in which a 50 year old woman character wears "fire engine red" lipstick and looks attractive thus. When I finish the story, may I put the lipstick sentence in a comment to this article and ask if it sounds plausible or if I should have the character wear a different shade of lipstick?

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 05, 2012:

Hello Teaches12345,

I am glad you found the information useful.

Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Dianna Mendez on October 04, 2012:

I am so glad I came by here. Love the advice and next time I am out I am picking up a blue-red lipstick. Thanks for the great advice.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 02, 2012:

Hello Suzettenaples,

Thank you for sharing and the vote. I am so pleased you enjoyed it.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 02, 2012:

Hello Grand old Lady,

I have seen women who can apply it without the aid of a mirror, on a train that is bumping along and still get it perfect. I however am not one of those women. I need to get close to the mirror, mouth open slightly. It is a similar technique for applying mascara. I don't know why we open our mouths for that.

Thank you for your comment.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 02, 2012:

Really a great article about make-up for the mature woman. You have some good advice, tips and suggestions. Well presented and laid out. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up and shared!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on October 02, 2012:

Thank you for the advice. I guess lipstick is more than putting it on and zipping out of the house. Will have to buy a lotta stuff to get my lips right, but it might be fun:)

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 02, 2012:

Hello geetbhim,

Thanks for the comment.

Red lipstick has a loyal following. Once you find a shade that suits, you don't want another color, they all seem too bland.

Wonderful to hear from you.

sangeeta verma from Ludhiana India on October 02, 2012:

I agree with you women can use red lipstick when they grew old need not change their color of the lipstick if they love. Many old women who have crossed there 50's are seen in red lipstick and that enhance their personality. Even I love red lipstick and can't think of any other shades.

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