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Less can be more with make-up, but it’s never a bad idea to emphasize your eyes!

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is a change in my eye appearance. The skin is not as firm and tight as it once was, and my eyes look ever so slightly less open. The contours are different, even though I don’t see many wrinkles yet.

One way to enhance the eyes as we age is with make-up. In my 20’s and 30’s, I was so spoiled and got by with a bit of mascara.  These days, I feel much prettier and put together when I spend more time on my eye make-up

Don’t worry – you don’t need to run out and buy a lot of make-up or watch hours of video lessons!  I’ve yet to learn how to apply eye shadow properly, but these 3 simple steps can add a lot to your everyday look.

STEP 1: Create full, shapely brows.

Brows are such a hot topic now, but they’ve always been important.  The brows frame the eyes and face, and as we get older, become even more important if your hair is gray, silver or white.

While some women may prefer natural brows, I like to cover the few grey hairs in mine with NYX brow mascara in Brunette. Not only does it hide the lighter hairs, it makes my brows look fuller.

Next, I used NYX Powder Brow Pencil in Taupe to draw in a very slight curve on top, so my brown match better and look a bit thicker. Unlike many pencils, this one is soft and easy to use.

From NYX: “Our unique eyebrow pencil’s superfine texture provides a powdery-soft, matte finish, plus it’s a double duty goodie – a powder pencil plus a spoolie brush to put the finishing touches on your arches.”

STEP 2: Add eyeliner in the right color and texture.

For a fun change, I like Marc Jacobs new liners in bold summer colors like the bright, silvery “Deja Blue” ( for daytime. They glide on so smoothly, with a powder finish. Anyone can look like a pro with this liner!

At night or for work, I stick with browns like Urban Decay‘s Whiskey.  These go on very smoothly and evenly.  With gray, silver or white hair, a neutral other than black tends to look less harsh, more natural and youthful. Another neutral I like is a dark or navy blue. My current favorite is Fenty Beauty’s Bachelor Pad.

I think lining the top lid is usually a better look over 40, as lining the lower lid can draw attention to lines or wrinkles.

STEP 3: Open the eyes with a volumizing mascara.

I’ve searched high and low for the best volumizing, easy to use mascara to restore my thinning lashes to their former beauty. Volumizing mascara that does not smudge is one of my personal makeup essentials, along with lipstick and a great foundation. I wanted a serious upgrade.

I finally found Thrive Causemetic’s Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara online.

With just one coat, this product really delivered for me! My lashes almost look fake, in a good way,  they are so much lusher. My eyes appear larger and brighter. The price made it a bit of a splurge for me, but it’s a keeper and now on my auto ship list.

This product does not smear and can be easily removed with coconut oil or any gentle make up remover.


A few quick steps with the right products (and colors!) can really go a long way to emphasize your beautiful eyes.

If you have questions,  please let me know in the comments below!

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