How does wearing makeup make you feel?
As a younger user, I feel I have the role models of older women, in looks & advice. It has made me stronger in a world that would have me put down at any chance
As I get older, wearing makeup becomes more important rather than less. Where once I would have felt that I looked ok anyway, my made up face is an important part of leaving the house as ‘me’ as I know myself to be, rather than an easily dismissed, less interesting person. The make up equals the ability to be more assertive and confident.
As I wear makeup on a daily basis regardless of whether I am going out, I know that I am primarily doing this for me. However, I hope that when I do go out I am telling the world that I care about my image and that I definitely have not given up regardless of my years.
At the age of 75 I moved to Scotland with my husband to be closer to grandkids. I have missed friends and my social life from the South Coast but have started again by joining art groups, book clubs etc. Always very mixed ages which is lovely. Wearing makeup makes me feel my best and really does act as a kind of armour out in the new world, the new to me city that I now live in. I think wearing makeup is part of having a sense of style which remains just as important with age. All these things contribute to confidence.
Cancer has altered my appearance and, while learning to live with the new normal during my husband's job transfer to London, I discovered LFF and it made me feel feminine and pretty again. LFF gave me back what chemo, radiation and surgery stole.
Caring for my skin and wearing makeup is pure joy, as is choosing the day's outfit. Tricia understands this. I'm inspired by and grateful to her for being a smart, savvy, creative exemplar of the evergreen power of older women.
Encourages me to go out and do something when I might otherwise stay home alone.
Except for one very serious family emergency, I haven’t been out without mascara for 58 years. Wearing makeup is part of who I am, making me feel I look as good as I can, as is dressing well. I hate being patronised by companies who use pictures, all the time, of young women to advertise makeup; but even more I hate airbrushed pictures of famous women advertising ‘anti-ageing’ products as if growing old is a disease. Why would I care less about how I look and feel about myself than I did 30 years ago? It matters to me now!
Having suffered from episodes of depression in the past, makeup has had the effect of helping me face the day. A bit like wearing my armour
I am beyond retirement age but cannot afford to retire, I lack confidence but makeup and presentation can be quiet acts of defiance against those who think I am past it.
I disliked everything fading as I grew older, becoming a ‘beige’ blob without definition or colour. Until I discovered LFF. Now I thoroughly enjoy giving myself a cheeky smile of approval and appreciation when I catch sight of myself in a mirror. Thank you Tricia for all you’ve done and continue to do for us ‘wrinklies’
We are not invisible and we are worth something.
I feel I would have to be at 'death's door' to not put on my make-up and then I hope someone would put it on for me. I will have a word with my granddaughter!
I feel if I don’t take the time to present the best version of myself to the world, to show that I am important to me, then who else will think I’m important enough to bother with?
I feel transformed. I now always wear LFF makeup to go out, however small the errand. For me, make-up is not a mask to hide behind. When we 'paint' our faces we are engaging in an act of identity creation which is, I think, vital for older women who would otherwise be invisible, overlooked and disregarded. Applying makeup to an older face is an act of resistance in a society that devalues ageing.
I replied to one of Tricia's blogs a while back saying that she and LFF had changed my make-up life. I've learned so much from her and her team. I have always loved wearing make-up and experimenting etc but I'm now so much better at it and happier with the result. I can honestly say these are absolutely my best make-up years. It's a big thank you from me!
I think it signals that I don’t mind if you look at me, and that I’m happy to engage with you. Maybe that means that it’s a form of communication.
I really think continuing to wear makeup, at least eyebrows and mascara, even to the post office or to pick up bread and milk makes me friendlier and more receptive to others. I feel like I cared enough to make an effort, and I think others respond to that.
I’m no longer hiding my light under a bushel. I walk straighter with my chin held higher. I look forward to the transformation every morning. I now love being out and about and interacting with people. I feel so much more available to share with others.
I’ve just read my previous views about wearing makeup to my husband and he said that he thinks it’s about giving yourself time and is a self affirmation as well as seeing a reflection of yourself looking good afterwards. Please note he has no expectations and is the least vain person I know about their appearance.
It just makes me feel great. At nearly 67 I still work as a professional musician, both performing and teaching. It includes working with people from ages 6 to mid eighties. I need to feel I look as well as I can in order to give out and try and make others feel positive and confident in their playing. I can’t do that if I look pale and wan so LFF is absolutely vital to my work as well as every other part of my life.
It's just part of the many things I know make me feel my best self, so I am able to participate well in life, be open to ideas, and feel optimistic. Also to come to terms with the past. Sort of 'Well, at least I'm starting to get a few things right now!' . So the other things are keeping fit and as well as possible, ( getting overweight is disastrous to my mood in so many ways). So it's part of the pattern which is the 'best me', ie doing my hobbies and voluntary work, being positive about trying new things, keeping a supportive routine which helps me feel secure but adventurous, seeing friends, family ... all that stuff! And this comes from only wearing Bring Back Brows! Sensitive eyes means I can't wear eye makeup, or lipstick, as my lips are almost non-existent they just look even more pathetic even with the most helpful extra colour/finish! And my skin is rather good, just needs lots of cream!
Make up is more than ‘just make up’. It makes you feel more positive and in control and are most definitely noticed more by shop staff and bank employees. Without it, when you are older, you just fade into the background. I tend to dress up more when wearing make up too - a dowdy face seems to go with dowdy clothes. I’m more smiley with it and hence other people smile more too.
Not beautiful but definitely prettier. At home in the corporate world where I still work and whilst the younger women often wear very little makeup I enjoy showing up looking polished - and it made ALL the difference when I was doing all my work on Zoom which is a very unforgiving medium
Seen. I’ve noticed in group gatherings the people who are well groomed get more positive feedback even if it’s subtle than those people of both genders and all ages who look unkempt or not well put together. Those who clearly don’t try with their appearance don’t get fast attention from clerks or service personnel. People who keep up their appearance also seem quicker to smiles when acknowledging others and being noticed by others. Attractiveness no matter what age yields more positive results from others.
Six years ago, I had a hip operation and could wear no makeup on the day. On the following day, I was allowed a shower and followed it by doing my hair and putting on makeup so that I felt like me again. A nurse came into my room and quite literally took a step back, commenting on how different and good I looked - not as if I’d had a major operation the day before.
Tricia’s mantra opened my eyes to the function of making up. I had previously viewed it as armour: presenting an image of myself as an older woman in a young workforce. Refocusing on making up to present a better version of me FOR me was quite liberating.
How do you think makeup helps you stay positive during difficult times?
A touch of 'normality' and doing something positive to make things feel and (look!) better psychologically.
After applying my makeup, I feel more positive about myself and about facing the world outside my door. There is a definite mental shift and I feel the world sees me as a healthy, happy person without really considering my age.
Ageing itself is a difficult time, regardless of circumstances. I used to think I looked OK until I hit 65,when everything went downhill fast. I couldn't bear to look at my face in the mirror (not when wearing glasses or contact lenses, anyway). My skin had lost all colour, my islands of sun damage had merged to form continents, my lips and eyebrows disappeared, and I developed awful purple patches under my eyes. I'd never worn much makeup until this year, as I didn't really know how and wanted to avoid looking like a badly plastered wall. Mutton as lamb etc. LFF products and tutorials were a revelation. I can look at myself in the mirror again - and smile. Even with my contacts in!
As I reached retirement and then afterwards I began to feel as if I was disappearing into thin air. I felt as if I contributed nothing and was insignificant. Wearing - even just a little- makeup daily - made me feel like the light inside me hadn’t actually gone out, but that there was still an ember which I could stoke and which would grow stronger. It makes me feel human again
By maintaining a level of control over the image presented to others - not an invisible ‘old lady’ but a woman who looks her best version of herself. Aged 67 at the start of the pandemic I never felt ‘old’ but the last 2+ years have taken their toll and I emerged feeling more hesitant, vulnerable and concerned about the future, and yes ‘old’! I’m surprised how many of my friends feel the same.
Difficult times require a determined and confident mindset. Putting on make up is a significant part in the process of becoming that person.
During difficult times in life wearing makeup is more than just a pleasant distraction - it’s a positive act that says you’re not going to be totally defeated by what life’s throwing at you. Also, the end result is a boost to your self confidence which in turn creates an increased drive to make the most of the day.
Even if you're not facing the world, it helps you face yourself. The whole ethos of LFF has helped me reframe getting older.
Feeling good about yourself makes you stronger. So look after yourself first then you are in a better position to look after others
Having always loved makeup. It’s like my comfort blanket. A small but important constant in a rapidly changing time in my life.
How you perceive yourself has a huge effect on morale and levels of confidence, so looking in the mirror and liking / not liking yourself matters greatly.
I also find people listen to me more if I go to appointments made up. My son made a serious attempt to commit suicide on Boxing Day last year and required three hours of surgery. He was discharged into my care with no support 24 hours later. No one listened to me then when I asked questions but if I put in my makeup and wear smarter clothes I am noticed more.
I can’t imagine life without makeup! It brightens even the darkest times…
I could no more face the world without my makeup on than walk naked down the street. Without my face in I feel invisible. With it I’m invincible!
I feel that I’m literally bringing colour back into my life and that there is something transformational about spending 10 minutes mindfully applying makeup. The results can be subtle or strong depending on what I’m doing/ wearing that day. I start the day feeling balanced and prepared for whatever the day holds. My intention for the day is set and I feel more positive and in control of how I am going to approach what the day may bring. I had always envied women who wore lipstick so confidently but felt I was not beautiful or stylish enough to pull that off . Now I understand how to choose the right colours for me I get such a buzz from the final act of choosing and applying my lipstick -it gives me such a confidence boost when I see that final reflection in the mirror .I’m ready for the day in colours of my choosing - feeling how I want to feel , bright and positive, and not like the dowdy invisible gray person I can sometimes feel. My confidence has grown tremendously since I started taking this time to spend with and for myself .I feel much more resilient and am definitely keep those gray days in check.
I feel that make up is a form of self care. Get up, wash your face and put on some make up and go have some fun. The main media is so moany and negative that we’ve forgotten how to enjoy ourselves. And we don’t need to be airbrushed. Wearing my makeup makes me shove all the negativity aside and be myself.
I forget how old I am and feel just like me.
I have always worn make up so it feels like a little bit of normality. Catching sight of my best version in the mirror lifts my spirits.
I have always worn make up so it feels like a little bit of normality. Catching sight of my best version in the mirror lifts my spirits.
I like to feel I look as good and natural as I can. Makeup helps me to look good and healthy on the outside despite my body not feeling great on the inside. I put makeup on for my benefit and not necessarily to create an image for others. I just feel better with makeup on.
I look in the mirror and see "me". Still me no matter what else is going on that I can't change. Makeup is my armour/my uniform. As a nurse I put on my uniform and I can face challenges and I can talk to anyone. When I'm out of my uniform I find talking to strangers really challenging and my self confidence falters. My makeup is part of my uniform that helps me face the world and stand tall. Ali
I love art and I see it as something creative to apply each day. It's always a bit different and it's about being visible, present and occupying my space.
I sometimes get a shock when I see my elderly mother (no longer with us) looking back at me in the mirror. Make up makes me look and feel younger and more myself. Even just lipstick can brighten my whole face.I think it’s about finding a balance between acceptance of my ageing self and the image I want to project to others and I resonated with your ‘Best Self’ analogy.
I like to feel I have a choice about wearing makeup but to be honest, I feel my best self with it on. It’s a complex one. I’m just grateful to have discovered your company (recommended by a good friend who you helped get through lockdown) and simply love your weekly blog. You are a visionary and an inspiration. Thank you.
I usually only wear lipstick as i feel “naked” without it. So, whether times are difficult or not a slick of bright lipstick gives me a boost and makes me feel ready to face the outside world.
I wouldn't dream of going out without makeup as I hate the way I look without it. I have no confidence in my looks without my 'armour' to hide behind. I've felt like this all my life and, for me, it's really important to have cosmetics (LFF) that I can happily use now I'm in my sixties. Many products on the market just don't work on older skin and don't help us 'ladies of a certain age' feel good about ourselves. I've been wearing makeup all my life and will continue to do so.
If you look brighter you feel brighter, if you look fabulous you feel fabulous - it really works!
If you look good you feel good. I love that makeup makes me feel beautiful and confident.
In adolescence, living with an unpleasant and controlling stepfather, wearing eye make-up became a triumphant act of defiance and make-up has remained my friend ever since.