Aging and Using Make Up?

United States
February 10, 2007 4:32pm CST
I am as they say getting on in years and I wear make up. My grand kids tell me I'm too old it's only for younger people. I disagree I use it (in my opinion) tastefully. I don't wear as much as I did when I was younger and I certainly don't want to look like some older women who wear so much that it makes them look like aging clowns. People stare at them and I think they think it's because they look so beautiful and it's really because they look ridiculous. Do you think there is a start and stop age for make up?
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@Celanith (2334)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I wear make up occassionally and in moderation. I feel a lot of heavy make up or wearing it all the time ages you faster. I have seen the results of people who wear make up daily and they are younger than me. But they look older. I use moisturizer's and a light lipstick that is it. Nothing else. I am 57 and most people who do not know me guess I am 40-42.
• United States
11 Feb 07
No, there is no age limit for wearing make-up. The older you get, the more you need to look after your skin's elasticity. With the new anti-aging products coming out, you need not be putting on so much because these products protects your skin. My mother in law is past 60 but she can pass off as 40 when you look at her. She is very good with her skin care and uses just moisturizer, a light foundation, a concealer, blush and lipstick. There are older women though that thinks a heavy make-up will make them look younger but then it just make a person look closely at their faces and see all the wrinkles in there. Anti-aging products will definitely help.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
That's what I wear plus mascara and I also think too much ages you. Thanks
• India
11 Feb 07
First of all knowing you are a grandmother and you still wear make up shows that you are young at heart and that matters a lot. I think it makes one feel better if one looks good and vice a versa. The important thing here is how well you can carry yourself.As far as start age is concerned I personally feel the right age is when a girl is a little independent e.g 20 or above,though it also depends on the social background and lifestyle. For a woman to stop using make up i feel till she is healthy and can look better by putting on make up rather than the other way round. she can happily wear it and dont care what people say.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Good response. Welcome to myLot. Keep up the quality responses!
• United States
11 Feb 07
I totally do not think their is an age limit to wearing makeup! If you think the makeup enhances your beauty, why not wear it? I do agree that some other women wear too much, but I have seen many older women wear it quite tastefully! My 78 year old grandmother still wears makeup!
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Good for her!
• United States
11 Feb 07
No I dont think there is an age to stop wearing make up. If somebody was trying to help me by telling me that something I was wearing wasnt suiting me or something then I would take that on board. I could understand your grandkids opinion if you were going all out with crazy colors and fake eyelashs that it might be very full on and they may be embaressed or something but if you are just wearing it to make yourself feel good then I dont think there is a problem with that!
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I also think if you are using it incorrectly a kind word wouldn't be wrong
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I think there is a start, but I don't necessarily think there is a stop age. I think young girls, before the age of 13, shouldn't wear make-up. But I think anyone over that age should wear it to their hearts content lol. I think you got to set the example for your grandkids and let them know that no matter how old you are, beauty has no age.
• United States
11 Feb 07
I agree, thanks
@resasour (378)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I dont think so. As long as your makeup looks like it enhances your beauty and you aren't wearing colors that were in style 20 years ago. If it has a natural look and it makes you feel better then age should not be a factor.
@sunshinecup (7882)
11 Feb 07
I don't think so, I think it's all on how you wear it. If like you say one puts on so much or the wrong colors they may look silly, but if done right it can look nice. Age really isn't a factor at all, in my opinion anyway.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I think wearing or not wearing make-up is a personal thing and only the person choosing or not choosing to wear make-up knows what to do in this regard.+
@Lyrica (127)
• Canada
11 Feb 07
I don't think there's a start or stop age to wearing makeup. It all depends on the person and what they want. And while it makes me wince to see 7 year olds wearing overdone fake makeup, they're just playing around. By the time they reach their teen years they'll probably have a grasp of what good makeup looks like and how to apply it properly. For myself however, I've never really worn makeup when I was younger and I've never experimented with it, so I get embarrassed wearing makeup now especially since I don't know how to apply it properly.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I think it depends on the individual if you are comfortable wearing makeup and feel it is an enhancement for you then I say go for it. I have seen ladies in their late 60's that wore makeup beautifully and I have seen ladies in the 20's that looked like clowns on their way to the circus. I have never been big on makeup for myself I just always feel uncomfortable in it. So I wear moisturizer a lite base and a little mascara. Takes me all of 5 minutes and I am out the door...lol
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• Ireland
10 Feb 07
Well, I am a little older than you and I would never go anywhere without my make up. I wouldn't even answer the door for the postman if I wasn't wearing my make up. My grandchildren actually tell me how to wear my make up and they often tell me how nice it looks. They don't like me not to wear make up. I think a lot children think grannies should be in a rocking chair in front of the fire with a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
To be honnest, I don't think there's an age limit to waering make up, if you want to wear it you should. If it makes you feel better or good, it shouldn't matter what everyone else thinks. Their not the ones wearing it, so why do they care? So, no I don't think there should be a stop age for using make up.
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@Eskimo (2329)
11 Feb 07
Don't be silly you are not too old at all, in fact you are a perfect age. Too much make up on any woman regardless of age makes them look silly. Wear what you want and when you want, and if you can look at yourself in the mirror and smile, but without laughing then you have enough and not too much. I have heard of some people of 90 who won't go anywhere without makeup. I personally don't wear any- as I look fantastic anyway - just look at my photo.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I agree you do look fantastic but then so do I look at my photo and more in my profile of just how beautiful I am.
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@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
if it makes you feel better, my 94 year-old grandma still uses foundation and pressed powder! even when she was hospitalized just a few years ago, she always had her make-up kit right under her bed so she could retouch her face every now and then.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Thanks for a good example
@rudz006 (209)
• Malaysia
11 Feb 07
There is no limit of using make up.Any woman must take care of their image because face is the first thing people will see at every human.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
How true, Thanks
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Make-up is for every age. I have never worn make-up much, but as I get older I do wear some now to cover the wrinkles. I have never thought I looked very good in make-up plus I rub my eyes a lot so it always smeared. LOL but todays make-up can withstand anything. So don;t listen to those kids they know nothing.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
...but they think they know everything!
@GardenGerty (93648)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Feb 07
It was my grandmother who encouraged me to wear makeup, and do beauty regimens, bless her heart. I have not been taking the time for it very often lately, but did last Sunday, and it did my heart good. I think she got me my first lipstick at about eleven. I do not think there is a stopping age to beauty and skin care and makeup, you just have to be aware of how much, and if it stays where it belongs, and does not settle too much into the laugh lines.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I had forgotten about that. It was my grandmother who encouraged me to take care of my looks
@classy56 (2884)
• United States
11 Feb 07
theres not an age limit for wearing make-up,like you i dont wear every much make-up.if i turn 90 than i would stop wearing.if i couldnt put it on myself any more or if i was just plain to old to not even care about make-up at that age.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 07
There was a time when I really love experimenting with make-up. I guess I was in my early twenties and I loved it. I felt that it really enhanced my appearance then, but when I reached mid-30's I limited myself to just using pressed powder and a lip balm with a hint of color. My opinion is that, full make up is okay for young women but when u hit late 40s and above u should minimize using it. Less make up is better.
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