Michelle Obama Turns 50: How to Apply Makeup as an Older Woman

It may be the official start of middle age that many women dread – but turning fifty doesn’t have to mean that you have to give up. It is still possible to look the bomb and feel great too, with some of our ILLUMIN8 beauty tips. Toy boys – form an orderly queue!

Michelle Obama, America’s leading lady and the most popular first lady since Jackie O, turns fifty this week. This strong and confident woman has to look great at all times, and pulls it off with apparent ease.

She always looks great with her makeup perfectly suiting her outfit, whether she is at a White-House press conference or out with the kids. Any claims of surgery have been strongly denied by the Obama family, so how does she do it?

Healthy eating and regular exercise aside, your makeup routine will change greatly as you age. Skin becomes less elastic and drier, causing you to be forced to change the failsafe makeup that made you look good for so many years, and trade them in for different products.


As previously mentioned, you probably need a change if you are still using the same foundation as you did when you were twenty. Even the subtlest skin changes can alter the look of your skin, and new makeup needs to be bought to accommodate this. What looked stunning and suited your skin perfectly ten, or even five years ago, now looks cakey and settles into fine lines. If this happens, it’s definitely time for a change.


Eyelashes and eyebrows thin as we get older. Choosing a volumising mascara, or perhaps one that is specifically designed for older eyes, is a great way to make sure that your eyes stay looking lovely and full.


When choosing a liner, ditch the old favorite of liquid, as this can settle in the creases and look uneven; it is also more likely to smudge and appear harsh on aging eyes. Pick a pencil in neutral browns instead for a more understated and classic look.


Drooping upper eyelids are another problem – making their appearance hooded. This can be made worse by heavy eye shadow, so avoid that except for on a special occasion like a night out.


Lips are another feature of the face that tend to thin as we get on in years, and lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking can further exacerbate this problem. Special steps can be taken to prevent your lips showing their true age.


When picking out new makeup, always look at the colour and try it on if you can. Do not choose a lip colour or liner that is too dark for your face – that doesn’t look good at any age. Best off to seek advice about colouring in store, or perhaps ask for samples to take home and try.


Going overboard on the lip liner is a sure fire way to make yourself look dated. The mouth is a problem areas for wrinkles, and too much makeup will get caught in the fine, feathery lines. One to be avoided at all costs, only ever buy lip liner that matches your lipstick perfectly.


If you suffer from dry, chapped lips, make sure you invest in a good lip balm to keep your lipstick looking its best.

Let Your Positivity Shine

Whilst it’s true that Michelle Obama has a team of people to make her look good – and all the money she wants to spend on products – there is a lot that us regular ladies can learn from her. Beauty is beyond physical – it is confidence, it is passion and it is excitement. Anyone, of any age, can look beautiful.


We believe that all women should grow old gracefully – and look good doing it! ILLUMIN8 have private classes that are available to teach you how to deal with your skin as it changes with age. Our team of experts can show you the best products to use, and some professional advice that will revolutionize your makeup routine.

Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Makeup

Valentine’s Day is coming up and love is in the air! Make sure the day goes perfect, and that you look your best, with these handy makeup tips from ILLUMIN8.

Whether you have a hot date in a restaurant or are going to see this year’s favourite Rom Com, everyone wants to look their best on Valentine’s Day. It is a time for us girls to be treated, and also a great time to try something new with your makeup routine.

And even if you have no plans, treat yourself to these makeup tricks anyway, and leave yourself looking, but more importantly feeling, fantastic.

Here are some makeup tips to get you started – pick one, or all, this February 14th.

Focus on the Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul. Accentuate your fabulous features with a thick black eyeliner on the upper lid, to increase the look of your lash line. Apply it with a liquid liner to create a seamless look, and if you are feeling daring add a flick to really make your eyes pop.

Curling your eyelashes can really open up the eyes, make them seem larger, and the lashes will appear longer and fuller. Adding dark mascara and false eyelashes can further increase this look.

Strong eye makeup is seductive but demure, and suits all eye shapes and colours. It is a classic makeup look that everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie has rocked over the years.

Vamp it up

Red lips are a daring choice for Valentine’s Day, but it is important to make sure that your lips are in good condition before using a lipstick. Bright hues tend stick unflatteringly to chapped and dried lips, especially if you choose a matte colour.

Use sugar as a light lip scrub once a week, and it will remove all that dead skin from the top layer of your mouth. Finish with lip balm, wait five minutes and apply a lip colour or tint.

Bright red lips have been a beauty staple since the 1920s and it is as popular as ever as a celebrity red carpet favourite.


Give your face cheek bones that Kate Moss would be jealous of with some great contouring tips.

By focusing on the highlights in your face on the main areas; the cheeks, the forehead or the nose, it is possible to create the illusion of striking bone structure on all face shapes.

You can give yourself a sculpted look by enhancing your natural features.

  • When applying contouring to the forehead, apply a darker colour to the temple and a highlighter lightly in the middle to give your face a lovely upper shape.
  • Lightly line each side of your nose if you want to create a thinning effect.
  • Run the highlighter slightly above the hollow of your cheek bone, this can be followed by blush underneath.
  • Add a little dot of highlighter in the centre of your cupid’s bow to make your lips seem larger.
  • Don’t forget to blend!

Kim Kardashian is the self-proclaimed queen of contouring. This makeup technique is a great one to try for those that are perhaps a little more experienced with makeup, because it can be a little tricky to get right. When done correctly, it can look incredible.

Have a romantic Valentine’s Day with these ILLUMIN8 makeup tips. If you want a more professional approach to your makeup routine, visit our website and book in for one of our private makeup classes or workshops.

I Want a Career in Makeup

Makeup is an everyday part of most women’s lives. The cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £15bn in the UK alone, and employs almost a million people. Beauty sells, and those that are talented at the work and have the correct training, stand to make a lot of money.

As a cosmetics professional, you are in charge of styling makeup onto your client in a variety of different ways depending on the job and situation. There are makeup artists for memorable occasions like weddings and proms, or for more publicised events like television and magazines. You can also work on the upmarket beauty counters for companies like Mac or Dior; a lot of these premium boutiques only employ qualified beauty therapists to ensure their staff are incredibly knowledgeable in order to offer customers a top quality makeover at any time.

There are also other career choices within the industry; it is possible to become a skin camouflage expert and help those who feel uncomfortable in society due to facial disfigurements accept themselves, and gain the confidence to go outside and face the world.

Makeup artists have to be creative souls that are willing to collaborate with styles at the client’s request, alongside with what they know will look good. If you have passion and love for all things makeup, and have patience and a willingness to learn, then a career as a makeup artist could very well be perfect for you.

Ruby Hammer, creator of successful cosmetics brand Ruby and Millie, explains why she enjoys her career choice so much; “No two days are the same, I still feel challenged and excited by my job…You have to be professional at all times, be able to get on with lots of different people and build relationships in a short space of time, which can be hard. You’re only as good as your last job.”

Being passionate about cosmetics is a key aspect of any makeup artist’s life. As a career it can be very rewarding helping people to look beautiful and feel good all day long. You also have the option of going freelance once you have received proper training, which has great flexibility and can easily be arranged around family life.

Building up a steady portfolio of clients is key, and the first step towards that is by receiving professional training from an expert in a workshop or class. Lessons like these can create a great base of knowledge, perfect for those who want to make the transition into the makeup business as specialists.

This industry is very competitive so it is important to arm yourself with the best knowledge in the business with expert classes. Taking a course like the one offered by Illumin8 is the perfect answer for training within the makeup industry. Just fill out the enrolment form to start beautifying your career.