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.