Personal style takes time to cultivate. After all, it is a reflection of your individuality, interests, and personality—elements that are fluid and develop over time. Consider what you strive for: is it calm confidence or youthful vigour? Flawless style isn’t about being flashy or being fussy. Often, it’s the simplest looks that are the most chic, inspiring confidence and a renewed sense of self.
Whether you’re pondering a few updates to your wardrobe or considering a complete revamp, as an older woman, you may want a style that showcases your seasoned personality without sacrificing comfort. Here are 10 simple makeover tips that can boost your confidence and keep you looking your best in retirement.
Makeup and Hair Refresh
1. Start by Putting a Fresh Face Forward
As skin matures, its needs evolve, requiring more nourishing and hydrating products. According to Vogue magazine, following a dedicated skin-care routine is an essential strategy for achieving a healthy complexion, especially for ageing women. Keeping your skin healthy and moisturized gives you a good base to work with – whether you prefer to wear makeup or go au natural. By prioritizing a tailored skincare regimen, older women can maintain a radiant, healthy base, enhancing makeup application and embracing their ageless beauty.
2. Skip the Heavy Foundation
Just like our style, interests, and overall aesthetic evolves as we age, so do the makeup products we reach for. You may notice that the foundations and powders that were once the essential to your beauty stash just don’t work like they used to—and that’s totally normal. As we get older, our skin changes—there is less elasticity, changes in skin tone and texture, and more.
To help boost your skin confidence, use cream-based cosmetics rather than powder, which is drying and can look chalky or draw attention to uneven texture, pores, and wrinkles. Also avoid super thick (liquid) foundations that sit on the skin like a mask. Applying foundation is a case of less is more.
3. Brighten Up with Colour
Brighten your look with a blush that is right for your skin tone. Colours like peach or rose can bring a youthful glow to cheeks and lips and give the appearance of a natural flush to your face. A good guideline when choosing colour is to stay within two tones of your natural colour. Start with a light hand – you can always add more. Also, opt for softer colours for eyeliner and avoid heavy eyeshadow.
4. Don’t Forget a Good Manicure
Sometimes painted as a luxury, a good mani/pedi is a necessity for older women. That’s because taking care of nails becomes more challenging with age due to unsteady hands, reduced flexibility, and changes in vision. Like our skin, over the years our nails start to weaken and can become thin and brittle over time. Getting a regular manicure helps keep nails healthy. Besides, the pampering gives women a little extra confidence boost!
5. Grey Hair Continues to Trend This Year
There’s no denying it, silver is in! To look your best, keep in mind that grey hairs have reduced strength and elasticity, making them more fragile than the luscious locks of your youth. Grey hair also tends to be drier, so be diligent with conditioners and moisturizers. Try an oil to seal in moisture, use a daily leave-in conditioner, and if you’re still struggling with dryness, deep condition every week or two. Be careful of over-styling or using too much heat, both of which will be quite damaging. UV radiation is always a risk to natural hair, but it can be especially damaging to grey hair. Wear hats or scarves if you know you’ll be out in the sun for a while. If you find your hair gets brassy or yellow, color-correcting with purple shampoos can help bring your tone back to bright silver.
Wardrobe Tips for Older Women
If your wardrobe is due for a makeover but you don’t know what fashion tips can work for older women, try these ideas. Just remember, style has a lot to do with personality and one size does not fit all!
6. Use Clothing to Accentuate Grey Hair
Whether you have been dedicated to your grey hair journey for years or have recently made the switch to silver – it’s important to know what clothing compliments the hairstyle. Clothing colours that compliment grey hair are white, jewel tones, blue everything, blueish greens, lilac, pink, and black. Avoid grey and yellow tones as they can wash you out or make your complexion look sallow.
7. Look for Clothing That Adapts to Your Lifestyle
It’s no secret that mature women may find things like fiddly buttons a challenge. To add style, comfort, and a touch of class to your wardrobe during your golden years, try these items that also preserve confidence while dressing.
- Trousers that pull on easily with back waist elastic for added comfort. A straight leg or flare keeps lines sleek while adding a touch of sophistication.
- Check out modern fabrics that offer a stretchability that are both comfortable and flattering.
- Loose-fit skirts with elegant prints and pleats are always in style and spread easily while sitting.
- Two-piece outfits coordinate perfectly and transition easily from breakfast to an afternoon or evening outing.
- The sophisticated layered look is an essential fashion tip for senior women. Not only does it provide great style and warmth – and it works for everyone.
Invest in good quality items. Avoid anything overly baggy – think clean lines. And remember, a well-chosen blazer or cardigan can effortlessly elevate a simple outfit, providing warmth and style.
8. Think About Accessories
Mastering fashion for older women starts with knowing how to use accessories to elevate your mature look. Repurpose jewellery and accessories as a trompe l’oeil with these tips:
- Wear necklaces that fall to the collar bone or lower.
- Bangles and watches can be very youthful and work with anything from formal wear to a pair of jeans.
- Gorgeous earrings draw the eye up and away from the jawline.
- Flirty scarves bring out a youthful spirit. Elegant and stylish, scarves keep you warm and bring colour close to your face.
- Don’t be afraid to show off shape with belts. Synch your waist with a thicker belt to create length and really pull together your style. Chain belts can look terrific on most body shapes when worn low and slightly off centre.
9. Glasses Are Part of Your Style
As you age, there is one accessory that generally becomes part of day-to-day life – eyeglasses. If you are an older woman who loves to stay stylish, you can turn your eyewear into a fashionable accessory that will transform and enhance your look, instantly. To find a frame that can accommodate all your vision and fashion needs, check out how to choose the best frames for your face here.
10. Fancy and Functional Footwear
Footwear is a crucial part of your wardrobe. Focus on comfort and versatility when selecting shoes. Flats, ankle boots, and loafers are great choices. And don’t worry, flats don’t needn’t be dull. Bright shoes will inject colour into your outfit and allow you to subtly try out the latest trends. Make sure your footwear is suitable for various activities to reduce the risk of falls, ensuring you have options that are both stylish and practical.
Enhance Your Style by Focussing on Health and Happiness
At All Seniors Care we know that looking your best comes from having a healthy lifestyle. After all, a healthy diet, exercise, and a good night sleep may be the closest things to the fountain of youth.
Whether you are a senior living in London or a caregiver looking for senior apartments in Winnipeg, our expert care team will help you to develop wellness plans that are catered specifically to your body type, lifestyle, and activity levels.
For those wondering whether now is a good time to move into a senior living residence, explore the many assisted, independent living, and memory care options available near you. Caregivers and seniors can also take a break, unplug, recharge, and rejuvenate with a respite stay.
Contact us or explore our blog to find out how you can look and feel your best for years to come!