The delightful Nomi asks:
I’m in my early 50s, and I’ve never learned to use eye makeup at all. I played with it a little in high school (never eyeliner though!), but as I got into my 20s I just didn’t have time, plus it felt yucky. Those two factors have never changed for me. Should I even bother, now?
That totally depends.
Do you feel as if using eye makeup is something you should be doing rather than want to be doing?
There will be a slight learning curve at first, but you could get a shadow trio that would make things really easy for you as far as knowing what to apply where. You know, mid-shade on the lid, darker shade in the crease, and lightest color on the brow. Or you could just go for a bunch of colors and experiment. They’ve even got ones that talk to you! Time will be a factor, but like most things, the more you practice, the quicker you will get.
As for the makeup feeling yucky, I’m going to say that the shadows that are being produced nowadays are formulated differently than the ones you used in high school. Shadows are now pretty much whisper-light, although sensory issues differ from person to person.
That being said, have you been wistfully eyeing shadow colors and wishing you could join the party? Or are you feeling pressure from outside sources and sort of reluctantly thinking you should add eye makeup to your repertoire?
If wearing eye makeup makes you uncomfortable, then there’s just no good reason to do it. If you don’t have the time or more importantly, don’t want to make the time, then it’s probably not going to work if you feel resentful about frittering away with a palette when you could be doing other things. But if you’d like to play around with some color and see how it feels, I’m all for that too.
Do whatever makes you feel the most confident, and the most comfortable, and once you’ve made the decision, go with it and don’t second-guess yourself!
I’m going to open this up to the peanut gallery, what say the wise ladies of the Manolosphere?