One of the great double standards of society is that men are allowed to age, and are seen to get better looking with age, whereas women aren’t allowed to show any signs of ageing. However, if we are seen to be trying to conceal signs of ageing, we are equally criticised. There needs to be a re-think on the way we perceive women over 35. Women over 60 who wear obvious makeup (bright lips, lashes, bold eyeshadows) are often judged and seen as ‘dame’y’
This comes from the misogynistic panto dames who portray an image of an older woman trying desperately to cover up the ravages of age. But with the rise of the older beauty (Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Judie Dench), hopefully we can rid society of this image and replace it with a more modern outlook that recognises makeup is not worn to cover up or hide, but to express and emphasise.
If your teenage years were spent in the sixties, the eyeliner decade, you are lucky. You know exactly how to replicate this look and it is a flattering one. Jo Wood (59) still pulls of the rocker chick look with tons of smudged kohl liner. Its easy, its cheap, and it looks just as good in your 60s as it did in THE 60s.
Colour over 60 is ALLOWED! Whatever you want is allowed. There are some looks, however, that aren’t flattering at any age. With bold and dark colours, there’s always a risk (again, I’m talking about at any age) of looking harsh. With these kinds of colours, mistakes can be spotted a mile away. Bold and dark colours on your lips can make them look thinner. And a red lip, having its big moment in the 40s, sometimes looks better on the over 80s.
Steer towards the browner, more mauve end of the red spectrum for a more flattering look, alla Helen and Joanna.
They also know how to rock the false eyelashes.
There is absolutely no reason to cut your hair off once you get past a certain age. This is a myth perpetrated by the patriarchy. Women are terrified of looking ‘witchy’, but does Meryl Streep look ‘witchy’? Does Lindsay Duncan? The whole notion of the Witch is an image that society created in order to demonise intelligent women, so I for one would be honoured to be called ‘witchy’.
I’m not saying you have to do any of these things, but I am saying you shouldn’t feel like you can’t. There are no ‘rules’ and don’t let anyone tell you that there are.