Top 5 Essentials for Ageing Hooded Eyes
I’ve wanted to do a video for some time now on my “Essentials for Ageing eyes” but just haven’t got round to it yet. I will do one for sure, but in the meantime I thought why not blog about it! As you may know, I had a botox disaster last year and what that meant was that my already hooded crepey eyes got even more hooded. Lovely .
The up side of that is I had to learn new techniques with eyeshadow, and even find new products to use in addition to the ones I already relied on. Here are my essentials!
Retinol is a product that generally isn’t well tolerated around the eyes and on the neck area, but I’m sure you have heard about the wonders of this ingredient. This one from La Roche Posay is specifically for the eyes and I’m on to my second tube. Retinol isn’t a product that you are going to see results with instantly, not even in months, but maybe 6 months to a years time. I’d highly recommend introducing this to your daily skincare regime, best used at night and I do use it on my eyelids as well as under and around my eyes with no adverse effects. Buy it here UK R Dermic Eyes and here USA R Dermic Eyes
When my hoods were at their worst, I couldn’t put top liner on and then continue with my makeup as the eyeliner would transfer to the skin of my crease and wreck the eyeshadow look. I still have that problem a little now, but I have found that using a felt tip liner is much much better and doesn’t have so much transfer. It also dries faster so you are only waiting a moment or two – this one from Rimmel is a dupe of the Kat Von D tattoo liner and is wonderful. Buy it here UK Rimmel Precision Eyeliner and here USA Rimmel Precision Eyeliner
A skinny but soft crease brush is essential. I have finally learnt to put my crease colour higher up and I love the result. If you have a small space between your brows and eyelid though, you don’t want to use one of the usual crease brushes, as a lot of the time they are too big and you will have too much shadow. This one by Louise Young isn’t cheap I admit, but its super soft, washes well (I’ve had it about 5 years) and is amazing at blending. Buy it here UK LY38B (not available in USA that I can see sadly).
You know that I love shimmer as much as the next 20 twenty something girl, and that I am not listening to those that say we older ladies should only be wearing mattes. BUT. I do think that mattes help with the crepey look of the eyes quite honestly. For me there are two brands that somehow have magic qualities that just smooth out my eyes – Too Faced and Illamasqua. Love. If you are a lady of a certain age, you need some of these in your life – I’d highly recommend the Too Faced natural matte palette. Buy it here UK Too Faced Natural Matte Palette and here USA Too Faced Natural Matte Palette
I could probably make this list my top ten essentials, or fifteen even, but I’ll show the rest in the video. For now, my number 5 essential is a good mascara that is not too wet (so it doesn’t transfer) with a brush small enough to catch every single lash. For me there are two winners, the MAC Extended play gigablack lash and the Laura Mercier Long lash – the LM long lash is kinder to lashes to be honest, so I’d say that one is best to avoid the “crispy” feeling with the MAC one. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof but in the 5 plus years I’ve used it, it has never run, smudged or flaked, and it separates like a dream. Buy it here for UK Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara and here for USA Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara
What are your essentials?