10-4-21 THIS WEEK: Makeup and the Older Woman

October 4, 2021, 11:07 am by MSP


Makeup and the Older Woman


Dear MSP SYSters, 


A couple of years ago I visited a department store makeup counter. The visit was long over-due. I'll be the first to admit it: my makeup needed some serious updating! 


This was a “Wakeup for my makeup”!


I needed an update. I knew for a long time my makeup choices and application techniques were not all they could be. I told myself, "This is something you've got to do for yourself, girl". Then suddenly, one thing led to another and I made it happen. I couldn't be more delighted, because now I know how to apply eye shadow properly, and I found out where my blush should be placed (who knew?)...even my husband said, "Oh wow! You have eye lashes; I never knew that!" LOL…It was literally an eye-opening experience.


I was lucky to nab an appointment with Justin, Bobbi Brown's Account Coordinator for the Carolinas and Georgia. I felt anxious, yet extremely excited to have the opportunity to acquire new skills and grab a few makeup tips. Boy, I was not disappointed! I found out what I had been doing wrong all these years. I found out how to play up my light eyes that naturally blend right into my fair skin, plus I learned the correct foundation and cheek color for my skin type and skin color! Oh so many questions...yet they were all answered by Justin from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. 


I did the work at the makeup counter for YOU. Now, simply follow the tips in this week's makeup article!



Get rid of red blotchy skin forever. With just a few products, a simple skincare/makeup routine, you can "enhance" your natural beauty! Start thinking of makeup as a tool for looking your best. If you know me, I like to keep makeup minimal (natural looking). I like the word "enhancement" because that's all makeup should be. Makeup should bring out your best, highlight your eyes and brighten your features.


You've been applying makeup wrong all these years. I have too. I learned so much from makeup session and put it all together in one complete makeup guide. This week's informative makeup guide has everything you need to apply blush to the correct area on your face, show you how to apply eye shadow so it looks natural for every day use.



Get this makeup guide along with a MSP Style Membership


Weekly Style Mission

Dear MSP SYSters, 

FYI: We hang onto makeup longer than we should!!!

For example, when buying makeup, we tend to collect it over time. From inexpensive drugstore brands (like Wet n' Wild, etc.) to expensive ones like Nars. Women are notorious for hanging onto makeup for years (thinking one day we might wear that sparkly-midnight blue eyeliner again...really?

FYI: Old makeup harbor germs! Believe me...I know this first hand. I had an unfortunate incident awhile back. I had a jar of (top brand) eye cream (apparently creams harbor more germs compared to other makeup products) and this eye cream didn't make my 'crows feet' disappear...instead it gave me RED SWOLLEN PAINFUL EYELIDS!!! OUCH. Inflamed, crusty eye lids is what I got using an old product past its expiration date! There's nothing more aggravating than realizing how stupid you've been and IF you did venture out of the house with such an embarassing condition...you will get some awful looks your way! Morale of this nasty story: When in doubt, throw it OUT!


This week's Style Mission: Toss your old makeup!

Toss out any old makeup. Don't be silly and keep it (it could be full of bacteria-like my eye cream was)!

Unfortunately there are no regulations requiring cosmetic companies to stamp their products with expiration dates. 

TIP* Use a permanant marker to write the date you open the package and begin using the product. This way you will know how old it is...and when to toss it.


Checklist of the shelf life of makeup:


__Concealers. Up to 12 months

__Powders. 2 years.

__Creams and gels. 1 year

__Pencil eye liner. Can last up to 3 years

__Eyeshadow. Will last up to 3 years

__Foundations. Water-based foundations will last up to 12 months. Oil-based will last up to 18 months. 

__Lipsticks. 1-2 years. However, if it smells rancid, throw it out!

__Mascara. This product has the shortest shelf life! Throw out mascara after 3 months. Don't pump the wand in and out because more air exposure makes it dry out faster. 

__Nail Polish. Up to 12 months, depending on the quality.

__Brushes. Wash them every 2 weeks in mild facial soap/cleanser.

__Sponges. Wash weekly or throw out monthly.

Need to refresh and/or replace your makeup? Consider trying Clinique...

Dear MissusSmartyPants...

Dear MSP, 

Guess what! Last night I was putting my outfit together and decided I needed to dig deep into my jewelry box and be thankful for the beautiful things I have. I found a brown topaz (stone bracelet), shined up the silver settings so I could wear it (I also have the necklace and earrings) no matchy-matchy here! Instead I paired it with fun silver swirl earrings, a soft yellow top and chocolate slacks. HOW FUN! I felt special too!!

Thanks for the weekly style missions!

Jennifer in Ohio


Dear Leslie,

Being the typical SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive), I think when I signed up for MSP I got so gung-ho and charged into it full speed, I didn't give it as much thought as a should have. I was so hungry for information to help me transform my style--I just went crazy.

purged my closet, sent bags of stuff to Goodwill, and began to start over...buying stuff...buying too much stuff...buying without a solid plan in place...oh boy! I did get a few basic pieces, but I also got way too many other pieces, in way too many colors that are not easy to mix and match.

It has just "clicked" with me over the past couple of weeks (mostly because I gained enough weight over the past few months that I needed to buy a couple of thing that actually fit me again) and this time a PLAN was what I needed to build a good mix and match wardrobe. Sometimes my SHE-ness just makes a mess of things...

I hope that the rest of your SYSters are truly taking it slow as Leslie suggests. Don't let your excitement over your new found knowledge take over. Be sensible and take it slow as you are told to do. You don't want to have to redo everything again like I did. I'm learning the hard way (and expensive way too). Many of us have been at this for awhile, but our newer SYSters may be going through something like this as they embark on their style journey--and it is definitely a journey! This is a journey I intend to slow down and ENJOY as I try (again) to develop a personal style that shows my inner me to the outside world. 

Sincerely, Anna--a "D" SYS in Canada


MSP HERE: Dear Anna,

Thank you for sharing your story! Your message about slowing down is an important one. It is helpful to others, especially those just starting out with a MSP Personal Profile .

Yes, it's style journey... NOT a race to the finish line!!! Take your time, enjoy the process and your style will evolve into something fabulous.

Renewing your style is about being on a voyage of self-discovery. You naturally gain more confidence as you become more comfortable with the woman you are today. 

The MSP style system is about making those positive changes in your appearance so you can FLY (Finally Loving Yourself...like FlyLady says).

Love, Leslie aka MissuSmartyPants