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In your 40s...do you look rough without makeup?

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EttiKetti Fri 10-Feb-12 19:46:50

I've just had a week doing outdoors stuff on holiday....freshly creamed up, I look ok...better still with a little mascara but travelling home with an ill child, beautification wasn't a priority and I had a huge shock when we arrived home and I looked in a mirror!!

Too much heat/cold/swimming/cycling....or am i just beyond repair for good....dark puffy eyes, open pores, bagginess. Gross, really. Just wondering if I've not noticed before, because I don't pay much attention tbh...

GetOnYourDancingShoes Fri 10-Feb-12 20:33:21

I'd frighten the children if I didn't wear make-up!

Have also noticed that I cannot go without moisturiser...I see my mother looking back at me if I do sad.

QuietOhSoQuiet Fri 10-Feb-12 22:57:21

I generally use a tinted moisturiser and mascara on top lashes most days and look imo ok.I would wear more but I run when the dc are at school so would look ridiculous trotting around with a big sweat on and a full face hmm and I know that women who wear lots of makeup to workout/train in are generally articles for piss takes grin

CountessOlenska Fri 10-Feb-12 22:59:09

Bloody hell, yes

CervixWithASmile Fri 10-Feb-12 22:59:38

TBH I still look rough with makeup!

mumofthemonsters808 Fri 10-Feb-12 23:00:48

I sure do, but my OH says I do not look that different with or without makeup but I'm not really sure that is a compliment !!!.My eyes are the giveaway, more and more crows feet appearing as the years go by.But hey thats life !!

cyb Fri 10-Feb-12 23:00:53

I look FUCKING AWFUL

Absolutely fucking awful

ShineYourButtonsWithBrasso Fri 10-Feb-12 23:04:14

I'm 35 and now look awfull without make up although I do blame YOU LOT, too many late nights and too much wine

Kids, work and MN is a drain on my pores hmm

hellymelly Fri 10-Feb-12 23:04:40

I used to look fresh a youthful,even at 40,without makeup.but now at 48 I look as though I have a particularly vicious type of flu if I don't at least put a bit of concealer on the red/blue bits and colour on the blue/white bits.

AprilSkies Fri 10-Feb-12 23:05:31

I'm in my 30's and look hideous without makeup, but sometimes just don't have the time. Hate it though.

Hassled Fri 10-Feb-12 23:07:08

I don't leave the house without a full face of slap. Not ever. If there was a house fire I reckon I'd at least grab the tinted moisturiser. Without make up I am the walking dead.

googlenut Fri 10-Feb-12 23:10:59

From about 44-45 the decline seems quite rapid - tis depressing! Just have to find something else you can be good at - for me is my intellect, am an academic so no one cares what you look like smile

hellymelly Fri 10-Feb-12 23:47:11

I'd better cultivate my intellect then... agree post 45 it all speeds up.Plummeting oestrogen.Great.

echt Fri 10-Feb-12 23:57:50

Always wear make-up for work and going out.

Without it I look scarily like Mads Mikkelson, and not in good way.

I've put on Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser because a chap's coming to give quote on the gutters. Ooh, here he is.

Now I'm back. Quite expensive quote, but he's very handsome.grin

Devora Sat 11-Feb-12 00:24:07

I have always worn make-up. A lot of make-up. I really enjoy it.

In my 20s I thought I actually looked better without it. I wore it to look more sophisticated, more polished, to get taken more seriously at work.

In my 40s I know I look way better with it. I wear it to even out my skin tone and disguise shadows and lines, to fill out my over-plucked eyebrows and put some colour back into my tired skin. OK, I wear it to look younger.

EttiKetti Sat 11-Feb-12 04:09:55

I cannot thank you ladies enough!!! My mother was indeed staring back at me, she's a good looking woman but 67 I am not!

Will investigate tinted moisturiser TODAY! Thank you all!

springaroundthecorner Sat 11-Feb-12 05:09:22

Try Bobbi Brown Skin foundation. A bit more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but it goes on just as easily and the colours are great - so natural - and so much better than the often pinky tints of tinted moisturisers. I cant leave the house without it on.

HillyWallaby Sat 11-Feb-12 05:33:06

I have started to get really dark purple shadows and a sunken area under my eyes, and my fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes are bad. Don't know why as I've never really been a sun worshipper or a sunbedder or a smoker. sad In the winter I look completely shit all of the time, but not nearly so bad in the summer. I definitely look tons better for wearing some makeup, but I actually look older, and worse with too much make up on, than none at all. It can look a bit caked to your wrinkles if you are not careful.

marriednotdead Sat 11-Feb-12 05:46:31

I tend to get the sympathetic 'ooh, you look a bit tired' comments if I don't wear makeup. That would be because I haven't concealed the big dark circles under my eyes.

I don't look my age- so I'm told- but sans makeup I feel a bit haggard.

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Sat 11-Feb-12 07:00:48

I put make up on every day and I more more than I did when I was younger. The trick is not to wear to wear the right sort - light coverage, luminous bases and illuminators, matt/shimmer eyeshadows (not glitter), no bright jammy lipglosses. It needs to look like you're not wearing it IYKWIM.

Chanel Vitaluminere aqua is good.

Cherrypie32 Sat 11-Feb-12 09:34:05

I look ill and tired without make up but am happy with way less than I used to wear in 20/30's. Tinted moisturiser, bronzer for colour and at least mascara every day. I actually feel like a bit of a 'clown face' with much more on these days grin

Cherrypie32 Sat 11-Feb-12 09:35:23

Plus def hit an all time low in winter months but pick up a bit with (a tan) some sunshine.

bumbez Sat 11-Feb-12 09:40:38

I used to look pretty close in age to my younger by seven years sister. Now I,m 45 she looks 30 - the fucker.

bumbez Sat 11-Feb-12 09:41:46

And look 55!

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 11-Feb-12 09:42:27

No, I look fabulous. But I am very short sighted and completely deluded. grin

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