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An outfit for a job interview in the conservative field, professional outfits, Euro Chic, French and gamine style all require to look natural in makeup. Read how to get this finishing touch of the outfit right.

  1. Learning Makeup as a Teenager
  2. Makeup for Work over 40
  3. Makeup as Finishing Touch in Midlife


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Learning Makeup as a Teenager

When I was a teenager, my Dad brought home eye shadow, blush, foundation, lipstick, and nail polish from his female colleagues. They had retired these items for the new seasons it colors. Mom did not like makeup, but my parents compromised. As a result, we girls were allowed to wear makeup on Sundays. My Dad argued that when teenagers get it wrong, nobody cares, but it would hurt us later in life when we get it wrong due to lack of experience with makeup. He also argued that it is important to learn to stay on top of changing trends in makeup, and to adjust the makeup for the occasion. This guy was so right!

Recall: Makeup is the finishing touch to any outfit.


stylist in light makeup and blue and white posh casual work outfit
Side view to illustrate the barely there natural makeup look


fashion blogger in barely there makeup illustrating that lipstick and gum color match
Karl Jaeger Dirndl with Jeanne Pierre sweater, ethnic belt, L.K. Bennett pumps (all own) and scarf c/o India Hicks. The eye makeup is barely visible. the color of the lipstick looks natural because it matches the color of the gums.



Makeup for Work over 40

At work, you have to wear makeup to look professional in a very subtle way. It has to be there, but it should be barely visible.

Makeup as Finishing Touch in Midlife

Too heavy makeup makes us look like trying too hard. It will look like a painted Old Lady. Here I share what I learned over time what works and how to adjust it.

  1. Avoid to do your makeup the way you did it in high school. For instance, no eyeliner on the inner lower lid, or no darker or even blue lip liner. These trends are way past their prime! Read which makeup mistakes make you look old.
  2. I draw a thin line in brown eyeliner under the lid of my lower lashes from the outside toward the nose and stop behind the iris. This means I do not complete a full line. In the upper lashes, I I draw a thin line, but full way. Both serves to create the illusion of a fuller lash line. Tip: Use brown as it is not so harsh than black with the fine lines, but it does the trick to look like more full lashes as well. When going out I use purple on the outside and green below the iris to create interest. Note this is not a look for work and/or when you strive to look natural, i.e. for the barely there.
  3. I curl the upper lashes and add mascara. The curling and mascara open the eyes, which looks like paying attention, being agile, awake, and open minded. These attributes are all enhancing your professional appearance at work. These are attributes you want to be associated with over 40, right?
  4. I put primer on. As a great hydrator, prime your skin with the Alana Mitchell Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum before makeup application! I use concealer when needed (cream sticks work better for me than the liquid ones), a mix of foundation and day cream with SFP 30. Note that even in winter, you need a high SFP in cold climate as the sunlight reflects on the snow. The snow acts like a mirror. Recall our older sisters or even some of us used mirrors or aluminum mattresses to tan in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is the same principle as with the snow.
  5. When you live in a climate region that causes high differences in your skin color between winter and summer go for two foundations, one for winter, one for summer. Blend them to match your skin color in the in-between seasons.
  6. When applying foundation blend out towards your neck. Make sure you avoid that the foundation will rub off on your scarf, collar, etc. Avoid the demarcation line that we had in high school. 😉
  7. I prefer cream blush as it is easier to distribute on dry skin and it does not accumulate in wrinkles. However, my favorite brand is hard to get when shopping in Fairbanks, Alaska. Therefore, I often mix powder blush with cream. This production causes a great mess. As a result, I don’t recommend it.
    style influencer in natural looking makeup in a casual office look
    Side view of casual office look with Karl Jaeger dirndl, Jeanne Pierre sweater, ethnic belt, L.K. Bennett pumps, and India Hicks scarf c/o Tammy Gray. The lip color is close to the color of the gums.


  8. Have a look at yourself when you had an exciting event or preformed exercise that made your cheeks go red. That area is where you want to blush. However, use a blush in a lighter color than the color caused by exercise. No Nike triangle, and no supersized polka dots please!
  9. Groom your eyebrows every day. It is less work to tweeze strays when you see them than to get your brows back into shape. More on eyebrow shapes and tweezing.
  10. Add strikes with a brow pencil where needed. I like to add brow gel for dance performances and going out to have a bold natural look. Brooks Shield, anyone?
  11. Eye shadow should just be barely there. Try to apply it very thin and smooth it out with your finger tips. Unfortunately, the shadow does not stay long and has to be reapplied after a couple of hours when you strive for the look “does or doesn’t she wear eye shadow?” When you apply too much powder eye shadow it will accumulate in fine lines. You don’t want to draw attention to them, right?
  12. I prefer stained lips and use a staining lip balm every hour or so. Doing so is needed as the air in the Interior of Alaska is so dry that lipstick even with a high moisture primer would dry my lips out and my lips would look flaky.
  13. To look the most natural go for a color that is close to the color of your gums.
  14. Tip: Have a look at the makeup of the female CEOs for the perfect “does or doesn’t she wear makeup look.”
  15. For work and over 40, the goal is to look polished, awake, young/up-to-date, in control and natural. Avoid anything that looks fake. You may like it or not, we not only compete with the males of our age, but also with the next generation in the work world.
over 50 years old woman in natural makeup look in Casual Friday work outfit
Casual Friday outfit with Star tailored denim jacket over Jeanne Pierre sweater, Karl Jaeger dirndl, L.K. Bennett pumps, and scarf c/o India Hicks and barely there makeup as finishing touch


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