Eyeliner is one of the best-kept secrets of alluring eye make-up. It brings out those peepers, and gives women a quick beauty boost, regardless of age and skin type.
Of course, as women get older, there will be noticeable changes in their skin—especially in the areas around the eyes. While the golden years may be tricky in terms of how to skillfully play up your eyes, with the right eyeliner, anyone can still let out that inner queen.
As the skin around the eyes gets thinner and begins to lose its elasticity, the most important thing to look for in an eyeliner is that it is gentle, tug-free, crease-free, moisturizing, and long-lasting. You can choose among the many eyeliner varieties – crayon, liquid, or even gel – to match your requirements.
Here are some of our best eyeliner picks for older women:
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner
As the name suggests, this eyeliner is a combination of gel eyeliner in a crayon-like form. The gel makes the eyeliner very easy to glide on your skin, making the application effortless and leaving a silky finish. You wouldn’t need a firm grip to get this gliding smoothly on your eyes. The crayon delivers heavily pigmented coloring that lasts all day long.
Since the gel crayon is malleable, it can easily get deformed or result in a blunt edge. This is easily solved by the sharpener in disguise at the other end of the eyeliner. The malleability works in favor of those looking for a gentle product on the eye area. On the downside, this also means that the product is not 100% smudge-free.
There may be precision issues since the crayon’s tip is not perfectly sharp. What makes up for the imperfect tip is that it can deliver smooth lines with intense coloring.
The Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner is also available in an array of vibrant hues such as buff and plumage, which will look good even with older women. You can also find matte and cocoa shimmery shades for less dramatic eye makeup.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil
Easy on the eyes, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil has won awards for its bestselling formula. What makes this a beauty choice is that it has nailed two important must-haves: 24/7 staying power and moisturizing ingredients for a super silky glide-on capability. Even if it is just a pencil, it covers everything it glides on with strong and even color.
Creamy and smooth, this makes it easy for you to create that much revered smoky eye look without tugging and pulling down your skin, leaving a crease-free finish. Described as ultra-creamy, you can create strong lines or blend it with other shades before it dries up. Sweat and tears will not budge this color once it is settled in. It is smudge-proof and waterproof.
Vitamin E and Jojoba oil are just some of the nourishing ingredients of this eyeliner. This means that the smooth effect is achieved from hydrating and natural ingredients that are safe for your eyes.
What makes this such an irresistible eye pencil is that it is available in so many colors. It seems that every favorite makeup hue is well represented—purple, blue, green, mauve. That is not all—for those going for a younger vibe—shimmery and matte variants are also available.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Stila’s number one selling point is that it offers a waterproof liquid eyeliner. What makes it our recommended liquid eyeliner is its pen form that enables you to make versatile lines and strokes. It looks like a marker, so that makes it 100% easy and intuitive to use.
One slight sweep and you can get ultra precise lines. Slim lines make it easy to cover up uneven and wrinkly surfaces, and if you line some more, you can end up with powerful strokes. Add more strokes and you can enjoy bolder looks.
The Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner also allows anybody to perfect the cat’s eye, as it combines easy and smooth application with the finest possible tip. Even newbies will not have a hard time using liquid liner for the first time.
This would be a great eyeliner even for older women because it is very versatile and can be used to create any effect or look to enhance one’s eyes. Besides, this has the knack to glide over lines and creepy eyelids. Retouch, if needed, will also be easy with its marker design that can make spot touch-ups.
Stila also offers mature shades such as Jade and Midnight but worth exploring are Pink and White.
Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner
If you want to create lines that are on point and very precise, Lancome’s Artline Precision Point Eyeliner is the perfect product. It also comes with an elegant silver box, giving off that premium feel.
Newbies will benefit from its easy-to-apply handle, compared with the difficult application of the traditional liquid liner. The foam tip creates little or no impact on the eyes, so there is no friction on aging skin. The pen is fairly easy to navigate, so there is little room for error. However, a little practice may help first-timers in drawing over the eyelid contour.
The eyeliner creates well-defined lines in intense black and brown shades. It is waterproof and smudge-proof. Unlike other brands, Lancome does not offer other colorful shades and sticks to its neutral range.
The eyeliner is also heavily pigmented, so even slim lines are guaranteed to add definition to any eye size and shape. The easy-gliding formula allows for a seamless look, bolder color, and more lasting power. Since you need to let it dry first, this gives you ample time to make subtle changes, smudges, and erasures. You’ll also need to shake it once in a while to get the liquid moving.
Of all the products reviewed, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil and its award-winning features continue to wow us and would be the recommendation for older women looking for the best eyeliner.
Urban Decay manages to pass most of the items on the eyeliner checklist and would be a good investment for anyone looking for a worthwhile everyday eyeliner.