This list of 10 luxe makeup products for Black women over 40 is the result of lots of conversations. It is the product of doing my mum and my sisters faces over the years and having recommended products to lots of people. These are some of the hero products from some of my favourite brands. I’ve not included foundation because there are so many variables. If you have a deeper skin tone and are looking to splurge on some beautiful makeup that wont accentuate fine lines, are pigmented and will provide a lift and glow – keep reading.
Burberry – Nail Colours (£15.00)
Burberry don’t call their nail colours ‘gel’ polishes, but they really are. Their formula is the perfect balance of plasticiser to make the colour settle on the nail and pigment to give even the palest shade opacity in two coats. If you are not going to get your nail colour from a specialist nail brand, give them Burberry nail colour.
By Terry – Terrybly Densiliss Blusher (£54.00)
By Terry do some of the best powders in the luxury market. Their blushers are everything that you want a blush to be. Beautifully packaged wearable colours to brighten the face. Each compact as plenty of product so you won’t be repurchasing in a hurry. The powder is soft and hydrating on the skin and it literally lasts ALL day.
Dolce and Gabbana – Eyeshadow Quads
This may be a surprising choice but bear with me. I love my Tom Ford Quad but I know that not everyone wants to deal with ten grams of product. Equally not everyone is a fan of glitter/pigment. The Dolce and Gabanna quads provide a high quality shadow in smart packaging.
Guerlain – Terracotta (£36.50)
If you are more at the caramel end of the spectrum, you will find your perfect bronzer shade here. If you are more chocolate for a finishing powder with a smattering of gold reflex, the Terracottas are perfect. I love this product as it is not too red so you get the warmth you want without looking burnt.
Hourglass – Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (£25.00)
If you are looking for a statement lip that is going to stay on the lips all day without drying them out Hourglass have the formula for you. The shade names and descriptions leave a little to be desired with the exception of Icon – their amazing red. This is l
Kevyn Aucoin – Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (£20.00)
The name of this product is confusing. The shades are not strictly ‘flesh toned’ but they are a small but very wearable edit of shades that will work with the majority of lip colours that you wear. The texture is much softer than a MAC pencil and the texture is tacky so it is a great base for lipstick.
Lancome – Mascaras (£23.50 – £26.00)
Lancome Definicils was the first luxury product that I ever bought. I was 22 and the feeling of leaving Maybelline’s Great Lash behind me is something I will never forget. In the last 20 years the mascara range has grown. Whether you want length, volume, curl, all three or a waterproof option Lancome has you covered, The range of formulas and wands means that whether you have short straight lashes, or super curly lashes, there is something for you.
Laura Mercier – Seduction Illuminator (£32.00)
This beautiful brown/bronze illuminator is gorgeous on deeper complexion. The brown tone means that it lifts the cheeks. It gives a wet luminous look and it does not sit in fine lines.
Tom Ford – Eye Defining Pen (£45.00)
The Tom Ford pen gives you super black colour and control in the form of two felt tip pens. The pens glide over the crepiest of lids with ease and wont get in the way of the curliest lashes. Whether you want to micro line or a feline flick you this pen makes it easy.
YSL – Souffle D’Eclat Powder (£38.00)
A few months ago my most recommended product from YSL would have been their lipsticks, Now, if I could only recommend one thing from the brand it would have to be their powder. Available in four shades, you can bake and set your face with this product.
Do any of these products sit in your top 10 luxe makeup products? Leave me a comment below if there is a hero product that you think that I have missed.