9 Simple Tips For Great Looking Lips With Mature Skin

No need for drastic measures—younger looking lips are easy to achieve with a few lipstick hacks and the right products.

Jill Nystul • May 13, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Lipstick Tips For Mature Skin

One unavoidable reality of aging is developing fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before, and they can be particularly problematic around your mouth. Those fine lines and wrinkles can make life a bit more difficult for those of us who wear lipstick, but there is hope (and hope that doesn’t require drastic action!)

Knowing how to apply lipstick on wrinkled lips (or lips with lines around them, anyway) is all about having the right tricks up your sleeve!

Below, you’ll find 9 such tricks that can help those of us with mature skin achieve younger looking lips. Read on to learn these simple and effective lipstick tips!

9 Simple Tips For Younger Looking Lips

1. Choosing Colors

For mature lips, choosing the right color can make all the difference! Neutral shades like roses and corals produce a natural-looking “flush” that is universally flattering. Another universally flattering option is to choose a nude color that is about two shades darker than your natural lip color. Find those everyday colors that work for you, and stick with them! :-)

2. Find Your Finish

Lip products with matte finishes are very trendy right now, but cream finishes are often the best lipstick for wrinkled lips. Cream finishes are softer and more flattering, and it’s why I prefer them to any other finish (including frost finishes, which seem to make my lips appear dry.)

3. Long-Lasting Color

If you have trouble with getting lip color to last or stay put, try this lip liner trick: Use a lip liner to fill your lips before adding a coat of lipstick or gloss in a similar color. Filling your lips with a liner acts like a lip stain, which helps the color last for hours.

4. Exfoliation

Exfoliation is key for mature lips! Our lips lose the plumpness over time and produce fewer natural oils. Exfoliating your lips regularly can help stimulate blood flow and keep them looking soft and smooth! For my favorite lip exfoliator, check out my homemade lip scrub at the link below.

5. Removing Lip Color

Easily remove lip color by slathering on Vaseline (or a natural alternative like my homemade salve). Let it sit for a minute, then gently wipe the color off. Other effective options for removing lip color are makeup remover, or a product called Milani Keep It Clean Lip Color Remover (which I love!)

6. Save On Makeup

Makeup products are available in all kinds of price ranges, from super affordable to astronomically expensive. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to get good quality products! Look for “makeup dupes” online to find drugstore equivalents of your favorite expensive products, and check out my post below!

7. Lip Primer

Lip primers are becoming increasingly popular, and my daughter recently introduced me to one she found at Target. It’s called e.l.f. Lip Primer & Plumper. The primer side of the stick is a lipstick-like product you apply to your lips, and it gives you a great smooth surface for applying lip color. The coat of primer also helps your lip color last longer and stay in place!

8. Stop Bleeding & Feathering

If you struggle with lip color “bleeding” or “feathering” into the lines around lips, or are wondering how to apply lipstick on wrinkled lips, this is a great tip to try! Apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer around your lips (not on your lips, just around the outside edges). The eyeshadow primer will help smooth out lines, and will act as a barrier to keep your lip color in place.

9. Treat Your Lips

Keeping your lips moisturized is important at any age, but it’s especially important for older women! Try a lip moisturizing product formulated for aging lips, like Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment.