Until recently, I assumed my days of bronzer and highlighter were over. Actually, I’ve never worn highlighter (it wasn’t a thing when we were younger, was it?), and I never expected to embrace it. But after seeing living proof of the miracles of these products on over 50 cheekbones via Tamara’s Timeless Beauty, I’m officially a convert.
I’ve collected her tips, in order of application, for how to breathe life into your cheeks with color- and light-enhancing makeup.
Tamara’s favorite bronzer is Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder, which is very kind to the wallet at just $10. The vegan, cruelty-free formula has skin-smoothing ingredients for an all-day matte finish.
But if you’re like me, you’re not hot on powders. So, perhaps you’ll join me in being excited to try Bobbi Brown’s new Jones Road Miracle Balms, which are super clean and come in shades that work as a highlighter, blush, and bronzer.
Tamara says to place the bronzer at your cheekbones, not below. Placing it a little higher than is typical helps lift and liven up your face rather than dragging it down.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter is Tamara’s favorite, and it certainly looks amazing on her. It comes in tons of colors and acts like a real-life Instagram filter (even on mature skin). It illuminates without sparkle or shimmer.
According to Tamara, you should place your highlighter high on the cheekbone as well as the apple of the cheek. (When you were younger, you might’ve typically applied blush in this location.) The highlighter helps reflect light and lift the face.
Tamara uses Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, which is a nice, bright pink. I will reiterate what I said above, however: if you’re not into powder, then you might try the Jones Road Miracle Balm in a pink or peach shade, like its Au Naturel hue.
For blush, forget the “smile and apply to the apple of your cheek” method! It works when you’re 20, but not so much when you’re 50. When you stop smiling, everything looks droopy. While I’m all for embracing your age, looking drooper than necessary is definitely not my jam.
Instead, Tamara demonstrates how to apply the blush high on the cheekbone and a little further back from the apple of the cheek. The end result brightens, lifts, and celebrates the over-50 face instead of emphasizing its not-so-lifted areas.