The best lipstick for older women to suit every skin tone

Best lipstick for mature women

by Lorna White |
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When it comes to the best makeup for older women, one of the trickiest things to find is the best lipstick for older women. It might be an essential in every makeup bag, but finding the right lipstick shade to compliment your skin tone and lip shape can be difficult.

From neutral nudes, browns and pinks to bold reds and purples, a good lipstick is like a mascara for older women, in that it can make you look instantly put together when you're in a rush, even if you've not had time to put on your favourite foundation for mature skin.

The best lipstick for older women at a glance

Best overall: bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick – Buy now on John Lewis

Best red lipstick: Clinique Pop™ Reds Lip Colour, Red Handed – Buy now on John Lewis

Best moisturising lipstick: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15 – Buy now on Boots

As we get older, it's normal for our lips to loose volume and fullness and it's normal to start developing fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Luckily there are many formulas and colours designed to make your lips appear fuller and more hydrated throughout the day.

Whether you're on the hunt for a neutral tinted lip balm that you can wear everyday or a bold lipstick to wear on special occasions, we've rounded up some of best lipstick for older women that'll make you feel glamorous in an instant.

Best lipstick for older women

Best overall

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This creamy, natural formula is designed to glide smoothly onto the lips surface with ease for a long-lasting and hydrating finish, ideal for everyday wear. We particularly love that this lipstick is designed to nourish your lips while you wear it thanks to the range of minerals, vitamins, omegas and antioxidants, it’s also cruelty free and vegan.

One reviewer said: "This lipstick is very silky. It goes on nicely. You need a light touch with it, or it ends up looking heavy, but you can adjust for that and the colour is beautiful."


  • Hydrating on the lips
  • Wide colour range


  • Isn't very long lasting

Best matte lipstick

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If you prefer a matte finish to your lips, then Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning lipstick is formulated to be long-lasting, hydrating and moisturising and is available in an impressive 14 different shades enriched with nourishing minerals and light-reflecting pigments, it’s specifically designed to make lips appear more youthful making it ideal for more mature lips.

One reviewer said: "This lipstick is a great colour for me. The strong pigment gives a wonderful show on your lips and it has great staying power. It doesn't dry my lips out. These features make me want to keep returning to wearing this lipstick."


  • Highly pigmented colour
  • Good staying power


  • Some customers found it quite drying

Best red lipstick

Sometimes, nothing beats a classic red lip to make you feel a million dollars. Clinique’s iconic shades of red are richly-pigmented and can also be used as a blush on the cheeks. Each shade was designed to compliment a range of skin tones and undertones, and the formula is designed for non-bleeding, feather-resistant application.

One reviewer said: "I absolutely love this product! It compliments my skin tone as a blush and lipstick! I like how you can either put a little to give a fresh look or a bit more to get a bold statement look. So good and feels so light and barely there on the skin. It's also not oily which is a massive bonus for my combination skin type. Would really recommend!"


  • Suits all skin tones
  • Doubles up as a blush tone


  • Some customers found some shades too bright

Best lipstick for pale skin tones

For those of us with a paler complexion, many lipsticks can make us look washed out or be far too overpowering against our skin. For everyday wear, you’ll want to find something to emphasis the natural shade of your lips like MAC’s Satin Lipstick in the shade Brave. This creamy formula is buildable and long-wearing, feeling comfortable on the lips throughout the day.

One reviewer said: "MAC lipsticks will always be the best for a reason! Velvet teddy is a beautiful everyday colour and I will continue to repurchase this lipstick. The formula is matte but not drying matte!"


  • Comfortable wearing
  • Buildable


  • Some colours can be darker than they appear online

Best lipstick for olive skin tones

Warmer skin tones are complimented beautifully by brown and orange undertones, which is why this Elizabeth Arden lippy is ideal for more olive skin tones. We love how the Elizabeth Arden lipsticks are designed to condition your lips as you wear it with an anti-aging formula enriched with Advanced Ceramide Complex, Vitamin E and Maracuja Oil for soft, supple and youthful lips. Opting for more of a brown shade is also a great way of changing your makeup for autumn.

One reviewer said: "This is a lovely colour for wearing on a daily basis. Very fresh and current. I really recommend this lipstick. It is long lasting as well."


  • Super hydrating
  • Anti-ageing formula


  • Colour wears off easily

Best lipstick for darker skin tones

This warm red shade from ILIA is ideal for darker skin tones. Full of moisture-boosting ingredients it’s sheer on first application but easily buildable. Perfect for lips that can gradually get drier throughout the day, it’s easy to apply and top-up and helps lips appear more plump.


  • Hydrating formula
  • Sheer, buildable colour


  • Some found the flat top difficult to apply with

Best moisturising lipstick

We’re huge fans of Elizabeth Arden’s eight-hour lip protectant, so it’s no surprise we love the tinted version which protects our lips from the sun with SPF 15, relieves chapping making it ideal for frosty winter days. It’s available in four different sheer shades, but we love the warmth in this honey shade. Thanks to how moisturising it is, it's an ideal best lipstick for older women.

One reviewer said: "Lovely lip protection with a colour of your choice. Looks like you have lipstick on but good protection for your lips."

Best budget lipstick

You don’t have to spend a lot to find a luscious lippy to add to your makeup collection. This nude shade from Max Factor provides rich colour with one sweep and a lightweight finish while being full of vitamin E, shea, avocado and aloe butters to keep your lips moisturised.

One reviewer said: "This has become my signature lipstick. The shade has hints of coral and pink. It's a silky lipstick with a great finish. It's high quality and very long lasting. A very pretty shade that will suit women of all ages. I always get compliments on the lipstick and the very pretty shade."


  • Affordable
  • Moisturising and conditioning


  • Some customers commented that the taste was unpleasant

Best luxury lipstick

If you fancy splurging on something a little more luxurious, then Victoria Beckham’s Posh Lipstick is a real treat for the lips. Available in 13 different shades, it’s super hydrating and nourishing on the lips for a medium coverage, making it ideal if you’re not all that confident wearing lipstick or want something more subtle. 

It’s a firm favourite of our Senior Digital Writer, Lorna White: "This is the perfect everyday lipstick for me. My lips tend to get very dry during the day, and this lippy really helps them feel hydrated all day long. As someone who is very pale, I find the pout shade compliments my skin tone perfectly and although i’ve worn it most days since having it, it’s showing no signs of running out so well worth the money in my opinion."


  • Buildable coverage
  • Comfortable wearing


  • Doesn't last as long as other lipsticks

Best satin finish lipstick

They may be affordable, but these satin finish lipsticks from Revolution are lightweight on the lips, and the five subtle shades are ideal for everyday wear. The formula is highly-pigmented and doesn’t dry out the lips thanks to the blend of waxes and natural oils, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to hydrate lips making it a best lipstick for older women.

One reviewer said: "I bought a few of these. I loved them all! They apply easily, the shades are lovely and they last really well. Love, love LOVE!"


  • Affordable
  • Lightweight


  • Some customers found that it came off easily

Best lip gloss

If you prefer a glossy, high-shine finish on the lips, then you might prefer a gloss. This can be worn by itself or over the top of lipstick to add some shine. The Dior Lip Maximizer is one of the best lipstick for older women options as it's ideal if you want to plump your lips up, and you can immediately feel the lip plumping effect as you apply it.

One reviewer said: "I love this lip gloss - feels and looks great and although expensive it does last a decent amount of time. I always repurchase as never like to run out!"


  • Makes lips look fuller
  • Glossy effect


  • Can be very sticky in texture

Best liquid lipstick

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A liquid lipstick is ideal for longer-lasting wear and is highly pigmented. It’s perfect for staying on while you eat and drink, making it a great choice for weddings. While many liquid lipsticks can by drying, this formula hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid and works to smooth and blur fine lines.

One reviewer said: "Amazing and long lasting! Love love this lip product you can add it as a light covering for day or as a full cover for the evening or as I did at a wedding reception! It's a lovely warm pink and would suit a neutral make up look with staying power!"


  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to apply


  • Might need reapplying throughout the day

Best long-wearing lipstick

For an extra long lasting best lipstick for older women option, try Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr Dual Lipstick. The Micro-Flex formula glides on effortlessly and designed to not crumble, fade or transfer throughout the day. Start by applying the colour, then leaving for two minutes to dry then apply the conditioning balm to seal in the moisture.

One reviewer said: "Raspberry 195 is a lovely deep pink/red colour that is my absolute favourite and is fantastic, especially for an event or a night out. This lipstick truly stays put provided that you apply it correctly. Make sure your lips are free of oil, take your time applying and don't use too much on the applicator. Keep your mouth open and allow to dry for 2 minutes before applying the top moisture coat. I usually apply after foundation and allow to dry while doing the rest of my make-up. I top up with the moisture coat as many times as you like during the day or night."


  • Bold colours
  • Long-lasting


  • The application process takes a while

Which colour lipstick is best for older women?

With so many different colour options to choose from, it can be really difficult to find the best lipstick for older women in a shade that's right for you, especially when shopping online. For ageing lips, we'd recommend sticking to lighter shades rather than darker ones, unless you have a darker complexion as some of the darker browns and purples can make some of us look older.

Similarly, bold or fluorescent colours like bright pinks and oranges can look too harsh as we get older, so it may be worth trying the more subtle shades with a gloss added, particularly if you don't tend to wear much lipstick.

How do you apply lipstick at 60?

Just like you wouldn't put your foundation on without priming your face with your favourite face primer for mature skin, it's important to prime your lips too. To keep your lips nice and moisturised, we'd recommend using a lip balm every day and at night before you go to sleep to nourish your lips. If your lips are particularly dry, it might be a good idea to use a lip scrub or give your lips. a gentle exfoliation with a damp flannel or muslin cloth to remove any dead skin ready for lipstick application. Just make sure you add a thin layer of lip balm after exfoliating to keep your lips conditioned.

To accentuate the natural shape of your lips or make them look a little fuller in shape, use a lip liner in a similar shade to your lipstick to line your lips before adding your lipstick of choice over the top. If your lipstick bullet is getting old or if your lips are particularly thin, it might be easier to apply your lipstick with a thin lipstick application brush. You then might want to add a layer of gloss over the top for some extra glam.

Is it okay to use an old lipstick?

Most lipsticks have a shelf-life of two years once opened and the general rule is to throw away an old lipstick or gloss after one to two years of use depending on their state. After this time, it's likely your lipstick won't work as well and it could be harbouring all sorts of bacteria.

If you're not sure how long you've had your lipstick, check on things like smell, texture, colour to see if it's changed from when you first bought it. You may also want to do a patch test with the lipstick to see if it causes any irritation to your skin.

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Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer at She was previously a writer at Yours Magazine writing features and news stories before joining the digital team. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.

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