Flavia Leal Runs a Super Successful Beauty School, Here are Her Best Beauty Tips for Women Over 50

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Flavia Leal Runs a Super Successful Beauty School

Flavia Leal, Founder of the Flavia Leal Beauty School, has spent more than two decades in the beauty industry. So, you can be sure that she knows a thing or two about looking good.

The Brazilian-American entrepreneur owns several locations of her school across Massachusetts, in addition to running a cosmetics company, and speaking at events around the globe.

Today, Flavia Leal Beauty School is among the best-known names in the beauty education sphere, drawing comparisons to the country’s award-winning indie beauty schools, including Illinois’ Pivot Point Academy and Pennsylvania’s Empire Beauty School.

Whether pursuing beauty from the inside or outside, it’s a job Leal takes seriously. Here are her ten best beauty tips for women over 50 years old.

Over 50 Beauty Tips

Skip Pressed Powder

According to Leal, she never wears powder since “it makes your skin look dry, something you never want. It also settles into and accentuates wrinkles, and none of us want that!” she said. So skip the powder and use a few blotting papers if you get shiny on your nose, chin, or forehead.

Go for Glow

Whether she is putting on her own face or applying makeup to a client, Leal always aims for skin with a youthful glow. Easier said than done, right? She gets this result by layering moisturizer, serum, and hyaluronic acid to minimize the appearance of lines. If it’s daytime, be sure to follow up with an SPF to avoid the dun’s aging rays.

Just a Tint

Instead of a heavy, full-coverage foundation, try a simple tinted moisturizer. Leal advises that they usually have dewier finishes, and many contain ingredients that are good for your skin, such as antioxidants, SPF, and more.

Choose Cream Formulations

When it comes to blush, highlighter, and contour, choose a cream product instead of a powder. They help to keep skin more hydrated and won’t get lost in wrinkles.

The Eyes Have It

Many of us have spent our entire lives applying eyeshadow the wrong way. And the situation often doesn’t improve once we hit 50, when we should be adjusting our application style to draw the eye upward on the face. Leal says, “start eyeshadow from the corner of your eye up to the end of the eyebrow on an upward angle. This will lift the corner of the eye and reduce the appearance of drooping.”

Embrace Lip Liner

Though you might have spent your first four decades simply slashing on some color and running out the door, lipstick is trickier on aging skin with more wrinkles — and possible places for makeup to sink into. Leal says that over 50s should use a matching lip liner to keep the color from bleeding onto the surrounding skin.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

As we age, we often have a bit more money to spend on our personal care — which is a very good thing. One of the best things you can spend your money on? Regular hydrating facials, says Leal, who swears they can take five years off your face.

Slough Time

As our skin ages, it becomes less adept at shedding its own dead skin cells, so Leal suggests that over 50s try to give their skin a hand by exfoliating regularly. It’s good for the dermal layer, prompting it to turn over cells faster and removing the dead skin that exaggerates wrinkles.

Mask Yourself

For many years, home mask technology seemed to stand still. There were acne-clearing (and very drying) clay masks, peel-off masks that did as much harm as good, and cream masks that didn’t seem to do much at all. Thankfully, times have changed, and there are sheet masks that deliver targeted benefits, LED light masks that improve skin quality, and much more. No matter which mask is right for you, use one regularly to refresh, hydrate, and renew the skin.

Step Outside

And your crucial last step for looking good over 50 is to check out your makeup in natural light. Whether you put a mirror outside your front door or do a quick check in your car, make sure the colors blend well with your skin in ‘real’ light. Leal warns that the fluorescent lights popular in bathrooms can cast a blue undertone to skin.

With these tips from beauty mogul Flavia Leal, you’ll be looking your most luminous self in no time.

About Flavia Leal

Flavia Leal, Founder of the Flavia Leal Beauty School, is an award-winning instructor, serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker. For more information, please visit:


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