When it comes to beauty, somethings are just universal:
- Don’t skip on beauty sleep.
- Eat right and hydrate.
- Wear sunscreen religiously.
- And wear a radiant smile!
But, when it comes to make-up, sometimes less is more! For example – have you noticed that too much thick, black eyeliner and eye shadow can add years to droopy eyelids or crow’s feet? Here are tips to accentuate the glory and elegance that comes with age.
Eye-shadow – Think subtle. No bold colors. Apply neutral shade across the eye lids by day. At night or for special occasions, apply a darker shade to the crease to add definition. Keep the eye-shadow off your brow bone.
Eyeliner – Eyeliner can make your eyes look more open. Unless you are dark skinned, choose brown, as black can be harsh. Define the eyes with softness by gently smudging the color (as opposed to drawing lines with liquid liner). This can be accomplished by tracing a soft brown pencil liner along the lash line (into the roots of the lashes), focusing on the outer corners; smudge it a bit with a Q-tip. This can be done on upper and/or lower lashes. Another option is to use a small eye-shadow brush. Dip it into dark eye-shadow and use it to draw the line near your lashes.
Mascara – Choose a lengthening mascara over a volumizing one. Apply a couple coats of mascara to give your lashes length, not bulk. Use brown mascara if you have a light complexion, blonde or gray hair.
Concealer – Apply concealer with a light hand, layering it thinly over your foundation and “patting” it in place with a small flat brush (or use your ring finger).
Foundation – A foundation that is too thick can settle into fine lines in your skin and make things worse! Use foundation only where needed to even out discoloration. Look for sheer liquid formulas with light-diffusing pigments.
Brows – A full brow lifts the face, defines your features, and creates a youthful
Brush your brows up and over. With your eyebrow pencil, bring the color through the arch, all the way to where your brow would naturally end. But – avoid overdoing it!
Powder – Powders prevent light reflection and tend to sit in and magnify lines in the skin! Here are some tips – don’t use powder at all and just use tissues to blot your nose, chin and forehead when needed or use very sheer translucent powders on your nose and chin only.
Cheeks – A blush on your cheeks brightens your face and offers a little lift. Smile to find the fullest part of your cheek and apply blush just slightly above it. Blend the color toward your temples in circles, using a big fluffy brush.
Lips – To make your mouth look fuller choose bright lipsticks – peaches, pinks, reds. Unless you have dark skin, avoid dark shades as they can creep into and accentuate lines around your mouth.
Hair – Going totally gray can be dazzling! It is important to wear your hair the way you want. Forget the rules about no long hair. Your hairstyle should be what you prefer, no matter what your age.
Know about skin treatments. Injections of some treatments can ease wrinkles in the upper third of your face. Chemical peels can help with fine lines, especially around eyes and mouth areas. Wrinkle fillers can erase some lines. Talk with your healthcare professional about these before making any decision about which, it any, to have done.
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