Thursday, May 31, 2012

Look 10 Years Younger in Makeup!

It's inevitable, 
we are all getting older and it shows on our skin. The older you get the more you have to cover up. Makeup can often draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles but you can defy nature and erase 10 years by making a few switches in how you're using it. And who isn't interested in looking younger?

1. Let your skin show through.
Less is more when it comes to makeup. Using too much foundation and powder accentuates fine lines and is a one-way ticket to looking older than you are. If your skin is pretty even, you may want to ditch your foundation and just use a light concealer on areas that are pigmented to even out your skin tone. Try a tinted moisturizer or the new BB Creams, which are great all-in-one time savers! If you're using a foundation, keep it light and start with a primer, a silicone based under-makeup, makeup that sort of glosses the skin to keep product from settling into any wrinkles or fine lines. Skip powder foundation because anything dry will make your skin look crepey, you want to think dewy and luminizing! The more hydrated your skin the younger your skin will look.No matter what your age this is the place to show some skin and let it glow through your makeup! 
2. Get cheeky. 
Blush can help create that flushed innocence often referred to as a “youthful glow". As we age the fat in our cheek pads fall, so use blush on the high points of your cheeks to draw the eye upward, being carelful not to apply color too low or far in. 

3. Lighten up your lips.
Dark lipstick can seep into or draw attention to those fine lines around your lips that sometimes are referred to as "bar codes" as you age. It's best to trace around your natural lip line with a lip pencil that matches the color of your lips and then gloss or use a light shimmery pink color. Stay away from peachy orange shades, which can make your teeth appear yellow. Lips get smaller, especially the upper lip as we age so steer clear of matte or traditional lipsticks that can dry out lips. Instead choose lighter, sheer, hydrating, glossier lipsticks to look younger instantly. Many higher-end brands like Dior and Chanel carry these in their line. They cost a little more but are totally worth the splurge. 
4. Add a little shimmer.
To bring light to the face use shimmery neutral eye shadows in colors like peach or champagne. If you use a foundation base or eye primer to the lids before applying your shadow it will help keep it from creasing.

5. Define your eyes.
When you want to make an impact with your look, focus on your eyes — it's what people notice first. Lining your eyes will make them appear full and wide open, but go softer by using a pencil or shadow in charcoal, dark brown or navy. Nothing accentuates crow's feet and tiny lines around your eyes as much as a harsh, black liquid eyeliner. Use a less-intense line underneath or it will weigh your eye down and make you look tired. Skip mascara on lower lashes entirely if you have dark circles under your eyes, because it will draw attention to the darkness. Lashes can fight the gravity of aging by using an eyelash curler which is an instant wider eye youthful look.

6. Fill in brows.
Always take the time to do this step. As we age are eyebrows become lighter and more sparse. By filling them in with a powder or pencil about the same color as your hair, it magically makes your eyes appear lifted upward!

The Biggest secret of all to looking youthful is staying healthy!
Pay attention to your weight, what you're eating and add exercise into your daily routine. There's a big difference in getting older and being old. Have fun, smile, enjoy your life and you will soon discover the real secret to ageless beauty!

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