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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Makeup Tips for Looking Younger

Makeup tips are helpful to applying age appropriate makeup and looking you best. Often we unknowingly put on cosmetics in a way that is unflattering. As the body ages, unfortunately skin gets wrinkles, loses firmness, lips get thinner, eyes can get baggy, and eye lashes get thinner. Our makeup application needs to evolve the process. There are surgical procedures, injections, and fillers that help, but not everyone wants to go that route. By taking advantage of makeup tips, we can use makeup application to look younger.

Always use a moisturizer first to help foundation go on evenly. Use concealer to cover any flaws or under eye problems. Some foundations are thick and settle in every fine line and can end up making you look older. Using a primer before starting your makeup application can smooth the skin and prevent this from happening.
Blend gently, being careful to not tug or pull on the skin. Allow your foundation to set and absorb several minutes before continuing. Use loose powder sparingly to set your makeup.
Keep blush natural looking. It shouldn’t be too dark or overpowering.
Resist the temptation to be heavy with the eye makeup. Avoid metallic, shimmery, and bold colors. Use natural looking, neutral colors brown, beige, taupe, gray, and plum. Highlight the inner corner of the eye and right under the brow bone. Use eyeliner only on the top lid. Use an eye lash curler and at least two coats of mascara. To get thicker, fuller eyelashes use false eyelashes or try a lash booster.
If your lips are thin and you want to make them appear fuller, start with lip liner. Trace just outside the lip line with a pencil that matches your natural lip color. Then color your lips in. Use a light lips color because darker colors minimize lips. Blot your lips stick, to keep the excess from bleeding or getting on your teeth. Dot gloss in the center of your mouth.  My favorite is Sally Hansen’s Lip Inflation.

updated 3/26/14

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