As you notice lines around your eyes, avoid frosted or shimmery shadows. The sparkle highlights wrinkles and crepey, crinkly skin instead of masking.
Silky, matte shadows blend into your skin and camouflage fine lines. Sweep a light shade of champagne or peach — universally flattering colors — from lash to brow to brighten the whole eye area. This creates a full, youthful eye. But if puffiness, especially on your lids, is your problem, use a medium shade such as taupe on the entire eyelid to add depth and create a natural-looking crease.
Lips get thinner and drier with age. Dark lip liner and matte lipstick draw attention to the fine lines around your lips.
Lipstick usually has a longer wear than gloss. But gloss makes lips look more full. Apply lip color, then topping with gloss for a fresh, youthful shine. If your color strays into lines, use a clear wax lip liner. If you want to wear a dramatic eye; keep lips and cheeks neutral. Avoid pale nude tones on your lips because it can make your skin look grayish. Use pink neutrals and berries instead.
Always prep with a moisturizer before applying foundation. The extra bit of moisture helps makeup slide on smoothly and evenly.
Ideally, your makeup should allow your natural skin to show through, not blanket it. To get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp sponge or synthetic brush instead of using your fingers. These tools control the product so it’s not applied too thick. Then, dot concealer on the spots that need extra coverage: under your eyes, around your nose and on any pimples. If you have dark circles under your eyes, avoid yellow-based concealer, which makes skin look green and ashy.
Know how your eyes look when you wake up? Squinty and slightly lower at the corners?
While we’d all like to think going natural on our eyes looks fresh and clean, aging eyes will look too tired. A thick streak of liquid liner can make eyes dark and droopy too. Liner makes eyes look full and wide open, de-emphasizing any signs of aging. But dark black liners and mascara make eyes look hard, so consider switching to a subtle brown or brown-black. Use powder eyeliner instead of liquid — it’s a challenge to get a fine line with the liquid and too much can look retro. Using an angled brush, work the powder liner into your lash line, getting in between all the lashes. It should be visible when your eyes are open. Next, fill in sparse brows to make them more defined — it sets off your eyes. It also creates the illusion of lifting by drawing attention up instead of down. Choose a powder color similar to your brows and apply with a small angled brush. Don’t make them too drawn on, follow their line, focusing on filling in any gaps, not crafting a new look.
Also, never skip curling your lashes. This allows more light to get to your eyes, making them look brighter and less droopy.
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