“My complexion is dull and my lips are disappearing.”
DIANE DURANDO, 44
What's really happening
"As your skin loses elasticity with age, facial features droop and lips thin," says makeup artist Laura Geller. Diane's sensitive skin looked washed out without the help of makeup to create contour.
Sweep bronzer along your jawline to slim your face.
Hair by Nunzio Saviano, Owner, Nunzio Saviano Salon. Makeup by Laura Geller, Founder, Laura Geller Beauty. Styling by Maria-Stefania Vavylopoulou.
Geller dusted bronzer just below Diane's cheekbones, then swirled blush on the apples of her cheeks. A final sweep of highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones helped obscure fine lines.
Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow, $10.99; Amazon.com
"Makeup should appear seamless," says Geller. She blended the edges of the bronzer, blush and highlighter with a Kabuki brush to make Diane's skin look radiant, not overdone.
Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture Kabuki Brush, $12.99; Target.com
Geller outlined and filled in Diane's shrinking lips with a hydrating, berry-tinted lip balm to give the illusion of a fuller pout. A slight sheen enhances the effect.
Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Bright Berry, $8.99; Amazon.com
"When I turned 50, I started focusing on my saggy skin, especially along my neck."
EILEEN MATTHEWS WHARTON, 50
What's really happening
"Eileen was hiding behind long bangs and a shapeless style, which were actually dragging down her face," says hairstylist Nunzio Saviano. Years of heat styling and sun exposure also sapped her hair of vibrancy.
Side-swept bangs help minimize crow's-feet.
Saviano's team of colorists turned Eileen's gray and brown strands into a rich chocolate hue, then placed soft caramel highlights near her face to brighten her complexion.
L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Ombre Touch, $12.99; Amazon.com
"A fresh, shorter style shaves off years!" says Saviano, who gave Eileen face-framing layers that helped elongate her neck. When blow-drying Eileen's hair, Saviano used a medium-round boar brush (it causes less stress on hair) to gently roll the ends away from her face.
Cricket Fini Boar Round Brush, $18.50; Amazon.com
To add bounce and accentuate the layers near Eileen's eyes, cheeks and chin, Saviano spritzed them with a flexible-hold hairspray. By drawing attention to her hair at these points, her features look lifted.
RUSK Texture Spray, $18; Amazon.com
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