You don’t need to turn back time to reclaim that girlish glow. Looking young and vibrant can be as simple as choosing the right makeup shades and knowing how to apply them (no surgery required!). Instead of masking your maturity in layers of heavy foundation or harsh colors, take a load off to reveal a more radiant you. “The aim is to be fresher, prettier and better,” says Bobbi Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and author of Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. “Once you find the shades and formulas that work for you, stick with them, and update your routine now and then.” Here, age-defying tips, tricks and products to look as fab on the outside as you feel on the inside.
Dry, uneven skin equals cakey, uneven makeup. "As we age, skin becomes dehydrated and dead cells collect on the surface," says dermatologist, Jeannette Graf, M.D. author of Stop Aging, Start Living. "A cleanser with exfoliating propertie
Moisturizing is one of the fastest, easiest ways to give your face a youthful appearance. Before applying makeup, prep your complexion with a moisturizer. "When skin is dry, it doesn't reflect light properly and can look dull," says Dr.
The more luminous your skin, the livelier your complexion. "Before using foundation, coat your face with a luminizing primer," says makeup artist Carmindy of TLC's What Not to Wear. "Light reflecting particles diffuse fine lines and wrin
When it comes to foundation, what's the biggest rule of thumb? Lighten up. "Many women think that the older they get, the heavier their foundation needs to be," says celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt. However, "heavy foundation and powd
Give those sleepy peepers a wake-up call with a creamy concealer. "Use one with a peach tone under the eyes to counteract the blue and green hues of dark circles," says Devitt. She recommends applying it over foundation, so you only use
Nothing brings out the kid at heart like soft, full, rosy cheeks. "As we get older, cheeks become hollow and skin can look pasty from loss of melanin," says New York City makeup artist, Laura Geller. A bright pink blush dusted on the app
Seal your lipstick with a kiss of color by using a lip pencil in a shade that matches your natural lip color. "Line and completely fill in the lips to give lipstick extra staying power and to prevent color from bleeding," says Bobbi Brow
Creamy pout-perfect colors like rosy pinks and subtle berries up your kissability quotient. Stay away from harsh dark shades and matte formulas, which are drying and draw attention to fine lines, says Carmindy. Most importantly, always h
Want to pay your lips a service? Don't gloss over the power of a little shine. While a super-shiny pucker can look like lip over-load, placing just a bit of gloss in the middle of the bottom lip (smush lips together after), imparts a bea
We've all been guilty of compulsive plucking at one time or other. But did you know extra-fine arches can make your features disappear, aging you instantly? Thankfully, with a little cosmetic intervention, you can plump up the volume.
If your brows and lids are heading south, steer their course due north by lighting the way. Swiping a light shimmery shadow just under the brow bone will immediately pick up droopy peepers by drawing attention upward, says Carmindy. Appl
Show your eyes' true colors by complementing them with soft earthy shades. "Neutral tones like bones, beiges, browns and grays are best for sculpting and contouring the eyes to bring the color to life," says Geller. Use a darker shade ab
Draw out your most expressive feature with eyeliner in a crisp color like brown, black or navy, says Devitt. "The goal is to enhance the shape of the eye," she says. Gently apply the pencil as close to the top lashline as possible so las
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