The Makeup Conundrum

I don’t know about you, but in my twenties, thirties, and to some degree, my early forties the only thing on my mind when buying make-up were the three Cs – color, coverage, and cost. And while those things are still important today, there are a few more things we have to consider before we replenish our empty bottle of foundation, bone dry mascara wand, or worn down eye shadow palette.

First, take a long look in the mirror.  I mean, really look in the mirror and notice the areas of your skin where your age shows more than you’d like. Do you have dark circles under your eyes or crow’s feet – those wrinkles at the outer edge of your eye? Have a few brown spots appeared or have your eyelids started to droop?

               Let your face glow with the right makeup.

If you have any or all of these, take a breath, you’re normal. What we all want is blemish free, supple, radiant skin, but the aging process has a different agenda, and if we want to stay vibrant and relevant, it’s important to look as healthy as we feel. You could spend thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, but if you’re like me, skin pulled too tight, plumped up lips and cheeks, and overly arched eyebrows are not the only solutions to aging gracefully. What’s more important is to embrace your age, and in the process apply some new techniques that will soften the aging process without breaking the bank.

Two things are absolute musts to keep your skin the best it can be…sleep and sunscreen. After that, applying the right kind of makeup will help fight the signs of aging on your face. Here are several tips that will help you do just that:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
  • Use a hydrating, sheer foundation.
  • Use concealer to cover dark circles under your eyes. Apply it sparingly.
  • Invest in an eyelash curler since eyelashes tend to straighten with age.
  • Use a smudge-proof eyeliner and only apply to top lid. Apply it close to the lashline and and keep it thin.
  • Stay away from frosted eyeshadows and use matte ones instead.
  • Cream blushes are preferred to powder for aging skin. Subtle shades are best.
  • Lipsticks should offer a little color. Stay away from nude colors.
  • Lightly apply lip gloss – too much can seep into the fine lines around your mouth.
  • Whiten your teeth to enhance your smile.

Build your self esteem with these little changes and techniques, and I can assure you that you will notice a difference in not only your appearance but the way you feel about yourself. Because looks do matter – even if they shouldn’t, they do.