Friday, May 22, 2009

The 10 Beauty Mistakes That Add 10 Years

So its been awhile. I am back now. Here is some tips and tricks to avoid looking older than you should look. I was reading Allure Magazine and saw this and thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy!!

1. Thick Foundation:
Choose a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer (such as Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20), and after you apply it, press a damp makeup sponge into areas where you have wrinkles to soak up any excess.

2. Base that's too light:
Foundation that's paler than your natural skin tone exaggerates fine lines. As you get older if you have olive skin for instance you should go a bit warmer. Switch to a hue that's one or two shades darker and has luminescent particles, such as Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.

3. Heavy Concealer on dark circles:
The skin under the eyes gets thinner as we age, making thick cover-up look like concrete. Keep it light ( like Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer), and apply it with a brush. The brush distributes the color more evenly. And put it only on dark areas, not under the entire eye.

4. Face powder on top of lines:
Powder is fine for reducing shine on the nose and the chin, but on other parts of the face it exaggerates wrinkles and can make skin look too dry. Avoid the eye area completely.

5. Blush on the apples of the cheeks:
It draws attention to sagging skin. Instead, apply color on the highest point on your cheekbones, not too close to the nose, and lift it upward with a brush that's large enough to cover the whole cheekbone. Skip the drama queen shades, too. A neutral rose color flatters all skin tones and really brightens things up. (Like Nars Blush in Mata Hari.)

6. Lipstick that migrates:
Your natural lip line can begin to fade as you age, which makes lipstick more prone to bleeding and feathering. Tracing it with one of the new clear lip liners can help the color stay put.

7. Major lipstick:
Bright colors, dark shades, and anything metallic or iridescent are too heavy for thinning lips. Instead, choose a neutral rose shade. And consider switching from a lipstick to a sheer gloss—it will give you more fullness.

8. Mascara in the lower lashes:
It highlights crow's-feet. And dark circles. Coat your top lashes with the blackest black mascara you can find—it will make the whites of your eyes look clearer and whiter. It's also best to avoid superthick formulas that don't separate easily. Lashes get dryer as we age, making mascara more likely to clump and fall onto your face. (Try Cover Girl LashExact Mascara or Lancôme High Définicils High Definition Mascara.) And don't forget your curler. Curling your lashes is the easiest thing you can do to make your eyes look bigger—and therefore younger.

9. Eyeliner on the lower lashes:
All that does is make your eyes look smaller and draw attention to dark circles. Stick to the upper lids—and make the line thicker toward the outer corners, where eyes have a tendency to droop as we age.

10. Sparkly shadow on the outer corners:
A little shimmer is flattering and keeps eye makeup from looking too stark, but at the outer corners, it magnifies every fine line. Restrict sparkle and shimmer to the inner corners, the centers of the lids, and just on the brow bones.

Hope this helps some of you out there as we age...Take care!

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