by Liz W
Have you ever wondered how Hollywood A-listers, like Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek, can wear glamorous makeup without a visible pore or crease, even after they have turned 40? No matter how hard we try to stop our skin from aging, time is always one step ahead of us, and although we will never surrender, we have to adapt to the changes with grace. Even those who seem to subsist on Botox and face cream alone, eventually have to adjust their beauty care and makeup techniques to match the maturity of their skin.
If the same products that accompanied you to drive-in movies or the disco are still in your makeup kit, then you might be noticing they are not quite as reliable as they once were. Here are a few easy tips and tricks which could alleviate some of that frustration from malfunctioning cosmetics.
Finding the right foundation can be an agonizing experience with infinite possibilities and pushy sales people. For aging skin, it doesn’t matter if you prefer mineral or liquid foundation; what does matter is that you use a light formula that will not settle into fine lines and pores. One trick for both dry and wet formulas is to apply them with a drop of jojoba oil. It helps create a barrier between the skin and makeup, and allows the product to spread further. The oil also reduces sebum production, so it is less likely to slip and settle into little lines.
One of the tips that many people give is to stay away from all things glitter, as it highlights creases, making wrinkles appear deeper. Being a lover of all things that sparkle, I have a hard time with this. Definitely avoid shimmering products around the cheeks or under the eyes, but having a soft shimmer in your eyeshadow can be a great way to attract light and open up tired lids.
Use a thick cream concealer to prime the eyelids, and immediately after, set it with a velvety shadow a few shades lighter than your skin. The trick is to lightly press it on with a flat smooth brush from lash line to brow bone. Never sweep the brush across the lid as this will cause creping, no matter what your age. Then, follow with a darker shade, but avoid all glitter with this one. Use a plush crease defining brush and buff the shadow into your creases until it is fully blended.
If your lashes are straight, invest in a good quality eyelash curler, and watch as your eyes open to twice their size when they are rimmed with a properly curled lash line. It is best to use a liner brush and dark eyeshadow instead of a pencil eyeliner, as they can tug at the skin, creating a less than perfect result. However, if you prefer a traditional liner to powder, look for one that is extremely smooth and glides on without any resistance.
For the final touch, the right lipstick is a must. If your favorite shade is feathering (meaning it is no longer loyal to your lips and is exploring the exiting new territory around them) stop those bleed lines in their tracks with a cream concealer or a nice thick lip primer. Apply it all around the lip line and set it with powder before applying your lipstick.
Hopefully, with these few tweaks to your daily routine, you can finally get your makeup to fall in line, by staying out of them!