Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You

Let’s face it: Makeup makes us look and feel good. But if you’re applying it incorrectly or using the wrong products, makeup may just be aging you — rather than making you look fresh and youthful. From neglected brows to over-made-up eyes, we found 10 easy ways to nix the mistakes you just might be making.

Here are dos and don’ts to improve your makeup game and easy ways to get out of a beauty rut. Celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC Cosmetics, offers her advice and expertise on common culprits. Are you guilty of some of these beauty blunders?

DO skip face powder

Here’s why: Most of us reach for powder to set makeup, but it also tends to magnify lines in the skin, aging us. If you can’t give up powder, try switching to a sheer translucent powder or a mineral-based one, which illuminates and brightens the skin. Expert Advice: Carol Shaw says: “As we get older skin can get very dry. Powder absorbs oil and moisture, which can be drying for women with dry skin.”Try this instead: Skip the powder or opt for a more moisturizing mineral version.

DO opt for brown eyeliner over black
Here’s why: Eyeliner is an excellent tool to open up the eyes and make them appear wider, but the color black can be too harsh. Switch to a softer shade of brown and avoid lining the lower lash line which can look overdone. Avoid a heavy hand with eyeliner – a thick liner can make upper lids look heavy.
Expert Advice: “Brown eyeliner is soft and natural-looking. Dark makeup can sometimes make you look older,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Opt for a light color liner or a neutral brown shade that’s universally flattering. We like CARGO Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach, $18, available at Ulta.com.

DO make blush your friend
Here’s why: The right color blush can add a youthful look to a tired face, but the key is finding a shade that is just right. Women with fair and medium skin tones should look for rosy pinks and peaches, and darker skin tones look best with coral and berry shades.
Expert Advice: “A pop of healthy, rosy color on your cheeks is very youthful-looking —like a young child’s flush or like you have been working in the garden,” notes Carol. “But bright blush can look a bit harsh and unnatural, if not applied properly.”
Try this instead: Avoid bright colors and looks for a shade that is neutral, soft and sheer. We like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer Duo, $12.49, available at drugstore.com.

DO wear the right foundationHere’s why: No one can claim to have “perfect” skin, and foundation can work wonders on uneven skin tones. The key is the right product and the right amount of it. Using too much foundation, especially one that’s too thick, can cause the product to settle into fine lines. Avoid anything matte and be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizer and primer before applying. Expert Advice: “Choose a foundation that is right for your skin type (moisturizing, oil-free, good for sensitive skin, etc.) with the coverage you desire,” says Carol. “If you want a very natural look with sheer/medium coverage, try a CC Cream or a Tinted Moisturizer. If you want to cover imperfections look for a medium/full coverage foundation.” Try this instead:For a product that provides natural coverage and offers sun protection, we like Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, $55, available at PerriconeMD.com.

DO fill in sparse brows
Here’s why: Eyebrow color fades as we age, so filling in over-plucked spots or fairer hair is a must in any makeup routine. Keep brows shaped and defined, and choose a pencil or gel shade that is one or two notches lighter than your natural brow color.
Expert Advice: “Brows are the frame to your face and complete your look. A fuller brow is modern and youthful,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Pencils are great for precision, but gels have longer lasting staying power. We like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (offered in 5 shades), $18, available at Sephora.com.

DON’T over-conceal under eyes
Here’s why: While concealer seems to be the answer to erasing under eye circles and combating the look of fatigue, if used incorrectly, can actually make you look older. Too much makeup around the eye area can highlight wrinkles and lines in this delicate area. Be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizing eye cream and keep the touch light.
Expert Advice: “I like to use my finger to melt the concealer into the skin. If you pile on the concealer without blending it in, it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles,” Carol advises.
Try this instead: Look for a concealer with a lightweight texture and bonus points if it offers sun protection. We like Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Concealer SPF 15, $12.95, available atPhysiciansFormula.com.

DON’T skip primerHere’s why: Primers are just what they sound like: They create a base by smoothing skin and ensuring that makeup stays put. Mix with foundation or tinted moisturizer or apply a light layer as the first step in your makeup routine. Expert Advice: “Primers help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a silky-smooth finish, plus it helps your makeup last longer,” notes Carol. Try this instead:A thin layer of a silicone-based makeup primer can fill in lines and pores, but so can natural ingredients like oatmeal and cocoa butter. We like Lush Feeling Younger skin tint, $18.95, available at Lush.usa.com.

DON’T overdo lip liner
Here’s why: Not only is the look of heavy lip liner dated (hello, ‘90s!), it can also emphasize the fine lines around the mouth. Soften the look with a liner that closely matches your lipstick or use a creamy lipstick pencil for easy application.
Expert Advice: “Overdoing lip liner can look harsh. Choose a shade that is a little darker than your natural lip color,” Carol says. “Follow your natural lip line, and if you want to make your lips look bigger, just draw slightly outside your lip line.”
Try this instead: Keep your application clean and easy with a chubby stick that has the precision of a pencil, but has the staying power and look of lipstick. We like Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Rosie Posie, $9.98, available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

DON’T skip lip color
Here’s why: As we get older, we lose the pigment in our lips making lipstick that much more indispensable. That said, steer clear of anything metallic, glittery, or too dark and avoid a heavy hand when it comes to applying. Less is more.
Expert Advice: “Lip color instantly brightens and changes your whole face! Lip color is the fastest and easiest way to make yourself look pretty,” says Carol. “If you have very small lips, then darker colors might make your lips look smaller. Otherwise, I love dark lipstick for fall and winter.”
Try this instead: When in doubt, opt for a nude lipstick and look for one that offers sun protection, anti-aging, and collagen-boosting properties. We like LORAC Cosmetics Breakthrough Performance Lipstick, $22, available at Amazon.com.

DO go easy on the eye shadowHere’s why: While we’re not opposed to adding color to eyelids, it’s best to avoid bright or dark eye shadow shades, which can draw the wrong attention to the eyes. A more subtle way to play up your peepers is to play up the lashes and a precise wand ensures a non-clumpy, non-spidery lashes. Expert Advice: To be sure, Carol isn’t against shimmer or shadow on the eyes, “I think wearing eye shadow with a little soft, reflective pearl or shimmer is very pretty on the eye, at any age. And matte eye shadows are very wearable without accentuating any fine lines or wrinkles.” Try this instead: Play up your eyes by emphasizing lush lashes, but skip mascara on the lower lashes. We like CoverGirl Last Exact Mascara, $7.29, available at drugstore.com.

Meet the Expert
Having worked on the faces of Naomi Watts, Teri Hatcher, Nicole Kidman, and Debra Messing, Carol Shaw is one of Hollywood’s most called-on makeup artists. As a teenager growing up in the beauty business, Carol knew makeup artistry was her calling, and later developed a makeup and skincare line, LORAC (Carol spelled backwards). LORAC launched with 10 shades of oil and fragrance-free foundations back in 1990, and Carol’s products have built upon a reputation for being both effective and easy-to-use.

 

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What is the best foundation for mature skin?

What is the best foundation for mature skin? Here are 11 recommended foundations!

A revolution has occurred in the beauty industry. There are now entire ranges being designed for over 30s and over 50s. Designers are constantly using groundbreaking technology to concoct makeup formulas which flatter and reduce the signs of aging.

These high-tech, age-friendly products are designed to fill in fine lines, moisturize, and give a flawless complexion by hiding imperfections and (best of all) to give the face an instant lift.

Your beauty regimen needs change as you age – we all know it. Out with glittery eye shadow, and in with skin smoothing makeup primers and eye serums. Foundations these days are designed to work with, not against, mature skin and actually improve texture and tone. Here are some of the best foundations on the market. They range from those found in pharmacies and department stores to the most luxurious store brands. Yes, there is a difference in quality when it comes to foundation, however these are the most beloved, as well as, tried and tested, by mature women around the world.

1. LA MER The treatment Crème Foundation

Contains the same ingredients as the legendary face crème as well as SPF15 and has the ability to airbrush large pores and any discolorations or pigmentations.

2. Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation

This is a hidden gem for those with combination, dry or mature skin. It provides a medium coverage that gives the appearance of firmer and lifted skin. The biggest plus for this foundation is that it is oil-free and creates a smooth complexion through its light weight formula

3. REVLON Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup

Great foundation at a fabulous price for all skin types. This foundation is popular regardless of the person’s age, profession or makeup ability.

4. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

Fantastic for those with sensitive skin as it can cover up rosacea and melisma. It is compact and creates a flawless base.

5. Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup

Perfect for those with normal to dry skin. This foundation instantly makes your skin radiant whilst erasing fine lines for seamless beauty.

6. MAC Face & Body Foundation

For those who want a sheer to light coverage foundation. This foundation is buildable and works best for all skin types except oily skin. It provides a natural satin sheen to your skin whilst being moisturizing.

7. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

For those who want a light to medium coverage and have the ability to “firm up the skin”.

8. Chanel Perfection Lumiere

If you have an oily T-zone or find your skin oiler in the summer, this is the foundation for you. This is an oil-free foundation with added protection of SPF15, which provides a lovely matte coverage for your makeup look.

9. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Makeup

Perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It is a creamy foundation, which is specially made for mature skin, and works a treat on sensitive skin, skin with redness, fine lines and wrinkles.

10. L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup

Perfect for those with normal, dry or combination skin. It creates a youthful look, which lasts all day without touch ups. TIP: This foundation works best if you apply a Primer beforehand. This will reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. What would you consider the best foundation for mature skin?

Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes: Natural Ways to Reduce Swollen Bags Under Your Eyes

Many people suffer from under eye puffiness, bags or dark circles under their eyes. There are many treatments to help you with this problem and like all things that concern your beauty there is a range from natural remedies all the way up to doctor specified treatments.

What causes your puffy eyes?

There are several causes for under eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles. Some of these are: heredity, water retention, toxin build up, a change in weather, hormones, allergic reactions, as well as health issues or complications from medications.

Having allergies may cause you to wake with puffy eyes from time to time. Sleeping with your head elevated slightly can sometimes help alleviate this by helping the sinus cavities to drain. Preventing the allergic reaction by avoiding your known allergens will help you to avoid an occurrence of puffy eyes. You may also want to take an over the counter medicine like Benadryl to help avoid the allergens that cause your reaction.

How can you prevent puffy eyes?
One of the steps you can do to prevent your under eye puffiness, bags, and dark circles is to have a healthy well balanced diet and stay well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body flush itself of any toxins as well as reduce the chance of water retention. Limiting your caffeine intake can also help reduce water retention. Sodium is also a big culprit in helping the body retain excess water and to reduce the bags under your eyes you may want to drastically reduce the salt in your diet.

Allergies (seasonal, pet, dust, etc) can cause puffy eyes.

Cold cumcumbers are an easy remedy for puffy eyes..

What causes your puffy eyes?

There are several causes for under eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles. Some of these are: heredity, water retention, toxin build up, a change in weather, hormones, allergic reactions, as well as health issues or complications from medications.

Having allergies may cause you to wake with puffy eyes from time to time. Sleeping with your head elevated slightly can sometimes help alleviate this by helping the sinus cavities to drain. Preventing the allergic reaction by avoiding your known allergens will help you to avoid an occurrence of puffy eyes. You may also want to take an over the counter medicine like Benadryl to help avoid the allergens that cause your reaction.

How can you prevent puffy eyes?
One of the steps you can do to prevent your under eye puffiness, bags, and dark circles is to have a healthy well balanced diet and stay well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body flush itself of any toxins as well as reduce the chance of water retention. Limiting your caffeine intake can also help reduce water retention. Sodium is also a big culprit in helping the body retain excess water and to reduce the bags under your eyes you may want to drastically reduce the salt in your diet.

Blush Tips…

shunmua1Cream blushes are more pigmented and are great layered underneath a powder blush to add more intensity. As with the other types of makeup, choosing a powder or cream blush comes down to the finish you want and your skin type. If you are acne prone, layering on too many creamy products could overwhelm your skin. If you’re trying out the statement blush trend, a cream formula gives a nice glow. If you want to increase the intensity, layer a powder blush and blend.

Flawless Skin Tips …

Secret to a natural, flawless look

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1. Apply foundation to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush, sponge, or clean fingertips. Blend the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes.

2. Continue blending over the jawline and onto your neck to achieve a natural, seamless look. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas.

3. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer.

Tip: Choose the shade of your foundation carefully. When testing out shades, pick one that matches the tone of your jawline exactly. It helps to use a mirror outdoors to see how shades look in natural light.

Tip: Begin by applying a small amount of foundation then increase amount to achieve the degree of coverage that suits your skin.

Tip: For daytime, mix your foundation with a light SPF moisturizer before applying for a smoother, more sheer application.

master the basics

To prepare a smooth canvas for your makeup, always start off with clean, moisturized skin. You’ll find that your makeup glides on and blends more easily.

1. Keep your skin free of buildup by using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. When cleansing your face, do so gently in upward motion stokes – do not tug, pull or scrub too hard to prevent irritation.

2. Freshen up your skin with a toner containing ingredients that suit your skin type.

3. Indulge your skin and keep it hydrated with a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type. Make sure your daytime moisturizer contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Treat yourself to an at-home-facial 2 to 3 times a week. Use a mild cleanser, then exfoliate with a gentle scrub that contains exfoliate that are round and non-abrasive.

5. Apply a facial mask after exfoliating. Rinse off thoroughly and get a good night’s sleep!

Tip: Even when you’re steering clear of the sun, or it appears to be a cloudy day, always be sure your makeup foundation or moisturizer contains SPF 15 or higher.

4 Best Ways to Exfoliate Your Face

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Having clear, hydrated, glowing skin is a common goal among many women. However, skin can be quite delicate and suffer from many problems like dry or oily textures, skin conditions or acne breakouts. We have added several beauty tip articles on proper skin care and ways to improve the overall appearance of your skin. We have touched on many skin care products, care routines and procedures that we hope will help.

If  you want your skin to look brighter and better, exfoliation can certainly help!  While most people understand exfoliating treatment processes and a routine skin  care regimen including exfoliation can buff your dead skin cells off and give  you silky results, very few people know how to properly do it. Exfoliation is  often something people think they can only get at a dermatologist’s office or  in a spa. However, you can get similar results right in your own home, every  week. All you need to do is know which products to use and what techniques work  best. Use these helpful tips to help you learn how to use the best technique,  reduce irritation and get smooth results.

Try  Exfoliating Gloves:    The first step to getting great exfoliation results is to learn how to do it. To get the best results and to softly remove dead skin cells, don’t use a hard sponge to exfoliate. A sponge can create breeding ground for bacteria, because they tend to stay damp. You can get great results for       dead skin removal by using exfoliating gloves. Simply lather a cleanser on       them and lightly scrub your skin. Just be sure to rinse the gloves well after each use and let them air dry. Some people prefer to use the most costly methods, like microdermabrasion, but you can get great results using these techniques and a good cleansing product.

  • Don’t’  Scrub Everyday if Skin is Irritated:Remember, you should only be exfoliating two to three times a week. When you exfoliate more than this, you can end up with irritated skin. Most  people are terrified of exfoliating because they do it too often, use harsh products during the process or just don’t know what technique to use. To avoid getting bad results, you can also choose to use a soft rag when exfoliating as well, instead of a hard sponge. Of course, if your climate is warmer and you frequently experience more oily skin issues and oil production or perspiration, you’ll have more dead skin cells and may need to exfoliate more often.
  • Use Specialize Facial Scrubs Only:Be sure to use exfoliate skin products that are specifically designed to be used on the facial areas. If you’ve struggled with irritation after using an exfoliating product on your face, it may be because you’re using a body exfoliant cream instead of a cream designed specifically for the sensitive areas of the face. If you’re confused about which products will work best for you, simply visit your nearest Clinique or Sephora counter for assistance.
  •  Don’t forget to moisturize!Exfoliation can leave your skin extremely smooth and can even give you a  healthy glow. To ensure you get the silky results you desire, always use  moisturizer several times a day if you exfoliate regularly. When you exfoliate,  the dead skin cells are indeed removed. However, your skin can begin to dry out  and get flaky if you don’t keep moisturizer on it at all times and can even  bring on more wrinkles. When you do so, exfoliating can make your skin brighter  and your skin tone will be more even. It can also lead to smaller pores and  reduce the occurrence of pimples.