Here’s a really important beauty rule you must follow if you want to be a Boomer Babe.
For heaven’s sakes, GO EASY ON THE MAKE-UP.
As our hair lightens and begins to go gray, (or in Liz’s case, goes blond!) our eyebrows also lighten, our skin pales, and we start to look washed out.
Many of us try to compensate by piling on the makeup. We think that bright lipstick, lots of blush, tons of eyeshadow, and dark eyeliner will restore our youth. Here’s proof that bright make-up after 40 will make you look like a clown or female impersonator!
So here’s what you do:
1. Avoid Heavy Foundation
Since your skin dries and dulls as it ages, it’s best to switch to a dewier look. Trade in your heavy matte foundation, which gives you that mask look, for a tinted moisturizer (We love the one by Laura Mercier).
If you want more coverage try, mixing your foundation with some moisturizer to thin it out. Or, mix your foundation with a tinted moisturizer. You may also want to check out ‘light-reflecting foundations’ specially created for mature skin because they reflect light off those little wrinkles.
2. Put away the Powder
Too much powder can make you dry and cakey. If you must use powder because you have oily skin, use loose powder in the T-zone, only.
3. Switch Your Blush
Powder Blush is heavy looking on the mature lined skin. Instead, try a cream blush. It’s more natural looking and will make you look vibrant.
4. Examine your Eye Shadows
Be careful with shimmering shadows. Too much sparkle accentuates crepey eyelids. Also, avoid too much bright color on your eyes. Neutral colored eye shadows- beiges, browns, creams, gays, taupes, will show off your eyes instead of your eyelids.
5. Don’t let Eyeliner Overpower
Don’t use black…too harsh. Instead, try dark brown and then blend well with brown powder. The best way to apply it is as close to the eyelash as possible, dotting between lashes and then smoothing out the line, or even better just under your upper lashes. Your eyes will appear much bigger.
6. Baby your Brows
Your eyebrows create a beautiful frame to showcase your eyes so don’t neglect them as you age. Be sure to keep them in good shape, so they don’t get scraggly. After 40, Many women tend to let the brow go pale and darken the lips at this stage when in fact you should darken the brows, so they frame your eyes (but don’t get as carried away as Liz), and lighten up the lips.
7. Lighten Your Lips
Soften lips with pinks, corals, light browns, nothing too dark or too bright or there will be too much contrast between your lips, skin and hair. Too much contrast makes you look hard.
8. Use a Light Hand with Lip Liner
it’s a good idea to use a liner to prevent lip bleed, but keep it soft in color and application. You should not be able to tell that you have it on.
9. Banish Pasty Face
As we age, we often get pale, and that old lady look starts to kick in. To avoid this, try using a very light bronzer to give your skin a youthful sun-kissed glow.
To apply: Hold your bronzing brush at your temple and round it down in a sweeping motion to your cheekbone (creating a backwards-C motion).
From your cheekbone, round it down in a sweeping motion to just below the jawline (creating another backwards C). Repeat on the other side.
Got a few make-up tips of your own to share? I’d love to hear from you!
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