How to Get Bold Brows

With a lot of models and celebrities rocking a fuller brow, it’s no surprise that a bolder thicker brow is in style. Whether you love the look or think it makes a gal look like Groucho Marx, there’s no denying that eyebrows are an essential fashion accessory.

Well defined, well-groomed brows frame your face, make your eyes look larger and give you instant polish.  Fabulous After 40 celebrity make-up artist Sana Young has these tips for how to beef up and beautify your brows, even if it’s just a little.

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1) Oil Your Brows

As we age, our brows become lighter, thinner, and dull, losing their shape and thickness. Olive oil can help stimulate growth. Just dip a cotton swab into some lukewarm olive oil and massage it over your brow area. It’s best to do this every night. If you’re all out of olive oil, you can substitute with Castor oil or Vaseline, as they speed up hair growth as well.

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Help for Your Raccoon-Like, Dark, Undereye Circles

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Dark circles around your eyes age you. A good concealer is your best friend.

Waking up with dark circles under your eyes is not the most fun morning surprise, and the older I get, the more it seems to be happening.

I talked with celebrity make-up artist Sana Young to find out what’s up with these black circles, can they be prevented, and how do I cover them up, so I don’t look like a raccoon?

Deborah BolandQ: Sana, first and foremost, why am I getting these terrible dark circles under my eyes?

A: It could be due to a variety and combination of different factors. There are several reasons women get them. It could be hereditary, you could just have thin skin under your eyes, a lack of sleep, too much caffeine, too much alcohol, and iron deficiency.

Q: What are some things I can do to prevent getting dark circles?

A: Take vitamins, get adequate sleep, exercise, and drink lots of water. Avoid salty foods, caffeine, and alcohol before bed.

Q:  I’d love to invest in a good eye concealer for dark circles, but I’m worried that I’ll choose the wrong color. How do I know what color will work for me?  Continue reading “Help for Your Raccoon-Like, Dark, Undereye Circles”


Missing Part of Your Eyebrow? Here’s How to Fill It In

Tatoo EyebrowsHi Deborah,

I’ve been reading your post on eyebrows and wonder if you can give me any advice on what can be done for sparse eyebrows?

Several years ago I had a large mole removed from one eyebrow …the hair never grew back, and I have ever since tried to cover the space without much success. Now I have a lot of white in my eyebrows that are very wiry.

I put vaseline on my brows at night hoping that this will smooth and tame them, but it hasn’t helped. What can I do to cover the space where the mole had been removed and also tame the wiry brows? Thank you,  Valerie

Hi Valerie,

That is a frustrating problem. As you know, the eyebrows frame the eyes and give your face a lot of definition and so you want to be sure as you age your eyebrows don’t fade into the background. For the answer to your question, I turned to Fabulous After 40 celebrity make-up artist Sana Young. Here’s what she said: Continue reading “Missing Part of Your Eyebrow? Here’s How to Fill It In”


Look Real in Faux Eyelashes

Long False Eyelashes, once the magic beauty tool of models and movie stars, have gone mainstream.

Debra Messing eyelashes

That’s great news for gals 40, 50 and beyond whose natural lashes are usually starting to thin, get shorter and lighter. But with so much choice out there – different lengths, colors, and thickness, what kind of false eyelashes should you choose?

Here’s a few tips for how to look real in fake lashes that I picked up from celebrity make-up artist Sana Young. Continue reading “Look Real in Faux Eyelashes”


Mascara Tricks to Make it Stay Put

Last post I chatted with celebrity make-up artist Sana Young about how to have thicker, fuller more youthful lashes.  This time, we’re talking mascara.

What was once a simple flick of a wand has become a challenging task trying to see well enough to put ti on ( Hah!) and then trying to keep it from ending up in our wrinkles. Here are some great tips on everything you’ve always wanted to know about mascara for the 40, 50 and, 60 something crowd. Continue reading “Mascara Tricks to Make it Stay Put”


How to Fatten Up Your Over Forty Lashes

If you notice your eyes are looking a little “bald” these days, blame it on your thinning eyelashes. As we hit our forties, our lashes become sparse and more fragile, making our eyes look small and tired.


What can you do to get your lashes back to their youthful thickness?  I had a good old-fashioned Q and A with celebrity make-up artist Sana Young and here’s what I learned.

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Self Tanning Tips – What You Need to Know to Avoid Looking Fake

With only a few more weeks of summer, it’s now or never to get that tan.

If you like the bronze look, but worry about baking in the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays, then it’s time to get out the self-tanning lotion.

self tanners How do you find one that looks natural and lasts longer than a couple of days? Guest Contributor Aliceann Toole has these self-tanning tips.

Self-tanners have been around for years, and they’ve come a long way since the early orangey outcomes that passed for tans. Just about every major cosmetic company offers a fake-bake option, and most fashion and consumer reports websites weigh in on the top brands. Continue reading “Self Tanning Tips – What You Need to Know to Avoid Looking Fake”


Help for Your Disappearing Eyebrows

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aging eyebrows

There are some days I look in the mirror, and my eyebrows look like they are fading away. So I go to my make-up drawer, pull out the eyebrow pencil, fill in my brows, and instantly I look perkier and a whole lot younger.

If you’ve got the same problem, I suggest you take a closer look at your eyebrows.

Eyebrows are important. They frame your eyes ( the same way a picture frame accentuates a painting) and give your face a natural lift.

The problem is the age we age; many of us find our eyebrows get a lighter, a lot thinner, and even turn gray.   Years of waxing, threading and tweezing away those little hairs also make our once full,  nicely arched brows lose their shape. Continue reading “Help for Your Disappearing Eyebrows”


Beauty Tips for African American Women Over 40

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Health and beauty tips for black women

If you’re an African American woman, you’re one of the lucky ones. In general African American and darker skinned women tend to age very well. In fact, there’s even an old saying you may have heard, “ Black don’t crack”.

While it’s true that darker skin is less prone to wrinkling because of natural oils and ultra violet shielding melanin, there’s no denying that a good beauty routine also goes a long way in helping you look fresh and youthful after 40. So here are 3 great beauty tips for African American women over 40. Continue reading “Beauty Tips for African American Women Over 40”


How To Prevent Looking Wrinkly Around the Eyes

wrinkly eyesQuestion: I am starting to get wrinkles and bags around my eye area and feel like they look even “crepe-y” when I put on makeup. What can I do to get it to look better, without having to turn to plastic surgery?

I turned to Philadelphia makeup artist and beauty expert Beke Beau to get some answers!

It turns out if you’re having this problem, you are not alone. According to Beke, this is the top makeup issue for women over 40! She also said, “As we get older, we lose that lovely elasticity we took for granted in our 20’s and 30’s, and smoothness gives way to, well, skin that is less than smooth.

On the downside, we can no longer get away with vivid eye shadow colors and multi-dimensional textures. Anything frosted, overly shimmery, or colorful will only accentuate the crepy-ness we’re trying to hide. On the upside, we can streamline our eye makeup routine and look refreshed and polished in no time!”
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Can I Get Rid Of The Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

Dear Deborah,

I know as far as makeup goes, less is more. BUT, I have terribly dark circles under my eyes that make me look like the victim of a good kick by Mr. Ed! How do I diminish these circles without having concealer in all the little lines and wrinkles?

Jeanie Robinson, Hickory, NC

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