Hello Makeup Bag, we need to talk. Rumor has it you are are holding on to a few things that are making me look, well, older!
Many amazing things come with age: intelligence, security, comfort, etc., and with that delight comes gravity, graying and an occasional feeling of being less gorgeous than before. Brave the battle with a little tweaking of everyday things, like your makeup.
In the article "16 Ways to Look Younger With Makeup" (Allure, April 2012), Danielle Pergament amusingly writes that "turning back the clock can be as simple as opening your makeup bag." With her insight and some product suggestions, here is a little sarimotley digest version on how to look more youthful:
- Moisturize. Forget this step and you're doomed with dullness. Keep skin smooth and supple and the rest is easy. (Great for daily moisture replenishment and filled with antioxidants, do-over daily moisture creme with co-Q10).
- Creative concealing. Correcting facial imperfections with a light-diffusing and hydrating concealer is key. Think of adding brightness to camouflage by reflecting light away as opposed to adding layers to hide behind. Try Illusionist from Vapour Organic Beauty.
- Warm it up. Adding a touch of bronzer to warm the skin and give a healthy, youthful glow can take years off a tired face. Just go with a more day at the spa look vs. back from the beach (Vapour's Solar Bronzer in Simmer is the perfect shade for most skin tones).
- Powder is passe. The days of being powder perfect are in the past. If you must, use a translucent, light-diffusing powder like the Mineral Mix Secret Set powder from Senna Cosmetics (available at sarimotley studio). Or when it's just a touch up, try Tatcha's Japanese Blotting Papers made from Abaca leaf.
- Get cheeky. Creamy, dewy textures are perfect for dry mature skin, especially when they are packed with nourishing organic ingredients that leave your face feeling cared for. Use your cheekbones as a guide for placing blush for just the right flush. (Aura Multi-Use Blush from Vapour).
- Just browsing. Go a little lighter with your brow color (unless you are blonde, then just a shade darker) using softer strokes to fill in sparse areas. Find your brow solutions at sarimotley studio.
- Batter up. If you are not already doing so, start using your eyelash curler. Lashes become less full, and giving them a little bump up helps open the eyes and brighten your look. (Tarte's Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler is awesome.)
- Prime time. Smooth on a little shadow primer to even lid tone and soften fine lines. This will help eye shadow keep its true color and stay put longer. Totally Transforming Eyeshadow Primer from Senna is an anti-ageing powerhouse with ingredients like hibiscus to help firm and smooth.
- Beware black. Dark brown liner is the new black. It's less intense, but still defines the eyes. Keep the line super-close to the lashes and maybe fore go the liner on lower lashes for a softer look. (Superwear Gel Liner in dark sienna available at sarimotley studio).
- Let in a little light. A soft shimmer, not glitter, on the inner corners of the eyes will wake up your makeup. Also, jut a touch above cheekbones and on the brow bone will add nice dimension. (Trick Stick from Vapour, available as sarimotley studio.)
- Lips of luxury. Boost natural lip tone with universally flattering shades like berries, mauves and just bitten reds. Vapour's Siren Lipsticks are the go-to for finding your perfect shade. Colors that are more sheer allow natural lip tone to peek through, making the hue you choose your very own.
For more information on how to makeup a younger looking you, schedule a visit to sarimotley studio.