Makeover Your Makeup Routine

Makeover Your Makeup Routine© Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Thinkstock

As your skin ages, your makeup is expected to do more and more. Not only must it emphasize your good points, but it should also deflect attention from features you’re less proud of. Here are some tricks.

Go light on foundation.
Using too much foundation is like pointing a neon sign at your wrinkles. Instead, dip a fine brush or makeup sponge in a lightweight foundation, and dab it on blotches and brown spots to even them out. Then take a damp sponge and apply foundation to your entire face, being sure to match the color of your neck, and blend well.

Splurge on concealer.
A good concealer can hide a multitude of flaws, such as pimples, dark circles, and patchy lip tone, so it’s worth splurging on one you like. This is a good product to buy at a department store makeup counter where you can try different brands. Look for a creamy, yellow-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone.

Match lip color to hair.
If your hair is graying, you may need a lighter shade of lip color than you’ve used in the past. Or, if you’ve started coloring and/or highlighting your hair, you may find that a warmer shade complements your new hue better.

Highlight your eyes.
Apply a dab of gold or silver eye shadow to the center of each eyelid just above the lashes. Your eyes will look bigger, and when you blink, people will be attracted to the light.

Smile broadly.
After doing this, apply blush to the tops of your cheekbones, brushing upward and outward.

Plus: How to Do Your Makeup in Five Minutes

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