Makeup mistakes that age you!

By Alison Hilton

I have been in the beauty industry for over 40 years.  As we mature we need to change what make up we choose and how we apply it. Here are a few simple tips that will help you Rock Menopause with style!

As we age we need to be aware that our foundation needs will change. No foundation is better than bad foundation, but good foundation is best. If you skip foundation, your skin tone will be uneven. If you apply your foundation too heavily, it can settle into fine lines and creases, highlighting your imperfections.

Use a formula that is heavy enough to smooth out your complexion without becoming cakey. Drier skin is common as you age, so you may be happier with a liquid or cream foundation, or even a tinted moisturizer, instead of a powder foundation which can make your skin look flaky. Don’t forget to check for a better match or formulation occasionally you may be surprised at the results. Here at Compliments we do custom blending of Motives natural mineral makeup to ensure a perfect color match and formulation!

Blush. Pinch your cheeks and try to find a blush that matches the natural shade that results. Apply a small amount to the center of your cheekbone and sweep upward and back. Make sure to blend well. This will give an instant lift to your face along with a youthful glow.

Heavy liner on the bottom lid is aging for many reasons. It makes your eyes look smaller, it accentuates the fine lines surrounding the eyes, and it drags down your whole face. To keep things looking youthful, you want your eyes to appear brighter and more open. You can do this many different ways. First, would be to keep the bottom lash liner light. Use a deep brown eyeshadow and an angled brush instead of a hard black kohl pencil. Another tip is to use white or nude liner on the bottom waterline. It brightens your eyes and creates a youthful glow. Wear too much mascara on the bottom lashes can cast a shadows and flake, creating the illusion of dark circles; it can even pull the eye down.

When it comes to concealer, one size does not fit all. A concealer perfect for covering spots or blemishes will likely be way too thick for under-eye use. If the concealer is too thick or not the right color, you’re accentuating more than you are concealing. Skin under the eye is seven times thinner than the rest of your face, so a light touch is necessary. Use a lightweight formulation for under-eye use, and pick a shade that matches your skin tone. If you have purplish circles, you can get a color with a yellow or peach undertone to counteract it. Don’t go with super-light shades, which will make you look ashy or give you the “reverse-raccoon” appearance. Apply only to the inner corner of your under-eye area, and gently blend and sweep outwards and downwards.

As we age, our brows naturally thin both in thickness and from the ends. So for a more youthful-looking brow, think full and arched. You can start by filling in with a brow powder. Powder can add lost fullness and is quick and easy. As you age you should stay away from cream based brow products, they tend to apply too harsh of a line.