If you’re over 40 it’s time to review your potions and practices when it comes to skincare and makeup! If you’re not yet 40 you may want to take heed to prevent some of the pitfalls before you get there!
We all know to use upward movements when gently rubbing in face creams or putting on foundation. Skin doesn’t need help with gravity!
- It is important to keep hydrated (from within = water) and from without (moisturisers). Don’t forget your neck and décolletage area. At this time of year I like to drink hot water and Ribena as a change from tea and coffee. I also gave up caffeine a few years ago and it hasn’t done me any harm. I remember the process of weaning off caffeine wasn’t pleasant for a few days though. Find out what you like and what works for you if you want to make a change.
- I’ve just recently worked with Lynne Henderson (of Natural Skin By Lynne) again, and she’s reminded me of her top tip to exfoliate regularly. I try to spend Sundays giving my face a better facial as I seem to have a bit more time then, and include an exfoliation. I have to confess I’m not entirely religious about it, but that will be one thing I’m improving next year (look out for my next blog).
- As we age, we do need to review the products we are using. Sadly, we need richer creams, as we lose the ability to maintain that youthful appearance naturally.
- Also as we age, it is better to use a cream foundation rather than just powder. I use a bit of both at the moment and am happy with that. My tinted moisturiser works better on pores that aren’t naturally tight now, then put a dusting of powder on top, to stop the shimmer.
- When it comes to make-up, less is definitely more for a day look. Also, don’t use a thick underline just under the eye on it’s own, as this draws attention to any dark circles or lines under the eye.
- My next tip is not to use shiny make-up/eye colour in the area directly below your brow, as this draws attention there and can make you look a bit older. Find a nice matt base colour to use.
- When it comes to eyebrows and lashes, they can seem to thin as you age. So, I use a lash primer to help thicken my eyelashes, and enhance my brows with a natural-looking colour brow powder. Of course you can enhance these semi-permanently, but I prefer not to just yet. (Well, in truth, I was loving semi-permanent eyelashes until I became allergic to the glue.)
- I did read somewhere about not using mascara on your lower lashes as you age, again as that can draw the eye down. I think you need to just try for yourself and see what you think. Sometimes you need to transition gradually to something new, so don’t dismiss it on the first attempt!
- Certainly, I would advocate wearing colour (tones) of make-up that work with your skin. If you need warm tones and you go for cool, (or vice versa) you can instantly add years, just like wearing the wrong shades of clothes. If you want to know what suits you on that front, please consult me.
- Finally, my tenth tip is about how to make your lips look fuller as you age (as these seem to look thinner too). Oh, ageing isn’t fun but it’s the exchange for wisdom! So, use lighter colours – obviously in your colour scheme. You can use a lip pencil to outline the lips, and then I colour in the whole lip with the pencil, then blot, before turning to a lighter lip shade all over (or a gloss).
I hope you like these tips and give them a try. Do let me know if you get any compliments from trying something new.
If you want any other specific advice, please get in touch.
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