When you hit middle age, your metabolism slows down, your hair may begin to gray and laugh lines become more prominent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look great. If you know how to apply makeup in your middle years, you can help to accentuate your best features and minimize whatever you don’t want to draw attention to.
Disguise Droopy Eyes
Using an eye pencil provides a frame for the eye, without the harshness of liquid eyeliner. Beginning at the inside of the top lid, line it to the outside area of the lid using an upsweep motion at the end. Line the bottom lid as well and use the same upsweep motion at the outside edge. Using powder eyeshadow will reduce the chance of creasing that cream eye shadows might do. Using a lighter shade on the eyelid, a slightly darker shade in the fold between the eyelid and brow and a concealer under the eye will bring a fresh, awake youthful glow to your eyes.
Prime the Eyes
According to the Beauty and the Bath website, using an eyelid primer will provide a perfect background for eye make up. Use a yellow-based primer shadow to brighten the eye shadows that you use. Using a bit of frosted or shimmering eyeshadow is acceptable for mature eyes as long as it is not overpowering and is applied lightly.
Concealer is Your Friend
Concealer does not have to be restricted to covering under-eye circles anymore. In fact, it is an excellent tool for covering facial flaws that aging seems to accentuate. Concealer can fill in laugh lines, reduce the age line from your mouth to your chin and cover up the age spots that have begun to appear. Choosing a concealer one shade lighter than your natural skin tone, then covering it with an all-over face powder or light foundation will give you the appearance of young, flawless skin.
Keeping It Light
Lipstick tends to creep into age lines as you get older, so the Health Learning Info website recommends using a lip liner before applying your lipstick to prevent it from creeping into lines. Matte finish lipsticks tend to make lips look dry. Using a lip gloss will make your lips look fuller.
In addition to going light on the lipstick, at this stage of life you need to go light on the mascara. Staying away from blacks and dark browns and applying one thin coat instead of several heavy coats will keep your eyes looking bright and awake.
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