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Do I wish my skin looked younger?  Hell Yeah!  But, my body and face has been with me thru thick & thin and the lines, wrinkles and sagging skin are a part of who I am today, and I love Me.  Aging can change skin’s appearance as early as your 30th birthday depending on your habits. You can’t control certain factors, like falling estrogen levels that lead to sagging skin or the genetics that give you a particular bone structure. But there are also plenty of external influences on how your skin ages, and the right anti-aging care can help blunt their damage. When I first saw signs of aging – fine lines, brown marks, smile lines, crow’s feet, that is when I decided to do better and started wearing makeup. Now that the under eye bags are starting to appear, I am doing more anti-aging care.  H e l l o . . . I should have be doing more skin care before I turned 40. Yes. . it’s never too late to respond to what you see. So, take a tip from me. . . . START TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOUR SKIN RIGHT NOW!!makeupsmearWhat if the very makeup you so carefully apply every morning is actually aging you?  Consider it the beauty version of spinach in your teeth despite how embarrassing it might be, few people will point it out to you. This post is geared to those Ladies in my age group, but you younger Ladies should also know what to expect. Here are some tweaks I found by watching you tube videos and researching makeup ideas for mature skin:

FLAWLESS SKIN: Nothing will age you faster than makeup that has settled into every line and wrinkle. “Skin tends to get drier as we get older, causing foundation to cluster in creases,” explains Gina Brooke, Madonna’s go-to makeup guru. To prevent foundation from morphing into a road map of your fine lines, start with moisturizer or face oil and follow with primer to create a smooth palette.  Skin color often changes as we age, so be sure that your foundation matches your current skin tone. (To find the right shade, take a hand mirror and stand by a window to check it in natural light. Be prepared to be shocked.) “Sun spots also confuse many women,” says Sandy Linter, a Lancôme celebrity makeup artist. “Look for a shade in between the spots and the rest of your skin.” Even if you’re spot-free, warmer tones can make you look younger. “Finally, don’t use powder; it will amplify fine lines. If you’re truly oily, just powder your T-zone”.

ROSY CHEEKS: Powder is also a no-no when it comes to blush. “The key to looking fresh is using a cream blush, it’s more blendable,” Brooke says. Warm shades with a hint of pink or rose gold in them work best for most skin tones. “To give your face a lift, put blush on the apples of your cheeks, then add a touch of highlighter on the center of the cheekbones and blend it up to the temples.

YOUNGER-LOOKING EYES: Your dark circles may have gotten worse, but you actually need to use a lighter hand when applying under-eye concealer. “Choose a product that’s not too heavy or dry, and blend with a brush,” says Chanel celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with Gwyneth Paltrow.  A good eye primer is essential for keeping shadow from settling into wrinkles. “If you were very dramatic with eye makeup when young, you have to tone it down a notch,” says Levin. “Harsh colors accentuate age.” Instead, look for more neutral hues; two complementary shadows are all you need. “If you keep your eye open when applying shadow, you can go higher in the eye crease with your contouring color and that will open and lift the eye,” says New York makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. Switch to a gel pencil for liner. It will stay put rather than drifting into lines.

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GROOMED BROWS: Brows tend to thin out with the years, especially at the ends. “Filling them in will frame your eyes and make you look refreshed,” says Ahnert. (On the off chance that your brows have stayed lush, beware of overplucking or creating too high an arch. Both are instant agers.)  To contour brows, use a pencil that’s slightly lighter than your hair color. Fill in sparse areas with light, feathery strokes, blend well, and set with brow gel.  Dab highlighter under your arches to brighten your face immediately.

FULLER LIPS: To make thinning lips appear plumper, start with a gentle exfoliation (a bit of brown sugar will work), then use a primer to keep lipstick from bleeding.  Linter recommends lining your lips with a pencil to strengthen the borders; blend well. “Avoid dark lipsticks,” advises Ahnert. “They look too severe.” “Adding a touch of gloss in the center of your lips will give you a softer and more youthful look,” says Brooke.

DARKER SKINTONES:  Make-up artist Sam Fine says. .“I think the biggest beauty mistake is not understanding how to enhance your beauty.”  He doesn’t believe it takes a face full of makeup to enhance your natural beauty. He said “I always start out with some kind of a coverage product. A concealer, or a foundation that you can use as a concealer. Underneath the eyes is the thinnest area of skin, so you really want to make sure that any redness or discoloration can be covered”.  Having a buildup of dead skin cells can leave dark skin looking dull and ashy even after you apply foundation. “You have to take care of your skin first if you want your foundation to look good,” says Fine, who tends to celebs like Queen Latifah. “This includes washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing on a regular basis.”lipsticks

1) Face: Avoid makeup that is too light, as it can make skin look chalky. Yellow-based foundations work best for women with darker skin. The goal is to see the makeup disappear after applying it on your skin, with no visible boundary between. Test foundation colors in natural light – if you have trouble finding the right color, try mixing two shades (one darker than your natural color and one lighter). When searching for blush or bronzer, brown and copper complement African American skin tones.

2) Lips: Earth tones, neutrals, pinks and burgundy instantly add glam to lips. For a more natural look, dab on some lip-gloss. Choose a lip liner that is close to the shade of your lip-gloss or lipstick to avoid a dark outline.

3) Eyes: Shimmery and metallic eye shadows can look amazing against African American skin, but be careful with these colors on mature faces. You do not want to accentuate dark circles or droopy lids. Black mascara will make eyelashes stand out and for extra pizzazz, try false eyelashes. I do not use eye shadows and use mascara sparingly, because my family has a history of pterygium (pronounced tur-IJ-ee-um) and I want to steer clear of it. But, I love the many colors available now in eye shadows.makeup8The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the human body. It protects your other organs, warms you up and cools you down, and reflects how healthy you are inside.  Whether or not you buy a ton of “miracle” creams, tons of the latest and the greatest make-up that sits in your drawer, skin care is a legitimate health issue. You do your face a favor when you nourish it. Then, put on some lipstick and sashay on into your future. . .

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Disclaimer: This post is an FYIIt is not my intention to offer Make-Up and/or Stylist advice and urge you to consult the professionals who excel in their field of expertise. 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Brooklyn Grace

    NIce post dear, thanks for sharing
    Take care
    best

    03/07/2017 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply Neti*

      Thanks so much BG.

      03/07/2017 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply nerline

    I use honey and lime juice to keep my skin clear and younger-looking. I wish I knew about that trick in my 20s. My hubby gets more eye bags than I do. LOL! This is such an informative post, Neti. Thanks for sharing.

    03/07/2017 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Beauty

    This is great information and a reminder to all women. Thanks a lot for sharing Neti.

    03/08/2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply JOI @INMYJOI

    Love this post Neti- super informative and helpful 🙂
    I am in the process of trying to develop a skin care routine, for the first time in my life. Trial and error seems to be the key! I hope I have settled into something that works by the time I hit 40 🙂

    03/08/2017 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Neti*

      Trial & error is key because everybody is unique. Work it Sis.

      03/08/2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Oh to Be a Muse

    I just started using under eye concealer last year and it has made a difference. And yes, like you said, taking care of your skin is key.

    03/09/2017 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Antionette Blake

    Do you know what is bothering me the most now – my hands. I am seeing them age right before my eyes!!! I knew I should have worn rubber gloves before washing dishes and scrubbing toilets all those years ago!

    03/09/2017 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply Neti*

      I’m sorry to tell you that washing dishes did not help aging your hands. It’s just a fact of life. A man once told me, if you want to know a woman’s age, look at her hands!

      03/09/2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Lenya

    I think the most important thing to stay as young as you feel inside is to take good care of yourself, love yourself and respect yourself. I don’t care much for so called advice… like no red lips when you hit 40, no wearing mini when you’re over 30 or any such nonsense, if I like it, I wear it, and if I like what I wear I feel confident and that’s the most important thing, to always feel confident, to believe in yourself. Wishing you a beautiful day, my stunning sista.
    big hugs and much much luv
    Lenya
    New update: : : Sweater Girl: :

    03/14/2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Lou

    Great tips! I’m 33, and already starting to see signs of aging under my eyes. I think with all those years of not getting enough sleep caught up with me.

    Also, in my 20’s I wasn’t taking good care of my skin.

    03/16/2017 at 11:14 pm
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