Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been

As another year ticks by, we continue to age just a little bit. I find myself constantly checking my skin in the mirror and over-analyzing every flaw. Picking at breakouts when they pop up, agonize over the fine lines that have developed, and kick myself for all the years I spent in the sun as age spots get darker. And don't get me started on how your makeup routine doesn't work anymore as you notice these changes.

If you are over the age of 35, you probably have noticed a few things when applying your makeup. I am here to help you navigate through the tricky stage of changing your makeup routine as you age. This means you may have to part with that shimmery blue eye shadow or white eyeliner you still think looks good! Here are a few tips to help your look and feel your best:

1) Dry Skin- As you approach menopause and thereafter, your skin will continue to lack moisture as hormones shift and estrogen is lost. This means that your matte finish will only make your skin look drier. Always start with a moisturizer and primer before applying any foundation. Then consider swapping out your old foundation for one with a dewy finish. This will help the skin appear younger.

2) Uneven skin tone- All the time you spent in the sun seemed like a good time. It is all coming back to you, now in the form of age spots. Or maybe your skin is more blotchy from broken capillaries which can also be caused by the sun, smoking, or trauma to the delicate tissues. For this, you might want to consider a tinted concealer to hide those areas. Green is great for covering up any redness, while purple is good for covering up those yellowish age spots. Make sure concealers are a good consistency so they don't crease up after application and set with a powder if needed.

3) Lackluster Skin- As you age, your skin begins to lose its natural glow. That’s why makeup products like highlighters and blush can be such skin-savers since these go-tos quickly bring warmth and radiance back into your complexion. Just keep in mind that the wrong type of formula can sometimes do more harm than good—because similar to powder foundation’s tendency to accentuate signs of aging, powder blushes can do the same.

4) Drooping Eyes- With age, the skin around our eyelids often begins to droop, and you may also lose some of the density in your lashes. To keep this looking natural and eye-opening, skip thick, dramatic lines and instead try tightlining along the upper and lower lash line with a dark brown gel pencil. This barely-there technique is enough to make a noticeable difference without overwhelming the eye area.

5) Loss of lip line- ALWAYS LINE YOUR LIPS! Lip definition often softens with age, which means your lip products are more likely to bleed into the skin around the lips. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: Simply apply a hydrating lip liner before swiping on lipstick or tinted lip balm to prevent feathering and bleeding. You can also draw the lips a little bit larger than your natural shape to make them appear plumper and younger.

6) Brow Definition-It's only natural for body hair to begin to lighten and perhaps even thin out with age. If your brows are looking thinner and sparser than they used to, try using brow-defining products to instantly make them appear fuller. Fuller brows with defined arches will instantly open up the eyes to promote a more youthful look. They can also help to frame the face, polishing off all the other makeup steps you've mastered.

Even starting with one of these simple tricks will help when applying your makeup. All you have to do is try. And remember even if we don't have millions of dollars to help us stay young, there are a lot of older women I could only hope to look like. Jane Fonda will always be at the top of my list but again if you read this blog you know that I wake up looking like Kurt Cobain most mornings. I am not off to a good start! Here's to feeling your best at any age.

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