As the holiday season shifts into full gear with parties, community events and family gatherings, the search for the perfect look intensifies. New and dazzling hairstyles compliment wardrobe items that range from smart casual to posh elegance. Here’s how your makeup can add the final touch.
Unless you are still in your teens or twenties, a good rule for looking your best is “less is more.” Mature women can maintain a fresh healthy look with a few changes in skin care and makeup techniques and products. Here are some tips from the experts:
Fixes for Problem Complexions
We all want to look good – healthy, vibrant, attractive – at any age. While there is no substitute for regular skin care, there are remedies for problem complexions. In the winter months, the seasonal dryness may require a creamy foundation formula. To avoid the heaviness of cream foundations, try applying moisturizer or a hydrating primer before foundation.
Skin tone fades with age, so, rather than matching your natural tone, a warmer shade of foundation is recommended. And you can get the effect of “lift” with a slight swirl of blush on the top of your cheeks.
Framing Your Smile
Have you noticed that your lips seem thinner? With aging, the border of your lips softens and becomes less definite. The trick is to make them look plumper without loading on too much color.
Start with a lip liner in a shade just a bit darker than your natural color for definition. Then fill in your lips with a lip brush or lipstick by dabbing a bit in the middle and spreading the color outward. Finally, add gloss and smile!
Attention Grabbing Eyes
The best treatment for brows is one done by a professional. You can maintain those neat brows by plucking the stray hairs that grow in between professional tweezing or waxing. Sparse brows? Fill in the bare spots with your brow pencil in short, feathery strokes that create the appearance of hair.
Select eye shadow shades that enhance your eye color. Golds and browns for hazel or brown eyes and blue-gray and coppers for blue eyes. Use shadows sparingly to avoid the “caked” look.
Liquid eye liners produce a crisp definition, which may look harsh on aging eyes. Try an eye pencil for a softer effect. Don’t line the inside of the eye if you have small eyes, it makes the eye appear smaller. And if you want to look really great for an event, curl your lashes. With a bit of mascara they will look long and luscious.
Remember, combining these makeup tips with a gorgeous hairstyle and stylish outfit will certainly add panache to your holiday presentation!