Here Are The Youthful Solutions To:
9 Beauty Mistakes That Make You Look Older
#1 You Skipped Primer
Let me introduce you to your new best friend: primer. A primer can smooth, blur and diminish. Most primers create a smooth surface and help your makeup look flawless. They can diminish fine lines and large pores and even have SPF.
The Paula’s Choice RESIST Smoothing Primer serum with SPF 30 is a multi-tasking formula combining a serum, primer and sunscreen in one. It features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection to improve the signs of aging and shield against environmental stressor. A soft matte finish blurs fine lines, large pores and imperfections for a flawless, make-up-ready complexion. Available at PaulasChoice.com, Nordstrom, Amazon for $30.
2# Your Brows Look Like Fine Lines
Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins and Brooke Shields before them, all have enviable brows. The rest of us could benefit from some filling in with a brow pencil or brush. When your brows are thin and overly arched it’s a dead giveaway to your age while full, bushy brows signify youth.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (range of shades)($23)
NYX Makeup 3-in-1 Brow Pencil (range of shades)($13)
3# You’re Not Thinking Beauty from the Inside Out
You know the adage “beauty comes from within” right? The future of skin care is more than just what you put on your face, but ingest as well.
Beauty Beneath, is a new daily oral supplement packed with good-for-skin ingredients like collagen, fish oil and Vitamins C & E, works beneath the surface to fight fine lines, even out skin and improve overall appearance. Beauty Beneath delivers visible results in just eight weeks. It’s the perfect addition to your daily topical skincare regime. Available at Walgreens for $39.99 monthly supply.
H2Rose Water is a drink made with rose water, saffron and other natural ingredients. Rose water is a proven aid in reducing facial redness, acne breakouts, helps to moisturize the skin and improve the quality of your sleep. Saffron’s benefits include its ability to produce a glowing complexion, diminish blemishes and tones the skin. H2rOse comes in four fruit flavors; Peach, Mango, Apple & mixed berry. Available at Whole Foods & Safeway for about $3.50 per bottle.
4# Your Eyeliner Is Too Thick
Makeup artists tell me that thick eyeliner will age you quicker than you can say, “quick.” Worse is when you draw it thick and only on your bottom lash line. So next time you’re lining your eyes think thin and skip the bottom lash line to avoid drawing any attention to those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
Soap & Glory Supercat Skinny Eyeliner will allow you to draw skinny line on your top lash. It’s brand new and available at Walgreens for $12.
5# You Forgot About Blush
You want that youthful, child like rosy glow on your cheeks. So why have you been skipping it? Just don’t overdue it. What you should skip is glitter or shimmer finishes.
NYX Cosmetics Ombre Blush is a gradient blush that features two soft silky colors that blend into one perfectly coordinated shade. (Range of shades, $10)
NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick is a creamy soft shade that goes on smoothly. (Range of shades, $8)
Find at NYX stores, NYXCosmetics.com and Ulta
6# You Didn’t Remember SPF
SPF in your daytime products should be a given. Whether it’s in your moisturizer, since you always put moisturizer on your face, or even if you choose to have it in your foundation or face tint; just do it already. Even just 20 minutes in the sun can cause damage. My favorites are Neutrogena and Nars.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Protector with SPF 20 ($14)
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF 30 ($45)
7# Your Hair Is Lifeless & Too Straight
Wakeup! You’ve been lazy about taking care of your hair and it shows. When your hair is lackluster and looks dull and flat, you end up looking older. Start being picky with the products you use and get healthy hair. You CAN get shiny, bouncy and even glossy curls and volume without the big price tag.
Shea Moisture hair & face products are natural and organic with no parabens, no mineral oil, no petroleum, no phthalates, etc.- it’s all good stuff. Range in price from$7-$15 , available at Sheamoisture.com. Plus, the Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame collection at Target.com, Coconut & Hibiscus collection at SheaMoisture.com and Dragon’s Blood & Coffee Cherry at Ulta.com
I asked my hair stylist recently which styles and cuts age a person. She and several others in the salon said stick-straight styles that have been flattened like paper and blunt cuts have a tendency to make your face appear long and even sag your features. The solution? Layers, volume, texture and lots of movement. The stylists all said you want cuts to frame your face and diminish harsh lines.
Get volume and texture with Sexy Hair ($15-18). The Powder Play means big sexy hair in seconds! The solid powder liquefies itself when applied to dry hair and massaged in. Hair absorbs the product and provides full, textured volume. Plus, the dry shampoo is a talc-free mineral and clay based cleanser that absorbs impurities without the need for water and offers UV protection as well.
#8 Your Smile is Nothing to Smile About
A bright, white smile is a sure sign of youth – communicating happiness and overall health! Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste contains baking soda which is a gentle yet effective cleaning agent so it’s safe for use daily. And don’t forget how important daily flossing is as well. On a side note, I’m also a fan of their deodorant as well.