5 Makeup Tips for Older Women

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Less is more when it comes to makeup as you age. You don’t want to pile on the foundation, the eyeliner and the heavy lipstick. Instead, you want to use highlighter pens, tinted moisturizers and a lighter touch with the shadow and lipstick. Oh, and you might want to get some bangs.

1. The Brilliance Behind Highlighters and Illuminators

When highlighter and illuminators first hit the beauty market I thought, “Oh another beauty fad that will fade.” And then I tried them. Wow. Now I swear by highlighters to “lift” my face and instantly shave off a few years from my face. My absolute favorite highlighter is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer but there are many brands on the market that work well, too, and at a cheaper price.

2. Make Primer Your Best Friend

Just as you prime a wall with primer before you paint it, the secret to flawless makeup lies in makeup primer. Applying a layer of primer between your skin and makeup will help your eyeshadow, foundation and mascara glide on flawlessly — and most importantly — stay put. I recommend primers for your eyes if you use shadows and for your face if you apply foundation. Layer a primer between your moisturizer and your foundation for extra benefits.

3. Try Eye Pencils Instead of Liquid Liners

Eye pencils are softer than liquid liners, which can be harsh on aging eyes. To soften the line even more, smudge it with your fingers or use an angled makeup brush dipped in dark shadow as a smudge-y. Don’t line the inside of the eye if you have small eyes, it makes the eye appear smaller.

4. Make Your Eyes the Center of Attention

Just as a fireplace can be the focal point of a living room, consider making your eyes the focal point of your face. This will detract attention from any fine lines or developing turkey wattles. Enhance your eye color with eyeshadow shades that will make your eyes pop. For brown or hazel eyes, golds and browns are gorgeous as are blues. Blue eyes look great with blue-gray, coppers, gold and browns and dark eyes look fantastic with deep rich shades.

5. Stay Away From Dark Lipsticks

Unless you have dark skin and plump lips, I recommend staying away from super dark lipstick, which ages everyone. Rosy reds and pinks are better bets. Not sure what color works for you? Go to a department store or Sephora and try on many colors with the help of a counter person and you’ll figure out quickly what shades flatter your skin tone.

BONUS: Adopt a Great Skincare Routine

The key to looking younger than you are is to get your skin in tip-top shape. A good skincare routine will create the illusion of youthfulness. You shouldn’t just cleanse and moisturize your skin, you should also exfoliate weekly and consider antioxidants or Vitamin A products. Super hydrating masks can do wonders to mature skin. If you really want to get rid of those wrinkles, you might consider a partial facelift, lasers, Botox or fillers. 

I hope you found these tips helpful!

- Laura


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The Best Winter Moisturizers for Mature Skin

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Do you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin? Find out what the best winter moisturizers for your skin type are. But if you’re a mature gal, like me, then here are the best winter moisturizers for mature skin.

Mature skin has different needs in terms of dryness and sensitivity issues than other skin types, but the one commonality between all mature complexions is that you need to have an anti-aging routine. Save the anti-aging ingredients like retinols and AHAs for nighttime when they can’t interfere with your daily makeup and sunscreen. My current favorites include Chanel’s Sublimage line, which is an elegant line of products that is well-suited for my mature skin and offers various consistencies such as fluids and creams for more specific skin needs. Another one my top recommendations for night is the antioxidant vitamin E, which satiates thirsty skin, helps prevent aging, and stops damage from free radicals. Olay Age Defying Classic Night Cream is my top pick for a vitamin E hydrator, as well as The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream.

Other ingredients to keep an eye on include grape seed extract that’s rich in polyphenols and resveratrol, which help to brighten and even out skin tone. The daytime-friendly Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 is brimming with polyphenols and resveratrol especially. This fluid is light enough for sensitive skin, yet rich enough to provide moisture to mature skin and SPF protection in cold climates. Meanwhile, Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream is chock-full of the same ingredients for night. Another natural element that combats pigmentation is licorice, which is used in the über-rich Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Ultimate Night Cream.

Don’t let winter get the best of your skin, girls.

- Laura

 


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The Best Winter Moisturizers for Combination Skin

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Missed the last few posts? Catch up on the best winter moisturizers for normal, dry, and oily skin here. Below are some tips and tricks for keeping your combination skin moisturized in the cold weather.

For women with both oily and dry areas on their faces, it’s all about finding a moisturizer that can perform a balancing act, such as the Skin Recovery Lotion for night. The oil-free formula gives combination skin the perfect balance of needed hydration, yet absorbs easily without a greasy residue. I also recommend the ingredient panthothenic acid for nighttime, a vitamin B5 that has water-binding and balancing properties for hydration to keep cells healthy and moist. I especially love Kiehl’s Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer that contains panthenol, which is converted into panthothenic acid when it’s absorbed by skin.

My best friend swears by it, and she’s had combination skin most of her life.

As for a day hydrator, zinc oxide works just as well for combo types (I love the quick-drying texture of Elta MD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40). Another one of my favorite combination skin equalizers? Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturizer, which is packed with the antioxidant lycopene to encourage a stabilized complexion.

Do you have combination skin? Share your favorite winter moisturizers for combination skin in the comments!

- Laura

 


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The Best Winter Moisturizers For Oily Skin

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Have oily skin and are struggling with it this winter? Then this is the post for you. (If you have normal or dry skin, read those posts instead.)

Winter weather is harsh and drying on the skin – even on oily skin! Here are a few great products to help you deal this season, both from my favorites, and the top picks and recommendations by skin care experts.

The Best Winter Moisturizers for Oily Skin:

Although those with oily skin might question the importance of adding more hydration to the face even in the winter, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau insists it’s still non-negotiable: “Those with oily skin must use moisturizer—no matter what. You still need water-based hydration to prevent the skin from pushing out more oil due to water loss, just not oil-based hydration.” She suggests a hydrator with zinc oxide for sun protection during the day due to its thin, matte feel, such as Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30. “This exceptionally lightweight, greaseless moisturizer is specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin,” she says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, also hailed the benefits of zinc for oily types, specifically lauding Éminence Thermal Spring Whip Moisturizer herself. “The zinc in this thermal water keeps the skin balanced and prevents the skin from going into major oil production once the dry months begin,” she says. Otherwise, Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 was the choice of Dr. Mariwalla for day, which also contains zinc.

For evening, one of my favorites is Sheer Moisture. The lightweight hydrator absorbs immediately with a ‘barely-there’ feel and gives oily skin types the water-based, oil-free hydration they need while helping to control and reduce oil flow. I also suggest looking for products with aloe barbadensis gel—an oil-free ingredient that delivers hydration to keep cells moist with water—like Ole Henriksen All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel. As for ingredients to avoid, Rouleau cautions against any moisturizer with alcohol “that can be very dehydrating for oily skin types,” and petrolatum that “may encourage clogged pores and congestion.”

Still coming up: the best winter moisturizers for combination skin, sensitive skin, and mature skin!

-Laura

 


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The Best Winter Moisturizers for Dry Skin

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If you missed part 1 in the “Best Winter Moisturizers” series, you can catch up on it here. While that post highlighted the best winter moisturizers for women with normal skin types, this one’s all about the best winter moisturizers for dry skin.

For those with particularly parched skin, I suggest a healing ointment such as Aquaphor to boost the face with an extra layer of protection against the elements. Otherwise, I’d recommend a rich oil-based cream for everyday. The greater the oil content, the better absorption through the skin barriers to hydrate the tissue. My current top pick for nighttime is Clinique’s Youth Surge Night Age Decelerating Night Moisturizer, which contains jojoba oil. This moisturizer supports the nightly cycle of natural repair and boosts natural collagen production, which lets you wake up feeling plump and refreshed.

Meanwhile, Renée Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and founder of her namesake Dallas spa and skincare line, advises looking for a moisturizing sunscreen with heavy-duty shea butter or sunflower seed oil for daytime, which repairs the skin’s moisture barrier. L’Occitane Shea Protective Cream SPF 20 with shea butter and Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with sunflower seed oil are good ones to try. And for night, Rouleau recommends an illuminating cream with lipid-rich oils for the sapped set. “Since dry skin can appear dull and lackluster, it’s not just about making the skin ‘feel’ moist but actually repairing the skin so it is truly moist with long-term hydration, which results in a youthful, radiant glow,” she explained, prescribing her own Glow Enhancing CreamEve Lom TLC Radiance Cream is also brimming with Arctic raspberry seed oil and rosehip seed oil for saturated and luminous skin.

Do you find these sorts of posts helpful? Let me know. And stay tuned for the next in the series: the best winter moisturizers for oily skin!

-Laura

 


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