Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beauty Blunders that can add years!

I was reading an article on MSN and thought it was interesting, most of items are no surprise but always good information to keep in mind.. I wanted to link it but when I went back to find it again I couldn't - I had copied some of the information that I had wanted to save so here are parts that I found interesting. Enjoy.

(The wrong hair, makeup, or skin care choices can all add years).

* Letting foundations settle into fine lines -Think you're hiding wrinkles by piling on the foundation? Excess makeup just exaggerates them. The fix: After applying your foundation with a brush, take a damp makeup sponge and gently press it all over your face. This removes any foundation that has settled into lines, and creates a soft finish.

* Skipping eyeliner - As we age, our eyes start to droop at the outer corners—and liner and mascara can do wonders. Fake a lifted look by lining your upper lashes with black pencil, making the line a bit thicker at the outer corners. Next, curl your lashes and add a few coats of mascara—straight lashes may make lids appear hooded.

* Not exfoliating - The older we get, the longer it takes for dead skin cells to slough off. Translation: dull skin. But giving yourself a youthful glow is as simple as using an at-home glycolic peel once or twice a week. (or microdermabrasion treatments) Bonus: They will make any anti-aging products you are using penetrate better.

*Blunt hair cuts - Most of our favorite over-40 stars have layered haircuts—and there's a reason for that. All-one-length looks tend to draw the eyes down and therefore make your face look droopy. Instead, ask your stylist to cut some layers. This brings all the focus to your great cheekbones

* Neglecting your hands - Even the most diligent skin-care junkie can be guilty of forgetting about her hands. But why spend all that time saving face when your hands tell the world your real age? Once every two weeks, buff the backs of your hands with the same microdermabrasion product you would use on your face. Additionally, slather on a hand cream with SPF every morning and massage a retinol product onto the backs of your hands every night to fight wrinkles and keep the skin firm. And if you're plagued with brown spots, dot a 2 percent hydroquinone formula on them, and you'll begin to see a difference in about four weeks.
(Satin hands is wonderful combined with the new Hand and Decollete Product)

* Not using sunscreen -We may forget to floss occasionally, but you'll never catch us forgetting to apply sunscreen. Here's why: Nearly all wrinkles and fine lines are due to sun exposure, so skip sunscreen in the morning and you're basically asking for it. Covering your face with a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 will take a few extra seconds every morning—but can keep years off your face.

* Wearing frosty eye shadows - Metallic and frosted eye shadows were iffy back in junior high—and they're even less flattering now. Why? They look too harsh and highlight fine lines. Instead, look for shadows that have a subtle sheen when they hit the light—not a full-on sparkle fest

* Wearing the wrong shade of lipstick - Metallic or iridescent lipstick finishes may look pretty on the runway, but they don't work after 40. A better choice: Go for a lipstick formula with a sheen (not a heavy shimmer)or a sheer gloss which has the added effect of making thin lips appear fuller.

* Loading up on bronzer - Everyone wants to look like they just spent the weekend relaxing on the beach. But faking it can just make you look older, because the yellow and brown bases of bronzer give skin a dull appearance. Instead of brushing it all over, create a halo effect by dusting only your hairline, cheekbones, and jawline (and blending well). Avoid putting it around your eyes, nose, and mouth—darkness in these areas can be aging.

* Getting over zealous with concealer- Applying concealer with a heavy hand can end up looking almost as bad as letting your dark circles show. The secret: Tap a very small brush into a liquid concealer and pat it under your eyes, focusing most of the color at the inner corners, where discoloration is usually the worst. Then blend it well in a crescent-moon shape under the eyes. When you're done, set it with a little loose powder. And to make your concealer work double duty, mix it with a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or peptides before applying, and you'll smooth wrinkles as you hide them.


  1. Wow this is great info! I will pass this on to everyone I know. I am always trying to find new ways of applying make up and helping others look younger and refreshed!


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