Foundation makeup and contouring applied in an attempt to achieve a perfect finish no longer serves my sixty-one-year-old face well. The smokey eye with liner and dark lashes works well for evening and a photoshoot but not so much for real life in the daytime.
I continue to modify my daytime makeup application and skincare because what I have been doing for the past few years no longer works. I want to look my best, but not overdone and harsh. Makeup settling into lines and creases is never a good look.
My brows are thinning, so I fill in the sparse areas, a little below and at the ends. (I overplucked in the eighties, so now they do not grow back.) A carefully blended medium taupe or gray color works best with my coloring. I don’t hesitate to blend a little eyeshadow into my brows to get the correct color.
A medium color of eyeshadow is applied to the middle of my lid, and a little darker shade goes at the outer edge because I have a lot of space between my brows and my lashes. This shading is all done in a tiny area above the center of my lid and then blended well. I do not extend the color in an outward swoop from the edge of my eye. Keep in mind that light colors advance and dark colors recede. Never match your eyeshadow color to your clothes.
Next, I smudge a little eyeliner into the base of and over the top lashes only and then blend the darkest color of shadow over that line with a brush to soften it. Next, I apply a little neutral shadow above the lash line and the previous darker colors in the crease. Blending well is the key. I stop before I get to the outer corners, and I always blend upward. Never line your eyes to the corners. Lift the end of the line a little where you stop at the outer edge of your lashes. Add mascara to only the top lashes. Be careful never to line your lips or eyes to the downturned corners to avoid looking sad or tired. Always think upward, lifting, and lightness. My goal with makeup is to look happy, healthy, and well-rested.
I apply Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage after I finish the eyes because there is always a bit of flaking from other products that land on the rest of my face. Applying foundation last keeps it fresh and clean from eye makeup residue. I use a foundation brush to blend it away from the center of my face outward, and I use a minimal amount. I keep Lip Conditioner in Peppermint by my bed and on my desk. No one enjoys the feeling of dry, chapped lips. Do you know that chapped lips are a result of not drinking enough water?
My current routine includes less makeup than ever before, along with better skincare. I am finding that my skin is much drier and more delicate than it was even last year. As we age, the skin takes on a different texture as well as becoming thinner. All of the products I am using now are from Beautycounter. I apply Brightening Facial Oil and Nourishing Day Cream to my face each morning and drink a large glass of water as soon as I get up. Nighttime and daytime moisturizing creams are now the most critical part of my daily routine. I use less nighttime moisturizer in the summer, but I never skip it in the winter.
The last thing I do is apply a small amount of blush and lip color in the tone that complements the item I am wearing near my face. For example, if you are wearing red, you would never want to wear pink lip color. I apply blush only on the top of my cheeks and never too close to my nose or the outer edge of my face. (Notice the color and where your cheeks blush after you get out of the shower.) We have all seen ladies who run their blush to the hairline and even into the hair itself.
The above photo was taken this morning without makeup to give you perspective.
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