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Monday, December 16, 2013

Makeup For The Over 40 Set/Tips by Richmond VA Makeup Artist Aaron Ellerbrock

Recently on our Facebook page, I asked our fans to let us know what they would like for me to answer in the blog as and I needed a little inspiration.

One of the questions I received a few times was how do I do my makeup now that I am over 40 and not look like I am trying to be 20 something?

You don't have to be a makeup artist to know that what worked for you at 21 ain't necessarily workin' at 41.

1. Firstly, it's time to pull out the big guns when you moisturize. That square yellow bottle just isn't going to give you all the benefits you need. An emollient cream will prepare your skin for makeup, give you a dewy finish, and lessen the appearance of fine lines. Invest in something that will give real results.

2. If you aren't already using a yellow based foundation, you will probably want to check one out. No mater whether your Caucasian or African American, your skin needs warmth to look youthful and to tone out ruddiness.

3. Reach for a "clicky" pen concealer rather than thick, creamy consistencies. Your under-eyes are thinner now and need lighter, more illuminating properties. Nothing is more aging than cakey, crepey concealer.

4. Use cream blush! Our faces are losing volume and we need a pop of color to make us look alive and to make our cheeks look plumper. Cream formulas look dewier, like a glow coming from within.

5. Use a highlighter to mimic the way light hits a youthful skin. Tear ducts, top of cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of the nose and top of cupid's bow are places for this.

6. Use a puff instead of a brush to apply a clear translucent powder where you need it. For most of us, that the t-zone. The puff presses the powder in to set your makeup, but avoids that dry look.

7. A great eyeshadow base will cover up little veins or pink tones in the lid that make you look tired, and will also create the illusion of smoother skin.

8. Brows may be getting skimpier. Choose a fine pointed pencil in a shade lighter than your hair, and very gently sketch it into your brows. No death grip on that pencil, now.

9. Curl your lashes! Cheapest eyelift ever. You're welcome!!

10. A soft brown pencil worked deep into your lashes and very slightly flicked up at the ends will define your eye and give it a subtle lift.

For more tips, contact me for a FACEing class! I will go through all of your current products and walk you through a routine that you can duplicate at home. My shopping list ranges from drugstore to high end to suit any budget.