New Beauty – mix it up!

September 4, 2016

  1. I didn’t think I was in a beauty rut at all, even though I hadn’t really changed my make-up style since high school! I had started to lightly fill in my brows in recent years with a dark blond pencil, but everything else was pretty much the same. Natural-looking foundation, a soft dusky pink blush, gloss on the lips, mascara, with a dark brown eye-liner line running along my top lashes.

The surprise, for me, came when I started to read articles about changing your make-up routine as your face changes (for ‘changes’ read ‘ages’!). One article was by a well respected make-up artist in her 50’s and she looked beautiful, fresh-faced, and healthy, while still looking her age. My interest was piqued but she was telling me to stop doing almost everything I had been doing. Forget eye liner, or filling in your brows, she said. Lighter (in texture, not color) foundation, nude lips. Do less, not more. It took me a few days, but eventually I began to try her ideas — and immediately began receiving compliments!

By putting on less make-up, I realized I looked better — and it took less time in the morning. What an incredible bonus!
I was surprised and immediately hooked.

I like to wear a liquid foundation and usually have a regular version, and a tinted sunscreen for weekends and days when I’m outside a lot. I looked up the brands that were considered the best. OK, I looked up what celebrities used, and went to the store to ask for help in choosing the right color instead of guessing, like I’d always done in the past.

I went to two different stores to find the two different foundations and got advice from two different make-up advisors. They both pointed me to shades way darker than I thought I would be. Had I been wearing the wrong color all this time? Apparently!

In Sephora the make-up artist suggested I purchase the Beauty Blender. By now I was ripe to be upsold, she could have sent me home with everything in the store. Luckily she didn’t know that! I now love the Beauty Blender because I can make my foundation even lighter than before.

To add glamor at night, I now use two different shades of eye shadow instead eye liner and I make sure I blend them well. I’ll even add some color underneath each eye applying shadow near the corners with an angled brush.

These were all pretty subtle changes but they’ve made a big difference. And, of course, when you look better, you feel better about yourself. So, next time you finish the foundation you always use — try something new. Take advice from experts. What have you got to lose?

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