Sunday, September 17, 2006

10 Ways to Update Your Style

1. Ditch the liner under the eye. As you age you don’t want to draw attention to the area under the eye (besides, a noticeable line under the eye is a very dated 80’s look) If you really need a little definition, use a brown powder with a brush to apply a very soft line at the base of the lashes with as slant brush.

2. Wear pants that are 1 – 3 inches below the navel (no low riders). Nothing says
“granny pants” more than pants that are too high in the waist area.

3. Re-evaluate your glasses. Are they THE most flattering frames for YOUR face? Go for the ones you love in spite of the costs. Remember, this is your face, the one part of you that everyone sees. Definitely get the non-glare coating. NO tint to the lenses–it just make the under eye area look darker. Consider taking a friend with you to try on frames, it is almost impossible to be objective with yourself.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Makeup Tips/ Product Reviews

As a makeup artist and stylist I am constantly trying new products. With the thousands of possible choices it is not surprising that women seem to have the most difficulty when it comes to finding a foundation. Finding the right foundation is tricky because it needs to have the right consistency and coverage for each individual
and it has to be the right color. The right foundation doesn’t look like you are wearing makeup but brightens and evens out your skin tone while diffusing fine lines.

First of all, realize that all foundations are hypoallergenic. No, they do not clog your pores or cause you to break out. If your skin tone is “even” (without blemishes, age spots or broken capillaries) you need minimal or light coverage (less pigment). Otherwise, a medium or more heavily pigmented product will be better for you. As we age we may also want a product doesn’t make our skin look dry, but reflects light, minimizing fine lines.
One that stands out as easy to find, economical and has beautiful skin tones, is Revlon’s Age defying Makeup (red cap). I have a summer and a winter shade and particularly like to use it in the winter when my skin is dryer. I also like using a mineral powder makeup April-November when my skin is not as dry. How do you find the correct shade? At these prices you can afford to buy a few shades. Apply a dab to your lower jaw or neck and blend. If you do not see the foundation, it is the correct shade. Some drug stores allow you to return what doesn’t match, with your receipt, to the store.