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Put Down The Make-Up Brush ! It'll Only Make You Look Older!

You guys, I’m a young cosmetologist. And a wife! And a mom! To a nine month old. All of 25! Twenty. Five! Me! That’s right! But I’m not going to lie to ya, it gets kinds cuh-ray-zee around sometimes. I mean, I guess most days I have things under control, but there are days when I’m all over the place and by the end of the day I am BAKED. TOAST. AGING A HUNDRED YEARS RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES.

Not that I’m dramatic or anything.

The point that I’m trying to make is that well, we all have stress in our lives- stuff that contributes to our aging process, but aren’t there ways to sort of cheat the change? I think there are. In fact, in my line of work I’ve observed some common mistakes women make that adds about 10 years to their age and you do not want to do that.
  1. Too much foundation: I’ve always been a fan of letting your skin breathe. But it can’t do that if you slap ten coats of foundation on it. Instead stick to sheer liquid formulas. Exfoliate your skin twice a week and apply moisturizer right after, so when you apply foundation you don’t have to worry about patchy discoloration after applying foundation.
  2. Over tweezing eyebrows: Nobody likes bushy eyebrows, but you don’t have to go crazy with the tweezers. But what you might not realize that it’s important to stick to the natural arch of the eyebrows and only pluck the strays instead of going overboard with the tweezers. You might have to use eyebrow pencils to fill in the gaps and let’s be honest, over-penciled eyebrows never looks good on anyone.
  3. Skipping primer: Who needs primer anyway, right? WRONG. You need primer to act as a foundation before you begin applying your make-up. What happens if you skip the primer is that the dryness, pores and unevenness on your skin begins to show through and really, who needs that?  Use a silicone-based primer for best results.
  4. Using the wrong under-eye concealer: Oh my God, it’s a little tragic and a little funny to see someone walking around with bright lines of light below the eyes. The whole point about concealer is to conceal the area below the eye, but you’re actually drawing attention to the eye by using an under-eye concealer a shade too light for your face. Usually an orange concealer is a safe way to go since it works on most skin tones.
  5. Foundation lighter than your skin tone: You see all those fine lines on your face? Yep, everyone does. That’s what happens when you apply foundation that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone. You want your skin to look warm, not pale like Edward Cullen.
  6. No blush: You might be all up for looking natural and I get that, but skipping blush is not such a great idea. You skin loses some of its luster and radiance as you age and blush helps by restoring some of that lost color to our complexion. So don’t skip the blush. Opt for a soft pink that adds color to your cheeks.

Now really, put down the make-up brush and really think over your make-up routine. Do you look older? What could you be doing wrong?
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Good post

by hamolla 2 months, 1 week ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Interesting

by Lacey0606 2 months, 2 weeks ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

You made absolutely EXCELLENT points on how to reverse the signs of aging. Well done!

by GigiSD 2 months, 4 weeks ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Very Interesting. Thanks for sharing

by kkp9491 3 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Bummer.... I had that paragraph all formatted nice and neat for easy reading and the website scrunched it into one LONG paragraph.

by Sonflower 3 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I enjoyed reading your tips. 50 is not far on the horizon for me, and the last thing I want to do is add years to my appearance. I am way guilty of over-tweezing my eyebrows; my hairdresser is helping me to re-program this. It's like I can't help myself, but I know I can. I just have to focus. Primer is the BOMB! I found it a few years ago, and have a love affair with it. One thing I'd like to point out is simple eye primer! I didn't know it existed till last year and has made a huge diff for me. I know that anyone who comes to TB knows about eye primer, but I am relatively new to makeup, esp. nicer brands, and have SO MUCH to learn. I think on the foundation lighter than skin tone...only speaking for myself. I buy the foundation in winter when my skin is lighter. May/June/July rolls around and I'm still using it only now I have a tan and it doesn't work .... at all. Guilty! Learning from my mistakes. On the point of too much foundation, I love to not wear makeup on the weekends because going without. I only wear makeup to work basically, or if I'm visiting someone, or for photo ops. So... what are your thoughts then on using "mineral" makeup such as 'bare minerals.' Are they a fad? Is there a time to wear them and a time not to? I'm still trying to sort out my feelings. I've tried them, and in the summer, I loved using them. But it's like 100 degrees where I live and not a breeze in sight and I'm not sure I have a well rounded insight into the 'mineral' makeup fad or whatever it is. Seems like I had another thought, but it flew away.

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