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Makeup Tips For A Youthful Appearance

As much as I hear "make me look younger" or "how can I take 10 years off?" the truth is there's nothing more gorgeous than a woman embracing her natural beauty and enjoying her time of life. Whether you're 40 or 80, it's all about working with what you've got, so take advantage of these makeup tips that can boost what Mother Nature gave you and help you to look more youthful.

* Keeping your skin well hydrated, well moisturized and protected from sun damage is key. Use an SPF of at least 15 in your daily moisture regimen.

* Yellow tinted makeup subtly adds a bit of warmth to your skin which is great for aging skin. Rather than looking tied, haggard or sallow, you’ll appear to have a lovely natural glow.

* As we get older, we lose some of the defined features we once had, but it's easy to rectify by accenting our bone structure with a bit of bronzer and blusher to focus on a chiseled jawline and strong cheekbones.

* The one time that you don’t need sunscreen is when you're sleeping. Use a super creamy, nighttime specific moisturiser that's extra generous to your skin.

* The key to looking younger is moisture, moisture and more moisture! While you might have needed a dry powder to soak up extra oil when you were younger, now it may only serve to fill in crevices and make you look older. Instead opt for a liquid foundation that has a powdery finish to keep your skin looking supple and air-brushed.

* If you even have a hint of a crease or droop in your eyelids, your eyeshadow may be accentuating this by falling into the cracks. This can be avoided by using an eyeshadow base or primer. which will help to provide a smooth, blank palette on which you can apply your eyeshadow that will glide on rather than accentuate cracks and crevices.

* If you’ve always used kohl black eyeliner, it might be time to re-evaluate. You need to accentuate without being too harsh so instead of black, try a creamy brown eyeliner that lends a softer, more natural look while still playing up your eyes.

* Sometimes those dark circles under your eyes just can’t quite be covered up with your regular makeup. Before applying your makeup, go for a concealer that is just a shade or two lighter than your foundation. This will help to counteract the darkness under your eyes and balance out your complexion.

*The more we paint on, the less natural we appear, and that’s not necessarily good for a more mature woman. Eyebrows that are too dark will create a harsh look that only emphasizes an older look. Instead, try softness and more natural colours to ease the harshness and keep you looking younger.

* If you’ve never used an eyelash curler before, now's the time. They will open up the eyes by drawing the lashes open and making your eyes look bigger.

* Thickly applied makeup can build up in fine lines and wrinkles drawing focus to them. Applying your foundation with a damp sponge allows it to look more translucent, natural and will provide a glow to your skin and increase your youthful appearance.

* Whatever you do in your makeup routine, keep it natural. Learn to love the beauty that the years have earned you and use cosmetics to compliment what you already have.

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