When you’re young, you feel like you’ll stay that way forever. You don’t worry so much about the consequences of not taking care of your skin. In fact, you don’t really think there will be consequences at all! You float along, blissfully unaware, until you reach a certain age and start to actually see those consequences… sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, lack of glow… yikes! I think most women of a certain age have that “GOOD LORD, WHAT HAPPENED?!” moment when they look in the mirror.
I admit it… I, myself, am that woman. I’ve had that terrible moment while looking in the mirror and realizing that not only am I not 22 anymore, I no longer have the skin of a 22 year old. Fortunately for me it’s alright; I’m in a pretty good place. I’ve taken care of my skin and the wrinkles are fairly minimal for now, but I know there will be more! Aging is inevitable, I’m afraid. Sad but true! However, I do have a few tricks that I use to help keep my skin looking younger, and you can use them now, too:
As we get older our hair and skin get lighter, and it’s important that your makeup does too. You should stay with lighter shades on your eyes, cheeks and lips. You should definitely stay away from heavy foundations, too, because they’ll only accentuate your fine lines and wrinkles. The softer, the better. I’m not saying you can’t still do dramatic, but just choose wisely. If you want a dramatic eye, go with just a dark eyeliner instead of dark shadow and liner. If it’s your lips you want to play up, try going with a shade that really pops your lips with out being too harsh, like maybe a berry color instead of a deep plum.
Another lovely side effect (Not!) to aging is our skin can sometimes lose it’s radiance. (You know… that glow you never had to work at when you were younger now seems to be nonexistent.) To combat this, you’ll want to go with products that have a soft, natural finish rather that something that’s matte. Steer clear of powder foundations and choose either a cream or liquid, possibly one with a soft light particle that will diffuse the light and help minimize lines and wrinkles and give you back some of that glow.
The absolute best thing you could do for yourself is to invest in a really good skin care routine. Unless you plan on having plastic surgery, it’s all about prevention! You need to use day cream, night cream, eye cream, anti-aging serums the whole nine yards! I know it can seem like a lot of effort, but trust me, it’s totally worth it and you’ll thank me later. Sunscreen is also a must! Unless you’re looking forward to having brown spots, more wrinkles or even skin cancer, sunscreen is your new best friend. Use it, love it, don’t leave home without it.
So there’s no need to worry, it’s not too late to take care of your skin. Yes, aging is inevitable, but there’s no reason for you not to look and feel good about yourself. After all, age is just a number, right?
Getting rid of red, bloodshot eyes caused by allergies, stress, lack of sleep, wearing your contacts for too long, or even staring at the computer all day can be a challenge. Like you, I hate having red, irritated eyes! It’s so frustrating and unattractive, and you look like you’ve been out partying all night when you actually spent a quiet evening at home and went to bed early.
So what to do? Don”t worry, there’s no need to hide behind your sunglasses or stay inside the house. Here are some great tips to help get rid of those red, irritated eyes.
Anti-redness eye drops like Visine are the quickest and easiest way to relieve red and irritated eyes. They work by constricting the tiny blood vessels in the eye and pretty much work on contact. If your red eyes are caused by allergies (like mine) then you can use an antihistamine eye drop to help combat itchiness as well as redness. (Talk to your Doctor for suggestions) I keep eye drops in my purse so I can get instant relief when needed.
If you’ve got red eyes but no eye drops, try to avoid using pink, purple or bronze for your eye makeup. Those colors will only accentuate the redness and make things worse. This is, of course, much easier to achieve if you know ahead of time when you’re eyes will be red, such as hay fever. Go for cooler shades like grays, blues, or taupes.
Another reason for having red eyes is because of dryness and lack of moisture. Putting a cool washcloth or a damp washcloth wrapped around a few ice cubes on your eyes and letting it set for about twenty minutes can help restore your eyes back to their normal state. This will help with puffiness as well. Woo hoo! Multi-tasking!
Tip If you’ve tried all of the above with no success, then you need to make sure that it’s not your eye makeup, your eye cream, and/or eye makeup remover that you’re sensitive to. Also make sure not to put your eye cream to close to your eye; it should be applied on your orbital bone and away from the very edge of your eyes themselves.
Sheesh! Just talking about all of this has made my eyes feel itchy and irritated!
There are many reasons we get red, irritated eyes, but this quick overview of how to deal with your run-of-the-mill red eyes should help you out. If you think you might have an eye infection, please go see your doctor right away! (Visine and makeup tricks won’t fix it.) Take care of yourself. Live well and be well. Let’s get the red out and show off those gorgeous eyes!
Dark circles under your eyes are something we all get at one time or another. Whether it’s hereditary, or from allergies, stress, or lack of sleep, we’ve all been there… and it’s no fun! They’re definitely not a sexy look! So what can you do? Well, by integrating a few simple tips into your daily routine, there’ll be no need to feel like wearing a bag over your head.
Lack of sleep and every day stress are most often the culprits for getting dark circles under your, so it’s important to try to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Doing so will most likely make the dark circles go away. Also, make an effort to de-stress a bit… take some time out just for you and relax, even if it’s only a moment. Make yourself a nice cup of tea, read a book, and get some me time in, even if only for 15-20 minutes.
There are some really great eye creams out there that help to combat dark under eye circles. By have special light diffusing properties that help to bring luminosity and brightness to the eye areas, a good eye cream will help make those dark circles go away. My favorite is Shiseido’s White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment. It’s light weight and moisturizing and really does help to diminish my dark circles.
Invest in a good concealer. (A concealer is a cover-up makeup made specifically for the under eye area.) Those of you that have constant dark circles will love the value of a really good concealer. There are so many different kinds out there, pick the one that best suits you and your needs. Keep in mind that the cream formulas tend to cover more, but can also get cakey after a while. The more liquid ones may not cover enough at first, but a lot of times if you layer them they wind up working really well. I encourage you to try out different ones until you find the one you love.
Tip If you have super stubborn dark circles, you might try using either a green or yellow-based concealer underneath your normal makeup. The green and yellow tones help to cancel out the purplish tones of the dark circles under your eyes.
Making sure you’re getting enough water and taking a good multi-vitamin can also help preventing dark circles. Also try avoiding alcohol, smoking, and eating too much salt.
So basically the bottom line is to try to take good care of yourself. You’ll feel better and look better and when that happens, your self confidence will increase, which is really what we’re trying to do here in the first place!
I know, I know… we just talked about day creams and night creams and now here I go talking about something called an eye cream?! What the heck is an eye cream and is it really necessary to use, too? Well, my friend, an eye cream is a moisturizer made especially for the area around your eyes, and yes it is very necessary to keep your skin smooth and youthful around your eyes. Let me explain why.
Did you know that the area around your eyes (your orbital bone, or your eye socket) is the thinnest layer of skin in your entire body?! It’s very delicate and needs to be treated with a lot of TLC. Because it’s so thin, it’s actually one of the first places we notice the signs of aging. A makeup mentor of mine used this analogy to help put things in perspective as far as your skin goes:
If you think of your skin like paper, then the skin around your eyes would be tissue paper, the skin on your face would be fine writing paper and the skin on your body would be like a paper bag.
I think that’s a great way to help understand the differences between the areas of your skin. The reason that I’m telling you all of this is to help you understand why your eyes need an entirely different moisturizer than your face… it has entirely different needs! Here are my top three reasons why you need an eye cream:
Regular face creams can be too rich and the ingredients too strong for the skin around your eyes. Also, they usually aren’t Opthamologist tested, so they can really irritate your eyes.
Your eyes have a completely different set of needs than your face. Things like puffiness, dark circles, bags, lack of firmness, crepiness and crows feet to name a few. Eye creams are specifically designed to address all those problems.
In the world of anti-aging, it’s all about prevention. It’s so much easier to prevent damage than it is to try and correct it once its already happened. Using an eye cream, even if you don’t have any issues around your eye area, will help keep you looking younger longer. Remember it’s one of the first places to show aging, so why not give it as much help as we can?!
Tip When applying your eye cream, always try to use your ring finger. It’s the weakest of all your fingers, and will apply the least amount of pressure on the fragile skin around your eyes. The less pulling and tugging done on your eyes the better!
Don’t be overwhelmed when choosing your eye cream. Just choose one that targets whatever your main concern is. Deciding what that is is a simple as looking in the mirror and deciding what problem you would like to address.
Look, I know you might not want to take the time to put one more thing on your face, but it truly is worth the extra effort. You might not be worried about the skin around your eyes now, but you will later, and that’s why you should start using an eye cream today!
Boy oh boy do I love my eye concealer… it’s the best! Its been my saving grace on more than one occasion! What exactly is a concealer? A concealer is a gem of a makeup product that can cover a multitude of sins like dark circles under eyes, imperfections and blemishes. It usually comes in a cream or liquid form or the occasional powder. The best eye concealers can also help with puffiness and fine lines and/or have anti-aging properties.
I honestly don’t think that everyone has to have a concealer, but if you have dark circles, or need to have more than your foundation to cover your imperfections, then you could really benefit from an eye concealer. Also, you really shouldn’t really be using your foundation around your eyes because it’s not Opthamologist tested and could irritate your eyes while a good eye cream is much more likely to be tested.
I like to apply my concealer with my fingers after I have my foundation on. I think every make-up artist will have on opinion about whether you put the concealer on first, or the foundation. There really is no right or wrong answer, but I like to apply the concealer second because I feel that it blends better. I do occasionally use a concealer brush to help blend the concealer into my skin.
What formula of eye cream you get depends on how much coverage you need. The best eye concealers should cover without looking cakey or settle into lines and wrinkles. It should wear well all day with out fading, or separating on your skin.
If you need a full, heavy coverage, then you’ll want to go with a cream concealer like the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing. This concealer covers any flaw, even the darkest circles, and wears beautifully. If you need minimal to no coverage, then you should go with more of a liquid formula. These can come with a wand applicator, like Dior’s DiorSkin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer, or in a luminizing pen like the Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLATRadiant Touch. These concealers are great for minimal coverage while brightening and helping to erase signs of fatigue. My very favorite concealer of all time is Lancome’s Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer. I love it because it covers really well while still looking natural and stays on all day. It’s not dry or cakey and I can adjust the coverage to whatever my specific needs are for the day. It’s wonderful!
So that’s the basics on concealer. I know it’s one of my top secrets in my daily make up routine. What’s yours?