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Aging Skin Makeup Solutions

Change up your palette and erase years from your face.

How to Brighten Aging Skin

If your skin looks dull, use warm colors to brighten up. Experts suggest using a foundation that is a half-shade lighter than your skin tone.

To dim dark circles under your eyes, apply foundation that's a shade lighter than your foundation to the area. Top it with a concealer and then add a loose powder to set the makeup and hide the color difference.

Illuminators and bronzers can also add a sun-kissed glow. But don't overdo it; a bad fake tan can make you look older. Get a more natural glow by blending the bronzer into your moisturizer or foundation and then applying it evenly to your face. A loose powder just one or two shades darker than your skin tone can also add warmth.

Spritzers and moisturizing sprays help set makeup and give skin a dewy look, Winton says.

Apply moisturizer and sunscreens as a base each morning, and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. You Wash it all off every night and try a heavier, nighttime moisturizer.

"You know the saying, 'an ounce of prevention,'" Lowe says. "Take care of your skin at any age." 

Soften Your Colors

Ruby red may have been your signature lip color since your 20s. But as you mellow with age, so should your color palette. "You don't want bright, vibrant colors that call attention to the eyes, lips, or cheeks because they will draw attention to damage and not blend with the skin," Winton says. "You can still stay with the harmony of your hair and eye color, just do it with softer colors."

"I'm a sucker for soft tones. I use them on everyone," Lowe says.  "I like neutrals and pastels and find they complement aging skin well."

Black mascaras and eyeliners are appropriate around the eyes. If your hair is gray, you might try a softer mascara color, such as brown or gray.

Eyelashes also tend to lose their volume and thickness over time. A volumizing, defining mascara will plump them up. To make them even fuller, "apply a very fine layer of translucent powder to the lashes in between two coats of mascara," makeup artist Jemma Kidd says. You might consider having your lashes and brows tinted with semi-permanent color as a longer-lasting alternative, but never do that yourself.

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