Some say you get the face you deserve. We say phooey! You can get the face you want—at any age—with these insider tips.
Reimaging your makeup routine
The issue: Your cosmetics bleed, crease and slip-slide away
1. Switch to a sheer foundation. “Pores get larger as we age and a full-coverage foundation settles into them, making them look even bigger,” says Pat Wexler, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. A better bet: Use a light, hydrating formula and apply in a thin layer.
2. Go golden. “Skin loses pigment—and radiance—as you age. So either switch to a foundation with a warmer tint, add a drop of liq-uid bronzer to your favorite foundation, or make bronzing powder part of your makeup regimen,” says Sandy Linter, a consulting makeup artist for Lancôme. Try Clinique True Bronze Bronzing Gel ($19; clinique.com), Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess SunBlush Illuminator ($32; esteelauder .com), Elizabeth Arden Mineral Bronzing Powder ($32; elizabe-tharden.com) or YSL Trésor D’Afrique Bronzer Sun Powder ($72; yslbeautyus.com).
3. Cover blemishes correctly. “Never use an under-eye concealer to hide a pimple—it slides right off,” Wexler says. “I prefer an oil-free concealing pencil. It’s opaque enough to cover but dry enough that it stays put.” Her favorite: Shiseido The Makeup Corrector Pencil ($17; sephora.com).
4. Put on two layers of moisturizer. Apply one before foundation, then pat on a second, very light coat over your makeup. “This gives your skin a dewy finish and an extra dose of hydration,” says Audrey Kunin, MD, a dermatologist in Kansas City.
5. Create the illusion of lift. “Use an illuminating cream or powder on your upper cheekbone, the center of your forehead and just below your lower lip,” says Laura Geller, a makeup artist in New York City. “The first two spots make the top of the face appear lifted, the latter detracts from sagginess around the chin.” Good for most skin tones: DiorSkin Shimmer Powder in Pop Diamond ($43; sephora.com) or Laura Geller Liquid Candlelight Face and Body Glow ($24; qvc.com).
6. Use hot flash–proof makeup. “Water-resistant eyeliner and mascara stay put when your body temp soars,” says Geller, who also recommends keeping powder to a minimum since it cakes up on a damp face. Try Cover Girl Exact Eyelights Waterproof Eye Brightening Mascara ($8; drugstores).
7. Get cheeky. “A rosy color on the apples of your cheeks brightens not-so-radiant skin,” says makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Two we like: Jane Iredale Cream Blush in Clarity ($26; dermstore.com) and Bobbi Brown Cheek Tint in Sheer Raspberry ($22; bobbibrowncosmetics.com).
8. Book brow time. “Eyebrow shaping takes five years off your face. Have it done by a pro, then follow the lines yourself. Thinking you can create the right shape is like thinking you can cut your own hair,” says Kimara Ahnert, a makeup artist in New York City.
9. Stop waxing your brows after 40. “You’re killing the hair root,” Linter warns. “If you ever want to grow back those hairs, you’re out of luck.”
10. Do a mini eye-lift. “Use a brow pencil or powder along the top line of your arches to make the whole eye appear raised,” Geller says.