Look Younger in 3 Minutes

What to do when your foundation ages you.
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The right products and application takes five years off your face.

Photo: Chayo Mata


Too much powdery makeup accentuates fine lines and ages you five years.


Apply a light moisturizer or makeup primer. Adding this layer is particularly important after 40 because it acts as a barrier between your skin and the makeup, keeping foundation and/or concealer from filling in fine lines and pores.
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Chanel Hydramax + Active Serum ($75; chanel.com for stores)
Photo: Lisa Shin


Focus on your undereye area. Most of us were taught to spread foundation from hairline to chin, then conceal. "After 40, you reverse this routine," says Jessica Liebeskind, who did the makeup shown here. Using a narrow-tip makeup brush, dab a creamy concealer from the inner to outer corner to hide darkness and instantly brighten the whole face.


Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($22; lauramercier.com)
Photo: Lisa Shin


"If you have very even skin tone, you can stop after step 2," Liebeskind says. If that’s not the case, apply a very thin layer of tinted moisturizer — or an equal mix of moisturizer and foundation (to sheer it out). This will minimize any blotchiness while leaving your complexion dewy, not dry. Finish by dabbing concealer only on any blemishes that are still apparent. Tinted moisturizer to try: Jouer Moisture Tint SPF 20 ($38; jouercosmetics.com)
Photo: Lisa Shin


And what about powder? Not necessary after 40 — unless you still get shiny in your t-zone. Then lightly dust only there. A powder to try: Chanel Poudre Crystalline Translucent Powder ($60; chanel.com)
Photo: Lisa Shin

First Published Mon, 2009-04-06 18:42

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