I knew it was happening to me when my eye shadow started to crease and my upper lids got crepey. While brow-lift surgery can reduce the droopiness, its results, which can sometimes look scary and unnatural, are permanent.
Here are some other ways to fake a rejuvenating brow lift:
- Get a lift with a high bun: Celebs like Julianne Hough (at the Rock of Ages premiere), Elizabeth Banks (at the MTV Movie Awards), Elle Macpherson (above), and Kim Kardashian (everywhere) show that this sleek, classic look never goes out of style. A tight bun (or ponytail) lifts everything up and back. Just don’t wear this style too often or you may pull out some hair.
- The Hair Trick: If buns and ponytails aren’t your thing, try taking a small section of hair (about a quarter inch wide) from each temple and pull the pieces up and back. ( this is hidden UNDER the rest of your hair) If your hair is long enough, tie the pieces together in the back, high on the crown, and hide the tie under the rest of your hair. Or, if the pieces are too short, pin them securely above and behind your ears.
- The Injectable Filler Lift : One of my favorite minimally invasive procedures is a brow “lift” using an injectable filler, typically Restylane or Juvéderm. A tiny bit is placed along the underside of the eyebrow, to replace the fat pad that shrinks over time. This gives a subtle lift to both brow and lid. But the injections must be made carefully and precisely, so you don’t end up looking like a Neanderthal.
- You can also get great results with just a drop of Botox below the brow: This widens your eyes, makes the upper lids less heavy, and lifts the outer part of the brow. If done incorrectly, though, the Botox can make the lids and brows droop, so be sure your doctor has a lot of experience in treating this area.
Winter is here & we all know how the season can wreak havoc with our skin. Here are a few cold-weather do’s and don’ts & expert tips for flake-free skin…
Itchy, tight, flaky skin that’s about as supple as a month-old rice cake can affect more than your appearance — severely dry skin can also be painful. But even if you have the best treatment intentions, you might inadvertently be sabotaging your complexion.
What are the most common mistakes people make when treating dry skin, and what are the smartest solutions? We asked experts to weigh in.
Mistake #1: Confusing dehydrated skin with dry skin.
“The most common mistake people make is thinking that their skin is dry when it’s really dehydrated. Dry skin is actually very rare,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech, who works on numerous A-list faces. How can you tell the difference? “Dry skin has very tiny pores and is rather tight. Dehydrated skin lacks luster and shine, and can be flaky.”
Smart Solution: Start a smart moisturizing strategy. Apply a rich moisturizer twice a day. In the morning, it’s essential to nourish your skin to replace the water you’ve lost overnight, and in the evening, it locks in moisture after you wash your face — which helps repair your skin while you sleep. Likewise, whether you’re dry or oily, you want to avoid sun damage at all costs, so apply sunscreen daily
You also need to target delicate areas like the eyes and lips that tend to lack moisture and develop fine lines, Czech says. A gentle yet hydrating eye cream can make lines less prevalent, and lip balm will replace moisture. Look for ingredients such as shea butter and sweet almond oil.
Mistake #2: Exfoliating aggressively.
Those with dry skin may turn to exfoliation to clear away flakes, but that’s not the best tactic. “A common mistake that people make is to try to scrub off the flakes because their skin looks dull and flaky,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles. “This can lead to irritation. Over-scrubbing can actually make skin more inflamed and cause it to produce even more skin to repair itself.” Peels and harsh cleansers can have the same results.
Smart Solution: Treat your skin to TLC. Although you might be tempted to wash with a face scrub every time you’re in the shower, using a gentle scrub once a week will do the trick. “Everything in moderation,” Czech advises. Avoid gel cleansers and foaming products with sulfates; they can contain harsh detergents that strip your skin of much-needed moisture.
** To begin your day, Dr. Wu says, a little water will get the job done. Your skin usually doesn’t get dirty enough when you sleep to warrant a morning cleansing (assuming that you’ve removed your makeup the night before.
Mistake #3: Using products that are too rich or heavy for your skin.
Lang, a celebrity esthetician and owner of Wei Lang Spa in New York, says that most dry-skin sufferers use the wrong products: “People who have dehydrated or dry skin often use creams that are extremely rich and heavy. The molecules of these products are rather large, and it’s hard for them to penetrate properly — meaning the product just sits on the skin and can’t really do any good.
Smart Solution: Look for targeted treatments rather than heavy balms. “A good serum has smaller molecules that allow it to penetrate and add much-needed moisture ahead of your moisturizer, locking it in and creating a good layer of hydration,” Lang says.
** Dr. Wu also suggests looking for ingredients like licorice and soy extracts; these act as anti-inflammatories and can reduce skin redness and irritation. She also recommends products that contain hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which increase hydration and reduce itching and tightness.
Take a fresh look at your skin and trade up to cosmetics that flatter
your changing complexion.
As your skin matures, its needs change, and your makeup needs change right along with it. The oiliness of younger years might disappear, calling for a switch to richer, anti-aging formulas made for dry or mature skin. Fortunately, there are cosmetics available for every type of skin; all you have to do is be aware of how your skin has changed.
“You should re-evaluate your choice of makeup every five years,” says Helga Surratt, president of About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Towson, Md. “Little by little, skin loses that youthful plumpness and clarity as we become older. Pores become more noticeable.”
Anti-Aging Makeup Advice – Keep these tips in mind as you update your makeup:
Foundations and Powders ~
• Apply a light-diffusing primer before applying an anti-aging foundation. “Mature skin is often drier, so use a creamy foundation that can moisturize your skin, and not settle in fine lines,” according to Pam Messy of Mary Kay Cosmetics. Look for formulas that include SPF to avoid daily sun damage, your best anti-aging defense.
• Use a slightly thicker concealer with a yellow undertone to hide age or sunspots and cover red, splotchy areas — but always apply in thin coats, two if necessary, rather than one heavy one.
• Lightly dust a moisturizing pressed powder over your entire face. If you have combination skin, use a loose powder with large brush on your T-zone, forehead, and nose and chin area that may still be on the oily side.
Eye Makeup ~
• Use a light-diffusing eyelid primer before applying eye shadow.
• Choose cream eye shadow’s in soft colors with matte formulas; avoid shimmering shadows with particles that can settle in fine lines and create an aging effect.
• Choose powder-infused eyeliner in soft colors. Avoid blacks and dark shades that can draw attention to dark circles and under-eye bags.
• “Buy a brown, brownish-black, or soft-black mascara with a double-tapered brush to achieve the look of fuller lashes,” Surratt suggests.
• Skin under your eyes is very thin and sensitive, so pat, don’t rub, when applying cosmetics in this area.
Eyebrow Makeup ~
• Brunettes should choose an eyebrow pencil in medium to dark brown and blondes or redheads should select a light brown color, with a tip you can sharpen,” says Messy.
• If you have thinning eyebrows, use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder, with gentle, short strokes from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer edges.
• Use a moisturizing pink or peach powder blush on your cheeks; brush up and out for an anti-aging effect, toward the hairline near your temples.
Lipstick & Gloss ~
• “A lip moisturizer with a sunscreen is the best way to protect the thin skin of your lips from sun damage,” according to Surratt.
• Select creamy, moisturizing lipsticks. A lip-gloss adds a moist finish as well. Avoid matte textures, which can dry lips.
• Use lip liner only on special occasions and choose a color that is very close to your lipstick color. Always blend the edges; it should never be visible as a distinct line.
• Select natural lipstick colors like nudes and soft pinks or peaches. Stay away from darker lip colors, which can make your lips look thinner and older.
Have fun and experiment as you take a fresh look at your cosmetics. With so many rich formulas to choose from, the only hard part will be narrowing down your options.