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.”

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 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.

•The 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.


You know how great you feel after a tough workout — a long run, bike, exercise machines, or a good game of tennis. Though you’re sweaty and exhausted, you notice the exhilaration shows in your glowing skin. Your skin is flushed from more than that healthy sweat you just worked up — exercise can really improve your overall skin health and quality. Exercise offers a number of benefits for your skin, and should be considered an important part of any skin care regimen. So add a vibrant complexion to good health and a toned body when you reviewing your reasons for getting in a daily workout.


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Beyond heart health and bone building, exercise has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance, too. Here’s why:

1. Exercise makes you sweat. Sweat purges your body of toxins that can clog pores and plague your skin with pimples and blemishes. “The body only has so many mechanisms to rid itself of toxins — the kidneys, the liver, and the skin,” says Sandra M. Johnson, MD, a dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith, Ark. “Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, increases neuronal stimulation, and allows the sweat glands to increase their functions and rid the toxins.” Once you sweat out those toxins, it’s important to wash them off — you don’t want to leave them sitting on your skin. Always shower after a workout to prevent bacterial or fungal infections that may occur from dirt clogging up your pores.


2. Exercise tones your muscles. The more toned you are beneath your skin, the healthier your skin will look and feel. The stronger and firmer your muscles are, says Johnson, the more support your skin will have, and the more firm and elastic it will appear. Toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite, the dimply fat that often strikes thighs and buttocks. You can’t exercise cellulite away, but you can help it look better.


3. Exercise boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts blood flow enough in type 2 diabetics to help reduce the risk of skin problems that lead to amputation. Exercise gets the blood flowing, and that increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells also carries nutrients that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with moisturizers and other skin care products on the skin surface.


4. Exercise eases stress. Exercise has long been known as a great way to relieve stress. Those mind-body benefits may extend to your complexion. Though studies are small, some show that stress may worsen, if not actually trigger, acne. Stress may also trigger flare-ups of psoriasis. It’s known to boost hormone production and suppress the body’s ability to heal, but regular workouts can keep stress — and possibly hard-to-manage skin conditions — under control. When you’re feeling tense, let exercise keep any frown lines at bay, too.


5. Exercise gives your complexion a beautiful, natural glow. When you exercise, your skin begins to produce more of its natural oils that help skin look supple and healthy. While that can naturally moisturize skin, remember to cleanse your face gently as part of your skin care routine when you shower to prevent any breakouts.


Make exercise your secret skin care ingredient for a young, healthier, and smoother complexion.

Guy tried, Guy tested…  

Don’t you love it when a male makeup artist not only shows you how to do it but actually uses himself as a model ?   I think it’s GREAT !  Here are some great tips from makeup artist  Wayne Goss on how to re-shape & highlight your eyebrows    … and no, they are not the ones you have heard in the past & they are definitely not done in the usual manner …





At Chanel everything is coming up roses. This spring’s new makeup collection, NOTES DE PRINTEMPS, strikes a colorful chord with light, joyful notes.



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 At the heart of the collection,  is a chorus of fresh, luminous rosy reds sets the season’s tone for cheeks, lips and fingertips. Here is just a sampling of this years gorgeous colors…







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Harmonious. a luscious Lavender grey, a golden ivory and a rosy apricot are united in a joyful Spring accord, accentuated by an intense brown.









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This spring Chanel’s Rouge Allure  is sporting a  new formula. With ultra-thin pigments it offers radically intense, long-wearing color with a full coverage satin finish.









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Set your fingers tapping this spring by tipping your nails in this beautiful, flowery, rosy red  tone.









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This innovative powder-cream formula offers an enticing new way to blush. It’s sheer yet vibrant for instant luminosity. Sure to impart a rosy glow.



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