Cleanse Your Palette: 7 Amazing Makeup Tricks for Women Over 40

Photo by: Cecily Kellogg
The Primer Trick
Primer is the best thing ever. It's like spackle for your face; it fills in the tiny lines and smooths out your pores. I prefer a non-silicone based primer, ... more 
Photo by: Cecily Kellogg
The Primer Trick
Primer is the best thing ever. It's like spackle for your face; it fills in the tiny lines and smooths out your pores. I prefer a non-silicone based primer, but I know people who swear by them. I'm currently using that Clarins primer, but I've also loved this much cheaper version as well. You'll notice I'm not using BB cream. It doesn't work for me. My skin is too dry, and it just collects in my pores without smoothing out my skin.
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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:50 AM EST
I turned 45 this year, and after looking pretty youthful for a long time, suddenly in these last two years or so my age hit me like a truck. In my face. My skin suddenly changed dramatically, becoming much drier yet also more prone to acne. I've got the beginnings of age spots (OY). My eyelashes no longer stand up; they point forward making it look like I don't HAVE eyelashes. But worst of all, my makeup suddenly stopped working for me. I've always been a cheapskate when it came to makeup, buying all my stuff at the drugstore because it was pretty good quality and inexpensive. However, now that my face is a mess of fine wrinkles, I began noticing some problems. My eyeshadows - all typical sparkly type shadows - began falling into the wrinkles and highlighting them. Because my upper eyelid now droops a lot more, I'd end up with a shadow of my lash eyeliner on the lid - making it look like I had two sets of eyebrows. My eyebrows are thinner and patchy. And putting eyeliner under my eyes was disastrous, with the eyeliner slowly falling down and making me look like I have two black eyes. So I started doing some research about what other women my age were doing (there is surprisingly little info out there), and I learned a couple of things. First, time to switch to matte shadows instead of sparkly. Second, buy better quality makeup. Third, get waterproof products. It's worked! Lately I've gotten a ton of compliments on my makeup, so I thought I'd share what I learned. Here we go! - By Cecily Kellogg

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