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oil — drop the foaming cleanser. A good moisturizer is a must. Moisturizers are very important because they inhibit oxidative stress and cause free radical damage, which causes fine lines and wrinkles that occur when skin lacks moisture. Reminder: Sunscreen! And don’t forget your chest and hands. Major agers: Too much foundation, powder and blush, eye makeup and lips too dark with the wrong color; hair too long, clothing too loose or too tight, holding on to that dress you used to rock, but now makes you look like a sausage wearing it — all of these are aging and keep you from looking your best. Years ago, we could wear just about any and everything and still look fab. Today, those practices can make us look dated and crazy. We’re not getting older, we’re getting better, so to keep us looking our best, follow these few anti-aging makeup tips: Eyes: Black liner can be a bit much as it can accentuate wrinkles in the eye area.

Try using a dark brown or gray kohl pencil. Once you’ve lined, go back and lightly smudge. Avoid liquid liners, as they tend to be too harsh looking. Shimmer eyeshadow is only allowed in the inner corners or lightly on the movable lid to open up the eyes. If you own any metallic, throw them away. Now! Matte is your new best friend. Brows: Since brows frame your face, it is necessary to fill them in, since they have a tendency to thin out. Trust me, you will look so much better. The next time you visit your favorite salon, ask your stylist or esthetician to give you a shape line and show you how to fill it in. Believe me, you can take years off your face by doing this one thing. Mascara: A nice coat of black works well. Don’t apply tons, as you will look clumpy, spidery and scary. Cheeks: Don’t be known as the “little old lady” with the extreme blush. The idea here is to add a natural flush to the cheeks. Try brushing on a little bronzer,

lightly along the hairline and jaw line, then pop a soft color on the “apples” and blend. Use a cream or lightly dust on powder. Lips: If you’ve noticed that your pout is not quite as pouty as it used to be, it’s because lips tend to get thinner as we get older. Try using a neutral tone lip liner to line and fill in your lips, then swipe with a pretty lipgloss or lipstick of your color choice. No dark, “vampirey” colors allowed. Dark colors make your lips disappear into a deep dark hole under your nose. Opt for a tone that is not jarring. All in all, remember that a mature face with contrast appears more youthful than one that has no contrast. Whether you go au natural or you want to enhance your version of you, always remember that you are beautiful!

Marion Edwards Marion Edwards is a Licensed Esthetician, Professional Makeup Artist and Certified Trainer for Motives Cosmetics. She can be contacted at 828.262.5954.

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