Why your eyes need extra love
Your eyes are the windows to, well, your age. In fact, studies have shown that when strangers are asked to judge how old a person is, the eye area is one of the biggest influences. To help your eyes look brighter and more youthful (and like you've actually gotten enough sleep for once), follow these makeup tips, product suggestions, and at-home beauty remedies.
Banish dark circles
After 40, skin loses elasticity and thins, which can make you look tired and allow blood vessels to show through, heightening discoloration. Concealer lightens dark circles, gives lids the appearance of a lift, and brightens your face. Here are three steps to use this eye makeup to cover correctly.
Step 1 Pick a yellow-based formula that's at least two shades lighter than your skin tone.
Step 2 Using a small-headed concealer brush, apply a dab along the lower lashes to the innermost corner of eyes and the hollows of the nose. You can also use your ring finger, which has a naturally light touch and added warmth to tap and gently blend.
Step 3 A dusting of a sheer, loose, yellow-toned powder locks the concealer in place for the day.
Get "wow" lashes
Before applying mascara, when eyelashes are clean and dry (wet ones post-shower won't hold a curl), position a lash curler at the root of the lashes and give three firm, gentle pumps (holding it steady doesn't create a natural-looking, fluid curl). Release and repeat. For even better curl, heat your curler with your blow-dryer for 15 seconds first. The warmth holds the bend better,
Still haven't found a favorite mascara? This guide will help you find the best mascara for your lashes.
Fill in your eyebrows
"When brows are thin and light, they make your features disappear, adding years to even the youngest looking face," says Damone Roberts, a celebrity eyebrow artist. If yours are growing sparser (or have just had too much tweezing), use these steps to get back a full, youthful arch.
Step 1 Start by gently pulling your skin taut with one hand to create a smooth surface.
Step 2 With a stiff, angled brow brush , dust on brow powder in the same direction your hairs grow, using light, feathery strokes. Concentrate on sparse areas.
Step 3 When you're finished, brush the hairs up and out with a spoolie (it's like a clean mascara wand); this blends and softens the powder so it looks more natural and removes any excess powder.
Have fun trying out this out.