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Streamline Your Beauty Routine

If you keep apprised on beauty news, you’ve probably been intrigued by the 10-step beauty routine. While it is hard to deny the apparent agelessness of Korean skin, keep in mind that Koreans prepare for this from an early age. While Western children are learning how to consolidate their earnings and 401Ks, Korean children are busy learning how and when to apply their essences and ampoules and the benefits of the double cleanse.

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True, modern Western women do need to be concerned about their skin, but they also need to be concerned about being superheroes, and sometimes that doesn’t leave time for a ten-step beauty program. If we’re going to multitask, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our beauty products? Here are some ways of streamlining your beauty routine for maximum beauty with minimum energy.

All In One Cleanser
Eliminate the need for multiple products by purchasing and all in one cleanser. Find a whole family friendly soap in a neutral scent to act as a shampoo, bubble bath and body wash.

Dry Shampoo
Need to clean, but have no time to wash and style. Spray some dry shampoo into your roots to absorb excess oil. You can also boost volume by massaging dry shampoo into your roots with your fingers to add a little texture to fine, thin hair.

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Jumbo Eye Pencil
Avoid the hassle of separate shadows, liners, and highlighter. Use a bronze or nude jumbo eyeliner crayon to do triple duty. Use it as an eyeshadow by coloring lids from crease to lash line and then contour cheeks by drawing a light line just below your cheekbones and blending back toward your hairline.

Triple Nutrition Oil
A blend of natural oils. like olive, almond, and avocado, can work on your dry skin and your flaky scalp. Use it head to toe for great skin and lustrous hair.

Tinted Lip Balm
Just one tube of tinted lip balm can bring color to your cheeks and lips. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for a natural, rosy tone.

Tinted lip balm

Complexion Correction Perfection
Surpass your basic lightweight foundation by using one which incorporates an anti-aging complex with a broad spectrum SPF to protect from sun exposure.

Glow on the Go
For instant radiance, try a blotter paper booklet filled with pages pressed with blush and highlighting powder. Simply tear out a page and rub on areas where the light naturally hits. Use the reverse side to blot excess oil.

What do you use to streamline your routine? Tell us your favorite time savers!


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Makeup to Make You Look Younger

As you age, your skin changes significantly and the types of products you have always used and trusted may not be working as well for you. You change your skin care, so it makes sense that you would also change your makeup products to suit your specific needs while aging. The tips below focus on makeup for the whole face that will help you look younger.

Liquid foundation

Liquid Foundation and Application
One of the best ways to make yourself look younger is to find the proper foundation and liquids are your best bet. Although mineral powder foundations like Bare Minerals are wonderful, they also have a tendency to settle into fine lines and pores, which only exaggerates the very things you want to hide. You also want to be careful when you select the coverage level of your foundation. Celebrity makeup artist and Creative Director of Makeup for Lancome suggests using foundation the way it’s meant to be used because chances are you’re making a few mistakes that can age you. Foundation, says Eldridge, is only meant to even out your skin, it is not supposed to hide every imperfection and flaw that you have and caking foundation on for higher coverage draws attention to areas you want to hide. Use your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer to even your skin, then go in and conceal spots and areas where you need a bit of extra coverage.

Makeup artists definitely recommend not using powder foundations on aging skin (as we already mentioned) but what about setting your foundation and concealer? The trick to keeping your skin looking younger is to use a minimal amount of powder to set your makeup. Loose, translucent powders are often excellent for this purpose because they don’t add any additional color so you avoid cakiness, but they do help your makeup last longer. An additional trick by makeup guru Wayne Goss is to use setting powder only where you need it. For many women this is the t-zone, where oil tends to collect, and under the eyes. Not putting powder in unnecessary places helps to avoid highlighting dry patches and creates a much more natural finish to your makeup.

Woman applying concealer.

Choosing Concealers
It seems pretty economical to have a concealer that covers everything, but chances are that isn’t realistic to achieve skin that looks radiant and younger. One of the best ways to look younger is to brighten up your under eye area and there are tons of brightening concealers for this purpose. However, using a brightening concealer on blemishes of age spots often doesn’t work. For maximum anti-aging results, you’ll want to select a concealer that is the color of your skin for blemishes, sun spots or redness and a concealer that is meant to brighten your under eye area.

Eyeshadow, Liner and Mascara
Before you grab eyeshadow, make sure you are applying a primer, particularly if any part of your eyelid already shows some fine lines or wrinkling. Putting on eyeshadow without a primer will only increase the odds of your eyeshadow settling into wrinkles and creasing. Also, if you’ve been putting eye cream on your lids to add extra moisture before makeup, stop because this only makes your eye makeup (including liner and mascara) more likely to slips, slide and melt off of your eyes. If you thought aging meant sticking to matte eyeshadows only, we’ve got good news. A touch of shimmer (not chunky glitter) is actually very flattering because it brings some light to the face. Even though you’ve sworn by black eyeliner your entire life, as you age the color can appear too harsh. Switch to a dark chocolate brown eyeliner for the same dramatic impact without the harshness. Waterproof formulas pretty guarantee that your mascara stays put all day, but it can be drying. Use regular mascara and seal with a waterproof topcoat, like Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius.

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Lipstick, Gloss and Liner
As you age you will notice fine lines surrounding your mouth and your lips will become lined as well. There are a few ways that you can help your lips look luscious and defined while making sure you aren’t exaggerating any wrinkles or dryness. First, get in the habit of using a great lip balm, like Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy, to make sure your lips are always hydrated. Next, remember that really vibrant colors and deep, dark colors often have a tendency to bleed and settle into the fine lines around your mouth. You can help combat this by using an invisible lip liner, which helps form a barrier to keep your lip color on your lips. Another reason you may want to stick to more muted hues is that your lips loose fullness as you age and darker colors make your lips appear smaller. Glosses are your best friend to adding dimension and plumpness to your lips while also smoothing over any fine lines or wrinkles.

Radiant skin isn’t only for the young, though it may be a bit harder to achieve as you age. A solid skin care routine and the right makeup products and application can leave you looking young, healthy and absolutely radiant. Use our makeup tips that make you look younger to put your best face forward!

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