One of the main things that causes worry for those of us belonging to the female gender is our appearance. We’re constantly in a battle with ourselves over the way we look – since the time we are born, really.
At the end of the day, whether or not someone chooses to wear makeup is entirely up to them and shouldn’t be for the purpose of pleasing somebody else!
Don’t worry! You too can be reveling in the glory just like in your younger days with just a few smart makeup and beauty hacks. We’ve waded through a bunch of them to come up with these 15 clever makeup and beauty tricks just for you!
1.No Eyeliner? Mascara to the Rescue!
Your pencil has been worn down to nothing; the pot of gel mascara is scrapping bottom; and the liquid liner has totally dried up. Or maybe you’re traveling and forgot to pack your eyeliner; oh, the tragedy!
This is how you save the day: work your mascara spoolie deep into the tube to get a nice blob of mascara. Then transfer that onto a clean, hard surface (your fingernail is ideal in a pinch); dab the edge of a fine-pointed brush in it and paint a very thin line along the lashes (a thick one may not apply very evenly). This method is safe for your eyes and will ensure that your mascara stays on for a long time as well!
2.Say No to Powder
Powder, for many of us, is an essential item when it comes to our makeup routine. This may be because we start wearing makeup during our teenage days, when our skins are a lot more oiler and… well, tighter.
The problem with wearing powder when you’re older is that it tends to settle into the skin, and eventually reveal even tiny creases and wrinkles that you might not have noticed, but you definitely don’t want to draw attention to.
Powder can still be helpful when you’re on a night out, but you might be better off replacing it with one of the many creams or setting sprays that will not only keep your foundation in place, but also effectively hide all those wrinkles. These products are also a much better alternative for a more casual, everyday beauty regimen.
Lip contouring is no secret that lips become naturally thinner with age, but contouring can help given you fuller lips with just a few strokes of a brush.
All you need are two shades of lipstick (a darker and lighter shade of a similar color), a liner that is also a complimentary color and regular old concealer. Once you’ve gathered the supplies, start by lining your lips along the edges. Be careful not to go outside the lips, but just over the slightly bumpy part right at the edge of the pigmentation.
Now draw lines going inward to the center of the mouth. Start by filling in the outer half of your lips using the darker shade of lipstick, and then the middle using the lighter shade. Use a sponge to carefully blend the two shades together where they meet, but don’t go over one color with the other. Clean the edges up using a bit of concealer, and voilà – a plumper pout!
4.Know Your Tone
Finding the perfect shade of foundation is a long and tedious process of guessing, testing and rejecting. Each brand has its own shades and no two brands have the same color of foundation, so when our trusted kind is unavailable or discontinued, we feel like having a nervous breakdown. But the fact of the matter is, using the right shade of foundation is pretty important to make sure your makeup is on point.
Well, if you’re over 50, there’s some good news for you. As you age, you’re skin tends to look brighter and younger when wearing yellow-toned foundation, so choosing the right foundation becomes a lot easier. Golden tones in general are very age-defying. The yellows in the foundation will counteract against the grayish tones that naturally occur with age and give you younger looking complexion.
5.Lip Balm = Brow Gel
Filling in the brows to get them the perfect shape is a task and a half by itself, but when you have to deal with unruly hairs – don’t even think about it! You’ve already got a dozen or so makeup products and you don’t really feel like buying anymore. Lucky for you, if you’ve got colorless lip balm, you don’t have to.
Use a clean brush, sponge, or even the tip of your finger to dab a little bit of lip balm onto your eyebrows until they behave and you’re good to go. And the awesome thing is, since most lip balms contain a lot of Vitamin E, you’re eyebrows will also grow full and lush.
6.Lights, Camera, Action!
You’ve just spent quite a while making sure your makeup looks on point and you’re ready to go out and face the world. But, stop, wait! We’ve all been through thinking we look perfect at home and being horrified later on in the day when catching a glimpse in the mirror somewhere else later in the day.
So, before you leave the house, take a few minutes to conduct some lighting tests; especially if you’re going somewhere where you’ll be photographed!
Once your makeup is done, first make sure it looks good under bathroom lighting because direct overhead lighting is always your worst enemy. Then go outside and use a handheld mirror to gauge how you look in natural light. If it’s dark out, stay inside and use a flashlight for extra illumination. You can even buy a lighted makeup mirror; some even come with settings that mimic various kinds of light. And last but not least, take a picture!