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2. Take care of your skin. There are certain skin care products you simply can't do without, and some that you can. You must have a good moisturizer. I also think one corrective serum should be at the top of the list - depending upon your biggest skin concern. Don't go for an expensive cleanser. As long as it's gentle and can remove make-up, it will do the trick (after all, it washes off). Everyone's skin is different, so experiment and ask for samples until you find those that work best for you. Places like Sephora and most drug stores always have samples for you to try. Last but not least, don't leave home without the sun screen. Sun is the single worst thing to make your skin look old (and combine that with smoking and you have the two worst things - a double whammy). Try a moisturizer that has a built in SPF - great for everyday, but not if you are outdoors for any extended period of time. Trust me on this stuff... I worked for a pharmaceutical skin care line for 6 years.
Some of my favorite picks:
- Dr. Brandt - especially the Microdermabrasion scrub.
- Murad - all of his products are great.
- I'm still using my B. Kamins Diamond Radiance Rejuvenating Cream as my tinted moisturizer with SPF 20, but will look for a new (and less expensive one) when I run out!
- I want to try Dr. Perricone - but will have to buy it in the US on my next trip (can't get in Canada)...
3. The extension of taking care of your skin - choose the right makeup to enhance your features. I've actually started wearing less makeup as I've gotten older. I find that the natural look is much fresher and younger than a fully made up face. To get that look, I choose a tinted moisturizer (with an SPF 20) that I combine with a light liquid foundation which evens out my skin tone. This is my biggest concern so I want to cover but NOT look like I'm wearing a mask of foundation. I then brighten my cheeks with a little powder blush and use a good mascara. Lastly, my can't do without product... I use a tinted eyebrow gel to shape and highlight my brows. There are tons of great makeup lines out there. Mineral makeup is big because it is healthier for your skin (it can breath) and there are also lines with anti-aging and moisturizing qualities.
- I mix my tinted moisturizer with Makeup Forever HD Foundation, and use the HD Concealer as a great cover-up.
- The best tinted eyebrow gel ever is by Anastasia.
- I like Sephora's brand for powdered blush.
- Finally, I don't spend a lot on mascara. I don't think you have to. My two favorites (I use them together) are Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion and Maybelline Lash Stiletto.
5. Smile. There is nothing more attractive than a happy person. A true smile can light up your face. If you have to practice, then do it! Take some time during the day to find something to smile about, laugh with friends, read or watch something funny... it's good for you.
I think one of the hardest things to do as a woman is to love ourselves. I do, however, feel that it gets easier as we get older. I care less now about what people think of me than I did when I was younger. It's like the pressure has been taken off - there's no competition anymore (not that there ever was, except maybe in my own head). I also feel we are kinder to each other as we get older - because we all know, women are other women's harshest critics. I think we often get dressed more for other women than for men! So we need to start feeling beautiful, and then take the time to make the most of our looks.
P.S. Here are pictures of me with and without makeup... which do you like better?