Ever feel like your anti-aging routine could stand to be kicked up a notch? Expert answers to your most top-of-mind questions here.
Q: I’ve been using a matte foundation, but I’d like something more youthful looking. Any suggestions?
A: If your stock formula has been matte, trade it in for a tinted moisturizer to achieve a lighter, dewier look. Not enough coverage? You can mix your foundation with a little moisturizer to thin it out or even mix tinted moisturizer with your foundation. The sheer, less dense formulation prevents foundation from pooling and highlighting the lines, wrinkles, and pores you’re trying to minimize, says New York City makeup artist Kimara Ahnert.
Q: How can I calm down redness?
A: If your skin is looking more florid due to chronic irritation, thinning skin, dilated blood vessels, or skin conditions such as rosacea, be extra choosy about foundation. Skip sheer formulas, which just don’t give you the coverage you need, reports Ahnert. Opt for a more opaque formula, and make sure it’s oil-free so it won’t trigger acne flare-ups. Apply base to your skin using a flat-bristle brush, so as to deliver more pigment to your red hot spots. Once you’ve covered your redness, blend with a damp makeup sponge to give skin a more lightweight look and feel. If redness affects only a few areas, invest in a foundation stick, which is easier to blend than most concealers. Apply a sheer foundation first and then warm the stick on the back of your hand. Dab on with a brush where you see discoloration.
Q: Should I use bronzer only during the summer?
A: When skin becomes paler in winter, bronzer warms it up. Use a big fluffy brush to dust it lightly where the sun would normally hit: across the top of your forehead and cheekbones. Makeup artists also advise running it down the bridge of your nose and across the bottom of your chin.
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