Combat Aging with Makeup

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We've asked our experts to answer your most urgent makeup questions. Hear all they have to say below:


Q: What should I keep in my makeup bag?

A: Essentials only. That way, it’ll be easy to remember your exact routine. And while the pros may give you a laundry list of what your essentials “should” be, this can definitely vary from person to person. If you’re no-fuss, then powder, blush, and lipstick may be enough for you to feel put together.

I require a tad more: I put on a pea-size amount of primer, which makes my tinted moisturizer easy to spread. I brush a concealer-highlighter, like Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Touch éclat, all around my eyes, and then dot on a tiny bit of concealer under each. To complete my eyes, I put on a neutral shadow, curl my lashes, swipe on mascara, and line my inner lower rims. (Most makeup artists say this last step makes eyes look smaller, but for me, it balances out my thick brows.) I swirl on blush and dust on bronzer where the sun would normally add color (across the cheekbones, forehead, and the bridge of the nose). I usually just wear balm or a neutral lipstick, since by mid-morning the color ends up on my coffee cup.

Whatever your essentials, the key is to look natural, not overdone. (No one would ever guess my makeup routine takes 11 steps!)


Q: Are there any tricks to selecting a sheer lipstick?

A: It sounds obvious, but start by looking for the word “sheer” in the name or on the label. While a full-coverage lipstick hides your own lip color, a sheer one lets that natural hue show through a bit, and because the colors of sheer lipsticks are softer and subtler, they don’t require as much precision to apply. You can even go a little bit brighter than you normally would.

Colored balms, if they have enough of a color boost, are similar to sheer lipsticks, and may be easier to find. If you’d like to give yourself a little tutorial, go to a Lancôme counter and swipe Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge, a full-coverage lipstick, and Lancôme L’Absolu Nu, the sheer version, side by side on your hands. You’ll see the difference right away.


Q: What’s the difference between a “lengthening” and a “volumizing” mascara?

A: Two factors impact the effectiveness of mascara: the formula and the brush. A “volumizing” mascara has a thicker consistency and a fatter brush, designed to swipe the maximum amount of product onto each lash. It sounds good, but too much product can lead to clumping, especially if, like me, you have lashes that tend to overlap and clump anyway. A “lengthening” mascara, on the other hand, has a leaner brush, designed to separate lashes.

If you can’t decide which to use, do what makeup artists do and layer a volumizing formula over a lengthening one.


Try these recommended products:

REVLON Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil for the Brows

Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener

Christian Dior Sérum de Rouge Lip Treatment

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Age Defense Lipstick

Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision Lip Liner

Smashbox O-GLOSSIntuitive Lip Gloss

Rodial Glam Balm Lip

Mac Paint Pot Painterly

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Estee Lauder Estee Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo

Clinique Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief

MAC False Lashes