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The Over-50 Makeover

By: Teresa Paquin
Posted: October 31, 2012, from the November 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

After; Photo courtesy of Makeup Artist: Teresa Paquin; Photographer: Maria Nicolet, Nicolet Photography; Hairstylist: Robyn Watson, Salon 25; and Model: Lin Nicolet.

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Step 8: Apply a dark brown eye pencil from the inner corner of the eyelids all the way out. To get a very fine line, simply use a small angle brush and apply the eye pencil color to it. Take the brush loaded with color, and line the upper eyelid, going as close to the lash line as possible, working your way outward. Apply the pencil under the eye area only if the client doesn’t have a problem with under-eye circles or puffy eyes. Be careful to review the client’s eye shape to determine if this would be flattering or not.

Step 9: When trying to draw attention away from dark or puffy eyes, apply a luminizer or highlighter with an oval flat synthetic or foundation brush on the upper cheekbones fairly close to outer corners of the eye area. This can also be applied above the arch of the eyebrows, giving additional lift to the eye area.

Step 10: Before using mascara, apply an eyelash primer to the client’s eyelashes. This helps thicken and lengthen the eyelashes, and will help mascara wear better. Then apply mascara to the upper lashes with a disposable mascara brush. For lower eyelashes, many woman are better off applying mascara with a small detail brush. This will give just the right amount of mascara without making it looking clumpy or too heavy.

Step 11: Using a blush brush, apply a cream powder blush in a deeper warm neutral color underneath the cheekbones. Then use a blush brush to apply a slightly brighter sheer matte powder blush in peach on the apples of the cheeks.

Step 12: For the lips, always look at the client’s natural lip color and shape. Never go dark if she has thin lips. For the most flattering natural lip color, don’t go more than two shades darker than her natural lip pigment. Simply apply an invisible lip liner all around the lip line to prevent any bleeding of lipstick or lip gloss. Then fill the lip with a flesh-toned lip pencil, and top it with a beautiful shimmery champagne color.