When was the last time you updated your foundation color or tried a new lipstick?
“We get so used to our makeup routine,” says professional makeup artist Fatima Olive. She’s not only great at her job, working with major brands across the country; she’s 60 (believe it or not!), so she speaks from experience. “Our skin tone changes as we age, but we’re still using colors from when we were 20.”
Olive offers these simple tips to freshen up your routine.
"Taking care of the skin is the most important makeup tip. When the skin looks great everything else complements it."
2. Less is more
"We tend to go overboard, thinking we need lashes and a bold eye and lip. Don't overdo it. Pick your best feature, and focus the attention there."
3. Cream blush
"Don’t be afraid of cream blush," Olive says. "I love Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks and Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick. The great thing about these products is you can use them on the lips as well for a quick and easy monochromatic look."
4. Avoid colors too dark or muted
"Hair isn’t the only place we lose color as we age—our skin tone changes too. Make sure you are using color that brightens the skin. Stay away from colors that are too dark or too muted. Blush helps a lot. And stay away from dark brown lip colors, which can make the lips look smaller.
5. Pay attention to your brows
"You want to make sure you have a good frame for your eyes. Brows, when not overdone, actually bring attention to the eyes—like a beautiful frame for a piece of art."
6. Switch to gel eyeliner
"The easiest way to enhance the eyes is to use a gel liner—I like Haus Labs Optic Intensity Eco Gel Liner—applied right at the lash line to magnify the lashes and frame the eyes." Now here's how the pros do it: When applying eye liner, lift up not out. "Women tend to pull their lids out to apply liner, but if you lift up from your eyebrow, you'll get the liner as close to the lash line as possible."
7. Try a brighter lip
"Don’t be afraid of color. There is a red, or a version of red for everyone! Stick to matte or semi matte lip colors. And if you are going to use gloss, choose subtle or more neutral colors."