EZ Beauty: Our Top Tips for a Fresh New Look
Freshen up your makeup, skin-and hair-care routines with this handy tip sheet.
“Beauty has nothing to do with age and everything to do with a comfort zone that the years have provided.” -Andrea Robinson, author of Toss the Gloss
Keep Calm and Carry On “At menopause, skin changes quality,” says Toronto’s Dr. Diane Wong of Glow Medi Spa. “It thins so you’ll see more of the facial vessels which we call telangiectasia, resulting in more visible redness.”
In addition to a steady diet of anti-inflammatory omega-3 rich salmon and walnuts to boost the skin’s barrier function and calm redness, choose products with soothing ingredients to strengthen skin and calm inflammation. Try: Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $88; Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream, $20-$23; Vichy Neovadiol Advanced Replenishing Care, $51.
Feed Your Face While sunscreen is the best “ounce of prevention” anti-ager there is, “Free radicals in the air negatively affect the skin by destroying collagen and elastin,” says Wong. An antioxidant-loaded serum or moisturizer protects from both the sun’s UV rays as well as external aggressors like car exhaust, cigarette smoke and pollution. Try: Lise Watier Sublimessence, $84; Juice Beauty Antioxidant Moisturizer, $44; Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum, $66.
Simplif-Eye If you’re always flummoxed by the multiple shades in any given shadow palette and only ever use the taupe-y neutral, this is for you.
For uncomplicated eye definition over 40, with no crease-settling, skin-tugging eyeliner, Maybelline New York lead artist Grace Lee offers these easy steps: “Curl lashes, load up on mascara, add a soft line of neutral shadow close to the lashes and some highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes and on the brow bone.” Try: Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara, $12; Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Exte
nsion Kit, $20; Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Triple Choc, $3; Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Crayon in Barely Beige, $9.
High Brow Maintaining fuller brows is “all the more important when you’re older because brows frame the eyes and add lift to the face,” explains Smashbox Cosmetics Global Pro Artist Lori Taylor Davis.
For defined brows, select a pencil shade that matches your lightest hairs and apply with soft feathery strokes. “They shouldn’t look painted on or tattooed on,” says Taylor Davis. “No Sharpie brow or Groucho brow.” Try: Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil, Taupe, $24; Maybelline New York Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, $12.
Less Is More Former beauty industry executive Andrea Q Robinson, whose book Toss the Gloss advocates a product rethink after 40, says that foundation can be an unwitting trap. “Avoid descriptors like ‘long wearing’ and ‘mattifying,’” she explains. These can be masky and drying. Instead, seek out lightweight, tinted moisturizers or BB creams with sheer, hydrating formulas in gold, skin-warming tones. Try: L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $30; Laneige BB Cushion compact, $44 including refill.
Conceal & Highlight “Modern makeup means concealing more by using less,” says Robinson. Match concealer to foundation instead of going too light under eyes to avoid the dreaded “reverse-Panda” look. Use concealer sparingly and only where needed, in two different textures: “One more pliable for ‘patting away’ dark circles under the eyes,” says Robinson, “and the other (which should stay put) for blemishes, birthmarks, spider veins and brown spots.” Try: Benefit Fake-Up Under-eye Hydrating Concealer, $31; Vincent Longo Perfect Canvas Illuminating Concealer, $35.
Lather Up When natural hair colour fades and turns silver, “The hair with no pigment can be a different texture,” says Toronto stylist Brennen Demelo, leaving you with a head full of unfamiliar and often unruly strands.
Skipping washings in the hopes of keeping newfound frizz at bay may give you the greasy scalp and lank hair of a sullen teen. Choose a gentle shampoo that adds moisture and strengthens hair to resist breakage.
Try: Strivectin Ultimate Restore Shampoo, $25; Klorane Anti-Aging shampoo with olive extract, $11.