There’s nothing like turning 30 to send a woman into mild to extreme hysteria. Without warning, cashiers are now calling you “ma’am” (seriously, how rude?) and songs of your prime, are now only played on the radio’s Old Skool At Noon set.
You now also want to try erase some of the skin sins you committed in your 20s…whether it was filled with smokey nights of binge drinking with little sleep or summer days basking in baby oil at the beach, the fine lines around your eyes don’t get any better from here!
Thanks to some voluntary (and involuntary) lifestyle changes, I can happily say my skin is even better now than it was in my 20s. Acne scars have faded, my breakouts are rare, and it generally looks healthier.
After reading the advice of dermatologists and skin care experts, the following list are some of my favorite anti-aging products—that can all be found at the drugstore:
- Olay Pro X Advanced Cleansing System: I’ve tried both this cleansing brush and the more expensive Clarisonic and while there are differences, this is a great choice that’s easy on the wallet. It gets skin cleaner than just washing alone–thus preventing breakouts and making way for your products to work better.
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35: I know you’ve heard it 1,000x before, but daily sunscreen is the most effective measure in preventing the signs of aging, and more importantly protecting against skin cancer. This is a great daily moisturizer that is light weight and goes on smoothly under makeup.
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: This cleanser has a cult following for a reason. It cleanses without irritating and drying out the skin.
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub: Exfoliating is an important skin care step that people forget. Removing the dead skin cells makes way for new skin cells and softer, brighter skin.
- RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream: Retinol is the Holy Grail of anti-aging. As *we* (yes, you are included since you’re over 30 now) get older, our skin’s ability to renew itself slows down–thus causing wrinkles and sagging skin. This night formula is great because it’s not as harsh on the skin as prescription strength Retinol and fine lines are diminished over time with continued use.
Since yesterday was the unofficial last day of summer, I’m drowning my sorrows in fall makeup trends. First up is the matte lip. It’s a fresh look for the upcoming season when done right. For this look:
- Prepped my lips with a sugar scrub from MUA Sugar Lip Scrub (available at CVS, $5.00)
- I used a matte lipstick from LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color line in Rose Brown (available online for $16.00). It’s a great formula that keeps a matte look, but not drying, which we all know can age a girl! The shape of the pencil like lipstick makes it easy to line and fill for on the go touchups.
- Done! That’s it for an easy fall makeup look
Nude lip of the day is M.A.C. Freckletone with a touch of pink gloss on top
If you haven’t found your perfect nude lipstick/gloss yet, get going because the trend isn’t going anywhere. At all. Anytime soon. As a matter of fact it’s a necessity to achieve this fall’s no-makeup-but-wearing-makeup look.
I tend to break the rules when it comes to picking out lipstick colors and just go with what works, but generally when looking for a nude lip color, I start with warm undertones and go from there. But for someone like myself with very yellow undertones and a deeper complexion, finding the right nude color that doesn’t make me look washed out can be difficult.
But not impossible.
I’ve rounded up my top 8 go to nude lipsticks/glosses that work well with a tan complexion (faux or natural).
- Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Truffle Tease – A great budget beauty pick! It’s a medium beige creamy lipstick with warm and peach undertones
- American Apparel Lip Gloss in Topless- I actually think this gloss might be discontinued, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s a warm peach beige that looks great on everyone. American Apparel if your listening, bring this one back!
- NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Natural – A pinky brown gloss that’s loaded with shine
- M.A.C Lipstick Freckletone- A cult favorite for a reason. It’s the perfect warm beige color, with a moist and supple finish
- Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis Levres Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes 101 Nude Provocateur – It’s your lips only better with a slight deep pink stain. It leaves lips moisturized, with a long lasting 3D shine
- NARS Lipstick Honolulu Honey- You know you found a great lipstick when your husband tells you, “I like that lipstick”. It’s a matte peachy nude color that looks especially great on olive skin
- NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee- A natural and pretty warm pink shade
- M.A.C. Lipstick Velvet Teddy – I think of it as Freckletone’s big sister. A “serious” deeper pink brown matte, but not dry, lipstick
Blame Kim Kardashian. What was previously reserved for theatre, high fashion editorials, and drag queens, the skillful art of makeup highlighting and contouring became main stream with a simple Instagram photo. In the midst of a major glam session with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, Kim posted the below pic with the caption, “Wanna see how @scottbarnes68 contours?!”
photo credit: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram
While men, makeup novices and children were frightened at the tiger-like streaks of makeup on her face, makeup aficionados’ curiosity peaked and thus began a multitude of diagrams, blog posts, and youtube tutorials outlining their version of the ‘Kim Kardsashian Kontour’ (sorry about that—I had to). After all, her makeup looks are the most searched on the internet.
Realizing that the trend isn’t going anywhere, beauty retailers are cashing in and products specifically designed for contouring and highlighting are hitting the shelves. But is this a trend you should skip or jump on?
Let’s get to the highlights:
- What is conturing? Simply put, using a shade or two darker than your complexion you can contour your facial features to minimize areas you want to appear smaller. On the contrary, you can use a shade or two lighter than your complexion to highlight features you want to stand out. When put together, you can fake cheekbones, a nose job, a smaller forehead and more. The placement of the highlight and contour is crucial to pulling the look off. If you need a refresher, Danielle covered highlighting and contouring in depth here.
- What is a contour palette or kit? A contour palette or kit will have both your contour and highlight together in one kit. Some have just one color for the contour and one color for the highlight. Others, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit featured below, have more than one shade of contour and highlight.
Anastasia Contour Kit
The top row are highlighters and the bottom row are used for contouring
- Do you need one? If contouring and highlighting is something you want to try for yourself, chances are you probably have what you need already. A bronzer and concealer will do the trick. I like to use Guerlain Terrecotta Bronzing Powder in 08 and NARS Illuminating Concealer in Custard. But if you are little unsure of what to use, a contour palette might help. A palette with more than one highlight and contour color can allow you to mix your way to the perfect shades. Here’s a list of some contour palettes worth checking out:
Whatever route you go, my best tip when it comes to highlighting and contouring is to blend, blend, and blend!! What do you like to use to highlight and contour?