I've been asked a lot of questions from women around my mom's age about quick makeup tips. Below you'll find my advice and some easy tips!
No mascara on your bottom lashes.
I repeat, no mascara on your bottom lashes. Unless your skilled at achieving a full eye look, stay away from it. Wearing mascara on the bottom brings out darkness under the eye and instantly can age you. And 'spider eyes' are just horrific in general. If you find you don't feel like the top lashes are enough, take a deep breath and apply another coat to the top lashes (to compensate haha). If you're used to wearing mascara on the bottom this will be a shock but I promise you will look 10 years younger. Challenge yourself and try it, I promise you'll get at least one compliment..I guarantee it.
Get a good concealer.
And then actually wear it. Even if you don't wear foundation use some concealer under your eye. Work it in well under the eye area and include the skin near your lower lash line to help minimize the pink/purple color. Use a color that either matches your skin (if your nervous about finding a color then stick to your skin tone) or ideally a slightly lighter shade.
Find a lipstick that enhances your natural lip color. Think pink, nudey pink, soft rose. If you are leaning toward anything red, brown, or burgundy turn away! By putting a dark color on your lip it actually makes your lips look smaller and it's destined to run in to fine lines around your lip. By staying in a pinky tone it'll blend and enhance. Don't be scared of a lip liner too. Liners aren't like those from the 80s. Brands make gorgeous liners with matching lipsticks. Fill in your lip with a liner (even go above the natural upper lip line to make it appear larger) and then cover lips with the matching lipstick. You will not have a lined lip look, promise.
Fill in those eyebrows. But don't go over board. Start at the highest point where your eyebrow arches (this is the darkest part of your eyebrow anyway so your pencil or shadow will blend in well here) and then transition the color forward toward the inner eye (your eyebrow hair is less dense here and should stay that way!). Here's a quick guide to where to start and stop your eyebrow by using the corner of your nose as your guide:
Inner eyebrow - should line up with the corner of your nose and corner of eye
Eyebrow arch - should line up with the corner of your nose and your your pupil
Tail of your eyebrow - should line up with corner of your nose and outer corner of the eye
Use good brushes. Brushes, if treated well, will last a very long time so commit to the purchase and feel good about it! Don't forget to clean your brushes too every few weeks (ideally). I've seen some of my friend's brushes and it's shocking the multicolor cloud of eye shadow that comes out of it when you touch it! Stores carry brush cleaner and it's super easy to do and they dry in a few hours. Just be careful not to get the cleaner past the bristles as it can loosen the glue. Regular shampoo can be used too. Just be sure to rinse the bristles well. Here are two brush reviews I've done to help you get started.
Real Techniques brushes and MAC brushes,
Proper blush placement. Your mother most likely told you that placing blush on the apples of your cheeks was the proper way. Her mother probably told her that too. It's outdated. When you apply your blush quickly and lightly sweep it on the apples and then concentrate the color on your cheek bones. It's chic and it'll change the shape of your face..for the better! Show off those cheekbones instead of making your cheeks like large! If you're feeling up for a challenge, try contouring!