Sheryl Kraft, a freelance writer and breast cancer survivor, was born in Long Beach, New York. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband Alan and dog Chloe, where her nest is empty of her two sons Jonathan. Sheryl writes articles and essays on breast cancer and contributes to a variety of publications and websites where she writes on general health and wellness issues. She earned her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005.Full Bio
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Need any good makeup tips?
Yeah, I thought so. Who can't use a refresher every once in a while? Every time I sit down to apply makeup I wonder if I'm keeping up with my so-called midlife face, which seems to sprout those "extras" every time I look: extra lines, extra hairs (ugh! facial hair!), extra sun spots. Looking in the mirror doesn't get dull, that's for sure!
A recent beauty and style online edition of AARP featured some great makeup tips from guru Bobbi Brown.
Tip #1. Good makeup starts with good skin care.
Plump up freshly washed skin with a killer moisturizer and eye cream. Consider adding serums and oils as an extra step in your treatment routine to nourish and improve dry sun-damaged skin.
Use a cleansing oil at night to dissolve makeup gently and leave your skin supple and smooth, ready for night repair products.
Tip #2. Face makeup should match your skin tone.
Whether you choose a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, tinted balm, stick serum or liquid foundation, make sure it's a seamless skin-identical match—not too dark or too light. Swatch a few shades on the side of your face. The color that disappears is the one you want. Double-check at the forehead to be sure.
Tip #3. Corrector and concealer change everything.
Start with a peach or pink-toned corrector—a tinted shade of concealer that will neutralize dark circles and brighten them. Then layer a creamy concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone directly over the corrector shade to lighten, and blend it seamlessly into your complexion.
Tip #4. Double-line your eyes.
For a crisp, clean line, apply a dark powder eye shadow along the lash line with a slightly dampened liner brush. Moistening the brush prevents shadow fallout on your cheeks. Then reline the eyes right over the shadow line with a contemporary shade of gel liner.
Here's an article I wrote for Grandparents.com on beauty after 50.
This post originally appeared on mysocalledmidlife.net.