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6 Makeup Tips To Make You Look Younger

“You look tired!” Those are three little words that no woman ever wants to hear, especially after sleeping a full eight hours. Newsflash – it could be that you’re making makeup mistakes that are ruining your good looks.

Before you apply any makeup, make sure your skin is properly cleansed and hydrated, protected with your daily SPF, especially around the delicate eyelid area. ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is the ideal first step before foundation.

  • Apply foundation the right way.

Wearing too much, none at all, or the wrong shade that doesn’t match your skin tone are all considered cardinal sins by makeup artists.  Skipping foundation or base completely can make your skin look pale and washed out. The wrong foundation in any form – from powder to liquid or cream –  can make wrinkles and imperfections actually appear more prominent too. Find your ideal color and apply it evenly. If you’re struggling to choose the best match, ask for professional help. If you are not a consistent makeup wearer, try mineral makeup that is feather light and looks great on all skin types with added UV light protection.

  • Add a sweep of  bronzer or blush.

A touch of natural looking blush gives your face a brightness and radiance – as if you were kissed by the sun. Start by using a soft natural bristle blush brush on the apples of your cheeks and apply toward your hairline. Keep the shade warm, peachy or golden for maximum effect and don’t overdo it. You’ll look awake and refreshed and ready to face the day (and night).

  • Never leave home without mascara.

Glossy dark mascara is a must to make your eyes really stand out, and it adds a touch of glamor to every woman’s face. For maximum impact lashes, try ZO Skin Health Ossential Lash Enhancing Serum with a powerful blend of peptides that has been clinically proven to enhance eyelash thickness and length and add volume to thinning, sparse lashes and brows too.

  • Don’t go crazy with eyeliner.

If you wear too much or a thick application of jet black liner, you eyes can actually appear smaller and look tired. Choose a softer shade for daytime wear – such as gray, black-brown, or charcoal. If your eyes are bloodshot or you haven’t had enough sleep, also consider lining your lower lid with a blue or navy-colored pencil to open up your eyes and make the whites look whiter.

  •  Set your brows to frame your eyes.

Brows are critical elements of a well put together face. They balance out your features and frame the eyes for a maximum impact. If you are stumped as to what shape works best for your face, take a lesson with a pro to learn how to groom your brows. Stick with the shade that matches your brow and hair color – don’t go too dark. Powders and pencils may be easiest to apply. Use a fixative – wax or gel – to keep unruly brows in place. Avoid over-plucking or your brows may end up looking too thin for your face.

  • Choose a flattering lip color.

If your lips are small or have lost volume, don’t choose a color that makes them look smaller. Stick with soft, pretty shades (rosy, tawny, medium pinks, corals) that flatter your complexion. Browns and brown-reds, deep plums and wines can make lips recede and accentuate fine lip lines. Line your lips with a neutral shade pencil to maintain a nice shape, follow with lipstick, and add a touch of gloss in the center of the bottom lip for a sexy pout. Matte lipsticks can also make you look older. A young lip is a moist, curvy, and natural-looking lip.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Lip Shape Up

With Valentine’s almost here, luscious lips are taking center stage.

The first thing you should be mindful of is preventing and restoring healthy, soft lips. Cold weather and sun exposure are the major culprits when lips get dehydrated.  Cool air, reduced humidity and wind can leave the thin lip skin with deep cracks. When lips get dry and uncomfortable from moisture loss, chapping and painful cracking and peeling are not far behind.

The consistent use of a protective balm can prevent your lips from drying out. Emollients in tubes or pots can also reverse the problem. But once lips are chapped, the more often you apply an emollient balm, the  faster the healing process can begin. Look for lip products containing ingredients like shea butter, lanolin, vitamin E, beeswax and dimethicone. They work to create a barrier against dehydration while the moisturizing ingredients keep chapping to a minimum.

ZO Medical LIPREBUILD Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment was developed to reverse and restore severely dry, cracked and wrinkled lips using a clinically proven moisture recycling technology. This hydrating formula contains plant stem cell antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, fruit extracts to soften and repair lips. It does double duty by plumping up lips to actually improve their shape, size and contour while restoring them to their natural, rosy color. Now that’s what we call a win-win!

Once your lips are brought back to optimum health, keep them supple with a moisture-rich lipstick or lip balm with an SPF that you apply several times daily.

Use It or Lose It

Why do so many skincare companies put products in 1-to-6 ounce containers? Why not supersize them, like some discount retailers do?

The problem is that supersized products may be false economy. Here’s why:
1. Just about all personal cosmetic products have a shelf life. You can see that date printed on the jar; it’s called the PAO (Period After Opening)—an illustration of a little open jar, with a number inside, like 6M, 12M, etc. This number stands for how long the product will stay fresh after it has been opened. Skincare companies are not required to include the PAO on the package, but ZO does.

2. Some products will lose their potency after repeated exposure to light or air. Vitamin C, retinol, glycolic acid, and hydroquinone—some of the best and most effective ingredients—are all particularly vulnerable. Airtight, opaque packaging helps, but it’s not fail-safe.

3. Products that are applied directly to your face—like lip gloss, lip balm, eyeliner, and mascara—become breeding grounds for bacteria. You’re not doing yourself any favors by keeping them long past their expiration date.  That’s why so many skincare products are sold in airtight pumps, to reduce the possibility of contamination.

4. Cosmetics and skincare products need to be stored properly: away from direct light or heat, and with the jar firmly closed. Don’t keep them in your car—especially during the summer.

5. Loofahs and sponges are frequently the host for bacteria. All of those nooks and crannies—and the moist bathroom environment—are conducive to bacterial contamination. According to Dr. Obagi, the bathroom is “a fertile ground for mold, bacteria, fungus, and streptococcus, and these things make you vulnerable to acne and infections.”

Here’s what Dr. Zein Obagi recommends for the useful life of skincare and cosmetics:

  • Cream and gel cleansers: 1 year
  • Serums:  6 months
  • Liquid foundation: 6 months if it is in squeezable packaging, 2 months in any other form
  • Concealer:  3 months
  • Loose powder:  2 years
  • Pressed powder:  18 months
  • Eye shadow: 2 years if powder, 2 months if it’s cream (unless it is in a squeezable or airtight container)
  • Mascara:  3 months (but discard sooner if it dries out)
  • Eyeliner: up to 3 years for regularly sharpened pencils, 2 months for cream or liquid eyeliners
  • Blush:  2 years for powder, 2 months for cream
  • Makeup sponges:  wash after each use and throw away after 2 weeks
  • Lipstick:  1 year
  • Lip gloss:  18 months
  • Lip liner:  up to 3 years if sharpened regularly
  • Nail polish:  1 year