1) Moisturize and Sunscreen. As we age, our skin naturally becomes dryer. This issue can easily be solved by moisturizing daily with a body lotion. Applying either your body lotion or a face cream in the morning or before your makeup routine will make your skin look and feel smoother and less irritated. When shopping for a moisturizer, especially for face creams, look for ones with added SPF. SPF helps protect the skin against sun damage, which can cause dark spots and wrinkles. If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, just apply regular sunscreen before going out, especially if you plan on being outside for a long period of time.

2) Toss out old makeup. Makeup expires quickly. Certain products should be replaced after a specific amount of time to avoid spreading of any bacteria or infections (especially eye infections). Makeup looks and applies best when it’s fresh, so replace these products in each given time period: Mascara, every three months; cream based eyeshadow, once a year; powder eyeshadow, every 2 years; liquid and gel eyeliners, every 3 to 6 months; pencil eyeliner, once a year; foundation, once a year; concealer, every 1 to 2 years; and lipstick, once a year.

3) Don’t be fooled by anti-aging products. While there are some amazing products that do fade aging spots, smooth wrinkles, and tighten pores, there are a lot of products that just don’t work. Watch out for ingredients like collagen or pro-retinol. Collagen only works for wrinkles when injected by a professional into the face, and pro-retinol is a much weaker version of retinol and won’t do much for your skin. When looking for anti-aging products, look for products with retinoids, an ingredient which has been proven to help wrinkles, pores, and dark spots.

4) Use a little foundation or a tinted moisturizer. A little goes a long way. Too much foundation can make the skin appear cakey and can settle into wrinkles. Dab a bit of foundation on your chin, cheeks, forehead, and nose, then blend until the skin tone looks even. Another alternative is using a tinted moisturizer, which feels lighter than a traditional foundation and evens out the skin tone while keeping the skin moisturized.

5) Always use a primer. Primers are used as a base and is applied before any other makeup. A good primer will keep makeup on longer, prevent smudging, allow for a smoother application, and will keep makeup looking fresh all day.

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