STYLE MADE SIMPLE – Make-up for all age groups

Make-up makes women appear younger by restoring the youthful contrasts between facial features like lips and the surrounding skin. The ageing process makes lips, eyes and eyebrows paler, while the surrounding skin becomes darker.
Irrespective of the skin or hair colour, every woman is beautiful in their own way. And, make-up is used to enhance or accentuates your natural beauty. Therefore, learning the right way of make-up application is very important if you want to add more charm to your natural beauty.
Unfortunately, women with fair complexion can easily pull off more make-up styles and shades when compared to darker skin tone. However, you don’t need to worry anymore, there are various make-up brands and cosmetics products available today, exclusively made for dark skin women.
People often mistake natural make-up for no or bare make-up. But, the fact is that natural make-up is the best way to bring out your best facial features without making you look unnatural. It starts with determining your skin undertone or skin tone. Not all women have the same skin tone. Some may be in brown skin colour, while others may be in dark brown or even beige. However, black women usually have blue undertone and those with lighter skin tone may have gold or pink undertone.
Three general reasons why women wear make-up are:
1. To protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays that cause skin damage and ageing. Most make-up products nowadays have SPF, which shields the skin from ultraviolet exposure.
2.    To hide blemishes on the face. It could be wrinkles, puffy eyelids, pimples, dark spots, an unsightly mole or birthmark, or whatever it is that needs to be hidden. Make-up conceals and takes the eyes away from these problem areas by putting highlights on the other more presentable features of the face.
3.    To enhance the best features of the face. Beautiful eyes deserve to be made more beautiful with a few tricks with the mascara and eye shadow.
But whatever reason for wearing make-up, the most important thing to remember is that you should keep your make-up as naturally looking as possible and should wear make-up that suits your age.
Teenagers (15-19) – If you are in your teenage years, your greatest asset is your youth, so you should wear make-up that plays up your youth instead of hiding it. The cosmetic products you are using should not be a cause for acne breakouts. Foundation should be sheer, oil-free and water-based. Keep your lipstick or lip gloss lightly tinted.
Twenties (20-29) – You are in the bloom of your womanhood, and so your make-up should reflect that.  Use light foundation and match the colours you use for your eyes with the natural colour of your eyes, your skin tone. Tone down your make-up when going to work by wearing a light powder blush and a lightly tinted lipstick.
Thirties – Signs of ageing like crows' feet and fine lines begin to appear. Therefore, you should start toning the palette of your make-up down.
It is also time to go a little on the heavy side with your foundation, but wear your blushers in more muted colours.
Forties (40-49) – The signs of aging become more apparent at this age. Begin using an oil-based foundation if your skin is dry and put a light base over the wrinkles of your face, in case you have any. Start using concealer creams more generously over the dark spots and dark circles.Use softer colours for your cheeks.
Fifties and above (50+) – This is the time you should start letting yourself age gracefully.Therefore, be kind to your face and avoid the kinds of make-up that are matte-based.
Keep your lipstick colours light. Until next week. Stay Fabulous.
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July 2013
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