1. Contour strongly under cheekbones and jawline.
2. Curl eyelashes and apply 3 coats of black mascara to top lashes.
3. Fill in brows with a more lifted angled arch, appying color to the top of browline.
4. Use outside of edge to make a fuller top lip.
5. Brush bronzer around edge of face.
6. Extend eyeliner upwards at outer eye corner.
Neither! Aha….I would never apply my makeup without primer first, both an eye primer and a skin primer because it changes the look of your skin from the texture of an orange to an apple! Primers do 3 things: 1. your makeup will stay on much longer 2. the colors will stay true 3. the texture looks smoother and younger.
Let me share my easy, mistake proof trick to determine your best natural blush shade….all you have to do is press hard on the underside of your thumb and look at the color. That’s the color of your skin with pumped up nature/blood brought to the surface. Usually either a pinky-brown or more vibrant peachy-brown, whatever comes up is what to match when choosing a very natural personalized cheek color. You can try this at home!
If you have thinning or missing hair use a matching Eye Color and a stiff, angled Brow Brush to appy color directly to the scalp. It stops light from reflecting off the scalp which makes your hair appear thicker…old trick I learned in Hollywood that really works!
How much makeup do you really need when all you want to do is look natural and not spend a lot of time? The answer is to spend your time only on the areas that are going to create the biggest before and after impact. Which is really only 4 areas and just takes a couple of minutes and still gives you a finished balanced face that looks effortless. Here is the technique explained in easy steps. The 4 areas to pay attention to: concealing any discoloration around the eye area .
- (concealer), evening out the skintone (foundation and powder) Concealer…with a yellowish, green base shade
- Foundation…in an exact skin match
- Powder…loose or pressed
- Cheek color…in a pinky, beige tone
- Lip pencil…also in a pinky, beige tone
- Lip Color…to match your natural lip shade
- Eye Color…a soft neutral
- Eyeliner…use powder with a slanted brush
- Mascara… always black!
- Brow Color …2 shades lighter than your natural brow color, choose powder color applying with a stiff slanted brush
The beauty magazines just recycle the same, useless advice unless you are under 35. You can’t go to a department store makeup counter and have a 23 year old girl, who only knows the line she represents with sales quotas to meet, give you any makeup guidance… plus they will usually make you exactly how they do their own face. That’s why I love the products I have made, all geared to truly solving makeup problems of a more mature face. No woman should now be wearing eye shadows that are frosted or are a true color, only choose matte shades that compliment your coloring in a natural way. When I teach a lesson I can show you how you can lift the 5 areas of your face just by the shade, brush, and where you place the makeup. The areas where you especially will notice a visible lift is by lifting the brow line, the top eye line, the cheekbone, the top lip line and firming up under the jaw. I know the answers, I’ve been working on it daily for over 30 years as a professional makeup artist and using my own face as it has changed as my test and research department! Stay tuned for more makeup advice for women over 40 and 50 as I share my knowledge with women who know they can look better just by learning an updated way to apply their makeup, and I always love to get your beauty questions! Ask me on my Marilyn Young Beauty website!
Marilyn’s own Matte Mascara
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Here’s Step Two for bringing back the light under and between your eyes… Apply my bestselling Custom-blended Concealer thinly, using the concealer brush that I designed to make it easy and mistake-proof!
First apply concealer in your inner eye corner and slightly upward between your eyes (on the inner sides of the nose). Second spot, also outer eye corners to lift the eye upward… this will turn back time! …only a dab using the brush on the outer eye corners. Then blend, blend the edges lightly with your finger.
Choose Custom-blended Concealer in “light” if you are fair skinned or extremely dark and go for “tan” if you’re medium. I have been making this concealer for over 30 years and it works, covers and lasts… especially when set with a light dusting of powder. The unique yellow base of this product is what minimizes the blue, red or grey shadows…. gone , gone , gone!
Custom Blended Concealer
“I want to grow old without facelifts…I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life,would you? You’d never wholly know you.”
I have great news for you!… Yes, you CAN look younger just by how you apply your makeup…
Here is the first thing I teach all my clients over 40 or 50 to do that brings back the brightness around the eye area that we lose as we age.
Step 1. Apply eye primer thinly all over the upper eye area (lashes to brows) using your finger.Choose the eye primer in “light” shade if you are fair…… or extremely dark behind your upper eye……. or want a more dramatic eye look. Use eye primer in the “natural” shade if you are medium toned skin…… or want a natural, less makeup look? Set with powder lightly all over before applying your eye shadows. Your eyes will be brighter again!
Eye Shadow Primer
Custom Blended Loose Powder
“How do you make it look so perfect?”, I am often asked by my clients. The secret it to take a total overall look at the colors in the face, the neck and the hands….and include everything I see in one customized shade that I create a recipe for, including sunblock and moisturizer, sheer to lots of coverage. I let each women make the choices with my advice. Foundation is 70% of your makeup look so super important to look natural and your skin tone even all the way to the jaw.