1. Always Begin with Moisturizer
This tip is one of the most important ones. Fresh-looking eyes begin with well-moisturized skin. Applying makeup on top of dry skin can lead to a dull look.
As you age, your skin loses its hydration and this dryness can show on the area under your eyes. So moisturizing is essential. You can use eye creams that contain ingredients like caffeine to keep the skin looking hydrated and firm.
2. Eyeliner Application Starts with an "Amazing" Eyeliner
A good eyeliner helps define your eyes and give more structure to your face. Key points to keep in mind:
- Choose an eyeliner with a soft point that allows you to draw a thin line. This will define your eyes without making you look too heavily made up. If a pencil is your go-to eyeliner, choose one that is long-lasting and smudge-proof like Buzzfeed's recommended 24 Hour Eyeliner called "Eye Am Amazing".
- Lean your face up at a 45-degree angle and look down so that your eyelids are halfway closed. This will keep things precise and straight during application.
- Keep the liner as close to the lash line as possible. Afterward, follow up with a little dark eyeshadow to smudge and blend the eyeliner. The purpose here is to make that line less obvious.
If a black eyeliner is too harsh and not giving you that natural definition you need, opt for a brown eyeliner like "Eye Am Resilient" Bronze Eyeliner. This one pencil is great for an easy, do-able "no-makeup makeup" look without the extra steps of black eyeliner, eyeshadow, and blending.
3. Use Under Eye Correctors to Reduce Dark Circles
The thinnest skin on your body is located under your eyes, and it only gets thinner with age. Blood vessels can be easily seen since this skin is so delicate, leading to the appearance of dark circles. Using under eye correctors can cover any stubborn dark circles. These are specifically designed to brighten underneath the eyes. Find products with ingredients like Vitamin E to help nourish the skin as well.
4. Be Kind to your Lashes
As we age, most people experience a decrease in eyelash length, thickness, and darkness. This is why you need a good waterproof mascara like "Eye Am Beautiful" Mascara.
Concentrate on the root of your lashes and brush out when using mascara. Adding too much mascara to the tips will make them look clumpy that creates a shadow that will give you a drowsy look.
Remember to pay attention to the hair direction. For the illusion of bigger eyes, fan out the hairs in every direction starting from the outer corners of your eyes to your temple. Then, center lashes straight out and up. And inner lashes toward the bridge of your nose.
Bonus tip: You don't have to restrict yourself to the built-in wand the mascara came with. Sometimes a wand can make a good formula apply poorly. You can use a separate spiral brush to dip the mascara and apply.
5. Highlight the Good Features
Only brush your highlighter in face-flattering areas. Use it in places where the light naturally touches your face, like the brow bone. Place a little shimmery shadow on the brow bone underneath the arch and the inner corner of your eye. This highlights your bone structure and lightens any existing eyeshadows. Other features to highlight can be along the cheekbones and bridge of your nose.
Your eyes are more powerful than you think. You can communicate so much with them. And aging doesn't have to put a stop to the twinkle in your eyes when you were 20. Moisturizing, using the right eyeliner, caring for dark circles, lash direction, and using highlighter in the correct places can bring any spark back. It's time to update your beauty routine to better accommodate your mature eyes.