8 anti-aging tips from the ultimate celebrity Glam Squad
By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris
Aging may be inevitable, but there are many beneficial steps you can take to mature gracefully. With a bit of help from Hollywood's top celebrity Glam Squad, we've created a crash course in maintaining an effortlessly youthful look. Incorporate these simple practices into your daily routine for a fresh, vibrant aesthetic.
1. Nighttime Is the Right Time
Keeping your complexion youthful requires a dedicated nighttime cleansing ritual. In other words, ditch the bad habit of falling asleep with your makeup on. Follow the advice of celebrity makeup artist Sir John, who strongly recommends removing all makeup before hitting the sheets. After thoroughly washing your face, apply a nighttime moisturizer for additional hydration and a multifunctional eye cream to rejuvenate the delicate skin around your eyes.
2. You Are What You Eat
A wholesome, healthy diet becomes ever more important for glowing skin as you age. To decrease puffiness, focus on consuming anti-inflammatory foods that increase cell turnover, such as almonds, olive oil and kale. Combat dark circles by stocking up on circulation-improving foods like brussels sprouts and red bell peppers.
3. Be Kind to Your Hair
Hair follicles become drier and more brittle over time, requiring extra TLC as you age. Celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak recommends selecting gentle shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated for "tress relief." As frequent washings can further strip stressed-out strands of their natural oils, Roszak recommends occasionally replacing a traditional shampoo formula with a multifunctional cleansing balm to simultaneously clean, condition, treat, detangle and soften hair.
4. Oil, Oil and More Oil
Consider oils another secret weapon against the outward signs of aging your hair betrays. Oil-based products serve double duty in tackling the fragility and dryness of aging hair while functioning as an excellent styling solution. Roszak recommends applying hair oil to damp strands immediately after showering as a detangler, and then throughout the day as needed.
5. Tame the Gray
Gray hair is a telltale indicator of age. However, unwanted silver strands are easy to disguise with the aid of a root touch-up spray, especially when a last-minute appointment at the salon isn't feasible.
6. Know the Blush Basics
Sir John advises that mastering the radiance-to-matte ratio of blush, bronzer and highlighter is key to a youthful visage. First, ensure that your T-zone is matte. Next, focus shimmery blush and highlighter application on the cheekbones and brow bone only. Lighter blushes and highlighters work best on the apples of the cheeks and sides of the face. Finally, use bronzer and dark blush to define the contours of your cheeks.
7. Pamper Your Pout
We tend to focus on the skin around our eyes as we grow older, but it's equally important to lavish attention on your lips. The sensitive skin on lips thins as we age, leading to increased dryness and flaking. Sir John suggests increasing hydration with -- of all things -- eye cream or rose oil to decrease fine lines and heal parched lips. When applying color, consider opting for a matte lip pen to achieve an on-trend look without removing much-needed moisture.
8. All About the Eyes
Sir John insists that the right eye-makeup routine can work wonders to revive tired-looking eyes for a more youthful gaze. First, apply a rich taupe shadow to the crease of each lid to make eyes pop. Next, Sir John recommends, line your top lids in a soft, creamy liner. Angle the liner upward when you get to the outer edges to lift the eyes. If you choose to line your lower lids, use an earthy brown eyeliner in lieu of a harsh black shade. Polish off the look with a primer/mascara duo to create exceptionally thick lashes. For bright doe eyes, apply mascara in the center of the lashes directly above your pupils; if you're channeling a more feline vibe, focus the mascara on the outer edges of your eyes.
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