Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Use a light touch“Many women assume they need more makeup as they get older, but the less you put on the better you look,” says Poppy King, creator of Lipstick Queen. Adds makeup artist Petra Strand, “I’d ban heavy base on anyone older than 25.” Try a tinted moisturizer instead.
Embrace creamy textures“Stay away from too much powder—it can accentuate wrinkles,” says Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of the Chantecaille beauty line. Cream eye shadow and blush formulas are “more flattering on mature skin,” according to makeup artist Jemma Kidd.
Brighten up“Stop wearing browns; they’re doing nothing for you,” makeup artist Michael Marcus says. “A pop of color takes years off,” adds Sara Strand, of Pop Beauty, who suggests pink for cheeks and lavender or olive-gold for eyes.
Bonus: Look great all over Women older than 30 do go sleeveless—and look darn good. (See Michelle Obama for proof.) To make sure your skin looks as great as your triceps, swap your regular body lotion for one with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which gently exfoliate to reveal smoother skin. Try Dove Pro-Age Beauty Body Lotion

Look Younger With These Hair And Makeup Secrets

Once upon a time, there were beauty rules you were supposed to follow when you hit a certain age. But, like perms and frosted lipstick, those guidelines no longer apply. To find the freshest antiaging tricks, Health polled 140 experts for their best advice.
Sure, we heard fundamental tips like “Wear sunscreen!” again and again, but we also picked up some unexpected strategies. ReWarm up your hair color“Ashy tones are your biggest enemy as you get older,” says George Papanikolas, a colorist who works with actress Rachel McAdams. “Women tend to add pale highlights and go blonder to camouflage gray, but they end up looking washed out and older.”
If you don’t need to hide gray, try a few warm highlights around your face. “Blondes should go more golden; brunettes should try warm, caramel tones,” colorist Robert Ramos says. For more gray coverage, use a permanent dye in a warm color one or two shades lighter than your natural pregray shade.
Avoid the mom cut“Age shouldn’t influence hair length,” notes Mark Townsend, a Matrix celebrity stylist and Reese Witherspoon’s go-to hair guy. So no need to go short at a certain age. In fact, the mom cut—ear-length, overly layered (think Hillary Clinton or Suze Orman)—adds years, according to the stylists we polled.
“Don’t get stuck in no-man’s land. Hair that’s an awkward length without a discernible style is very unflattering,” says Ryan Cotton, a stylist at New York City’s Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon. He suggests an easy-to-style cropped cut (Halle Berry), a bob that’s at least chin-length (Katie Holmes), or longer hair with layers (Julianne Moore).
Go for face framing“Styling your hair back off your face can make you look 10 years older,” Cotton says. If you have short hair, style it so it frames your face. For longer hair, bangs are the way to go, according to San Diego salon owner Jet Rhys. “They hide signs of aging and instantly give you a youthful appearance,” she says, citing Goldie Hawn as an example of someone who knows the antiaging power of on for nine great ones that will help you look amazing.

Elnett, the long-smuggled hairspray, now at Shoppers

In the beauty world, L’Oréal Paris Elnett’s reputation precedes it. This hairspray is cult–the secret of runway stylists and the stuff of legend. Banned in the U.S., though not in Europe, since 1987 due to its use of fluorocarbons as propellants, the 50-year-old “golden can” has been smuggled back in ever since. Happily, for us and the ozone layer, that problem has been solved in a North American version of Elnett Satin ($15) that landed at Shoppers Drug Mart this month.What’s so great about it? I smuggled–okay,brought–a can home to test.LINK..




The Beauty Awards are back!

Lash blast


When Avril Lavigne picks up the phone, her voice is so girlie and youthful that I’m taken aback for a second. In the seven years since she burst through with “Complicated,” the pop-punk singer has become part of the old guard—she’s practically establishment. Her lineup of accomplishments includes three albums—a fourth is coming next year—a judging gig onAmerican Idol that airs in January, and a juniors clothing line, Abbey Dawn, sold at Boathouse in Canada. And yet she just, just, turned 25.
Next on the ticket is her first fragrance, Black Star (from $39, at Shoppers Drug Mart). Lavigne wanted the scent to be “a rock ’n’ roll perfume,” and from the packaging on down it reflects her style: The box is decked out in silver studs, the star-shaped bottle is pink—like the streaks in her hair—and topped with a black cap and removable spiked metal ring.
A celebrity with a varied portfolio is no rare thing in the current era, and it would be easy to criticize Black Star as another rubber-stamped brand-building affair. But Lavigne seems genuinely engaged with her creation. Refreshingly, she doesn’t pretend to be a perfumer. There were no stories about a childhood flower garden or a lifelong interest in chypres and fougères. In fact, before P&G Prestige approached her about creating a signature scent, the singer confesses she would just wear “random, different things.”
So why create a fragrance? “It would be something new for me, and I knew it would be fun,” says Lavigne. “It was a really great experience to learn and to expand.”