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Slideshow: 10 Makeup & Beauty Tips for Older Women

6. Forget Fake Lashes – Do This Instead

Are you tired of layering on coat after coat of mascara every morning or struggling to apply messy false lashes? These quick fixes are time-consuming and often give your eyes a “fake” or “overly done up” appearance that studies have shown is unattractive to men.

It’s hard to resist the temptation to suffocate your eyelashes in tons of goopy product. After all, eyelash enhancers are the latest craze to hit the beauty industry: Extensions for longer lashes, specially formulated mascaras for fuller, darker lashes, and prescription supplements that claim all of the above. There are so many options that it’s become increasingly difficult to determine what works and what doesn’t in the wide world of lash enhancement.

7. Make your Own Lip Color

We’re all working with what we’ve got. If you’re the type of person who’s really particular about lip color and doesn’t want to try on a million different shades, experiment with creating your own. Use a blush or shadow in a color that you find flattering.

Take a tweezer or bobby pin and scrape some of the powder out. On a clean surface, mix it with clear lip balm or some petroleum jelly. If it isn’t deep enough, add more pigment. If it’s too deep, add in more balm. Total control!

8. DIY Tinted Moisturizer

Just because you’re older now doesn’t mean you need to cake foundation on your face – there’s nothing to hide! Fresh, even, moisturized skin is more youthful-looking skin. Take a dollop of your favorite moisturizer and mix it with your foundation. It’s the perfect “no makeup” makeup look.

You can adjust the ratio for the amount of coverage you’d like on any given day. This is also a good solution for winter, when your summertime foundation may be a little dark. Speaking of that, don’t forget to layer your SPF underneath, no matter how little makeup you’re wearing.

9. Lipstick Cream Blush

If you want to avoid dry formulas that stick in crevices and emphasize wrinkles, you go with cream formulas. Some cream blushes are much longer lasting than powders, anyway. The trick here is that you don’t always need to go out and buy a new product.

Experiment with using a peach, pink, or red lipstick as blush. You should only need a dot or two, especially if the lipstick is rather bright. Start by placing it further away from your nose than you would powder blush. Blend well with fingers, and finish it off with a little brush blending.

10. Business Card Trick

Business cards, credit cards, key cards – these are all beauty tools. If the outer corner of your eye is drooping a little, whip one out. Place it at an angle up and out from the outer corner of your eye. You can now apply shadow and liner without worrying about going a millimeter too low and dragging your eye down.

Also employ this trick when you’re using a mascara with a messy wand or thick formula. Hold the card behind your lashes, against your eyelid, and go as crazy as you’d like. When you pull it away, there’s no mess.