Magazine article Essence

Get Glowing Skin

Magazine article Essence

Get Glowing Skin

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IN YOUR 20s,30s,40s, AND BEYOND

Findinq a foundation that suits your needs is key to creatina an age-defying complexion BY MARCIA CASTER

No matter the number of birthday candles you blow out this year, you can have a \ ' . beautiful complexion. Identifying the right foundation is critical, because as we I I age our skin goes through some changes: Foundations that worked for us in our twenties may not give us the effect we desire in our forties. Pregnancy, lack of sleep, stress and hormonal fluctuations (just to name a few) can also take our skin on a rollercoaster ride. To look your best, be prepared to tweak your routine as time marches on. "Everyone should think of her foundation application as a personal prescription to flawless skin," says J'me Williams, a Make Up For Ever artist and educator. We've compiled easy-to-follow advice from the pros on choosing the formula at every age that will keep your skin looking absolutely gorgeous.

20s

YOUR MOTTO

You've got It, so flaunt It with formulas that let your youthful skin shine through.

If this is your decade, when you look in the mirror you pretty much see the skin you were bom with-and you still love it. "Twentysomethings have skin with good elasticity and supple texture, so they only need minimal coverage," says Frank Guyton, creative director at Black Opal Cosmetics. "But it is imperative that they use sun protection every day." Choose a base that both enhances your naturally dewy skin and protects from future damage.

VOI R BASE HITS

Tinted Moisturizers

These easy-to-use gems give skin a subtle boost with a hint of color. It's like bare skin, only better! The newest versions come in oil-free formulations and some are infused with SPF (#gottahaveit). They seamlessly meld into your skin for a natural finish.

BB Creams

These hardworking "beauty balms" are light and airy and give more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. "A BB cream is like having a primer and vitamins all rolled into one, and they give a skin-softening effect," explains celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson. The downside: Many brands don't offer the shade range to accommodate our broad spectrum of skin tones.

Liquid Foundation

Not all twentysomethings have blemish-free skin; acne can follow you out of your teens. A liquid foundation will help to conceal without looking cakey. "For a natural finish, use liquid makeup to layer over blemishes only," advises makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. It's definitely the best way to go to conceal without creating a mask, which will only make blemishes more obvious.

30s

YOUR MOTTO

Step up your game with foundations that deliver natural-looking coverage.

"I find that as women enter their thirties, their skin starts to find its groove and can actually look better than when they were in their twenties," says Sheriff. This is also the time when you are making major career moves, and that calls for foundation that produces a polished look.

YOUR RASE HITS

Medium-Coverage Liquids

During your thirties, your body is going through changes. Hyperpigmentation starts to surface on the cheeks and forehead. Increasing your coverage to medium will help to even out your skin tone. And medium-coverage formulas have more staying power than tinted moisturizers or sheerer liquids.

Foundation Sticks For a woman on the go, sticks are a no-brainer. The packaging offers convenience and control, making it ideal for spot coverage. Creamy emollients give skin a luminous appearance, too. …

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