What's in YOUR make-up case?

Over50Beauty! What do you carry in your make-up case? Do you carry a make-up case? Truly, I don't. I carry my Burt's Bees and a couple of lip products with me in a little pocket of my handbag. That's it. If I have make-up on, it's not for fiddling with during the day. It's on to stay. I don't mess with it while I'm away from home. Honestly, I don't live that sort of life that I need to touch up my make-up between events. Nor do I wear that type of make-up. My WarPaint in the Bag
What you see here is really what I have in the medicine cabinet for my whole make-up routine. I put dots of Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Light around my face and blend with a Beauty Blender. I have a hot pink one so I can always find it in the medicine cabinet. Then I swipe IT Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Luminizer under my eyes, across the tops of my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and on the tip of my chin. I put dots of tarte natural beauty cheek stain on the apples of my cheeks. Then, using the Beauty Blender, I blend these two products. I blend the cheek stain up towards my temples. The luminizer, I simply blend the edges so that there're no hard lines. I outline my lips with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in natural and then apply Rimmel Moisture Renew in To Nude or Not To Nude. The lipliner keeps the lipstick from bleeding and the natural color doesn't show. That's the full warpaint routine and it takes about seven minutes start to finish, including putting everything away and washing my hands. On days that I don't feel like wearing real lipstick, I use one of the tarte lip tints. They are fat pencils and are easy to apply on the go. I always carry my Burt's Bees with me to keep my lips from getting dry.

I don't use powders, because I do have some fine lines. Powders tend to emphasize wrinkles and lines and make them look worse. I also don't wear a matte lipstick because my lips are the most wrinkled part of me and I don't want to draw attention to that fact. I'm not ashamed of my age and how I look, but I also don't feel that I want to point out what time has done to me. Make-up is supposed to make you look your best, right? Well, products that point out the effects of aging, don't seem to be doing their job properly. Why would you want to point these things out? If a bit of concealer and foundation can cover age spots on your face, is that a bad thing? I'm not saying plaster it on with a spackle knife. But light make-up can blend aging in so that what people see is YOU instead of spots and lines. I am by no means an advocate of heavy make-up. Leave that for the stage. I go without make-up a lot more than I wear make-up. So when I do wear make-up, I wear it lightly. I don't want it to appear as a mask. It should enhance your looks.

How do you take care of your skin? And for this, I'm talking about your face, neck and upper chest. For years, I've used the same products - Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Brightening Scrub and Daily Moisturizer and they did what I needed them to do. My skin stayed clear and fresh. A few years ago, I tried Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub and decided that I liked that even better for my skin, which I noticed was starting to change. I was hitting  my mid-50s. I started to realize I needed to pay closer attention. Things had changed and I wasn't keeping up with the changes. Already my lips had a wreath of wrinkles around them and lipstick didn't want to stay on my lips. It bled into those awful lines. Those lines weren't attractive full of lipstick. And I started trying all sorts of things to soften the effect.

I have finally come to the conclusion that I really do need a good night cream. The light Aveeno moisturizer simply isn't enough. It may be okay for the daytime, but I needed to start (over-due) a nighttime routine. So what I am currently trying is this: L'Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal and Clarins Double Serum [Hydric & Lypidic System] Complete Age Control Concentrate intensified by the use of the JeNu ultrasound system. I also use the JeNu Lip Serum to help my lip wrinkles, since that is my worst wrinkle site. 

I am by no means heavily wrinkled. I have the wrinkles around my lips and a little sagging in the chin area. I also have a few fine lines between my eyes. I think one of the most aging things for me, is that I was always fair skinned and have problems with sun exposure. I haven't been out in the sun in years and have really lost my coloring. So the fading due to aging has really made me pasty. I really should dot on a bit of cheek color on a daily basis to give my face just a touch of color so that people know I'm alive. Yes, even I get lazy! My gray hair is a silvery gray, of which I am very glad. But with my pale face, it's quite a wash-out! And, I wear a lot of gray! Remember what I said yesterday about quiet neutrals? Well, my cheeks need some noise! So, I guess I better stop being quiet about it and get with it starting tomorrow morning!

What is your make-up and skin care routine? What works for you? Share your secrets! +Judi E. Easley 

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