We're excited to introduce international, eco-friendly makeup artist Kristen Arnett to the Truth In Aging community! Kristen will be writing weekly posts that will focus on makeup as it relates to TIA. To learn more about Kristen check out her bio. And keep reading for this week's Makeup Memo!

Unequivocally, when a woman passes her mid-thirties, something rather disconcerting happens…the signs of aging make their appearance. It seems that 37 is the magical year for when age really sets in and women can’t get away with their ordinary and casual beauty habits any longer.

Think about it, around 37 years old did you wake up one morning shocked at who was staring back in the mirror? This woman, you thought, doesn't look refreshed after a full night of sleep like she used to. Her skin hasn't “bounced back” after a late night out and the puffy darkness under the eyes is almost frightening. Wrinkles that used to come and go with the day's expressive behaviors are digging in for the long haul. Skin has begun to surrender to gravity forcing it downward, and brown spots make their stamp like a passport revealing days of decadent sunbathing or lazy protection.

The makeup you’ve been using since your 20s starts to look awkward, and while something drives you to use more in an attempt to hide the tired look of age, it's only making you appear older.  It’s as if one night Age drove in and parked on your face. Permanently.

Sound familiar to anyone out there?

So what happened is that after 35 years old, your body slowed down its collagen and elastin production.  These are proteins that give the skin its structural support.  Collagen gives skin firmness and elastin creates flexibility.  As soon as those two start to wane, the plump, glowing and firm face you once knew succumbs to the duller and more deflated version.

The majority of skin care products on the market cannot help the body’s internal creation of collagen and elastin, so it is better to concentrate on a diet full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Skin is one part of the equation, but the makeup game also changes significantly. Attention to detail, color correction, and sculpting all become important to lift the features and give them the “right” definition.  After 37, making an eye line just 2 millimeters too long, or choosing a foundation 1 shade too light can add years to the face. It becomes so frustrating because what used to work doesn’t anymore, and it seems there’s very little you can do to understand or help the problem.

Women won’t learn how to apply makeup properly for their age in stores because most beauty consultants are too busy selling to take the time to teach.  Often the sales people don’t actually know the skills themselves or how best to advise their customers.  When women have given up, realizing they don’t have the know-how to restore their youthful glow, they come to me for makeup lessons to learn what I call, "age-defying makeup techniques".

Now I’m here to help you with the Truth in Aging as it relates to your makeup. You’ll be relieved to know it doesn’t involve caking on pounds of cosmetics. Let’s begin…

Truth  #1

Black liner on the eyes draws attention to wrinkles.*

Ditch the black eyeliner. Instead try a color like navy, plum or chocolate to line your eyes.  Use a small angled brush to buff over the top, following the shape of the liner to create a more diffused effect. For eyeliner that stays put, use a coordinating shadow on your angled brush and as you go over the liner, it will set the makeup as it blends out the harshness of the line.

*If you have dark skin and hair, black is totally acceptable to use, just make sure to soften the line as described above.

Give it a try and leave comments on how it worked for you.