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This refashionista at 21 and 41...embracing aging agrees with me!
I honestly haven’t a clue why aging and birthdays are supposed to be scary events that should be dreaded after you leave your 20’s behind. With each passing year my confidence in myself has grown and my varied life experiences enable me to make much more intelligent decisions than I did in my younger years (most of the time).

Sure, I now have some bits that have started to wobble and a few smiley lines that stick around my eyes even when I’m not grinning like fool but would I combat these signs of a life lived with injections and scalpels? Nope. (although my opinion might change drastically in 10 years or so!)

For now a sunny frame of mind and a bit of help from my fave bargain cosmetics is all I need to feel great about my appearance…and so without further ado may I present my basic face painting routine for looking fab at 41 (+ a few tips n’ tricks I’ve learned along the way):

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  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 1
    Step 1

    I have been a loyal (original) Nivea creme user since highschool and recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin. It has no strong perfumes, zero silly anti-wrinkle crap or bizarre ingredients + it’s not tested on animals and I’m positive that it has helped to keep my skin firm, soft and silky smooth throughout the years. (Nope, I haven’t been reimbursed by Nivea I just really, really lurv this cream)

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here are my basic (bargain) everday make-up and tools:

    concealer stick – tone correcting powder – nude shade eyeshadows – dark brown eyeliner – black mascara – light brown lipliner – nude shade lipstick – powder brush – angled shadow brush – eyelash curler – cotton swabs

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step one – Concealer: I dab concealer under my eyes, on the top of my nose, on my lips and anywhere there is a bit of redness.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 4
    Step 4

    Blend the concealer. Quick tip: use your ring finger to blend in a patting motion, as it is your weakest finger it won’t pull and stretch your skin as much which is a definite plus for helping to slow the appearance of fine lines as you get older.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 5
    Step 5

    Powder up! I have fair skin with annoying areas of redness and absolutely adore the (bargain priced) tone correcting powder by elf cosmetics.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 6
    Step 6

    I powder my T-zone and work my way out, up, around and down a bit past my jawline. Since I don’t wear foundation or thick compact powders I never have to worry about the dreaded make-up-line or cracking-mask look. As my skin matures I’ve discovered that less is definitely better where cosmetics are concerned.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 7
    Step 7

    Any excess redness can be diminished by applying a bit of the green powder – the green cancels out the red, yay!

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 8
    Step 8

    Next curl those lashes (from base to tip). A little trick I was shown years ago: curling your lashes before you apply your eye make-up takes away the possibility of having to reapply shadow and eyeliner that has smudged off on the eyelash curler.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 9
    Step 9

    Get lining – instead of trying for a perfect thick line from the get-go (and failing everytime) I draw my liner outline first and then simply fill it in.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hooray for nude tone shadow! I dab a bit of the second lightest shade on that weak little ring finger…

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 11
    Step 11

    and apply it from just above my liner to slightly above my eyelid crease. Using my right ring finger for my right eye and left ring finger for my left eye ensures an even application.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 12
    Step 12

    Then it’s on to the lightest shade applied and blended from the top of my eyelid crease to just under my eyebrow arch.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 13
    Step 13

    I then use that angled brush to apply a dark brown shadow over top of my dark brown liner to prevent liner smudges and keep it looking fresh all day!

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pop on some mascara. I only apply to my top lashes using the roll-the-brush-from-lash-base-to-tips method and give them 4 – 5 coats.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 15
    Step 15

    Get rid of any unsightly excess eye make-up and goo by gently rolling a cotton swab in the corner of your eyes.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 16
    Step 16

    Line those lovely lips. I start in the center of my cupids bow and draw outwards on each side following the natural outline of my lips then repeat the process on the bottom starting from the center of my lower lip.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 17
    Step 17

    Tip: filling in your lips with liner helps your lipstick stay put loads longer. Apply lipstick (or gloss) the same way as liner – outward from the center.

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 18
    Step 18

    Side note: As much as I truly don’t mind getting older, could the weird wtf hairs just stop already?

  • How to create a makeup look. A Beautiful Basic Face Routine For Any Age - Step 19
    Step 19

    And there you have it! My 10 minute fab at 41 make-up routine, proving that aging is not monster the media would have us believe nor do we need to invest in ridiculous over priced products to feel great about ourselves!

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