As we get a little older, it’s no surprise that our skin color and texture changes. Unfortunately, many of us continue to apply the makeup tips that we learned when we were teenagers, preventing us from getting the look that we want.
Today, I had the opportunity to sit down with professional makeup artist, Ariane Poole, to discuss an issue that is on the minds of many of the women in our community – dealing with lines around the mouth.
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We all know that smoking can cause us to develop wrinkles. But, according to Ariane, smoking is not the only cause of facial lines. She explains that habitual facial expressions, like pouting can have a big impact. In addition, as we age, the amount of collagen in our skin decreases, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Before we get to the heart of Ariane’s advice, I want to say a few words about wrinkles and self-acceptance. In my opinion, aging is something that should be celebrated, not feared. Wrinkles can actually add character to your face and many people feel very comfortable showing them off. At the same time, many women in the community, including myself, enjoy using makeup. For these women, it is possible to be proud of one’s age and appearance, while still experimenting with beauty products.
If you want to understand how your makeup interacts with your facial lines, then this interview is for you. If you are comfortable going without makeup, that’s also completely fine. The most important thing is that you look and feel your best – whatever that means to you.
One of the secrets that Ariane shares in our interview is to use eye cream above the lip line, before putting on your other makeup. She explains that this helps to moisturize your skin and smooth out your lines. You can use this technique on the lines above your lip or to the side.
Two products that Ariane recommends are Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat and her own Ariane Poole mineral pen. Both of these products can help to smooth and fill in your lines. In the video, Ariane even takes off her makeup and shows us how to use these highlighter pens. The difference is stunning.
Ariane also uses a lip pencil on the outer edge of her lip. She explains that it is not necessary to apply powder. All you need is a slightly darker lip color that works with your skin tone and the light in the room.
To address the lines on the side of her lips, Ariane uses the same highlighter pen, applying a generous amount. She shows how blending it upwards can lift your face, visually.
If you are ready to take the next step in developing your own makeup style, please check out the exclusive makeup for older women series of videos that Ariane and I recorded.
Also, don’t forget to visit Ariane’s website to find out more about her products.
What is your favorite highlighter product? Do you have a particular lip pencil that you adore? Please share your product recommendations in the comments section below.