Contouring takes on a whole new meaning:
In the world of modeling, it’s all about razor sharp cheekbones — or faking it with bronzer and contouring tricks. But the word “contouring” takes on a whole new meaning once you hit your 40s. A few years, ago I started noticing that my cheeks looked a little more hollowed out, and I was totally into it. Woohoo, finally I have cheekbones! But it’s because as you get older, your face loses volume, which eventually starts to visually age you. You can go the filler route, which dermatologists also call “contouring.” (A new one called Voluma has derms quite excited because it lasts for two years.) If you’re not into needles, your best bet is to use a lighter hand with the bronzer and contouring brush (or ditch it altogether) and concentrate instead on blush and highlighter. A makeup artist once told me that using blush is one of the quickest things you can do to make yourself look younger. That healthy glow tells everyone, “Why, yes, I am still nubile!”
• Tom Ford Cheek Color Blush, $56: Tom Ford understands how a grown-up lady wants to look, OK?
• NARS The Multiple, $39: Sure it’s not an original suggestion, but this stick is a classic for a reason. Use as a blush, highlighter or lip tint.
• Smashbox Artificial Light Illuminating Lotion, $27: Mix this magic potion with foundation or lotion, or use it on its own for a youthful dewy glow.