April 27, 2012

Makeup for After a Breakup

It's not news that women tend to cling to the fashion and beauty trends that were popular when they felt they were at the height of their beauty (which is why so many of our mothers, now nearing the age of retirement, still wear the high-waisted, tapered-leg "mom" jeans that gained popularity in the early '80s). The truth is it's easy to get stuck in a rut with your beauty routine once you're comfortably ensconced in a long-term relationship. And why would you want to change a routine that clearly worked (it helped you nab your partner, right?). But when you suffer a breakup, whether it's years down the road or mere months after the first flush of romance, you're going to need a little pick-me-up to make yourself feel attractive again. So consider this the perfect opportunity to update your makeup look.


In truth, you should reevaluate your makeup on a yearly (or even seasonal) basis, and you should consider changing your entire skincare routine every decade at a minimum (since our skin changes as we age, needing different nutrients as we move from our 20s to 30s, 30s to 40s, and so on. But if you're pretty up-to-date with your beauty routine in terms of employing the proper cleansers and creams for your age group and skin type, then all that remains is to update your makeup look in order to boost your self-esteem and look like a member of modern society (instead of a throwback to a prior era).

There are a couple of tips you should adhere to when it comes to changing your makeup palette. First, if you go a bit nuts and drastically change your haircut or color, it could affect the type of makeup you wear. So if you go from beachy blond (summer colors) to a flaming redhead (autumn) you'll want to adjust your color palette accordingly. A cosmetician can help you in this regard, but more and more frequently you can find makeup packaging that takes out the guesswork by telling you which items will work with your particular coloring (and of course, there are plenty of websites that can help you out with color charts).


Next you'll want to consider modern trends. You can pretty much always get away with "natural" colors that simply enhance and highlight what you've already got (muted shades of brown, red, and pink, for example). And while these can look wonderful with proper application, you may be seeking something a little more sophisticated or attention-grabbing. The big trend at the moment is highly pigmented cosmetics in candy-colored hues. But unless you're a teen or twenty-something you don't want to run around looking like Nicki Minaj. So skip the all-over shellac and try out this trend in a more understated way; go for a bright pop of color on the lips or pair a shocking shade of eyeliner with nude shadow and lightly-glossed lips.

Of course, there are some tips that you can take to the bank whether you're happily married or filing for divorce in Austin, L.A., or Miami Beach. A bright pink blush, for example, can offer the appearance of youth; and some highlighter under the brow, on the inside corner of the eye, and just above the cheekbone can give you a lift and help you to look more alert. But the best thing you can do when it comes to looking and feeling great post-breakup is simply give yourself an update with new clothing and makeup, whether you use the internet to research trends on your own or visit a beauty counter for some timely advice and the products that are just right for you.

(Guest Post by Carol Montrose)

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