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Anti-Aging Beauty Hacks

We all are seeking the fountain of youth! Today it’s easier than ever before to hold on to your youthful looks with these great hacks!

Clinique sunscreenThe most IMPORTANT thing to do when it comes to preserving your youth is to protect your skin from the sun! Use sunscreen year round, daily, on all areas that get exposure such as the face, neck, decolletage, and hands. An SPF of 15 or higher is recommended. I love Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oil Free Face Cream! It protects against UVA/UVB rays, glides on velvety smooth, doesn’t clog pores, and is safe to use around the eye area! It’s perfect for under makeup!

Merle Norman’s Brilliant C skin care line Taking good care of your skin will keep you looking youthful for years to come! It’s the best beauty investment that you can make! The basics of good skin care is a good cleanser, day and night time moisturizers, and an exfoliator that is used 1-2 times weekly! For extra care you can use a serum, prior to moisturizer, which helps boost and nourish the skin! There are so many wonderful products out there! Right now my favorite is Merle Norman’s Brilliant C skin care line of products! They brighten dull complexions and leave the skin glowing!

Precision Brow Pencil by Kevyn AucoinLet’s talk eyebrows! As we age they become sparse, especially the outer corners. Filling them in with brow makeup will take years off your face! There are so many options available from pencils, to powders, to gels. My favorite eyebrow pencil is The Precision Brow Pencil by Kevyn Aucoin! It’s retractable, comes in different shades, and has the perfect texture! When applying this pencil use feather like strokes to fill in the brow, creating a very natural effect and illusion of a full brow! There is another amazing technique called microblading that can give you the effect of fuller brows and it looks so natural! This is a great semi permanent makeup option and looks more natural than the tattoo eyebrows of the past! I had mine done at and love it!!!

Motives' Color Correction QuadWhen it comes to anti-aging makeup, the most important product is a color corrector. As we age, our skin tone can become uneven. We can show signs of sun damage with broken capillaries, brown spots, and darkness under the eyes. I love Motives’ Color Correction Quad! It is available for light or dark complexions. Each quad contains shades to neutralize redness, age spots, dullness, and dark circles! Color correctors are used underneath foundation to cover imperfections, which allows you to use less foundation, resulting in a more youthful appearance!

Hourglass Veil Fluid MakeupThere are so many great anti aging cosmetic products out there to help give you the look of a glowing complexion! Look for formulas with added moisture and/or SPF.  There are many foundations that now have added skin care treatments to the formula to double as coverage, as well as to increase lost moisture and reduce the look of fine lines! Technology today is truly amazing! Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup is a fine example of a product that has beautiful coverage with the added ingredient of peptide, which helps stimulate collagen production! Music to my ears!

Wrinkle Smoother LipsOne sure sign of aging are lines around the lip area. Be sure to take care of this delicate area with serum, moisturizers, and sunscreen.  A FAVORITE product of mine to use on myself and my clients is another Merle Norman gem called Wrinkle Smoother Lips! It’s a lip cream For all skin types and premature aging concerns. This anti-aging treatment is designed for the delicate area around the lips to smooth and help stop lip color from bleeding. It is formulated with Argireline, a peptide that helps prevent the appearance of expression lines around the lips upon application and over time.

As a final note, I cannot stress ENOUGH the importance of a good skin care regimen that consists of anti-aging products! It is also a great idea to incorporate seeing a master aesthetician as a regular part of your skin care routine! You may also want to consider taking advantage of today’s noninvasive technology with botox and fillers as part of your routine. Do your homework and go to a reputable practice of skilled beauty experts/plastic surgeons! is a fantastic full service cosmetic center that not only offers facial and body plastic surgery, but a whole list of other services including facials, makeup application, as well as permanent makeup!

Marta Bota

Marta Bota

Beauty Editor
Marta Bota is a pro celebrity makeup artist with over 25 years experience in the fashion, TV, bridal industries. She currently works with Comcast NBC Universal and has worked with CNN, HBO, FOX News Channel to name a few! She teaches makeup lessons and teen workshops. Marta holds the title of Ms. Virginia America 2016 and is a philanthropist. Ms. Bota contributes articles on beauty routines and makeup tips throughout the seasons!