Top 10 Anti-Aging Tips from Bobbi Brown's Living Beauty

Just in time for her 50th birthday, makeup guru Bobbi Brown has written Bobbi Brown Living Beauty (Springboard Press, February, 2007), a book that redefines beauty — and aging — for women over 40.

In the book, Brown celebrates female faces that have laugh lines. She encourages women to "age gracefully" without unnecessary plastic surgery and offers makeup tricks to cover problems older women face. Here, she shares 10 simple anti-aging tips you can incorporate into your life.

  • Renew skin with a retinoid cream. Retinoids are vitamin-A derivatives that help stimulate collagen production and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Retin-A Micro and Renova are available by prescription from the dermatologist.
  • Erase brown spots with laser resurfacing. Ablative lasers target skin melanin (the pigment that gives color to the skin). Small scabs form after the treatment and when they fall off, they reveal spot-free skin.
  • Layer skin-care formulas. Try a wet, hydrating cream under a rich, dense balm to give skin a plumped up, cushiony look. Use the warmth of your fingers to help blend the creams.
  • Use concealer to brighten and lighten the under-eye area. Pair a pink- or peach-toned corrective concealer with a yellow-toned concealer. Be sure to apply concealer close to the lashes and to the inner corner of the eye as well.
  • Add a pop of color to cheeks. Dust blush high on the apples of your cheeks to give the face a more lifted look.
  • Define eyes with liner. When lining eyes, extend the liner slightly at the outer corner of the eye. Make sure the liner is thick enough and visible when your eyes are open.
  • Brighten your face with hair highlights. Most people are born with natural highlights which fade and darken with age. Highlights can have the same lifting and brightening effect on your face as makeup or a good night's rest.
  • Get your teeth whitened. You need to counteract the yellowing that comes with age. When I tried BriteSmile I was hooked because it brought out the whites in my eyes and my entire face look younger and brighter.
  • Camouflage bulges with a body smoother. Try a tank or T-shirt-style top if you have love handles. A boy-cut short helps control stomach and hip bulges and can be worn under both pants and skirts. BodyWrap and SPANX make good ones.
  • Liven up your face with jeweled earrings. I received a pair of pink pearl earrings for my birthday and fell in love with them because of the way the pink tones of the pearls magically brought out the natural pink in my cheeks.
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