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F is for Future Perfect: Beautiful Makeup for a Mature Face

Makeup artist Diana Carreiro is one of Canada's top and best-known makeup artists. She's beautified lots of celebs she won't name, as well as worked with a slew of top beauty and fashion magazines. Here she shares makeup tips from her shoot with longtime fashion model Maye Musk, 63.
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Maye Musk in FASHION Mag May 2011

GUEST POSTThe biggest makeup challenge when you hit your 50s, 60s and on is "finding products that won't accentuate fine lines and wrinkles," says makeup pro Diana Carreiro. One of Canada's top artists (with Page One Management), she's behind this FASHION Magazine photoshoot featuring model Maye Musk, 63. (Maye, by the way, has been a model since her teens. She's also a registered nutritionist and author. A former Toronto resident, she's now based in New York City.)

Here, Diana shares what she used on Maye + why + how:

Skin Maye, who has really great skin, came to set moisturized so I simply prepped with Mary Kay Foundation Primer to minimize pores and fine lines.

Foundation I used Face Atelier Ultra Foundation for a dewy finish (I consider it a medium coverage), then set it with a light dusting of Yaby micronized Loose Setting Powder to avoid under-eye creasing.

Concealer I used Cover Fx Total Cream Coverage Foundation. It's highly pigmented so a little goes a long way especially when you choose the right complementary colour, i.e. orange-based for blue circles, or yellow-based for purple circles. The better the colour match, the less product you need, thereby avoiding the dreaded creasing problem.

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Bronzer Maye has a strong bone structure which can lend more maturity to the face. For a softer look, I applied Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sunny Spice along cheekbones and hairline to impart a light sun-kissed glow.

Blush Because I tend to go with matte shadows on the eyes, I like to switch up the cheeks with a cream blush to avoid an overly dry look on mature skin. Here, I brushed Mary Kay Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss, a soft dusty pink with just a hint of iridescence, on the apples of the cheeks. It was the perfect balance to the bright mouth.

Eye Makeup I use mainly matte colours on mature eyes; shimmer tends to highlight fine lines. On Maye I used Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Silky Caramel all over the lid from lash to brow, Sienna in the crease, Espresso shadow as liner to keep things soft. To add a touch of brightness, I dabbed Crystalline on the inner corners, then finished with black mascara for more impact. I used 2 shades of Yaby Brow Powders, #4 and #5, to create a natural looking brow.

Lips I primed the outer lip area with Mary Kay TimeWise Age Fighting Lip Primer to reduce the chance of feathering, then used a brush to fill in with Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Sunny Citrus, my new fave orange since their Orange Crush shade was discontinued. I skipped liner because I wanted to have a softer, more organic lip.

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Other shade suggestions would be a great juicy red or fuchsia pink, both of which are really hot for the season. Note: To avoid a harsh looking mouth, do not use matte shades if lips are on the thin side. A bit of shine instead will make them seen fuller.

Photography by Miguel Jacob, featured in the May 2011 issue of FASHION Magazine. See more of the story at And isn't Maye's hair AMAZING?? (So's that ring....)