(28 Aug 2017) HOW TO LOOK YOUNGER, ACCORDING TO CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST TAYLOR CHANG-BABAIAN
“One of the worst things that you can actually do to make yourself look older is follow the lines of your face,” advises celebrity makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian.
Chang-Babaian, who has a celebrity client list of more than 60 stars – including Yoko Ono, Joni Mitchell, Nelly Furtado, Kanye West, Ryan Reynolds and Elisabeth Moss – says there are a lot of things you can do with shaping and color to make yourself look younger.
“One of the things that I like and is adding a bold color, but only color on the lips and not the eyes,” she assures. “Gwen Stefani is a great example of that, where she keeps her skin really clean, the eye has just like a lifted eyeliner and then a bold lip. That just adds the youthfulness that kind of disappears after your 20s.”
Chang-Babaian, who is also the author of three beauty books, “Asian Faces,” “Style Eyes,” and “Beauty Rewind,” says “as you get older you want to stay away from muddy browns, but if you want to keep browns to look more natural and shimmery – basically more natural, you want something that has a little bit of a highlight to it. So, shimmer but not too much glitter, but a little bit of shimmer.”
The direction you apply your eyeliner will have an effect too, she says.
“One of the worst things that you can actually do to make yourself look older is follow the lines of your face. So in your 20s, you followed your eyeliner. You follow the shape of your eye. As you get older, following that shape actually brings down the eye so you are actually exaggerating that. So what you want to do is you want to counteract that and add lift,” she suggests. “Again, Gwen Stefani is another great example of that because she does the winged liner so you don’t know if her eyes are actually down-turned at all because she counteracts it with the winged liner.”
An honors student at UCLA researching the future of beauty, Chang-Babaian says it’s important to pay attention to how you treat your eyelashes.
“Eyelashes are great because they actually add lift to the eyes and you actually lose lashes as you get older. I’ve heard lash extensions – depending on how you care for them, you can lose, they become stubs. I’ve seen it a lot, actually. False eyelashes, of course if you pull them off without pulling them off without using a little bit of remover – you are going to pull off some lashes, but your lashes actually reproduce every two months.”
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