1. Look younger and prettier instantly!

    Susmta PatelWith a season of holiday parties fast approaching most of us can use a few tricks to look younger, thinner, or prettier. Celebrity makeup artist Susmta Patel has tricks that help anyone look up to 10 years younger in an instant.  

    Susmta has consulted for some of the beauty industry’s most prestigious brands, such as Shiseido, Lancôme, Versace, Christian Dior, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Laura Mercier and Clinique. At the famed Completely Bare Salons in Manhattan and Scarsdale, clients revered Susmta for her prowess in full body waxing, permanent hair removal, and eyebrow threading. Susmta was also the key makeup artist on the set of the Bollywood film Sama, and has judged the Miss India worldwide beauty pageants. 
    Here are Susmta’s tips:
    Lighten up
    Tinted moisturizers with luminescent particles or lightweight liquid foundations are best for lined skin. Unlike pressed powder, which settles into wrinkles and makes the skin look even older, a light-reflective liquid formula creates the illusion of a glowing complexion.
    Blur the edges
    As we age, perfectly-drawn eyeliner starts looking more dour than dramatic. Rimming your lids with an eye pencil will define the eyes and seem to plump lashes, but always smudge the line a bit afterward for a more flattering, soft-focus effect. And while a lip liner is a great tool for shaping the mouth, use the liner to fill in the whole lip so there isn’t a hard edge.
    Go light on lip color
    Dark colors can look harsh and accentuate age spots and other imperfections. A lip gloss — not too shiny — looks much fresher.
    Don’t be afraid of shimmer
    Formulas have evolved so much in recent years that they’re not at all sparkly. They just have a very subtle, softening effect. According to Susmta, a dusting of shimmer shadow over the lids refracts light and brightens the eyes.
    Stick to creamy blushes and shadows
    Older skin usually means dry skin, so creamy blushes and shadows are your best bet.   Also, powder blushes and shadows tend to settle into your fine lines and wrinkles, while creamier products "plump" up your skin.
    Don’t go skinny on the eyebrows
    Don’t start going crazy when tweezing your brows; the higher the arch doesn’t mean more years are taken away. Once you hit your 30s, you’ll want to be careful not to over-pluck your eyebrows since they are less apt to grow back if you excessively pluck.