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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I am 37 years old and am noticing my skin becoming dry and fine lines beginning to form around my eyes and mouth. The foundation I have been using seems to settle in those lines, which makes them look even worse! Can you recommend a foundation and/or tech

A: Consider switching to a lightweight, sheer foundation, especially if your skin is good. Oil of Olay's Complete Radiance crème-to-powder compact ($10.95) is a nice foundation with a lovely matte finish that controls shine, but keeps skin looking luminous. Lorac Oil Free Foundation ($30 at sephora.com) is oil-free yet provides silken, lightweight coverage. Profaces foundation is amazing to touch, probably because it contains beeswax and silica ($24.50), and it has a beautiful natural but flawless finish. Beware the use of powder: near your eyes or lines is a no-no!

When applying foundation or concealer, be very conscious of your application method. You should always apply undereye concealer from the outside in with your ring finger, since it's your weakest finger, the one least likely to pull your skin. Never tug, rub, or lean on your skin; it's more delicate than you realize. Or, try a professional makeup brushes to apply concealer. Profaces offers a great small brush for just that purpose. I use the brush to dot on concealer and blend ever-so-gently.

Eventually, I suppose we all acquire lines, but don't be disheartened. Some are hereditary and can't be avoided. Treat your face with ultimate gentleness and plenty of sunscreen to prevent other unwanted wrinkles.


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