Women over 40 beauty, skincare, fashion, fitness and lifestyle, Keeping it Real

Are you familiar with Open Sky? It’s a website that you can connect with others who are tastemakers and experts and shop what they know and like to create your very own personal shopping experience. Up until now, OpenSky’s 100+ experts have only included people in Style, Food, Home Décor and Healthy Living such as Martha StewartBobby Flay,Cynthia RowleyTom ColicchioMolly Sims and Tony Horton.  But starting TODAY they are debuting a whole section dedicated to beauty!

Get expert advice and product recommendations from celebrity make-up artist Pati Dubroff, renowned hairstylist Orlando Pita, former New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr, award-winning dermatologist Neal B. SchultzM.D and cosmetic pioneer Sue Devitt who are among 10 new expert curators to unveil shops on OpenSky.com this week!

Between them, these experts have worked with nearly every major magazine and newspaper, celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce and Jessica Biel and fashion’s biggest designers and photographers: Michael Kors, Versace, YSL, Prada, Valentino, Dior, Annie Leibovitz and Patrick Demarchelier.   They know what works! 

The lovely Pati Dubroff was kind enough to answer questions for Fab Over 40 readers! Being a fan of Pati’s was confirmed when I read her profile at OpenSky and she said she’s “a bangs not Botox girl!”.

Tell us a little bit about yourself – how did you get started as a makeup artist?
Since I was at least 10 years old, I have been enchanted by cosmetics and beauty products. I never veered away from my focus on makeup, taking various jobs that always kept me connected to my passion. I am so grateful that I have been so clear with my career and have had the opportunity to explore it on many levels. Cosmetic counter, music, fashion, runway and red carpet. I enjoy working with world “famous” faces equally as much as educating “real” women on how to feel their best. Feeling beautiful and confident is something all women strive for on some level and the empowerment this confidence brings is truly important to cultivate

Your talents have graced some pretty amazing faces like Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Julianne Moore and countless others. Can you give any beauty advice to those of us who aren’t celebrities, but want to look our best?
It can be a challenge to look in the mirror and feel confident and beautiful when what we see in the media is so “perfect”. The key is to know that no one is perfect.
Retouching, makeup and styling tricks and lighting all contribute to the perceived perfection of famous women. They all make most of their best qualities to overshadow the ones that are more flawed. This is exactly what all women need to do. Make the most of assets, play up the prettiest features and not worry about the rest. Confidence and inner knowing are what makes one feel beautiful.

Is there a common mistake you see that women over 40 make when using makeup?
It is very important that women take a few minutes to even the skin with a foundation. Sadly I see many women using “mineral makeup” powders, applied too heavy that ultimately make the skin look worse, grey, and the sheen of these powders accentuate lines and pores. It’s not to say that all mineral makeup is bad. It’s just misused and sadly misrepresented. Using too much powder in general are very aging. It’s important to not overdo eyeshadows also. Keeping the brow bone clean, avoid excessive shimmering, glittering shadows on areas that are wrinkled or sagging.
Its also important to avoid a harsh line around eyes and lips – very aging!

What can you tell us to do or to avoid doing regarding makeup to look our best when having photos taken?
It is important to spend time making sure the skin is well prepped. Apply a filling primer in the t-zone to minimize pores, also use primer to give illusion of filling wrinkles. This will matify skin so it will need less powder. I then use a hydrating cream or serum (oils at night not under makeup) on the higher outer portions of face. It’s important to even the skin with foundation, brighten under eyes with a brightening concealer, and use a light dusting of loose powder to set. Blush also is important to not wash out in photos. I will often blot with a dry clean powder puff and use blotting paper instead of constant powder. Powder when needed.

Women over 40 seem to notice the biggest changes in the look of their eyes as they age – what tips can you offer so the wrinkles and fine lines and heavier eyelids are less pronounced.
I mentioned above regarding avoiding excess powders and shimmering powders around eyes. To reduce the “puff” or drooping or heavy lids it’s very important to use MATTE shadows. Apply matte shadow with a dome brush and imagine the brush is pushing back the areas that need more definition. Apply a dot of highlighting shadow on the center of lid to brighten (this is a spotlight effect)

Tell us about your collaboration with OpenSky and what we can expect to see from you regarding OpenSky.com?
I am so excited to be able to share the things I love on OpenSky. This is really the future of shopping, personalized with social media components for connecting and communicating. Open Sky is a great place to hang out, discover and try new things.
I will be showcasing some things from brands that are well know like by TERRY, and many off the radar discoveries. I will focus on beauty, but in my world beauty encompasses so many areas. I will have some cosmetics, some beloved skincare, some necessities to sanitize the hands and keep the breath fresh, and in the future I hope to include some devices that improve the tone of the face.

Thank you, Pati!  I am excited to see your recommendations!