By  on June 17, 2011

When I met my husband 12 years ago, he admired my ivory skin. Never one to wear much makeup—a little foundation, along with mascara and eyeliner to frame my blue eyes—I was thrilled by the compliment that still makes me swoon after 10 years of marriage. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in dolling up my face, with disastrous results, even when expertly applied by department store makeup artists. When wearing foundation, under-eye concealer, blush, eye makeup, lip liner and lipstick, I tend to look like I just stepped off a stage.

Limiting my beauty regime is sensitive skin, rendered even more delicate by some chemical peels years ago to diminish acne scars. While the long-term result of these treatments has been a more youthful appearance for my middle-age years, I’m still dogged with the same beauty quest: How do I perk up my face and still look like me?

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