NO makeup has a shelf life of more than three years. If you've had it longer than this, throw it out.
If you want to learn in the comfort of your own home, download a Youtube video on the subject by typing "makeup tutorial" in the search box.
A good foundation is the key - try Estee Lauder Double Wear light with SPF10: it goes on light and doesn't look cakey.
During the day, you probably don't need dramatic color on your lips. Use a tinted lip balm instead, to give your lips color and all-day moisture.
Don't get stuck in a makeup rut. We all know people who looked great in their heyday but haven't moved on to a more up-to-date style.
Buy lipstain. It can double as blush, and holds its color far longer than traditional lipstick.
Use cool-toned lipsticks to make your teeth appear whiter. Conversely, warm-toned lipsticks will make your teeth appear more yellow.
Apply lip liner under your lipstick for longer staying power and to add depth.
When contouring, stand directly below a light source, so you can see where the light falls and where the shadows are cast.
Apply a cream blush under your foundation for a more natural glow.