Another year, another birthday. If you’ve found yourself staring in the mirror and wondering how you can look younger, you’re not alone. As we age, our skin ages too, and with it comes changes in its appearance. Telltale signs of age like wrinkles and fine lines can start to show, and it’s really frustrating. Luckily, the answer to looking younger is right within reach: makeup. Here are some proven tips to help you turn back the clock.
Ditch the Matte Makeup
Honestly, no one looks good with matte makeup. Matte makeup is made to sit and cling to your skin. This feature only enhances wrinkles as it settles into the fine lines and emphasizes all the signs of age you’re trying to hide. Ditch the matte makeup and opt for a dewy finish foundation, such as Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy and Smooth. It hydrates, offers good coverage and evens skin tone. It also includes SPF 18 so you keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays.
Use Concealer Correctly
Concealer can be your best friend, but only if you use it correctly in your makeup routine. One of the best ways to look younger with makeup is to invest in a good concealer. A liquid concealer is a better choice for older skin. Use it to cover your problem spots.
Brighten Your Eyes
Brighter eyes can take years off your face. Speaking of concealer, celebrity makeup artists will often use a concealer applied in a triangle under the eyes. They’ll dab in the triangle and blend it with the face, then apply a translucent powder to keep it from creasing. You’ll have brighter eyes and a nice youthful look.
Get the correct foundation
Many women are wearing the wrong foundation for their skin color or aren’t matching their concealer to their face and neck. Even just choosing the wrong shade of foundation can add heaviness to your skin and age you. Make sure when you choose your foundation that you test it well. Don’t choose a shade that’s lighter or darker than your natural skin color. Apply it in small dots from the top of your cheekbone down to your jawline, and see how it matches by blending it evenly across. Sometimes this is a process of trial and error, and you may have to try several foundations — or ask an expert — but you’ll love the difference it makes.
Dry skin comes naturally with age, and unfortunately, it’s an enemy to makeup. Makeup applied to dry skin means it will seep in and create a bigger emphasis on fine lines and wrinkles. If you don’t have a moisturizing routine, start one today. Apply your moisturizer when your skin is damp after a cleanse, then begin makeup your application.
Define your lips
Are you guilty of overdoing the lip liner? You should use a lip liner to create a softer lip. Lipstick can bleed into the fine lines around your mouth, then settle in the creases, making you look older. Use a lip liner to gently line your lips fill in with your chosen color. As for the lip color, skip the heavy dark colors and choose something lighter.
Invest in a good mascara
Thinning eyelashes can come with aging, but mascara is the key to fixing that. Curl your lashes to make them look fuller. Next, take a volumizing mascara and apply to leashes root to tip. If you don’t want to wear mascara, at least emphasize your eyelashes by curling them.
Change up your blush routine
Blush is great for enhancing certain parts of our face, but if you’ve been applying blush in the same place for years, it’s time to stop. It’s not all about the apples of your cheeks. Instead, you need to lift the brush higher, just above the cheekbone. Experts advise you apply a bit of blush, then foundation and touch up with blush as needed.
Use cream eyeliner instead of pencil
Pencil eyeliner doesn’t always glide across your skin, especially if you have wrinkles and fine lines. The skin underneath your lash line can often drop, making it hard to apply pencil liner. Switch it up with a cream eyeliner, and apply smoothly at a 45-degree angle.
Create shiny lips
Glossy shiny lips aren’t just for the young. A bit of gloss in the middle of your lip is a great way to look younger. Apply the gloss on the middle of the lower lip after you’ve applied liner and lipstick.
Don’t skip the primers
Primers help you have a smooth canvas when applying makeup. Not only does the makeup apply smoother, but the primer will also help it last longer. Fewer streaks mean your skin looks even and younger. Invest a good eyeshadow primer, face primer, and lip primer to keep all of the makeup firm and in place.
Create fuller brows
Overplucked and thin brows can age your look, so it’s time to embraces those fuller brows. If you have them, flaunt them. If you don’t, use a brow pencil to create the illusion of lush full brows. Don’t go crazy with the tweezers and only pluck away awkward stragglers.
Try a tinted moisturizer
For a lighter look, tinted moisturizer is a great substitute for foundation. These moisturizers can add a little color and often pack SPF. The sheer coverage is good for all-over application and then may be set with a loose light powder.
Use setting spray rather than setting powder
If your setting powder keeps accenting any wrinkles and fine lines, or you just want to make sure your makeup stays put during the day, it’s time to reach for the setting spray. A gentle spritz will give you the same effect but is not as heavy as setting powder. The powder doesn’t work well on dry skin, but a setting spray can work for any skin texture.