Although the saying , “Makeup is a great way to look and feel younger!”, is so very unoriginal, the truth is—if you know a few tricks—makeup is, in fact, a pretty great way to look younger! With the right tricks, turning back the clock can be as simple as opening your makeup bag.
This is the very obvious step, that we could probably leave out, but it is worth repeating because all other steps are worthless if you don’t do this one, and do it well.
Before you even think of applying makeup—as in while your skin is still damp from cleansing—slather on your favourite moisturiser. Think about your particular skin type and what moisturiser is best suited for you.
As skin ages, we have more to conceal, but concealer can draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles.
What we need is a product that hides redness and circles without becoming “cake”, and that means a liquid cover-up in a click pen! Products packaged into a pan have a wax base and can look waxy on the skin.
A click-pen formula covers just as well and doesn’t seep into lines, think the light reflectors in Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, that blur imperfections and give skin a luminous look.
YELLOW(ISH) BASED FOUNDATION
Please note, not Big Bird yellow, just yellowish!
Yellow adds warmth to the skin, and the warmer your skin looks, the younger it will also look. It really is as simple as that, and this applies to all skin tones and depths.
SKIP TINTED FACE POWDER
If you feel naked without powder, use translucent, light-diffusing powder, nothing tinted, to set your base, and apply it in sunlight so you know what it actually looks like. We’ve found that NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder the trick beautifully.
KEEP PILING ON THE MOISTURE
Nothing and we mean nothing, makes you look older than heavy powder formulas. Makeup artists recommend stocking your bag with creams, gels, liquids (blushers, bronzers, highlighters) and products that generally don’t require the use of a brush. The more hydrated your skin, the younger it looks.
CURL YOUR LASHES
If you’re over 35, you need to be curling your lashes! Eyelashes flatten as we age, and we need to keep everything going upward, against gravity. Even if you skip mascara, curling your lashes makes your eyes look bigger and brighter.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
APPLY EYE-SHADOW PRIMER
Patting the smallest amount of eye-shadow primer on the lids before your shadow, will keep it in place. This is especially important if your lids have even the slightest wrinkles.
Fine lines can exacerbate creasing, and creasing exacerbates the appearance of lines.
WEAR BROWN EYELINER
You have been using black eyeliner every day, and you could apply it with your eyes closed (and probably do). It’s time to end that relationship.
Deep brown has the impact of black, but looks less jarring, gives you all the intensity, but in a more sophisticated, subtle way.
Draw the pencil along the upper lashes only, and lift the lines at the outer corners with a cotton bud, to create the tiniest wings. Instant eye lift!
CHOOSE A LENGTHENING MASCARA
Lashes get thinner as we age, this may be confusing, and you may think you need a thickening mascara to bulk them up. No. Your lashes can’t support the extra weight, heavy formulas flatten the lashes. Instead, use a lengthening mascara, like Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, which tends to be lighter on the lashes, and the thin wand easily coats each lash.
Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara
SWITCH TO NUDE LIPS
As we age, our lips get smaller, especially the upper lip. The best approach is to stick to shades that enhance your natural lip tone, rather than bringing attention to the area. Look for something between your natural lip color and a berry shade, this will just boost your natural tone. Then top it off with a clear gloss or balm to keep lips looking full and hydrated.
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Age Defense Lipstick – # 100 Terrybly Nude
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil With Pencil Sharpener – # Cameo (Sheer Soft Nude)
Clinique Long Last Lipstick – No. 12 Blushing Nude (Soft Shine)