Makeup can do amazing things, like make your eyes look bigger and give you a pillowy pout, but it has its downsides too. And as we age, there are some products and applications that can actually make us look older. So here are tips from makeup artists for enhancing our youth with our makeup bags.
- Use a dewy foundation - As we age, our skin doesn’t produce as much oil, so it’s important to choose a foundation with a “dewy or velvety finish.” Anything that reflects light gives a more illuminated, healthy look.
- Use a cream blush - A super-blendable cream blush can add radiance to the face that a powder blush doesn’t.
- Pay attention to your brows - Eyebrows thin out and get sparse as we get older, so beefing them up can take years off your face. Try a tinted brow gel for quick results.
- Try a nourishing primer - A velvety primer can help foundation look smoother on mature skin by minimizing fine lines and keeping makeup in place longer.
- Less is more - For aging skin, less really is more. Heavy makeup settles in lines and creases when we laugh, chew, squint, or raise our eyebrows and that just makes us look older.
- Avoid heavy concealer - Too much coverage can actually highlight the wrinkles and lines we’re trying to hide, so keep your touch light with concealer under the eyes.
- Try to skip powder - Setting powder could magnify lines, aging us. So keep things “dewy and luminescent” and use a sheer translucent powder or a mineral-based one.
- Use shimmer sparingly - The sparkle can fall on your face and settle into lines, which only makes them stand out more. A tiny dot of shimmer on your lid can create brightness in the eyes and a shimmery lip gloss can make your pout appear plumper, but a little goes a long way.