As you age, your skin changes significantly and the types of products you have always used and trusted may not be working as well for you. You change your skin care, so it makes sense that you would also change your makeup products to suit your specific needs while aging. The tips below focus on makeup for the whole face that will help you look younger.
Liquid Foundation and Application
One of the best ways to make yourself look younger is to find the proper foundation and liquids are your best bet. Although mineral powder foundations like Bare Minerals are wonderful, they also have a tendency to settle into fine lines and pores, which only exaggerates the very things you want to hide. You also want to be careful when you select the coverage level of your foundation. Celebrity makeup artist and Creative Director of Makeup for Lancome suggests using foundation the way it’s meant to be used because chances are you’re making a few mistakes that can age you. Foundation, says Eldridge, is only meant to even out your skin, it is not supposed to hide every imperfection and flaw that you have and caking foundation on for higher coverage draws attention to areas you want to hide. Use your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer to even your skin, then go in and conceal spots and areas where you need a bit of extra coverage.
Makeup artists definitely recommend not using powder foundations on aging skin (as we already mentioned) but what about setting your foundation and concealer? The trick to keeping your skin looking younger is to use a minimal amount of powder to set your makeup. Loose, translucent powders are often excellent for this purpose because they don’t add any additional color so you avoid cakiness, but they do help your makeup last longer. An additional trick by makeup guru Wayne Goss is to use setting powder only where you need it. For many women this is the t-zone, where oil tends to collect, and under the eyes. Not putting powder in unnecessary places helps to avoid highlighting dry patches and creates a much more natural finish to your makeup.
It seems pretty economical to have a concealer that covers everything, but chances are that isn’t realistic to achieve skin that looks radiant and younger. One of the best ways to look younger is to brighten up your under eye area and there are tons of brightening concealers for this purpose. However, using a brightening concealer on blemishes of age spots often doesn’t work. For maximum anti-aging results, you’ll want to select a concealer that is the color of your skin for blemishes, sun spots or redness and a concealer that is meant to brighten your under eye area.
Eyeshadow, Liner and Mascara
Before you grab eyeshadow, make sure you are applying a primer, particularly if any part of your eyelid already shows some fine lines or wrinkling. Putting on eyeshadow without a primer will only increase the odds of your eyeshadow settling into wrinkles and creasing. Also, if you’ve been putting eye cream on your lids to add extra moisture before makeup, stop because this only makes your eye makeup (including liner and mascara) more likely to slips, slide and melt off of your eyes. If you thought aging meant sticking to matte eyeshadows only, we’ve got good news. A touch of shimmer (not chunky glitter) is actually very flattering because it brings some light to the face. Even though you’ve sworn by black eyeliner your entire life, as you age the color can appear too harsh. Switch to a dark chocolate brown eyeliner for the same dramatic impact without the harshness. Waterproof formulas pretty guarantee that your mascara stays put all day, but it can be drying. Use regular mascara and seal with a waterproof topcoat, like Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius.
Lipstick, Gloss and Liner
As you age you will notice fine lines surrounding your mouth and your lips will become lined as well. There are a few ways that you can help your lips look luscious and defined while making sure you aren’t exaggerating any wrinkles or dryness. First, get in the habit of using a great lip balm, like Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy, to make sure your lips are always hydrated. Next, remember that really vibrant colors and deep, dark colors often have a tendency to bleed and settle into the fine lines around your mouth. You can help combat this by using an invisible lip liner, which helps form a barrier to keep your lip color on your lips. Another reason you may want to stick to more muted hues is that your lips loose fullness as you age and darker colors make your lips appear smaller. Glosses are your best friend to adding dimension and plumpness to your lips while also smoothing over any fine lines or wrinkles.
Radiant skin isn’t only for the young, though it may be a bit harder to achieve as you age. A solid skin care routine and the right makeup products and application can leave you looking young, healthy and absolutely radiant. Use our makeup tips that make you look younger to put your best face forward!