You know that great skin is the secret to absolutely flawless looking makeup, but even the most amazing skin can look less than gorgeous if makeup is used incorrectly. As you age, the needs of your skin change and your beauty products should reflect these changes. If you aren’t sure where to start making changes to your beauty routine, the following tips about products and application will help you discover makeup to make you look younger.
Try Yellow-Toned Foundations
Aging skin can look dull and sallow and not all foundations help to solve these problems. In general, a liquid formula is best for aging skin and finding a yellow-toned foundation can instantly bring life back into your face. “Yellow warms up the skin and the warmer your skin looks, the younger it looks. End of story,” says makeup artist Sandy Linter. Keep in mind you aren’t looking for an actual yellow hued foundation, just one that has yellow undertones for a warming, brightening effect. Applying with a dampened sponge is perfect for aging skin and keep in mind that foundation is not meant to conceal or cover every single imperfection on your face, but to even out your skin tone. Piling on too much product results in a heavy, cakey look that only ages your face.
It’s time to break up with your favorite cream or stick concealer and pick up a liquid formula instead. “Anything that comes in a pan has a wax base and will look waxy on the skin,” advises makeup artist Sue Devitt. “A click-pen formula covers just as well and doesn’t seep into lines.” When choosing a concealer for the under eye area, look for one that reflects light to brighten under your eyes. Two great light-reflective pen concealers are Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and Clinique Airbrush Concealer.
While not a makeup product, this beauty tool is an excellent addition (if you don’t already own one) as you age. As you age, your eyelids naturally begin to droop giving the eyes a tired look but using a high-quality eyelash curler can give the appearance of a more lifted, wide and bright-eyed look. Taylor Chang-Babaian, author of Beauty Rewind, says “the curl almost acts like a cupping. It holds your lashes up…” To keep this wide-eyed look all day, you want to use a drier formula mascara to maintain the curl; wet formulas can be too heavy and cause the lashes to fall. For intense, all day long hold, try a waterproof formula.
Bold brows are the coveted look right now, but going big and bold may not be the best for aging faces. As you age, your brows naturally thin out and become a bit saggy or droopy at the ends and drawing on Cara Delevingne inspired brows every day might age you. Instead, opt for a brow pencil or powder, and fill in the top line of your brows near the tail for a lifted look. Fill in any other sparse areas but be sure to brush with a spoolie for the most natural look. If you need some extra staying power, a brow gel like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in clear.
A bronzer and a blush can give you a warmer looking face and some blushes can give you a bit of a glow to your face, but when you really want to look luminous, use a highlighter. There are both liquid and powder highlights and for the most subtle look, pros suggest using a tiny amount of a liquid highlighter and really sheering it out. Dot a small amount above your cheekbone, then use your finger or a dampened sponge to pat it in and disperse it. “It prevents the flat-face look,” says makeup artist Brigette Reiss-Andersen. “It adds a very subtle, youthful and pretty dimension to your features.”
Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty and let your personality shine through. By no means do you have to give up makeup as you age and yes, you can still use shimmery eyeshadow, but knowing what products and techniques are truly great for your skin can make a world of difference. These five products and tips help you understand makeup to make you look younger.