Ah, the joys of makeup. Creamy lipsticks, shimmery shadows, blushing blushes and velvety liners. To me, standing in front of a cosmetic display is just as enticing as standing in front of a candy counter. Delicious! When we were younger, we watched our moms put on makeup and we couldn’t wait for our day to come. All of those pretty colored eye shadows and liners, blushes, lipsticks and foundations—they were just dreamy. It’s definitely a rite of a passage.
It’s funny, though: when we were younger we so wanted to look older, more glamorous and sophisticated. But when we get a bit older we realize we want our makeup to help transport our looks back in time, so we look like a more youthful version of our good old self. Just a little younger will do.
Let’s face it, we all want to look our best, and a more youthful appearance is what we all strive for. Of course, our appearance always starts with the basics we have all come to know and love. We must practice a healthy, daily skin care regimen. Sunscreen is a must, eating a healthy diet that includes lots of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables are essential. And we always want to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking lots of water.
These little steps are an important part of maintaining our most youthful appearance—and they’re not an option, they’re a must. But what else? Let’s take plastic surgery out of the equation and focus on those little makeup tips and tricks we can all follow in pursuit of a more youthful appearance.
I can’t remember how many times I’ve changed my eyeliner from powder to liquid, to pencil, to gel…and back. Or, how many different places I have patted or poofed on blush for a more youthful glow. The balls of our cheeks, high on the cheekbone, smile big, suck in your cheeks and make a fish face—we’ve tried it all. Why do we go through all of this? Because there are definitely makeup tips that age us, and there are definitely makeup tips that can help us look more youthful. Let’s try some new makeup tips that may take years off of our appearance.
1. Go glossy
When it comes to our lips, we long for a perfect pouty puss. For choosing your lipstick shades, ditch the darker colors for lighter ones. Dark reds and deep berry colors can definitely make you look older than necessary. Remember, lips start to get a bit thinner and they lose their definition as we age. Reach for the perfect nude, natural, rosy or mauve shade that contains just a pinch of pink. Go ahead and apply your lip shade as you normally would. Then add a splash of gloss to the center of your lips. That little touch of gloss will give you a much more youthful and sexy pout.
2. Lift those lids
Ahh, my favorite beauty tool with yet another great use—the eyelash curler! Besides curling your lashes to open up those beautiful eyes, this amazing beauty device can actually help lift the appearance of those sagging eye lids. Unfortunately, our lashes tend to lie flatter as we age and they need a little pick-me-up. Avoid applying mascara on your bottom lids to lift your look even more.
3. Powder beware
Remember circa 1980 when everyone had a matte face? Well it’s 21st century and we definitely want to avoid covering our beautiful skin with heavy powders and cover-ups. Does that mean you have to go powder-less? No way. Just look for loose powders and use them with a light hand. The less powder you apply to your skin the more dewy and youthful it will look. Remember, those powders have a way of seeping into any fine lines and wrinkles that you may have. When they do, they draw attention—and not in a good way.
4. Hide the imperfections
As we age, we tend to build up skin imperfections. That savage tan achieved after that first sunburn you experienced on spring break in 1998 has probably left you with a few spots on your skin. Or, perhaps you have broken capillaries or ruddy skin. Let’s hide those little imperfections in an effort to turn back the hands of time. Choose a very lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer with medium coverage to hide these skin imperfections. Silicone-based foundations will provide your skin with a more dewy or glowing appearance that will lend perfectly to a youthful appearance.
Top Tip: Don’t overdo it. Start applying only to those areas of concern. Perhaps it’s around the nose or on your chin. No need to cover your entire face with foundation if it’s not necessary. Apply lightly and build up to your perfect look.
5. Line the eyes
You definitely want to accent your top lash line with eyeliner to make your eyes pop, but be careful. Choose a beautiful, deep brown color instead of black. A rich brown color will give you the intensity that you’re looking for, but it won’t be so harsh. And you’ll get that eye opening lift you desire. Remember, no need to go too thick and heavy.
You don’t want to weigh the appearance of your lids down, you want to uplift them. If you have lids that are more droopy or hooded, then you may want to create a very thin line or skip lining all together. Should you choose to wear liner, try angling the liner at 45 degrees to give the appearance of a more lifted lid. Avoid applying liner to your lower lids. If you simply can’t go without liner on your lower lid, choose a lighter shade such as a very light brown or grey.
6. A blush color unique to you
Looking for the perfect, youthful shade of blush? Here’s a little trick for you. Lightly pinch your cheeks, the same way you do before you take a photo, and try to match this flushed color to your blush. It’s more natural and youthful looking. Don’t apply your blush too low on your cheekbone. This can pull your features down. The higher the blush the more definition you’ll have, and your features will be lifted. Remember apply lightly, build gradually and brush upwards and outwards.
7. Lighten up the shadow
Remember, light and bright speaks to youth. Try wearing eye shadow shades in lighter, shimmery colors found in a more natural palate. And avoid the darker browns, purples and black colors. Light and bright is what to strive for. For a bit of a pop, apply your lightest shade near the peak of your eyebrow, under and over, and the inner corners of your eyes.
Top Tip: Look for creamy shadows instead of powders. Powders can creep into fine lines and wrinkles, making them much more noticeable.
8. No harsh brows
OK, we all like to fill in our eyebrows so they look fuller and have stronger definition, especially when they start to get a bit thin as we age. We just need to be careful with our approach. So, lighten up a bit on both color and application to look more youthful. Brows that are too dark can really drag down a beautiful face. By choosing a lighter shade you can fill away and create gorgeous, full-looking brows without adding years to your appearance.
9. Look for length, not weight
Lashes tend to get a bit thinner with age, unfortunately. We start to think that we need to thicken them up a bit by applying thickening formula mascara. Makes sense but, here’s the thing: our lashes are already thinning and they can’t really support the heavy mascaras used to thicken the lashes. It can be quite counterproductive. Instead, try a nice lengthening mascara that will provide you with gorgeous color but won’t look too weighted down and heavy for your eyes.
10. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
This is the easiest and probably the most important tip. We need to hydrate inside and out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and apply your day and nighttime moisturizers religiously. When it comes to your makeup, keep an eye open for moisturizing and hydrating products as well. Avoid the powders and hunt down the creams. Hydrated skin looks soft and supple, and it’s one of the very best things you can do for your body.
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