Everyone nowadays is looking for a way to look younger, so that the years can’t catch up to them. There are many treatments available on the market, which promise anti-aging effects and a youthful glow. However, these methods to look younger like laser or plastic surgery can have a huge and devastating impact on your wallet. What if I told you that you could make all your dreams come true just by using some makeup? Makeup is known for its beauty-enhancing properties, but its advantages don’t just end there. You can use makeup to look younger if you know the right tricks and tips.
1. Go for a foundation with yellow undertones
Always try to choose a foundation color with yellow hues in it. This doesn’t mean you have to pick a bright yellow color like a Tweety Bird or the sun. Pick one that will accentuate your skin because yellow hues in the foundation have the universal property of making everyone look younger, irrespective of their skin color.
2. Choose a liquid concealer
A concealer is a necessary part of a woman’s makeup bag because it can hide all the flaws and blemishes on the skin. It becomes more important as you age because you feel the need to hide wrinkles and facial lines with this product. The sad part is that concealer can enhance the appearance of fine lines and make your face look cakey if it comes in a pan. The concealer that comes in a pan has a waxy face and will make your wrinkles look more pronounced. The best way to fix this problem is to choose a liquid concealer.
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3. Invest in a good quality beauty sponge
Use a makeup sponge to apply your foundation instead of your fingers or brushes. A sponge gives a light and even application so you might be tempted to go for another tool, which gives more coverage. Avoid this because it results in your makeup looking opaque and draws attention to your wrinkles where there will be cracks. Use a beauty blender, which you can purchase from any drug store. Dampen it a little, and use it to dab foundation on your face. Due to the sponge’s absorbent nature, it will leave behind the perfect amount of foundation so that your skin looks youthful and bright.
4. Don’t use tinted face powder
Always try to skip the face powder step in your makeup routine because it doesn’t make you look younger. It makes your skin look powdery and blotchy. If you feel like you absolutely must use a face powder to set your makeup, choose a light-diffusing one and avoid tinted powders at all costs. You should splurge on this step because a bad quality powder can ruin your makeup look.
5. Moisture is your best friend
The best way to look younger is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Make sure to use a lot of creams as a part of your daily skincare routine. Heavy powder formulas can make you look older so try to avoid those. Use hydrating creams and lotions as much as you can, and try to invest in makeup with a cream base.
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6. Use your bone structure to your advantage
It is a well-known fact that women lose fat in their faces as they age. Their cheekbones and jawlines become more prominent and they look more dainty and beautiful. Use this as an advantage to look younger. Apply blush and bronzer strategically at the high points of your face, to bring out your bone structure and enhance your cheekbones.
7. Tweeze your eyebrows only when necessary
As you grow older, your eyebrows become more uneven due to unruly and asymmetrical hair growth. Don’t try to completely reshape your eyebrows with a handy pair of tweezers, because more often than not, they end up looking too thin and artificial. You can remove a few extra hairs if you see fit, but if it is too much, please visit a professional.
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8. Use a light brow pencil
For a youthful appearance, try to go for an eyebrow pencil, which is one shade lighter than your hair color. The only exception is for blonde hair, where you need to go one shade darker. Pick the right eyebrow pencil according to your needs and fill your brows in with soft, gentle strokes. Your lush and filled brows will look natural and will help you age backward.
9. Curl your lashes
We all have that eyelash curler that we have owned forever but we just don’t use. We seem to believe that it has a small effect on the overall makeup look but this is simply not true. As you get older, your eyelashes lose their natural curl and they start to flatten. So it is immensely important that you use your eyelash curler for bigger and brighter eyes. It is a small step to look younger and keep in mind that it goes a long way.
10. Switch to brown eyeliner
The black eyeliner is a staple in every girl’s makeup bag throughout her life. It is the quickest way to make your eyes look bolder and to draw more attention to them. However, as you age you should switch to a rich brown eyeliner instead. This is because it will give you a similar look to the black, but more refined and sophisticated. Your eyeliner will look less jarring and will give you a cute and young look. Apply the liner along the edges of your eyelashes and use a cotton swab to create small wings. Try to make this subtle and tiny so that it looks natural and soft.
11. Go ahead with the shimmer
As people age, they often tend to shy away from the glitter and shimmery makeup. However, this is clearly not the way to go. As long as you don’t overdo it, adding some shimmer to your makeup routine will make you look radiant and will make your skin shine. This soft shimmer will bring light to your face as you age and you will look younger. You can use sparkly eye shadows or a little bit of highlighter. Apply it on the inner corners of your eyes because it makes you look awake and bright.
12. Pick a lengthening mascara
As you get older your eyelashes become less dense and appear shorter. So you might believe a thickening mascara is a way to go but this method is wrong. These mascaras have a heavy formula, which flattens your lashes and creates clumps on them. Instead go for a lightweight lengthening mascara, which will make your lashes look longer without the negative effects.
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13. Avoid bright lip colors
A sad fact of life is that as you grow older, your lips tend to become thinner. This directly goes against what is trending in the beauty world and makes you look older. Don’t draw attention to your lips by using bright colors because they won’t make you look younger. Go for a natural nude or pink shade, which will compliment your lips. Pick stains over creamy lipsticks to avoid bleeding and to achieve a long-lasting look. You should apply a layer of hydrating lipgloss on top, in order to finish your look with some glimmer.
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These are my top 13 ways to age backward and look younger, simply by using products that are already present in your makeup bag. There are many ways to change your appearance without spending a lot of money or damaging your skin. You should keep in mind that when it comes to makeup, less is more, and looking natural is the best way to replicate a youthful, fresh glow.