Oh, the joys of aging: sagging skin, crow's feet, age spots, and, best of all, wrinkles. They may be badges of honor, but they're also total mood killers! While we can't actually hide them with makeup, there are several key steps to take to ensure that your fine lines and wrinkles aren't accentuated. We can soften and reduce wrinkles, similar to putting a soft focus filter on your camera lens. Here are some key insider tips and tricks to put wrinkles in their place and guarantee that your most noticeable features are your sparkling eyes and beautiful smile!
1. First, apply a pore- and wrinkle-minimizing primer like Benefit's Porefessional. Primers containing silicone are key for minimizing skin texture because they fill in lines and pores so your makeup can glide over top.
2. Apply cream or liquid foundation with a beautyblender sponge. Applying with a beautyblender creates a seamless finish with no brush strokes; and cream and liquids hydrate aging skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
3. Lightly set your foundation with a finely milled translucent like Make Up For Ever HD Powder. Apply by lightly tapping it on with a brush, not buffing it into the skin. This can cause unwanted redness or irritation.
4. Apply blush on the tops of your cheeks, trying to keep it higher than the tip of your nose. This will create the illusion of higher cheekbones. An angled blush brush can help achieve this.
5. Apply a matte, neutral eyeshadow to your eye area. Avoid eyeshadows with any shimmer; they accentuate texture. So, if your eyelids have more wrinkles than you'd like, shimmer won't do you any favors.
6. When lining eyes, create a thin-to-thick line from the inner to the outer corner. At the corner of your eye, flick your line up just slightly. You don't have to create a wing, but a little upwards turn helps to lift the eyes. You'll of course want to follow up with your favorite mascara.
7. Fuller brows look more youthful so it's worth taking some time to define them. Using a pencil, powder, or brow gel, fill in your brow. Make sure to draw the tail of your brow upward to create more visual lift. Cheapest brow makeover ever!
8. As we age, our lips lose collagen and can appear smaller. So, define your lips with a lip liner before applying lip color, both lining the shape and filling in the entire lip. Apply a satin finish lipstick in a midtone neutral to maximize lip shape. A completely matte finish can accentuate dryness, and a really dark color can make lips appear smaller. So, stick with something like the dusty rose nude of LORAC's Alter Ego Lipstick in Duchess.
Well, don't you just look 10 years younger? Now go enjoy yourself and create a few more laugh lines!