A bit of trickery here, a little stroke of genius there — yes, the way you apply make-up really can make you look years younger. Here are our top 10 make-up hacks to make you look younger…
1. Glitter is out
‘Be wary of eyeshadows that are glittery, frosted or overly matte and chalky – all these textures will accentuate any wrinkles and can be really ageing’ says beauty expert Jess Henley. ‘Look out for subtle shimmers and soft matte finishes in pale colours.’ Look for cream eye shadows, which don’t crease as easily as powders.
Try Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow, R125, or Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow, R380.
2. Not to prime is a crime
Laughter lines may tell of happy memories, but they get in the way of creating a flawless base. Enter primer, an essential part of your anti-ageing arsenal – apply it after eye cream to help conceal crow’s feet and smooth crêpey eyelids. According to make-up guu Janine Bird, it ‘temporarily plumps fine lines and gives skin an instant boost’.
Try The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer, R170 or Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer, R380.
3. Dark, skinny brows are ageing
‘As we get older, brow hair often thins or fades in colour,’ says Janine Bird. ‘And a brow that’s too dark and skinny can look hard and ageing.’ Counter that by softly filling them in with a taupe-toned pencil. Why taupe? It’s the one shade that flatters everyone from blondes to redheads, light complexions to deeper skintones.
4. Rethink your blush
Should you apply blush to the apples of your cheeks? Not any more! Blush placed too close to the centre of your face draws attention to the folds that run from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth. Instead, apply illuminating blush to the tops of your cheekbones and work towards your temples.
5. Lips need lining
Your natural lip line can begin to fade with age, so it’s worth buying a liner that’s the same colour as your lips. You’ll use it every day, so you can afford to splash out on one with a creamy texture that won’t drag on your skin – a two-in-one lip liner and lipstick is perfect. Whether you’re wearing lipstick or not, gently trace it along the outside of your mouth using soft, feathery strokes to give the illusion of fuller lips.
6. Fake younger eyes
As we age, the skin underneath our brows and around the eye sockets can slacken and cause eyes to take on a hooded appearance. For a quick-fix, apply a matte chocolate brown shadow along the socket line of your eye – a great cheat for faking more defined and younger-looking eyes. Blend the shadow in well so you’re not left with a severe line.
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7. Less is more
‘A common mistake as you get older is to go for a heavier foundation, but it looks cakey and unflattering,’ advises
make-up artist Laura Mercier. Opt for a CC cream to even out the surface of your skin, followed by a light, hydrating foundation for a radiant and more youthful complexion.
8. Stick to stains
Lip stains are great for more mature lips as they help stop the bleeding effect that you’d otherwise get from lipsticks. Statement colours can be worn if you’ve got full lips, but if they’re thin, play it safe with a plumping lipgloss that’s close in colour to your natural lip shade.
9. Switch your mascara
A mark of youthfulness is a fuller flutter, yet sadly our eyelashes get sparser as we get older, so you need a thickening mascara that will boost your lashes from root to tip. Eyes will look bigger and brighter – especially if you curl those lashes first.
10. Skin gets thirsty
Repeat after us, make-up can only do so much. It goes a lot further (and looks better) if you start off with a good canvas. ‘If your skin is starting to lose its first flush of youth, ask yourself if you’re keeping it hydrated and protected,’ says Laura Mercier. Pick a turbo-charged hydrating moisturiser that also has an SPF so you’re protected against ageing UV rays all year round.
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