Aging gracefully is a noble pursuit but there’s nothing wrong with trying to delay – if not stop – the hands of time in your quest to feel (and look) your absolute best at any age. These clock-stopping makeup tricks from beauty experts will instantly make you look younger.
1. Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows
As we get older, our brows thin out and start to droop which is why it is best not to tweeze too much. Create the illusion of fuller brows but put an emphasis on its natural shape to keep your face looking youthful.
2. Try brown instead of black eyeliner
That intense black hue can add a dramatic flair but it can make you appear older. Go for a deep brown color because it can give your eyes more definition and make them look less severe or less jarring.
3. Love your eyelash curler
Perfectly curled lashes will make them look longer and thicker, open up your peepers, and instantly result to a younger looking you. With the right curler, you can achieve maximum results – taking your eyes from dull to lusciously perky – without pinching any skin around it.
4. Don’t skip mascara
Length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes all get thrown out of the window as years pass by. Swiping a coat or two of mascara can do so much to lend you that youthful, doe-eyed gaze – and even add a little va-va-voom to your look.
5. Cover with liquid
Bags under the eyes, dark spots, and laugh lines don’t exactly scream “fountain of youth”. But camouflaging it with foundation will only draw attention to all of it. Cover up with a light touch of liquid concealer – a little can work wonders!
6. Use face powder sparingly
Going heavy on the face powder will make you look older. This is because it clings to facial down, settles into your wrinkles, and draws attention to fine lines. A lightweight, luminous foundation is what you should use instead to achieve a natural-looking youthful glow. If you need to mattify your oily areas, opt for a translucent powder formula that won’t leave any visible build-up.
7. Get rosy
For a flushed but fresh glow, apply a dab of cream blush (instead of powder blush) only to the apples of your cheeks. This also adds youthful volume to the face without sinking into fine lines.
8. Perfect your pout
Lips tend to deflate or thin out a bit as we age. Go for a rosy tone that is a close match to (or a shade darker than) your natural lip color for a softer, younger looking pout. Use a lip liner – drawing it on just outside your natural lip line – to give your lipstick that extra staying power without feathering. Top it off with a clear gloss to add youthful plumpness.
9. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Keeping your skin always properly hydrated seems like a no-brainer, but there’s no harm in reminding you time and again because all your makeup efforts will be futile if you don’t follow this basic rule.
Just because you need to rush out of the house already or you’re dead tired at the end of the day is a lame excuse to not slather on a dollop of moisturizer while your skin is still damp from cleansing.
Unless you want to further magnify the dryness and dullness of your skin or put a spotlight on all your mini-wrinkles, resist the temptation to unzip your makeup bag not until you’ve given your skin a good dose of moisture.
And the earlier you adopt this habit, the easier it would be to add youthfulness to your overall look.
10. Follow the right skincare routine
Healthy looking skin is always in no matter your age! It is always wise to invest in top notch skincare products and beauty tools especially if you want to look your best (translation: your most youthful version).
Knowing and following the right skincare routine is something you should aspire to be part of your daily life – not as a chore or a crutch but as a challenge and an inspiration to take good care of yourself.
From eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep every night to quitting vices or indulging on luxurious spa sessions – these are just some of the basic habits that will help you look and feel fresher, livelier, and younger.
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