Learn how to take years off your look without visiting a plastic surgeon or even a facialist. How? By incorporating these age-defying beauty tricks into your makeup routine.
Start with liquid concealer, preferably one that reflects light, as brighter eyes will instantly make you look more awake, fresh and instantly younger. What's also great about the liquid form is that it manages to conceal redness and dark circles without getting cakey, which can draw attention to any lines or wrinkles. Your best bet is a click-pen like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat $40, which conceals imperfections all the while giving skin a luminous and youthful glow.
The Powder Issue
One of the biggest mistakes women tend to make when applying makeup is overdoing it. Case in point: the powder issue, which results from over-powdering, especially in a tinted color, giving your makeup that obvious cakey look that will only make you look older. If you're one of those who just can't bear to go without, try a translucent powder or light-diffusing powder instead, and even then make sure to apply sparingly.
Give your cheeks an instant lift by applying blush along the highest points of your cheekbone to emphasize your bone structure. Work with universally flattering shades like apricot, warm pinks and bronze, as these colors tend to make your skin look more luminous and youthful. Once you've finished applying blush, gently tap liquid highlighter from your cheeks all the way to your temples, a trick that draws the eye upward and away from any droopy jowls.
Yes, properly defined eyes will give you that wide-eyed look we all crave. However, it might be time to reconsider your everyday black if the color starts to look jarring. Instead, opt for a deep brown which has the same impact as black without looking too harsh. You should also avoid dark colors on the bottom, as that will only accentuate dark circles and so forth. Instead, opt for a nude pencil that will make your eyes looks brighter and bigger.
Because lips get thinner with age, darker lipstick tends to look harsh and unflattering on mature skin. Instead, enhance your natural lip color by choosing a lighter toned hue — preferably one with a hint of gloss or shine. If matte is more your thing, stick to a stain as creamy lipsticks tend to bleed, drawing attention to any harsh lines.
Jennifer Davidson joined theFashionSpot team as Managing Editor in November 2010. In addition to overseeing the editorial content of the site, she shares her fashion, beauty, and pop culture obsessions in her weekly column The Love List. Prior to joining the tFS team, Jennifer produced fashion segments for television, and is also the co-founder of StyleBakery.com.