I’ve been wearing makeup for as long as I can remember. I enjoyed barely-there, no-makeup makeup looks. Then I changed things and started experimenting with full-face glams. But when I realized that my makeup started to make me look older, I changed things once again. These days, I enjoy makeup that makes me look younger!
If this all sounds familiar and your makeup routine needs an update, no worries. There’s no shortage of makeup products or makeup tips and tricks to help us along the way. But here’s the most important of them all: skincare!
If you want to look younger with makeup, focus more on skincare. I mean it because it’ll change everything. Start with a clean face and layer your toners and serums. Finish your skincare routine with a glow serum and a glow moisturizer.
Hydrated skin looks dewy and healthy and it becomes much, much easier to layer makeup on that skin. If you’ve got that covered, keep reading for the best makeup tips to look younger.
How to Look Younger with Makeup
1. Go for light coverage.
Full-coverage makeup is almost guaranteed to make you look older. It has its place but it usually accentuates wrinkles around the mouth.
Instead, use low/medium coverage foundations or try CC creams or tinted moisturizers as a breathable alternative to foundation.
Keep your base makeup simple and stick with 1 or 2 products. Consider applying an illuminating primer underneath to achieve a radiant, youthful look.
2. Focus on the upper parts.
As you get older and wiser, your skin tends to droop. It’s gravity. As a general rule, you need to go in the opposite direction to look younger with makeup. That’s why accentuating the lower parts of your facial features doesn’t help.
For eyes, focus on the upper eyelid. For lips, focus on the upper lip. And for the cheeks, focus on the very high point of them.
3. Choose cream over powder.
Lightweight cream makeup products are easier to blend and less likely to cake. As a general rule of thumb, go for creamy eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and highlighters.
They can move around and they may not be as budge-proof as powder options. But that’s why they look more natural and can make you look much younger.
Also, consider multi-purpose makeup products like liquid blushes or lip and cheek tints that can be used anywhere on the face.
4. Use a brightening concealer.
Use a brightening concealer and use very little. It sounds like covering less would defeat the purpose. But with textured skin and wrinkles, going for thick concealers does nothing but magnify them.
Use a liquid or a very lightweight concealer with a radiant finish on well-hydrated skin. You can also try under-eye brighteners which have low coverage but make the under-eye area look more radiant and youthful.
Start blending from the outside and move closer to the lower lash line. But don’t cover the lashline. It’ll look unnatural. Remember to dab a tiny bit of concealer on the outer corner of the eye to lift the eyes.
5. Line without winging.
Winged eyeliner is a struggle on perfectly tight and smooth skin. It’s worse for the eye area that’s showing signs of aging like crow’s feet and fine lines.
In the case of wrinkles, the wing usually falls on top of the wrinkles, making them more visible. So forget the wing and focus on defining the eyes by lining the upper eyelid.
6. Avoid lining the lower lash line.
The eye area is the first one to show signs of aging. Fine lines, under-eye wrinkles, under-eye bags, and dark circles happen on the lower part of the eye.
That’s why it’s not a good idea to accentuate that area if you want to look more youthful. Jet black lines on the lower lashline make the eyes look droopy. Keep that area clean.
7. Leave the eyebrows alone.
Filled-in eyebrows with obsessively defined shapes look unrealistic and can give you an angry face. Instead, subtly define the eyebrows without going overboard.
A clear brow gel to brush up the brows is more than enough. And they don’t need to be perfectly plucked either. Leave a few bushy areas here and there to make them look as natural as possible.
8. Use a cream highlighter.
Use a cream highlighter to highlight the inner corners of the eyes. This trick is incredibly helpful as it opens up your eyes and makes you look well-rested, fresh, and wide awake.
9. Bronze without contouring.
Bronzers look amazing on any skin type and tone. But for our purposes, the shade is really important. If it’s too dark for your skin tone, it’s going to look like contouring. Instead, go for cream bronzers in copper or caramel shades that look more like a tan.
10. Use more brown.
Speaking of bronzers, focus more on using brown colors as opposed to black. Browns create softer looks and can give the illusion of a much younger complexion. Go for brown eyeliners, brown mascaras, and brown eyeshadows.
11. Don’t use everything.
You don’t need to use every single makeup product. Bronzer, blush, highlighter, powder -you don’t have to layer everything! It looks much better when you prioritize only one.
12. Go easy on setting powder.
There may be times when you want to make your makeup last longer so you’ll be tempted to use setting powder. Don’t. Go easy on setting powder because it can settle in fine lines. Instead, set your makeup using a dewy setting spray.
13. Go for nude lips.
With age, the lips tend to lose color for some reason. And with less color, the shape becomes tricky to define. Too much color on the lips is very likely to accentuate the issue.
That’s why sticking with nude lips is the safer option. Having said that, there’s something about red lips that’s just so empowering that it’s more satisfying than looking a few years younger, don’t you agree?
At the end of the day, there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup that shows your age. It has to make you feel better and nobody else! But if what you’re looking for is makeup tips to look younger, these should cover it. Remember, always focus on the upper part!
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