It is not easy to knock years off of the face when you are already in your late forties or entering your fifties. But with the power of makeup, you can make everything possible. When done correctly, makeup covers up your skin’s changes over the years and helps highlight your best features. This article will talk about some tried-and-trusted anti-aging makeup tips that will help you look way younger than you actually are. Let us start.
Can We Reverse the Effects of Aging?
Well, aging is a biological process that can neither be stopped nor be reversed. It involves quite a few inevitable mechanisms that lead to the deterioration of both physical and cognitive health. While changing the process of becoming older is beyond the realms of medical science, the effects it holds, as suggested by researchers, can be battled to some extent. In fact, advanced studies are focusing on strategies that can boost your chances of healthy aging by combating the cellular processes in the body. (1)
11 Infallible Anti-Aging Makeup Tips to Try
Knowing the right tricks is the key when it comes to taking years off your appearance with makeup. Unfortunately, wrong makeup choices and skills will never give you a seamless look on wrinkled skin. So, you need a completely different approach to makeup for turning back the clock and getting flattering looks. Check out below the sure-shot ways of minimizing the pores, smoothing fine lines, and brightening dull skin with just the stroke of a makeup brush:
1. Go Minimal with Makeup
Going over the top with makeup can add years to your look. Too much concealer, very dark eye shadow, or pasty foundation are a surefire way to look a lot older than what you truly are. So, the safest bet is to keep the makeup minimal in every possible way. If you have to use a concealer, dot it on the blemishes and dark circles before blending thoroughly.
2. Moisturize the Skin Well
If your skin is dry and parched, the wrinkles and fine lines in it will be more easily noticeable. Hence, keep it hydrated by applying enough moisturizer. However, your moisturizer should not be oil-free as it may end up accentuating your signs of aging. A well-moisturized skin will also ensure a smooth and even application of foundation without absorbing a lot of it.
3. Choose Tinted Moisturizers
When it comes to looking younger, the more natural you keep your look, the better. So, ditch your foundation and try tinted moisturizers for your daily makeup. Then add a hint of color to the natural skin while moisturizing it thoroughly and also allow it to shine through. Finally, finish it off with a translucent powder rather than a pressed powder.
A tinted moisturizer with SPF and light-reflecting particles is a single solution for moisturizing, sun protection, and creating the base. The light-reflective particles in it help make the skin glow from within.
4. Create Natural Dewiness
If you want to appear youthful, avoid overly made-up looks. As said earlier, skipping your full-coverage foundation for a tinted moisturizer or CC cream can help you achieve a more even and glowing complexion without hiding your real skin. To create the illusion of flawlessly dewy and airbrushed skin, you should dab the product on the face with your fingers and soften it by blending with a fluffy foundation brush.
A spritz of rosewater also gives a naturally dewy look. So, blend your tinted moisturizer well and finish it off by misting rosewater.
5. Open Up Your Eyes
As we age, our eyes start puffing up and appear smaller with fine lines developed around them, lids getting heavier, and lashes becoming sparse. The trick to camouflage is to invest in a good eyelash curler that will curl your lashes outwards and open your eyes up. Also, use a soft pencil eyeliner in the darkest black color possible, along with two coats of volumizing mascara to amp up the bend in the eyelashes and make the eyes look bigger.
Holding the eyelash curler close to the roots of the lashes for 15-20 seconds gives the most lengthening effect. On the other hand, the mascara wand should be wiggled to about halfway up the lashes from the base and swept straight thereafter from the middle to the ends.
6. Define Your Eyebrows
A pair of well-defined eyebrows can take years off your face by creating the illusion of lifted eyelids. Hence, make sure that you add proper definition to your thin and light brows. Fill the sparse areas in them with a brow pencil slightly lighter than your natural hair color and create face-flattering arches to make the eyes look wider instantly. You must also avoid lining your lower eyelids as it can highlight the dark circles and make you look even more aged.
7. Add a Hint of Color
A pop of color will take your anti-aging eye makeup to a whole new level. Use shadows in lighter and slightly reflective colors that will give your eyes a brighter and more awakened look. Also, try luminous shades of peach, rose, vanilla, champagne, etc., on the skin near the inner corners of your eyes for hiding the naturally occurring darkness there.
For a seamless blending of eye shadow, use your index finger or a small flat brush. This will help you look younger by preventing the formation of creases on your eyelids.
8. Highlight Your Cheeks
Highlighting the apples of your cheeks in warm rosy shades of pink or peach will give you beautiful flushed cheeks. This will make your face look fuller, which is a sign of youth. If you have a slightly wheatish skin tone, go for a highlighter with bronze undertones. It will divert people’s attention from the hollows of your face, if you have any, by giving it a plumper appearance.
9. Brighten Up the Lips
Bright lips, especially the ones with pink undertones, can brighten up the whole face, thereby making you look wide awake. So, if you want to take years off your face, swipe on a rich and creamy lip color. For a fair complexion, go for the shades of pink and red, while the shades of brown and purple suit a darker complexion the most.
10. Smoothen Your Smile
Start using a lip liner when the natural lip line fades with age and the lips lose definition. If your lips are still full, a matte lipstick will do the next job easily. But if they have started losing their fullness and natural color due to the lack of collagen, focus on plumping them up. You can finish the application of your lipstick with a plumping lip gloss or a tinted lip balm. Dotting a cream luminizer or highlighter on the Cupid’s bow will enliven the lips and smoothen the smile.
Do not forget to prepare your pout before applying the makeup. For daily care of your lips, exfoliate them thoroughly with a damp washcloth or a clean, soft toothbrush. Also, use a hydrating lip serum at night to keep them soft and plump naturally.
11. Hide Wrinkles and Fine Lines
To cover the typical signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, etc., on your face, you can rely on a lightweight liquid concealer. It will not emphasize the imperfections by settling into them like thick cream or paste formulations. The application will be even more perfect if you warm up the product between two fingertips beforehand and then tap lightly onto the skin with your ring finger.
Additional Tips to Get a Younger Look
While makeup can help you hide your age externally, it cannot give you a long-term solution. Given below are some useful tips that can help you stay healthy from the inside and look youthful from outside for a longer period of time:
- Consume a healthy and balanced diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean poultry, low-fat dairy, etc.) every day.
- Steer clear of refined carbohydrates, trans fats, sugar, processed foods, and syrupy beverages.
- Include exercises (aerobics, brisk walking, cycling, jogging, etc.) in your daily routine.
- Take good care of your skin by cleansing thoroughly, exfoliating gently, and moisturizing intensely.
- Protects the skin from the damaging effects of the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
- Quit the habits of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Aging is a biological process that can neither be stopped nor be reversed. Only the effects of aging can be battled to some extent with the help of a healthy lifestyle and advanced medical science. However, knowing the right tricks of makeup can also help you take years off your appearance by minimizing the pores, smoothing fine lines, and brightening dull skin. Make sure that you go minimal with makeup. Moisturizing the skin well, choosing tinted moisturizers, defining eyebrows, using light eyeshadows, highlighting cheeks, brightening lips, creating a dewy look, etc. are some other sure-shot ways to look youthful with makeup. Apart from this, you should also eat a healthy and balanced diet, work out regularly, indulge in skincare, shield your skin from UV rays, and quit the habits of smoking and drinking to look youthful and age in a healthy manner.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How Can I Make My Face Look Younger Naturally?
If you want to make your face look younger naturally, include a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a facial serum, and lots of moisturizers in your regular skincare regime.
What Color of Blush Makes You Look Younger?
Any warm shade of cream blush with a touch of pink or rose gold in it will make you look younger.
What Makeup Makes You Look Younger?
Cream, liquid, and gel makeup formulations are great for looking younger, while heavy powder products are a strict no-no.
Is Liquid or Powder Foundation Better for Wrinkles?
Liquid foundation is always better for wrinkles as it gives a smoother finish without settling into the lines and wrinkles.
- “The Effects of Aging: Can They be Reversed?”, MedicalNewsToday.com