Achieving a fresh and youthful glow can be as simple as using the right makeup techniques. But using the wrong techniques? Those can age you faster than a banana in a brown paper bag.
While there’s nothing wrong with looking your age, there’s also nothing wrong with keeping ’em guessing! To take a few years off your look, keep in mind these 7 dos and don’ts of using makeup to look younger.
#1. DO even out skin tone
|Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35|
Under eye circles, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone can leave you feeling “blah” no matter what age you are. Achieve a flawless canvas by using a multi-tasking BB cream to moisturize, even out skin tone, and create a dewy finish.
#2. DON’T use too much matte
|Tarte Cheek Stain|
Go easy on the pressed powder. While it’s okay to cover up oil and shine, makeup that’s too matte can make your skin look dull, dry, and (gasp!) older. Try a creamy blush stick to add some natural-looking color to your complexion instead.
#3. DO use a highlighter
|Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter|
Mimic the look of youthful radiance with the strategic use of a highlighter. A small swipe along the top of your cheekbones and a dab on the cupid’s bow of your lip can make a gorgeous difference. Make sure you don’t overdo it, though. The idea here is to glow, not sparkle.
#4. DON’T pile on the eye makeup
|Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette|
Caked on eyeshadow can highlight fine lines. Eyeliner that’s too thick can make eyes appear smaller. And clumpy spider lashes? Don’t even go there. Instead, use a palette of neutral tones to define your eyes without looking too overdone.
#5. DO lengthen your lashes
|IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara|
Have you ever tried eyelash extensions? If not, book an appointment immediately. Long lashes instantly make your eyes look bigger, brighter and younger. For a more budget-friendly option, invest in a great mascara that both lengthens and adds volume.
#6. DON’T wear lipstick that’s too dark
|bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in “Be Free”|
We all know that wearing black is one of the best ways to appear thinner. Unfortunately, dark colors have a similar effect on lips – especially if you have a fair complexion. Steer clear of deep lipstick shades, and instead choose neutrals, pinks, or reds that add a nice “pop.”
#7. DO maximize your pout
|Cheeky Physique Sublime Lips|
Luscious lips simply scream “youth!” Keep your pucker full and moisturized with a dual-action gloss like Cheeky Physique’s Sublime Lips. This nourishing lip plumper combines Manuka honey with advanced lip plumping ingredients for a youthful, sexy pout.