This week I am focusing on all things anti-ageing! Why look older than your years when you don’t have to. So many women make the mistake of thinking that makeup will help them appear younger, and when applied correctly I agree it can work in your favour. However, so many times, there are little methods which women use which actually work against your primary concern of hiding the signs of ageing.
Why not check out these Top 5 Anti-ageing Makeup Tricks. Take 10 years off with these easy makeup tweaks! (Courtesy of Total Beauty.com)
Avoid shimmery eyeshadow
“As you notice lines around your eyes, avoid frosted or shimmery shadows,” says New York makeup artist Troy Surratt. “The sparkle highlights wrinkles and crepey, crinkly skin instead of masking.” Instead use silky, matte shadows that will blend into your skin and camouflage fine lines. Sweep “a light shade of champagne or peach — universally flattering colours — from lash to brow to brighten the whole eye area,” says Surratt. But if puffiness, especially on your lids, is your problem, use a medium shade such as taupe.
Balance colour with neutrals on your face
Too much of anything is never good — especially with bright makeup like red lipstick, rosy blush and jewel-toned eyes, which tend to look old, says New York makeup pro Nick Barose. Colour is necessary, but keep it sheer and strategic — don’t wear it all over. Example? If you go with a translucent punchy red or petal pink on your cheeks and lips, keep your eyes neutral to balance it out, Kashuk says. The same rule applies if you want to wear a dramatic eye; keep lips and cheeks neutral.
Go easy on foundation and concealer
It’s tempting to pile on base to even your skin tone and hide dark circles or problem spots, but cakey makeup can seep into wrinkles and make them look deeper, Barose says. Yet too little coverage can make you look tired. “Always prep with a moisturizer before applying foundation,” says Barbie Laurino, a global makeup artist for Laura Mercier. Then “to get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp sponge or synthetic brush instead of using your fingers,” Kashuk says. Finish by dotting concealer on the spots that need extra coverage.
Know how your eyes look when you wake up? Squinty and slightly lower at the corners? While we’d all like to think going natural on our eyes looks fresh and clean, aging eyes will look too tired. If you must ditch a product, let it be foundation; eyeliner is low-maintenance and high impact. It makes eyes look full and wide open. “But dark black liners and mascara make eyes look hard, so consider switching to a subtle brown or brown-black,” Surratt says. And, use powder eyeliner instead of liquid — it’s a challenge to get a fine line with the liquid and too much can look retro, Barose warns. Also, never skip curling your lashes. This allows more light to get to your eyes, making them look brighter and less droopy.
Skip dark lip colours
Lips get thinner and drier with age. Dark lip liner and matte lipstick draw attention to fine lines. “Lipstick usually has a longer wear than gloss,” explains celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, but gloss makes lips look more full. She suggests applying lipstick, then topping with gloss for a fresh, youthful shine. If your colour strays into lines, use a clear wax lip liner, like DuWop Reverse Lipliner to keep colour from travelling.