How to Use Makeup to Look Younger

December 12, 2007 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Makeup

Makeup when applied correctly can greatly enhance the appearance of more mature skin. Here are some tips for using makeup to look younger.

Could you skin and face use a fresh start? As you age, it’s important to modify your makeup routine to keep your face looking fresh and youthful. Sometimes a few minor makeup changes can make all the difference in your overall appearance. Making these changes to your makeup routine can help your skin look younger and help you to put your best face forward in public. Here’s how to use the power of makeup to look younger:

Use makeup to look younger tip – Less is better

There’s a common misconception that as you age you need to wear more makeup to cover up flaws. Nothing could be further from the truth. Heavy makeup tends to accentuate skin sagging and wrinkles and can actually make you look older. When applying makeup, use a lighter touch as your skin ages to give your face a more youthful look.

Use makeup to look younger tip- Choose your foundation and apply it correctly

There are now foundations on the market that are specifically designed for more mature skin. They have ingredients in them that help to reflect the light giving your skin a more youthful look. Look for these at both makeup counters and in your local drug store You should select a foundation with added moisturizers and sunscreen to not only protect your skin but give it a dewy glow. You foundation should match your true skin color as closely as possible and should be applied with a light touch. A concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone can be applied lightly to downplay fine facial lines. Translucent powder designed for mature skin should be applied once to set your makeup. Avoid reapplying powder throughout the day since heavy layers of powder can accentuate wrinkles.

Use makeup to look younger tip- Opt for a cream blusher

As your skin ages, it may be more flattering to switch to a cream blusher in subtle shade that’s compatible with your skin tone. Powder blusher tends to look too harsh for more mature skin and lacks the moisturizing properties that cream blushers have.

Use makeup to look younger tip – Choose a lighter shade of lipstick

As skin aging occurs, lips tend to become less full. A darker shade of lipstick tends to magnify thinning lips while a well chosen lighter shade of lipstick can enhance and make them look fuller. It may also be helpful to use a lip brush to line your lips to prevent the color from bleeding.

Use makeup to look younger tip – Go lighter on eye makeup

As aging occurs, the tissue surrounding the eyes begins to fall due to the effects of gravity which can make eyes look small and droopy. Dark, heavy eye makeup can make eyes look even smaller. Now may be a good time to choose a lighter shade of eyeliner. Black and other dark liner shades tend to be too harsh. Likewise, lighter eye shadow shades tend to open up the eye and look more flattering. Use a lighter touch with the mascara wand to avoid making the lids look too heavy.

Use makeup to look younger tip – Get a professional consultation

Sometimes it helps to get a fresh perspective by consulting a makeup professional. Head to your nearest large department store and schedule a makeup consultation and makeover. Use the services of several different makeup professionals before deciding which look suits you the best. This will give you a chance to try lots of different types of makeup before you spend your hard earned money on them.

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