Did you know the cosmetics you use could be making you look years older than you actually are? Many women instantly assume makeup takes years from their “face age”. However, when done incorrectly makeup can actually make your face appear to be much older than it is. Use these tips and secrets to help you look younger at all times!
Wrinkles Happen, but Don’t Cover Them Up with Heavy Makeup
When it comes to skin care, most women focus on reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although you might not be able to completely cover your already present wrinkles, there are a few things you can do to make them less noticeable. The most important thing to remember is to keep it light!
Fresh, clean skin always appears full of youth. While you might be tempted pile on concealer and foundation, be warned. Adding layers of makeup on top of these fine lines can be a mistake! Instead, choose a light weight oil free beauty products to give your skin a slight tint. It will give you just enough coverage, without caking in your wrinkle areas. Natural makeup with added moisture is most important when it comes to concealing fine lines. In addition, the extra moisture can help you prevent more lines from appearing in the future.
Brighten Under Eyes with Concealer Applied the Right Way
Another area of concern when trying to look more youthful is the under-eye area. The skin under your eyes is some of the most delicate skin on your body. Therefore, it can easily show wear and tear from stress and skin-abuse. To brighten up the eye area, consider using a small amount of concealer directly under your eye. This can help you with under-eye circles. Use a tint one-shade lighter than your foundation and blend it well. To apply the concealer (or any other product to this area of your face) be sure to use your ring finger and pat the product on. Your ring finger will apply the least amount of pressure. Other fingers can be too rough and actually damage the delicate skin in the area.
After applying the concealer and a light dusting of powder, use a light colored eye shadow all over your lid. Dab a bit of the shadow in the corner area of your eye (next to the bridge of your nose) and a bit under your bottom eye lashes as well. This will help your eyes look bright and youthful. Finish with a bit of mascara and you’re ready to go!
Secrets for Youthful, Fresh Lips & Cheeks
Just because you’re aging doesn’t mean you should pile on the red lipstick! Sure, it may be appropriate in some instances but not for everyday wear. You may not be dealing with blemishes (like a teenager) but you may be dealing with a lipstick crisis! To look younger, choose a dewy lipstick-gloss combination. Most brands (such as Sephora, Clinique and Loreal) are all offering this type of lipstick. It gives you a hint of color, without going matte. The shiny or “dew” of this lip choice instantly adds youth to your face.
For the cheeks, stick with a natural and light blush. Mineral blushes are often fool-proof and natural in color. Apply a bit to the apples of your cheeks and go! Remember, it’s easier to start with a little bit of blush and add more rather than adding too much blush and trying to tone it down. A quick hint: If you add too much blush, use your powder to lightly dust the area, toning down the intensity of the color.
The Natural Way to a Younger Look
Overall, there’s no steadfast advice or answers when it comes to looking younger. While a facial or a microdermabrasion session might help you on a monthly basis, choosing the right makeup and age-appropriate application techniques can help you daily! So, remember to keep it light and dewy for the youngest look possible.
If a fresh, dewy complexion is important to you, makeup that makes dark skin glow can give your skin the iridescent quality you’re after.
Before you apply makeup that makes dark skin glow, you need to prep first. Good skin is the best foundation. You should practice a regular skincare routine that works with your particular skin type. You should also follow a healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water. Great complexions begin on the inside. The more you take care of what goes into your body, the less makeup you’ll have to apply to achieve a glowing look.
After your skin is cleansed, apply a moisturizer–yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer helps your makeup go on evenly.
Makeup that Makes Dark Skin Glow: Colors
Your skin tone may range from olive to chocolate and be considered “dark.” There are makeup colors that will flatter any complexion; the trick is choosing which ones are made just for you.
You’ll likely find a full range of cosmetic colors in nearly every major brand, from mainstream names that cater to all ethnic groups to lines geared toward women of color. The following colors are great for African American skin tones as well as Indian or Hispanic complexions that are tan or darker.
Bronze or Gold
Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. It works for eye shadow, blush and allover bronzers. Bronze is a strong color and should be applied to one area. If you wear it as an eye color, sweep it across your eyelids and almost up to your brows, adding a touch of lighter shadow beneath your eyebrow’s arch as a highlighter. If you wear bronze as a cheek color, use a fluffy blush brush to place it on the apples of your cheeks. The darker your skin, the more bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks.
Some women with darker skin feel that pink isn’t an option in makeup colors for them, but this is outdated advice. Just make sure you choose the pink that flatters your skin tone best. Women with warm undertones should choose pinks that have flecks of orange or gold in them, or pinks that are yellow-based. Women with cool complexions will look best in pink that contains undertones of blue or purple.
The good thing is that pink is a versatile color. It ranges from pale to deep, so there is a pink out there for everyone. Tan skins look good in rosy pinks, while deep, dark complexions can wear colors such as fuchsia that might overwhelm lighter skin.
Peach is a pretty, subtle color that brings tan skin to life. It works on eyes, cheeks and lips. You can wear it all over for a natural look. Top a pretty peach lipstick with clear gloss for a shiny, inviting lip look.
Choosing Glowing Makeup
When choosing makeup to give your skin a healthy glow, mineral makeup often has the soft, iridescent qualities you’re looking for. You can choose mineral foundations, blush or loose powders.
Shop for makeup that bills itself as iridescent. For some cosmetic brands, the word to look for might be “pearlescent.” For others, it could be “shimmer” or “sparkle.” Just skip the matte makeup, which is designed to look flat, if you’re after a glowing look.
Tips for Wearing
Makeup that makes your skin glow can be subtle or dramatic.
- For daytime, choose one feature to highlight, but make sure it’s suitable for work. Anything too glossy or shiny should be saved for nighttime.
- At night, you can choose those deep colors and heavier applications that are too much for day.
- If nothing else, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose mineral powder and apply it all over your face. This gives your skin a beautiful glow all by itself.
Large facial pores can really pull the spotlight away from your natural beauty. Compounding the problem, these pores are often located right in the middle of the face around the nose, cheeks and chin areas. While pores start out as barely visible, they enlarge over time due to age, skin damage, genetics and excess oil production. There may be nothing you can do to change the size of your pores, but there is plenty you can do to disguise their appearances.
Wash your face twice per day with a facial exfoliant that contains salicylic acid. This acid helps dissolve oil and dirt stuck in the pores, thus allowing them to shrink back to their normal size. Massage the exfoliant into the skin using your fingers for at least 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing clean with water.
Apply a small amount of oil-free moisturizer onto your face using your fingers, making sure to rub it in thoroughly. Focus on the areas of skin that contain large pores. Don’t apply too much moisturizer.
Apply a pea-sized amount of a silicone-based primer to your skin by gently rubbing it evenly over your face. Concentrate on areas with enlarged pores. The primer will fill them in and smooth out your skin’s appearance.
Use a makeup brush to pick up some powder-based foundation that matches your skin tone, then pat it onto your face. Gently patting the foundation on prevents the primer from rubbing off, which can occur with liquid foundations.
Blot your face with oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to remove excess oil. If desired, you may instead apply a liquid oil-absorbing product under your makeup; this product is designed to absorb oil all day. Blotting papers and liquid oil absorbers are available at drugstores and makeup counters.