Anti-Aging Facial Treatments

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Anti-aging Treatment: Makeup Application

The way you are applying your makeup and the choice of products may be aging you. Here are five tips for a younger looking face.

Avoid sparkling shadows accentuate lines and wrinkles. Use silky, matte shadows blend into your skin and camouflage fine lines. Sweep a light shade of champagne or peach from the lash to brow to brighten the whole eye area. This creates a full, youthful eye. But if puffiness, especially on your lids, is your problem, use a medium shade such as taupe on the entire eyelid to add depth and create a natural-looking crease.

Lips get thinner and drier with age. Dark lip liner and matte lipstick draw attention to the fine lines around your lips. Lipstick usually has a longer wear than gloss, but gloss makes lips look fuller. Apply lip color, then topping with gloss for a fresh, youthful shine. If your color strays into lines, use a clear wax lip liner, like DuWop Reverse Lipliner to keep color from traveling.

Colors are necessary, but keep it sheer and strategic. If you go with a translucent punchy red or petal pink on your cheeks and lips, keep your eyes neutral to balance it out. The same rule applies if you want to wear a dramatic eye; keep lips and cheeks neutral. Avoid pale nude tones on your lips because it can make your skin look grayish. Use pink neutrals and berries instead.

It’s tempting to spackle coverage on to even skin tone to hide dark circles or problem spots, but cakey makeup can seep into wrinkles and make them look deeper. Too little coverage can make you look tired. So always prep with a moisturizer before applying foundation. The extra bit of moisture helps makeup slide on smoothly and evenly. Ideally, your makeup should allow your natural skin to show through, not blanket it. To get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp sponge or synthetic brush instead of using your fingers. These tools control the product so it’s not applied too thick. Then, dot concealer on the spots that need extra coverage: under your eyes, around your nose and on any pimples. If you have dark circles under your eyes, avoid yellow-based concealer, which makes skin look green and ashy.

Eyeliner is low-maintenance and high impact. Liner makes eyes look full and wide open, de-emphasizing any signs of aging. However, dark black liners and mascara make eyes look hard, so consider switching to a subtle brown or brown-black. Use powder eyeliner instead of liquid. Liquid liner can look too retro. Use an angled brush and work the powder liner into your lash line, getting in between all the lashes. Next, fill in sparse brows to make them more defined — it sets off your eyes. It also creates the illusion of lifting by drawing attention up instead of down. Choose a powder color similar to your brows and apply with a small angled brush. Don’t make them too drawn on, follow their line, focusing on filling in any gaps, not crafting a new look. Finally, never skip curling your lashes. This allows more light to get to your eyes, making them look brighter and less droopy.