Do the wrinkles on your face scream, "LOOK AT ME!" after your standard makeup application? Rather than chalking it up to age, the main thing to consider are your makeup choices. Just like hairstyles, makeup techniques can add or subtract years to your appearance.
Prepare to hop aboard your own personal time machine with these makeup do's and don'ts. Destination? 10 years younger.
1. Don't skip or cake on foundation. Skipping out on foundation in your daily makeup routine can have harsh effects. Foundation helps even out your skin tone, whereas going sans coverage can put all of your skin's flaws in the spotlight. A sheer, translucent foundation corrects the flaws and helps liven up the skin for a youthful, even tone. If you have oily skin, shoot for a mineral powder. For dry skin, tinted moisturizers are the best way to go. Another thing that can put creases & wrinkles on full display? TOO MUCH foundation. Heavy makeup is a one-way ticket to Ageville; it makes you appear older than you are.
Our favorite? Sorme Mineral Illusion Oil-Free Luminous Foundation in a variety of colors. This oil-free formula does multiple jobs at once - it creates the smoothest, most velvety finish ever while reducing the appearance of fine lines, discolorations and enlarged pores. It also helps reduce redness and soothes blemished skin. Does it get any better than that?
Another trick? Before smoothing on foundation, start with this Sorme Fresh Start Oil-Free Foundation Makeup Enhancer to even skin, minimize discoloration and create an even longer lasting hold.
2. Using too light of a base. Foundation that's lighter than your skin tone will only exaggerate wrinkles and fine lines. Try a hue that's 1-2 shades darker with a hint of shimmer. It will give your skin a fresh glow.
Need help finding your tone? You've heard the old trick about applying foundation to the back of your hand, right? We suggest something a bit different. Apply a smudge to your neck instead of your hand - that'll help you find the perfect foundation color for your skin that won't leave your face a few hues lighter (or darker) than the rest of your skin.
3. Applying blush incorrectly. Blush applied to the apples of the cheeks can draw attention to cheek wrinkles and sagging skin under the eyes. Apply color on the highest point of the cheekbone and brush upward. A rose-tinted shade of blush works great for all skin tones and ages, but don't over-do it! Heavy color on the cheeks gives off a severe, clownish appearance. A general rule of thumb with makeup: Too much = AGING.
4. Metallic eyeshadow. Frosty-colored eyeshadows magnify creased eyelids and wrinkles. Instead, try a matte or solid color in peach or taupe which work great on all skin tones. For more advice on your best makeup, check out our post on The Best Makeup For Your Hair Color!
Opt for long-lasting formulas like Sorme's Long Lasting Eye Shadow in this taupe hue.
5. Mascara & eyeliner on lower lashes. Applying mascara and eyeliner to your lower lashes highlights two of the things you want to hide most: Crow's Feet and dark circles. Plus, it makes your eyes looks smaller. For big, bright eyes - coat your top lashes with the blackest mascara (like Sorme Extreme Volumizing Mascara) to make the whites of your eyes look bright and clear. Also be sure to curl your lashes to make them look fuller - which of course means YOUNGER!
6. Bright lip colors. As you know, our lip fullness deflates with age. Bright, dark, or iridescent shades can be too heavy for thinning lips - allowing the color to bleed from the natural lip line. Bright hues can also be aging in general due to the severity and heaviness of the color. A neutral rose shade is very flattering, and a sheer gloss to top it off adds fullness.
Not only can your makeup age you, but your hairstyle can as well. Check out these 7 hairstyles that chop the years off to pair these makeup tips with, and watch the years fly off! Want more makeup advice? We have 5 must haves for your makeup bag!