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No one can turn back the clock, but the way you apply your make-up and the kind of make-up you use can go a long way in making your skin look younger. Once you’ve accomplished the basics for healthy skin on the inside – healthy diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise – you can consider these make-up techniques to help your skin look younger.
1. Creams, Not Powders
Young girls often pat on a lot of powder, whether it’s pressed powder or blush. Sometimes, young women do this to absorb oil and reduce shine. But as your skin ages, a certain amount of “shine” is considered good. A luminous, translucent look can help bring back the moisture-rich look of youth (that you used to cover up with powder!).
Another reason for using cream blushes, eye shadows, and other make-up is that is will be less likely to settle into wrinkles and lines on your face. When powders fill in these facial lines, it can make them stand out and look like cracks. Creams have a more smoothing effect.
2. If You Do Use Powder…
Make-up artists and other professionals recommend using a soft, fluffy brush to apply powder to aging skin rather than the pads that come with pressed powder. Loose powder blushes, face powder, and bronzers work best with a brush and tend to have a more translucent quality than pressed powder. Also, powders with “shimmer” or luminescence are said to be a good choice for older skin.
To achieve a “dewy” look to the skin and to plump up wrinkled areas, moisturizer under your make-up is considered essential. You can also look for commercially prepared moisturizer that is tinted, so it acts as a light foundation and moisturizer in one.
4. Think “Light”
When it comes to applying make-up to mature skin, the days of heavy, caked foundation, blush, and mascara are over. Light coverage is the way to go these days, using such items as translucent, low-pigment foundation and translucent face powder. Experts recommend going a shade lighter than your skin tone when choosing foundation and concealer. If you add color and depth in the form of a bronzer or blush, choose warm, light colors.
If you use lipstick, it’s recommended that you use a lip liner. This is to help prevent the formation of “feathers” at the edges of your mouth. These fine lines can cause your lipstick to “bleed” up into them, looking wrinkled and aged. Choose lip liner that is basically the same shade as your lipstick.