The little thingsâ€”exercising regularly, staying hydrated, eating well, shielding your skin from the sun, getting enough shut-eyeâ€”make a huge difference in how youthful you look, but sadly theyÂ can only take youÂ so far. With the right beauty tips, erasing a decade or soÂ is as easy as unzippingÂ your makeup bag.
GO DEWY: The more hydrated your skin is, the younger it will look. Start with an extra-rich moisturizer and stick with creamy makeup.Â “Light textured, dewier formulations are less likely to accentuate wrinkles,” says Dr. Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY. FoundationsÂ infused with humectants and light-reflectors willÂ give you smoother, younger-looking skin. TryÂ Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting FoundationÂ ($39) orÂ Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, ($62).
Celebrity makeup artist Misha Shahzada of Artist & Agency and AvÃ¨ne agrees. She gets a dewy effect by warming foundation with her finger tips before applying itÂ and follows thatÂ up with a dampÂ Beauty Blender SpongeÂ ($19.95) to sheer it down as too much foundation will actually add on years. “I like to spritz the Beauty Blender withÂ AvÃ¨ne Thermal Spring WaterÂ ($18) so it’s extra hydrating.” says Shahzada.
After applying your foundation, target areas that need a bit of coverage withÂ a creamy concealer. Along withÂ under eye circles and any redness or blemishes, apply your concealer toÂ the inner corners of your eyes, which can always use some brightening. A concealer pen likeÂ likeÂ Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone CorrectorÂ ($30) works brilliantly.
GET CHEEKY: There’s no denying it, rosy cheeks are youthful. To wake up your face, smile and apply a nice warm, pink-toned cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending upwards toward the temple. Cream blush will be absorbed into the skin and won’t sit on the surface like powders can so you’ll get aÂ natural lit-from-within glow. Shahzada lovesÂ Chanel Cream BlushÂ ($38), which “is very sheer and never blotches!”Â NARS The MultipleÂ ($39) is another great option.
Finish with a touch of highlighter onÂ your upper cheekbones for addedÂ dimension and extra radiance.
EYEÂ LIFT: Line upper eyes right at theÂ lash line toÂ create the appearance of a naturally lush lash. Brown or black will look the most natural. Shahzada likes using a “waterproof pencil and smudging it a little bit with a small liner brush to soften the effect.” Even better, workÂ the line slightly up and out past the outer corner to create an understated lift.
Choose eye shadows inÂ warm nude, taupe, and brown tones layered on top of anÂ eyeshadow base beforehand to prevent creasing and fading.
To look more wide-eyed and awake lineÂ the inner rims of your eyes with a cream-colored pencil like Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude ($20). Cream pencils look much more natural than white but have the same eye-opening effect.
Curl lashes with an eyelash curler so eyes look bigger and brighter. You’ll avoid lash breakage by using a high-quality eyelash curlerÂ and curling close to the lash root,Â beforeÂ applying black or dark brown mascara. We love the Shiseido Eyelash CurlerÂ ($19).
Brows tend to thin out as we age so it’s important to fill them in for a youthful, yet well-groomed look. “A fully actualized eyebrowâ€”not too thin, not too short, not too far apartâ€”is the easiest way to perfect your appearance short of plastic surgery,” says New York City based brow expert, Ramy Gafni. “Itâ€™s like makeup that you donâ€™t remove.” After filling in, always brush through so brows look completely natural, not harsh. TryÂ Ramy Perfect Brow WandÂ ($28), a waterproof brow filler with highlighter that miraculously works for all hair colors.
LIP SERVICE: Shahzada recommendsÂ “moisture rich lipsticks to prevent lip lines and to keep lips hydrated.” AÂ lip stain topped with clear gloss is a nice option to prevent color fromÂ bleeding. Makeup artists agree that deep, dark colors add years. Instead, opt for rosy-toned hues such asÂ Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose PetalÂ ($25) orÂ Benefit BenetintÂ ($30) forÂ instant youth.
To make thinning lips appear fuller, Dr. Graf says to use “a nude lip pencil on the outer border before applying your lip color.” You can also finish with a touch ofÂ gloss in the center of your lips for a fuller looking pout.