Simple Anti-Aging Makeup Techniques

Oct 11, 2013

Women tend to focus their beauty regimens on concealing fine lines and dark spots. But if looking younger is the goal, a new approach based on creating contrast is winning converts. According to Health magazine, recent studies show that people with a monochromatic appearance showing little color variation in the lips, eye area and skin look older to observers. This makes sense since skin loses elasticity (appearing less contoured) and eyelashes, brows and lips naturally lighten as we age.

Enhance your beauty at any age with these simple contrast-building tricks:

1. Apply a luminous, creamy foundation that matches the skin on your lower cheeks to diffuse the look of any fine lines. Aim for a thin veil of coverage.

2. Reinforce the upper lash line with brown or black liner for a natural, wide-eyed look. Skip the lower lashes – lining them can make eyes look smaller and emphasize any sagging.

3. Use a highlighter to enhance cheekbones, define eyes and lift the face. Dust a shimmery peach or champagne hue onto the center of eyelids (avoid silver tones, which can draw out dark circles). Use a less shimmery product on your cheekbones and just under your brows.

4. Create the look of lush, full brows by filling them in with powder. Don’t go darker than your natural color, fill them in too densely or try to change their shape.

5. Try a rosy lip. Many women shy away from more vibrant lip color as they get older, but that’s a mistake according to celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. Lighter lips blend into the face, contributing to the monochromatic effect. A medium rose tone flatters fair to medium skin. If your complexion is darker, a redder rose or plum is pretty.

6. And finally, nothing is more youthful than a sun-kissed glow. Sweep bronzer where the sun hits your face naturally, along your hairline and temples, and under cheekbones to enhance bone structure.

Voilà, you look stunning!

…And while we’re on the subject of cosmetics, it’s a good idea to take inventory of your products to make sure you’re not exposing yourself to unwanted chemicals (talk about aging). The Environmental Working Group has built a great online database that makes it easy to vet ingredients.

Visit http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ for more information.