Make-up is a tricky thing. Apply it correctly and you’ll look utterly fabulous. But if you make a few mistakes, well, your make-up becomes more of a hindrance then a helper.
Add ageing skin into the mix and there’s so much more to think about. Will your foundation settle into your lines? Should you be wearing bright lipstick? Can you still use powder blush?
It’s confusing, there’s no doubt about it. So here are 10 handy make-up tips that’ll leave you looking more youthful, more radiant, and more confident in your make-up skills than ever before.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #1: LIGHTEN UP
It’s tempting to want to pile on your foundation as you get older and your skin begins to appear more uneven, pigmented, or show fine lines or enlarged pores; but heavy caked-on foundation will actually make your skin look older than its years.
Instead, use a product that targets these concerns, while still being lightweight and providing a natural-looking finish.
NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream will not only help correct any pigmentation and discolouration, but the mineral pigments in the formula will assist in diminishing the appearance of any imperfections without settling into fine lines, leaving your skin looking flawlessly natural. Plus, the CC Cream contains SPF15 and ingredients to help repair your skin and boost the skin renewal process, which means it’s beneficial for your skin in the long run, too. And who doesn’t love a product that’ll simplify your beauty routine by providing instant and also long-term benefits?
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #2: DITCH THE POWDER
Heavy powders are your worst enemy. Sure, they may help you control shine, but they can also look cakey on dry skin (and we all know skin becomes more prone to dryness as you age) and accentuate any fine lines and wrinkles. If you must use powder, pick one that’s sheer and finely milled so that it doesn’t cake or settle into your creases.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #3: PICK YOUR CONCEALER WISELY
Just like heavy foundations and powders can settle into any lines, so too can wax-based concealers. When concealing dark under-eye circles, rather use a liquid concealer as this will give you great coverage without enhancing your wrinkles. If you go one step further and pick one with illuminating pigments, it’ll help brighten up your eyes, too.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #4: STEP AWAY FROM YOUR TWEEZERS
Did you know that your brows become sparser as you age? And that the thinner your brows, the older you look? It’s true, so do yourself a favour and resist the urge to over-pluck your brows. Instead, stick to maintaining your brow shape by plucking away the strays. You’ll be happier for it in a couple of years time!
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #5: CURL YOUR LASHES
Your eyelashes flatten and lose their natural curve as you age, so spend some time curling them before applying your mascara. Not only will this leave your lashes looking fabulous, but it’ll also help make your eyes look bigger and brighter (and detract from sagging eyelids, too!)
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #6: KNOW WHERE TO LINE
If you have noticed that your lids and the skin around your eyes has started to sag, avoid lining your lower lash line as this will accentuate any drooping and make your entire face look older. It’s also a good idea to stick to dark brown and charcoal liners, as jet-black may look too harsh. Oh, and opt for waterproof versions, too – your eyes tend to water more as you age.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #7: AVOID SHIMMERY SHADOWS
Frosted and shimmer eyeshadows can highlight problem areas (like the fine lines around your eyes), so rather use matte shades to create your eye looks. If you find your eyelids are particularly crepey, try using an eyeshadow primer as this will help smooth your lids for an even application and will prevent any shadow from creasing.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #8: WATCH WHERE YOUR BLUSH GOES (OR DOESN’T)
If you used to smile when applying your blush onto the apples of your cheeks, stop. When you smile, your skin wrinkles up. Once you release your smile, your lines will appear white against your pink cheeks. Without smiling, apply your blush on your temples and high on the apples of your cheeks. It’s also a good idea to use a cream formulation.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #9: BECOME A MASTER OF ILLUSION
As your skin loses elasticity it also may become a bit sallow, so it’s important to know how to use your make-up to create angles and illuminate your skin. Apply illuminator on your cheekbones and brow bones, as well as on the bridge of your nose and centre of your forehead to highlight your angles and add radiance to your skin. Then, apply bronzer under your cheekbones, around your temples and by your hairline to create some shadows for added dimension.
ANTI-AGEING MAKE-UP TIP #10: STICK TO NEUTRALS
Another fun fact about getting older: your lips get thinner. Instead of using bright, vibrant lipstick shades that’ll draw attention to your lips, opt for colours that’ll enhance your lips naturally. Soft pinks and rose hues will work wonderfully to complement any make-up look and leave you looking youthfully radiant. Oh, and try to steer clear of frosty or metallic lip colours as they can accentuate any wrinkles around your mouth.
Do you already use some of these tips? What are your top anti-ageing make-up tips?