There are countless age-defying products available out there in the market that promise to return your youthful skin back. Non-judgmental of their effectiveness, here are a few shortcuts for you to look younger without investing in those products, by simply using these techniques.
Start with the skin
Make your skin look youthful with a little effort before you get ready and step out. A few essential steps in prepping your skin and choosing the right product and technique for skin makeup can peel off a decade from your skin.
Prep your skin
If you always thought skin primer is an extra step you can skip, think again. Your primer helps in preparing your skin for the foundation and reduces the dullness in your complexion. It also helps to retain the foundation for a longer duration without giving your skin the cakey effect and creases once the foundation dries off.
Prepare the base
Once your skin is primed, use a tinted moisturizer for a younger-looking skin over a full coverage foundation. If you must apply a foundation, avoid matte formula that might accentuate your fine lines and signs of aging. Choose dewy finish foundation over satin and matte. Pick liquid formulations and avoid cakes and powders.
Complete the finish
Does the phrase ‘complete the finish’ sound incorrect to you? We are actually talking about the finish of your skin so that it is illuminating and dewy and not mattified and cakey. Combine a creamy stick highlighter and a powder illuminator to add dewy touch to your skin. Use this as your illuminator on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and under your brows. You can also apply it to the inners of your eyes for a glistening effect. If you must use a pressed powder to finish your look, go for a translucent powder over the traditional, tinted one. Remember, looking young is the goal here. That complexion battle is long gone.
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Look into the eye
As they say, eyes are the most important facial feature that can make or break your look. Putting the right emphasis on the right spot, and making sure you neither overdo nor overlook the makeup, is the attention that your eye demands.
Embrace thicker brows
As with age, your eyebrows start looking scattered, defining your brows with the help of brow pencil or powder can fill the gaps and make your brows look younger and still in-game. Make sure you are not too sharp with the lining of your brows. Keep it natural and subtle. Always pick one shade lighter than your natural brow color.
Under Eye coverage
Under-eye bags, dark spots, and fine lines are hard to defy as the age progresses. Lack of sleep, stress, and anxiety too can make your eyes look older than they actually are. Use a concealer on your under-eye area to erase off a few years and add a few hours of sound sleep to your look. Make sure not to overdo it, as the visible layer might accentuate the flaws. Use only a dash of the hydrating product under the eye.
Pick right eye shadow and liners
Avoid dark eye shadows to start with. Choose a neutral shimmery tone for your eye shadow to give your eyes a lifting effect. Avoid using liquid eyeliners and use white or silver liner on your waterline, for a youthful look.
Line your lower lash
No, not kohl, we are talking about a soft and shadowed lower lash line with the help of the narrow brush, not eyeliner or kajal. This will form a delusion of a soft shadow effect on your low lash.
Don’t Let your lips say it loud
Fake fuller lips
Line your lips with your natural lip to give a fuller lip effect. Use a lip gloss on top of your lip liner to hydrate your lips and complete the natural look.
Choose the right shade
If you think the pinks and mauves are for the teenagers, there is a reason you think that way. Choose a light and rosey shade for your lips to make your lips not only look fuller but also young. Always try to add a gloss or top coat to add plumpness to your lips.
Hair is the way
Streak it out
Color your hair in warmer tone and stay away from cool tones that reminds of grey. Add lowlights to your hair to boost hair volume, which is tantamount to youth.
Wear your ponytail
A messy ponytail instills the college-goer look on you, making you shred off a few years. You can back-comb your hair before scrunching them up in a ponytail to add volume to your scalp instead of the look of an ageing, oily mane.