12 Ways To Make You Younger Instantly With Makeup
While a great anti-aging skincare regimen (hello, retinol!) can definitely keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay, you’ll love to know that makeup can equally be helpful in faking younger-looking skin.
However, while many assume that slapping on more makeup can successfully conceal those sun and age spots, expert makeup artists suggest that less is always more, especially since going with a cleaner and brighter beauty look can make all the difference.
To help you fake a younger look with makeup, we asked four makeup artists to break down ten age-defying makeup tips that will help your skin look healthy and radiant.
Read on below to achieve your best makeup look yet.
1 Go Easy On The Setting Powder
Setting powder can be a godsend when you want to give your makeup primer a boost. However, makeup artist Naseeha Khan explains that this product can actually add a heavy layer onto the skin, which can ultimately pronounce fine lines and wrinkles.
To use this product carefully, she suggests using it under your eyes to ensure your concealer doesn’t crease. Otherwise, she warns against using it on other areas of your face, as she says you always want your skin to look natural and healthy.
2 Don’t Use Too Much Foundation
While it may be tempting to slap on a ton of full-coverage foundation, celebrity makeup artist Mari Shten explains that using too much of this product can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.
“Don’t use too much foundation, just make sure it’s applied evenly (and cover the sunspots, if you have them),” she says. “Instead, make sure your skin is well-moisturized, and add some glow with slightly pink undertone to create a more youthful appearance.”
3 Use Cream Blush Strategically
While cream blush can help achieve a more natural look, Shten recommends applying products like these carefully. Blending is key in achieving a more youthful-look, she explains, making it important to use a good makeup brush to apply your product evenly.
“Use a cream blush—in pink and peachy tones—on top of the apples of the cheeks, and use a makeup brush to swipe it across your forehead,” she tells us. “This will bring more color to your face, keeping your makeup looking bright and fresh.”
4 Avoid Using Dark Eyeshadows
While a sultry smokey eye can definitely leave your onlookers guessing, Shten advises against using darker shadows, as they tend to bleed easily, and can accentuate lines around the eyes.
Instead, she recommends selecting lighter and softer shades—plus brown and grey eyeliners!—that will help keep your look clean.
5 Overdraw Your Lips With A Lip Pencil
Lip pencil may seem like a tricky makeup product to use, but Shten says it can be mastered easily if you know where to start. The secret to nailing precise lip liner application, she explains, is to actually make sure the pencil shade is as close to your lip color as possible.
Once you have found your go-to lip pencil shade, she advises overdrawing your lips with your pencil first, and then finishing your lip look with a gloss and light lipstick. “Just go right on top of your lip liner, and then use gloss or light lipstick on top to make lips look more plump and instantly look younger,” she adds.
6 Add Some Face Oil To Your Foundation
If you are looking to achieve a natural glow without packing on tons of highlighter onto your cheeks, makeup artist Branden Malear advises adding some face oil to your foundation to keep your skin looking dewy and bright.
“Apply two or three drops of face oil into your foundation to give your makeup a youthful glow,” he says. “This is also a great way to hydrate the skin too.”
7 Draw In Your Brows Carefully
While full and defined brows look great at any age, Melear says you’ll want to exert caution when drawing in those arches, as you’ll want to keep your look appearing clean and natural.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a fuller brow look, as he recommends using a taupe brow pencil to lightly fill in your brows. “This ends up giving them a more lifted look,” he adds.
8 Apply Powder Blush Correctly
Much like cream blush, Melear explains that powder-based blush is another product that should be applied carefully.
Applying too much product can make the complexion appear garish, he says, making it important to apply a small amount in the right areas.
“Blush should be applied to the tops of the cheeks (and swept back), to allow the face to appear more angular,” he tells us. “This helps give the face more shape.”
9 Switch Your Lipstick Shade
Yes, it’s true that dark lipsticks can give you a come-hither look that’s undeniably sexy.
However, makeup artist Helena Olivares advises swapping those vampy plum or brown tones for more neutral shades, as they can look a bit harsh on aging skin.
Neutral tones and subtle pinks, she explains, can help you achieve a more youthful appearance, as they instantly give the skin a brighter and cleaner look.
10 Brighten Your Inner Corners
Even if you wear no other makeup, I recommend that you always conceal the darkness at the inner corners of your eyes.
Most people focus on the circles underneath, but this area is actually the most important and makes the biggest difference. It sounds so simple, but it will instantly brighten your entire face and make you look refreshed and well-rested.
Of course, you'll want to cover the dark circles below also. I suggest drawing an upside-down triangle shape instead of a half-moon, to help push your cheeks forward.
If you have significant discolouration, consider using a colour corrector underneath your concealer.
11 Focus on the Lashes
Instead of relying on dark eyeshadow or eye liner to define your eyes—which can look hard and harsh as you get older—I think lashes should be the focal point of your makeup look.
A long, fluffy fringe opens up the eyes, looks great on everyone and requires zero skills to achieve.
Give your lashes a good curl, and then apply several coats of a lengthening black mascara, taking care to coat each hair from root to tip. My technique is to literally press the brush into the roots, and then I clean up any excess with a Q-tip dipped in micellar water.
If you tend to get racoon eyes, you may wish to only apply mascara to the top lashes only—or just switch to a tubular formula to avoid any chance of smudging.
For extra pop, try filling in the upper waterlines with a waterproof pencil. It's such a great little trick to make your lashes look even thicker!
12 Draw Faux Freckles
This is an advanced tip, and it may sound a little out there, but if you’ve got an extra five minutes... try drawing on a few faux freckles!
I don't know why, but it just makes you look younger and cuter—and is another trick to give your skin a more natural look. Makeup artists do it all the time on celebrities, so they just appear to have perfect, foundation-free complexions.
You want to scatter them in a random pattern across your nose and cheeks, after you apply foundation. I use a tiny liner brush to dot on a waterproof cream colour, softening with a fingertip so it looks totally natural.
As you get older, less is obviously more—but that doesn't mean a bare face, either. I'm reminded of one of my favourite beauty quotes, courtesy of Calvin Klein: "The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural."
It does indeed! The primary goal should be beautiful, luminous skin, which can take some finessing—I'd spend the majority of your makeup application minutes there. You don't want to just slap on a thick foundation that covers everything up. Take a cue from the best makeup artists, who take their time to carefully blend, buff and highlight, camouflaging only what needs to be covered.
Once the skin in place, you really don't need to work so hard at everything else. Full lashes, soft brows, flushed cheeks and just-bitten lips work on literally everyone, no matter what the occasion.
But seriously, do try the freckle thing. It's a bit addictive!