Remember when we used to wear makeup to look older? Not that I ever had anything as naughty and illegal as a fake ID (cough … lies … cough), but I’m positive it was my black eyeliner that made me look like I really was 18.
Now, we want to wear makeup the way it should be worn. To make us look like the best version of ourselves. And yeah, a prettier and younger version of ourselves. I’m not going to lie!
I’m sharing some simple beauty tips to look younger that you can use too.
Firstly, less makeup usually looks better than too much makeup. As I know, it takes a lot of makeup to pull off a “no makeup” makeup look. Click here to read all about it.
Beauty Tips to look younger
Let’s do this thing!
Step away from the foaming cleanser. Right. Now. If you’re under 30, then, OK, you can keep it, if you must. But whilst a foaming cleanser might just get your skin clean, it also strips your skin far more than necessary.
I switched to a cream cleanser when I started noticing more fine lines in my early 30s and my skin started to feel dry and uncomfortable. Cleansing milk and gel cleanser are also excellent choices. I also love micellar water followed by a microfibre cleansing cloth.
Another cleansing tip. Do make sure you double cleanse at night – the first to remove your makeup and the second to cleanse your skin. Don’t forget to cleanse in the morning too. All that skincare you put on at night time needs to be properly cleansed off before you start your day. Evening skincare that encourage cellular turnover? That basically means there are more dead skin cells on your skin and you want to get them off!
A good makeup look always starts with the best possible canvas. You want your skin to look as blemish free, even and smooth as possible. Correcting your skin tone is a great idea.
I’ve recently embraced CC Cream – why oh why did it take me so long? This little miracle worker is my new beauty BFF. I still love my BB Cream, which I use when I have skin breakouts. CC Cream is better for my skin in terms of correcting my skintone, disguising hyperpigmentation, and giving me a natural glow.
I also learnt how to use my Bobbi Brown Corrector properly. I’ve used it for years but didn’t fully understand it. I pat it on the inside of my nose by my eyes, around my eye area and under my eyes where I have dark shadows, setting with a translucent powder, before applying a little concealer.
Colour Corrector products aren’t a replacement for concealer. What they do is exactly what they say they will do. They correct your skin tone, meaning your skin looks better without the need for layers of concealer and foundation.
Under Eye Bags
Dear gods, the under eye bags. Eye bags and under eye shadows weren’t an issue for me until my early 40s. Now, I look like I’m fully packed for a holiday every day.
I recently discovered a super duper trick to disguising under eye bags. Turns out I’d been doing it wrong!
It’s a really simple trick and it makes so much sense. Don’t apply concealer ON the eye bag. This will actually enhance it, making it more apparent. Nobody’s got time for that. Instead, take a pale shade of concealer and pat it on the shadow UNDER the eye bag. Et voila! Your eye bags disappear like a magician has waved a magic wand.
As we get older, products with a creamy consistency are a better choice than powders. They give a dewy appearance to the skin and are less likely to settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
Personally, I like to apply a creme blush and then pat a little mineral powder blush on top to set it. I do love a pop cheek!
Switching your blush from powder to creme is a good start. Placement is the next step in looking younger. Fine young things with full cheeks and no marionette lines can get away with rosy apple cheeks. But for ladies who are no longer spring chickens, but not quite yet old ducks, the best place to pop your blush is on your cheekbones, angled towards your ear.
The apples of the cheek is the full part under your cheekbone. Applying blush here as you get older can visually drag your face down. With drooping and sagging already starting to be an issue as you age, you don’t want to help this along. Popping your blush high up on your cheekbones creates a visual illusion that your face is fuller and younger. We love that!
To work out where to put your creme blush, just pat your fingers on your face and feel where the solid part of your cheek is.
A fuller brow is not only very on trend, but also flattering on an older face. Puffy eyes are a thing, and, yes, it’s awful. A fuller brow takes up more of your forehead, provides a frame for the eyes and makes you look younger. A thin overly arched brow is ageing.
Black eyeliner is a classic … but I’m saying give it up! Dark colours recede, so lining your upper and lower lashes with black eyeliner can make your eyes look smaller. It can also cast dark shadows under your eyes – hello eye bags!
Try using greys, browns and even navy blues or sapphire greens to line your eyes. If you love a smokey eye, no problem. Try using mauve shades, or bronzey gold, or even neutral browns. I love to use eyeshadows with a liner brush instead of pencil liners.
Black eyeliner still has a place though. Tilt your head back and lift your eyelid with your fingertip. Then line the inner lid under the lashes – known as tightlining – which will create the illusion of darker, fuller lashes.
Lower Lash Mascara
Take care when applying mascara to your lower lashes. Heavy lower lashes can weigh down your eyes and also cast under eye shadows. I like to use the Lash Dash technique to add a hint of darkening without weight. Click here for my mascara application tips
Most modern foundations just don’t need a setting powder, but it still has a role to play in your makeup routine. After you’ve applied your primer, apply a light dusting of translucent or setting powder over your face. I use a kabuki brush to buff it in. This is called “prep and prime”. Fine lines are disguised, and the powder acts as a really good base for your foundation, giving you all day makeup.
Don’t forget your eyelids when you prep and prime. They can be quite oily and the natural skin colour can “throw” the eyeshadow colour by changing it. You can use a specific eyelid primer.
Lip liner is a funny beast. As you age, your natural lip contours decline, and your lipstick and lipgloss can escape into fine lines. Using a lip liner can prevent this … but lip liner is something that older ladies tend to use more than young ones and therefore can be quite ageing.
The solution to this problem is to use a lip liner around the edges of the lip, and then use a lip brush to blend the colour all over your lips. You absolutely do not want a dark lip line. So not a good look!
By using a lip brush to blend it out, you don’t have a harsh line, and the lip liner acts like a stain, without the drying effect.
Lipstick is making a comeback but lipgloss still holds strong, especially for younger women. A tip to make you look younger is to press the lipstick onto lips – dab it on – and then blend with your finger tip. It gives a softer look without a hard edge for a modern lipstick look. It works really well with the softly blended lip liner.
We all want to look as good as we can, right. I certainly don’t want to look older!
Did you find these tips helpful? Got any more beauty tips to look younger you’d like to share with me?