The good news! When it comes to looking ten years younger, there are tons of makeup tweaks that can help revive your complexion, give your face a slight lift and have you looking radiant. With that in mind here are some of my “turn back time” makeup tips that will help give you that youthful look we’re all striving for. And remember, the fundamental aim is to draw attention to your best features and minimize the appearance of those tell-tale signs of ageing.
Prime the Way
While I may have been a primer sceptic once, only in that it was another step in my morning makeup routine, now I wouldn’t be without. Essentially, they act like a magic wand, erasing imperfections and filling in any large pores, fine lines and uneven texture. They also mattify oily areas and prevent shine, correct areas of redness, dullness and discolouration and they can add an extra boost of hydration to dry skins, leaving you with a perfected base that is ready for the rest of your makeup. It is a complete makeup game changer and I highly recommend you introduce one into your makeup routine. bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer is a an ultra-lightweight one that is great for improving skin tone and texture. It also soothes and nourishes with plant extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins C and E. Dont forget to prime the eyelids too. Laura Mercier Eye Basics is great for camouflaging any eye imperfections and enhancing the durability of your eye makeup.
Do not be tempted to apply a heavy coverage foundation in an attempt to hide the signs of ageing, because it will only accentuate them. Instead opt for a formula that will allow your natural skin to show through and not blanket it. Generally, the lighter the coverage, the younger you look. Sheer foundation formulas, BB Creams, CC Creams and tinted moisturisers look more natural and give your skin more of an illuminated, dewy look. To get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp beauty blender sponge or makeup brush (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) instead of using your fingers as these will control the product so it’s not applied too thickly. Always start applying at the centre of your face, as this tends to be where you get the most redness in your T-Zone area, so it ne the most coverage. Blend outwards towards your hair and jawline. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + Cream are some of my favourites. If there are areas that require a little extra help, such as dark under eye circles, blemishes or pigmentation use a fluid concealer.
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Pop of Blush
Over time our skin loses luminosity, and while you might be a powder blush gal, changing to a cream or liquid formulation is the most natural way to create a healthy, youthful glow. The secret to avoid resembling Coco the Clown is to opt for a soft peachy shade or warm pinks which will work with most skin tones to create a pretty lit from within look. Easy to blend and long-lasting, they are pretty much fool proof to apply. Simply smile and add sparingly to the apples of your cheeks. Sweep up and out toward your hairline and blend in fully. And of course, most cream blushers can double up as a lip tint too, making them a great beauty buy. Trinny London Lip2Cheek and Revlon Photoready Insta-Blush are simple to use and come in some great shades.
Easy on The Powder
While oilier skin may need a dusting of powder after you’ve finished your base, applying too much powder will make skin look instantly older and wrinkles will stand out more. The caked-on look is one we’re trying to avoid so when it comes to powder, stick to your T-Zone only and apply with caution i.e. less is definitely more here! While pressed powder is more convenient and there are some great finely milled ones out there, loose powder is a lot lighter and more natural looking. Whichever you choose, look for one that won’t dry out the skin and has a very fine texture. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is so finely milled it creates a beautiful airbrushed finish on the skin, while the diamond particles in it blur any imperfections.
Eyebrows frame and balance the face, and a well-groomed pair can make your eyes appear larger and give you a mini facelift! As we get older, our brows can get thinner, wiry and shapeless so creating a full, good brow can take years off any woman. Lift your brows by applying a powder or brow pencil to gently fill in any sparse areas with fine feathery strokes from the inner eyebrow outwards, through the arch, then the tail. Step back, look and assess. Then using the spoolie end of a brow pencil brush upwards to blend the colour and restore the shape for a soft but defined look. Try Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil which has a slanted tip making it easy to be ultra-precise when you apply. Another option is to have them professionally Microbladed. I have seen some fantastic results on people who have opted for this treatment. Do your research though and go to a reputable brow artist.
As we age, our eyes can change shape and our eyelashes get thinner. Hooded eyelids and more wrinkled skin can make applying eye makeup a real challenge. Used sparingly a little bit of soft shimmer is flattering as you get older because it brings light to the face. Stay clear of dark heavy colours which can make hooded eyes appear darker and smaller. All you need is a wash of natural, light coloured shadow on the eyelid, a little eyeliner to the top lash line (a soft eye pencil makes for easy application) and a coat or two of black lengthening mascara – as opposed to a thickening one which is heavy and can flatten thinner lashes. Also look for mascaras with thin wands so they can easily coat each lash. Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara will have your peepers popping. And if you have eyelash curlers, use them, as this will make your eyes look even bigger.
A youthful looking lip is full, plump with a healthy hint of colour. Unfortunately, when we get older, lips can lose volume. Applying a good lip balm before lipstick will not only stop lips drying out but it will make them look softer and plumper. Choose a formulation which is between a lipstick and a gloss, so you get the colour of a lipstick but a slightly glossy effect which can make the lips look fuller. Avoid matte lipsticks as these tend to be drying. The most flattering lipstick shade for a more mature lip is one shade darker than your natural tone but if you love a bright, bold lip colour then go for it. Don’t forget liner, this will define lips, give your lipstick extra staying power and prevent lip colour from feathering. Check out Dior Addict’s Fluid Stick, this combines the colour and longevity of a lipstick with the lustrous shine of a gloss.
Previously Managing Director of her family business, The Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School, Sherna is now living in West Cork and blogs about beauty, skincare and products. She also writes a monthly beauty column for the West Cork People. When she isn’t holding her Tween Teen Beauty Empowerment Courses, she is bringing people on the journey to healthy beautiful skin with her Skincare Consultations and Facial Treatments in Solace Holistic Centre, Clonakilty . You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook @shernamalone.ie and check out www.shernamalone.ie