It’s never a happy moment when your first wrinkles appear. Who wants to look older? There are hundreds of skincare products designed to minimize or even eliminate wrinkles, but sometimes you want to look better right now. That’s where makeup can help you. With the right make up, you can instantly look years younger and hide all of your wrinkles. Just applying as much makeup as possible, however, isn’t the answer. The wrong make up can actually make your wrinkles look worse!
So, what kind of makeup should you choose to help hide your wrinkles? Try these 15 top tips for using make up to hide your wrinkles and you’ll be amazed when the compliments start flooding in!
First of all, you need to properly prepare your skin for makeup. If your skin is dry and rough, even the best make up in the world won’t be able to help you cover your wrinkles. For the best effect, make sure that your skin is well moisturized, as hydrated skin will give you the smoothest finish for your makeup. Look for an excellent hydrating moisturizer and pair it with a hydrating serum. Hyaluronic acid is especially helpful. Not only will this make your make up look better, but it will improve your wrinkles from the inside out.
Next, consider investing in an excellent make up primer. Primers are guaranteed to make anyone’s make up look better, but they are especially powerful when it comes to handing wrinkles. A good silicon primer will literally smooth out your wrinkles and create a smooth surface for applying makeup.
You might think that heavy foundation will cover all your wrinkles and make you look better. However, the opposite is actually true. A lightweight foundation won’t draw attention to your wrinkles, and will leave your face looking brighter and more youthful. If you can get away with less coverage, a BB cream or even a tinted moisturizer might give you a much better finish than a traditional foundation.
Another popular make up type that can actually make your wrinkles look worse is setting powder. Although it can give you a smooth finish when first applied, it will gradually settle into your wrinkles, making them even more obvious than before. If you can’t bear to give up setting powder entirely, avoid using it on areas with lots of small wrinkles, particularly around your eyes.
#5. Avoid frosted or glittery makeup
Avoid frosted or glittery makeup, as it will highlight every bump, wrinkle and fold around your eyes. Instead, choose matte colors or a very gentle shimmer, for an effect that is far more flattering.
#6. Lip primer
Use a lip primer to stop your lipstick from slipping into the fine lines around your mouth. Lipstick can be a wonderful way to add color and brightness to your face, but it can quickly make you look older. Hide your wrinkles by making sure that your lipstick stays exactly where it is supposed to.
You probably think of makeup as something that goes on your face. But if you continue your makeup down past your jawline, it will help to hide any wrinkles on your neck. There’s no point in perfecting your face if your neck gives your age away instantly.
#8. Blend Your Makeup
One of the most important aspects of hiding your wrinkles with makeup is checking that everything is perfectly blended. Harsh lines or thick patches of makeup will make your wrinkles look even worse than no makeup at all. To be certain that you have blended your makeup properly, check it in a second light – natural daylight is best.
Use long-lasting creamy eye-shadow formulas. Unlike powders, they won’t stick in the lines on your eyelids, but a good formula will still last all day without slipping or creasing. A lot of cream eye-shadows also double as eyeliners, which makes them excellent value for money.
#10. Anti-aging foundation
Look for anti-aging foundation formulas. Why just cover your wrinkles when you could be improving them at the same time? A lot of foundations have excellent anti-aging ingredients in their formula, and are especially designed to camouflage wrinkles as well.
#11. Moisturizing foundation
Choose a moisturizing foundation. A foundation that removes moisture from your skin will leave you looking even more wrinkly by the end of the day. When you add moisture, however, you will end up with smooth, plumped skin and makeup that effectively hides your wrinkles.
#12. Beauty Blender
Apply your makeup with a damp makeup sponge, like a Beauty Blender. This gives you a smooth, sheer finish, so that there will be no makeup building up and settling in your wrinkles. It also helps to trap extra hydration into your skin, for an added moisture boost.
#13. Setting spray
Use a setting spray to keep your makeup in place all day. This will fill in for the loose setting powder you’ve already had to give up, and keep your makeup looking flawless all day. It will ensure that whatever you’ve done to hide your wrinkles will stay in place and not slide around.
#14. Primer for eyes
Your eyes need a primer as well, to fill in fine lines and ensure that your eye makeup does not begin to crease and wrinkle. Again, a silicone-based formula is best, as it fills in any uneven spaces and creates a smooth canvas for your makeup.
#15. Make your eyes stand out
Play up your eyes to draw attention to your wrinkles. An eyelash curler and some mascara, whether dramatic black or a soft pretty brown, will make your eyes stand out. To really make your eyes pop, so that they become the focal point of your face, use an eyeshadow in a shade that contrasts with your eye color.