Master Your Makeup & Look Younger Today

Remember when you were 14 and wore makeup so you’d look 20? Now that you’re (fill in the blank), you can use makeup to make you look younger – instantly.

We all know what we’re supposed to do to look younger: wear sunscreen every day, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, exercise, blah, blah, blah. That’s all well and fine for the long run, but what do we do about that date we have this weekend? Try these tips to make you look younger right now.

Lighten Up Dark lipsticks can be quite dramatic, but seriously, lighter shades are much more appealing on the over-30 crowd. As you age, your lips become thinner, and a lighter shade of lipstick or lip gloss gives the illusion of plumper lips.

Pass on the Powder If you can skip powder, do it. Powder settles into fine lines and actually accentuate them. If you must wear a some, apply it sparingly and with a fluffy brush.

Convert to Cream Cream blushes and shadows are best for aging skin. Why? Powders tend to settle into lines. (Didn’t you read above?) Creams will give you a softer, more glowing finish.

Polish Your Whites Our teeth naturally get dingier over time (darn you, coffee), which can make you look older. Luckily, there are numerous at-home tooth whitening kits and toothpastes available at a variety of price ranges.

Blush Naturally As you age, your cheeks take on a more hollow look. While that may be an acceptable look for supermodels, it doesn’t look so good in real life. To combat the hollow look, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, and skip contouring the hollows. It will just make them look more hollow.

Beautify Your Brows Plucking your eyebrows is a great way to give your face a little life. But be careful not to over-pluck, which can actually add years. Your best bet is to visit a salon to have your eyebrows professionally shaped, but after that, you can do the upkeep yourself with a pair of tweezers.

Go Out with a Bang Are lines on your forehead getting you down? Get some bangs, my friend. Today’s most stylish bangs are long and side-swept, and can make you look considerably younger. Talk with your stylist to determine if bangs can work for you.

Rays of Sunshine Add some highlights to the hair around your face. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic – in fact, subtle is best. This simple act will bring light to your face, making you look well-rested and younger.

Try some – or all – of these tips and be on your way to a younger-looking face today!