November 19, 2012
We apply makeup to cover up blemishes, camouflage wrinkles and age spots, and give our skin a gorgeous, youthful glow. It doesn't seem to make sense that makeup could actually have the opposite effect - accentuating wrinkles and fine lines - but in some cases, it does.
Are you guilty of any of these face-aging makeup faux pas? If so, there's a solution in store for you.
Faux pas #1: Too much foundation
Foundation has a lovely way of evening skin tone and covering blemishes in one fell swoop of your makeup brush, but too much can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making them stand out even more. Plus, a caked-on look doesn't allow any of your natural glow to shine through, making your complexion dull.
Solution: Look for a sheer, liquid formula like Colorescience Sheer Creme Foundation. This product glides on smooth and nourishes your skin with vitamins A, C and E. You can mix this with a dab of moisturizer for an even more sheer, hydrating coverage. Another trick is not to wear it everywhere, Oprah Magazine reports. Only use it places where you need to even out discoloration.
Faux pas #2: Wrong color concealer
No one likes the dark undereye bags, but working too hard to conceal them can actually accentuate them even more. Using a thick concealer can stick to crepey skin around the eyes, drawing attention to these fine lines. Plus, using too light a color will highlight this problem area instead of concealing it.
Solution: Opt for a light formula like a brush-on pen concealer instead of a stick. Something less opaque will camouflage the dark spots without looking too caked on. Oprah recommends using a yellow-based concealer for blue-tinged circles, or a peachy hue if they are more brown or yellow. It should not be lighter than your foundation.
Faux pas #3: Skipping blush
Blushing cheeks are one of the key elements of a youthful-looking complexion, so it's the last thing to drop from your bag of makeup products. A flush of color will bring your face back to life, and where you apply it can have an uplifting effect on your whole face.
Solution: Using a blush like Colorescience Mineral Blush Cheek Colore, sweep the hue from the fleshiest part of your cheeks toward your temples in small circles. Don't apply the color in a line on your cheeks - it will draw them in and make your face look hollow.