1. Skip The Powder.
Powder blushes are made for women with oily or combination skin. As we get older, our skin gets drier and yet we still use oil-free foundations. Powder starts looking dry, dusty and ashy on our face, which visually ages us. Use creamy foundations and blushes and you'll notice the difference straight away.
2. Highlight Your Bone Structure.
Highlighting your cheekbones and jawbone can make you look not only younger, but more refined and up to date. Any woman who wants to minimize signs of aging should try this. You can use a bronzer or a blusher to highlight the areas in question.
3. Dab On An Eyeshadow Base.
Sometimes the tiniest wrinkle can ruin your eyeshadow. Older women are more prone to experiencing this problem than younger women. Luckily, it can be easily solved with an eye-shadow base before your applying the eyeshadow itself.
4. Use An Eyeshadow Contrasting With Your Eye Color.
Contrast the color of your eyeshadow with the color of your eyes. This will make your eyes look younger. Try using purple or blue-tinted eyeshadow if your eyes are green or brown and try using a darker color like umber if you have blue eyes.
5. Use Makeup With A Yellow Tint.
Contrary to popular belief yellow-tinted makeup doesn't make you look yellow or haggard. It actually helps your face look more vibrant as it gives your face a healthy glow.
6. Brighten Your Eyes.
Brighten the upper and under eye using the "Triangle of Light" technique: first apply your concealer by drawing an upside-down triangle, and then gently press the concealer into the skin. This makes the area look dramatically lifted.
7. Always Curl Your Lashes.
Curling your lashes makes you look a lot younger. But before you do so, here's a great trick: warm your eye curler with a hairdryer for a few seconds before using it. Make sure to test the metal on your arm first, so you don't burn your lid. Once you've tried this, you'll be amazed at the difference.
8. Avoid Dark Lipsticks.
Choose light colored lipsticks rather than dark colored ones as they make your lips look frail and thin.
9. Moisten Your Makeup Sponge.
Thickly applied makeup can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles, making them appear even deeper than they were originally. Try applying your foundation with a damp sponge instead. This will dilute the makeup slightly and allow it to look more translucent rather than paint-like.
10. Add A Pop Of Blush To Your Cheeks.
A pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks can brighten a dull complexion. The trick is to blend it well, so it's not obvious that you're wearing blush.
11. Don't Be Afraid Of A Sheen.
Add a slight sheen on your mature skin by using a BB cream or CC cream. This helps to keep your complexion looking youthful.
12. Define Your Lips.
A natural looking lip liner can bring back a youthful fullness to your lips.
13. Flawless Eyebrows With The Eyebrow Pencil
Since brows tend to become thin and sparse during your 40s and 50s, it is advisable to abandon your brow powder and choose a super sharp eyebrow pencil instead. Simply trace hairs upwards with a skinny brow pencil, mimicking the look of your actual hair.
14. Choose The Right Eye Pencil.
A soft brown or grey eye pencil can make your eyes look bigger than they are. Use it to subtly define your upper lash line and leave your lower lash and waterline alone. This elusive trick can make a remarkable difference, particularly in older women.
15. Choose A Lipstick That Moisturizes.
For older women, it's important to choose a formula that's more hydrating to ensure smooth, even coverage.
16. Don't Test Foundation On Your Hands.
When you're looking for a new foundation, you should apply it to your jawline, not to your hands. Your hands are usually a different color because they've been exposed to the sun. If you rely on matching the color to your hands, you may end up with a poor match.
17. Always Apply Sunscreen.
Did you know that sun rays can accelerate the aging process? Well, starting the day off by applying a sunscreen can really help protect your skin. You should even use sunscreens with an SPF15 during the winter as well, to keep your skin look youthful.
18. There's An "Order Of Operations."
Always remember to apply skincare products before using sunscreen.
19. Coconut Oil For Makeup Remover
You may not know it, but coconut oil works as a wonderful makeup remover. It melts even the most stubborn makeup away, is good for your skin and acts as a natural moisturizer. Just apply it directly onto your face for a few minutes before washing with water and your regular cleanser.