Make-up hacks that can take years off you
Here is a multi-billion dollar industry thriving globally, just on our desire to look youthful and pretty. And there are thousands of high-end creams, serums and non-surgical treatments that claim to transform you. But then, looking younger need not be such a long-drawn out process, nor one that burns a hole in your pocket.
Rather, you can use simple make-up tricks to look younger than you are. Here is how…
Groom your eyebrows: Well-groomed eyebrows that frame your face perfectly can actually make you look youthful. First, thread or tweeze the extra hair from under your brow to get a smooth and clean look. Do not over-pluck, because thin brows can add years to your face. Then, use a brow set to fill in gaps and give it a gentle arch. Use a brow mascara to give your eyebrows some definition.
Open up your eyes: Use a light eye shadow on the inner corner of your eyelids, beige in the middle and dark brown on the outer corner. Blend thoroughly. Take brown or black eye shadow and apply on the outer corner of your eyelids. Apply a little of the same shade on the lower lid, close to the waterline. Use a light beige eye pencil on the outside to make it look larger. Take a white eye pencil and make a ‘comma’ on the inner corner. And finally, use a lengthening and volumising mascara. Highlight your cheek .Use strobing to highlight your cheeks and give you a dewy complexion. Opt for a highlighter that is mineral-based, light and non-greasy on the cheekbone. Avoid spreading the product all over your face, just stick to the area that catches the light, otherwise your face will end up looking like a greasy mess.
Plump up your lips: As you age, your lips thin out and lose their youthful fullness. To counter that, use a nude lip pencil and carefully draw a line outside your natural lip line. Apply a lip plumper serum and a moisturising lipstick in light pinks or nudes. Dab on some gloss in the centre of your lips to get a naturally plump look. Use a white pencil to outline the centre of your upper lip with a small ‘V’; you can also use a light foundation to get the same effect.
Use concealer wisely: Dab on some concealer under your eye in a ‘V’ shape or an inverted triangle such that the base is aligned with the lower eyelid. If you have dark blue undereye circles, you need to apply an orange concealer to hide that tone and give you a clear complexion. Blending it well is of utmost importance.
Create a high cheekbone: Imagine a line from the top of your ear to the corner of your lips. Now, use a blush below that line to add colour to your cheeks and give it a nice cut. Apply some highlighter on the apple of your cheeks.
For a taut jawline: You can make your jawline look contoured and sharp with the help of foundation that is two shades darker than your skin tone.
Begin applying it in a smooth line from one earlobe to the other. Blend the edge thoroughly for a natural look.