Ever wonder how to look young again? Botox and facial fillers aren't your only answer. In fact, choosing the right makeup -- and following some helpful makeup tips -- may be your best tool to reverse aging skin. Who knew that the drug store held all the magic tools you need to shave a few years off your face?
Vincent Lee, a national makeup artist for Dior cosmetics, says many women don't realize makeup mistakes can make a dramatic difference in how old they look.
The Hong Kong native has been in the beauty business for years, working in fashion shows, television and music videos. He joined Dior cosmetics in 2007.
"Dark colors, shimmery shadows and powder can all accentuate wrinkles," Lee says. "Also, too much makeup can be aging. As you age, you lose density and collagen; you need products that are going to make your face look smoother, more lifted and more luminous."
To prove it, we asked Lee to show us the transforming power of makeup on 53-year-old Lynette Garcia of Temple Terrace, Fla.
Here are some of Lee's tips to look younger using makeup.
Makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath it. Always start with a good cleanser and moisturizer. This will help soften any fine lines and allow your makeup to go on smoothly and evenly, Lee says:
"If (skin) doesn't have the proper hydration and smoothness, the foundation won't do its job properly." Foundation Foundation shouldn't cover your skin or turn it a different color. It's meant to even out your skin tone and give you a luminous look. Choose a foundation that disappears on your face. Liquid foundation works best on mature skin because it doesn't settle into wrinkles, Lee says. And to get the sheerest coverage, don't use a makeup sponge or your fingers; use a foundation brush. "The foundation brush is your best friend because it's going to help smooth in the makeup and create a flawless look," he says. Additionally, women should apply concealer after their foundation so they can see the areas that need extra coverage. Lee says women often make a mistake of attempting to cover dark circles under eyes with concealer that is too light or too dark. The concealer should be as close to your foundation as possible. Lightly press the concealer around the eye area for a natural look. Eye Shadow Stay away from frosted and shimmery shadows; they highlight wrinkles. Silky, matte shadows blend into your skin and camouflage lines. Lee likes to use champagne or peach colors on the eyelid to open up the eyes. Follow with a darker color, such as gray or taupe, in the crease of your eye to add depth and create a natural look.
Keep your eyes open while applying shadow in the crease. Follow with a sweep of eyelid color under the brow line, and blend. Using an angled brush, sweep a little of the darker shadow along your lower lash line. Eye Liner Liner makes eyes and lashes look fuller and wider, but dark liner can make the eyes look hard. Lee suggests using a brown, waterproof liner beneath the lash line for a softer look. Work the pencil around the top of the lash line between all the lashes. You shouldn't be able to see a line when you open your eyes. Follow with a coat of mascara. And don't forget to fill in brows. It creates the illusion of a lifted eye by drawing attention up. As we age, we lose density in the lashes and eyebrows, Lee says. "Without the structure and definition of brows, your face can look tired and haggard," he adds. Choose a pencil color similar to your brow color and apply with small, sweeping motions, following the brow's natural line and filling in the spaces. Don't make your eyebrows too drawn on. Blush Older skin usually means drier skin. Because of the loss of collagen, your face can also sag and look dull. Lee suggests using blush a shade darker than you normally would to contour beneath your cheeks and add depth and definition.
Apply a bright color such as rose, coral or light pink on the apples of the cheek, sweeping the color back toward the hairline and blending it over the contour blush to soften it. Then soften the final results by adding a highlight to the areas of the face that the light would naturally hit: your cheekbone area, forehead, chin and nose. "This is going to define and lift your cheek area," Lee says. "It's also going to make your face look more youthful and fun." Lipstick Heavy lipsticks and liners only draw attention to dry, thinning lips. Go for softer colors such as coral or rose to give a fuller effect, Lee says. He suggests applying lip color first, then using a lip pencil -- in the same color as your lipstick -- to outline your lips. This prevents the color from seeping into lines. Don't use a lip pencil that's too dark; it looks clownish. Top the lipstick with a sheer coat of gloss for a fresh, youthful shine.