Do you remember the very first time you noticed a tiny little crease in your skin? I sure do. The shock factor is right up there with the first time I noticed a grey hair. I think that when we are younger we believe that the signs of aging will “never happen to us”. But, they do and it’s o.k. Wrinkles can definitely zap our self-confidence if we let them. So let’s do something about them. First and foremost, think of them as smile lines or expression lines— that definitely helps take the edge off.
Let’s explore some top tips to help camouflage those wrinkles once and for all.
1. Skin Care 1st – Camouflage 2nd
if your skin is at its best, you will notice that you need less makeup. Cleansing, moisturizing, eye creams, wearing SPF are all steps we must take to ensure the best-looking skin. (And this is a short list.) In addition to the basics, we also need to exfoliate our skin to keep it looking smooth and polished. There’s nothing like some good old dead skin cell build up to make those wrinkles just jump off of your face.
2. Hydrate that Skin
As we age our hormones can cause our skin to become a bit dryer. When our skin is dry, boy oh boy, do those little fine lines and wrinkles stand out! By keeping your skin moisturized, both day and night, you can really improve your skin’s appearance by giving it the hydration it needs.
3. Take it Easy with the Anti-Aging Products
Follow your normal skin care regimen and then add a primer to your skin just after your moisturizer. Silicone based primers are good for helping to fill in the little skin imperfections such as fine lines and uneven texture. When it’s time to start applying your makeup you will notice that your foundation goes on much smoother and easier as a result.
4. Lighten up on the Foundation
We tend to think that we need to cover up our wrinkles to truly camouflage them. But, unfortunately this doesn’t work it actually makes them look even worse. Instead of using a heavy foundation on your skin look for products that are hydrating and sheer.
5. Shift the focus
I’m a firm believer in using in a bit of “smoke and mirror” tactics when it comes to camouflaging my fine lines and wrinkles. It’s all about distracting the eye and shifting the focus onto something else besides the imperfections. One way to achieve this is to pay a bit more attention to the eyes. Choose a nice matte shadow that is on the neutral color side.
Does it seem like you are always trying to keep the color ON your lips and off of your skin? Bleeding lipstick is the worst attention grabber for fine lines around the mouth. Choose a good lip pencil to line your lips. Look for pencils that are creamy in texture and that have a color-stay or color-lasting quality. Make sure your liner matches yours lip color for the most natural and elegant look. Once you have lined your lips apply a bit of lip color.
I do believe that little fine lines and wrinkles, aka expression lines, do give us character and lend to our beauty. BUT…a little goes a long way, and if we can take a few simple steps to help preserve our youthful appearance, then why not?