How to achieve more youthful looking skin without a big spend
Last week we looked at some simple makeup tricks that can make ageing eyes look younger and brighter (if you missed it, find it on evoke.ie). This week we’re going to focus on the rest of the face. Because the skin changes as we get older, we need to change with it and rethink what beauty products will work best.
I’m all for the convenience of BB and CC creams but when it comes to proper coverage nothing beats a good foundation. Don’t confuse coverage with a heavy foundation, some of the best available offer colour that creates a uniform complexion but in a formula that feels lightweight and natural on the skin. How do they do this?
Some foundations use gel formats as carriers for the colour rather than waxes, oil and water. Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation comes in eight shades and is great value at €11.99. YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat is pricier at €35 but comes in 22 shades, so a perfect colour match is practically guaranteed.
This type of foundation is great for ageing skin; blemishes are concealed, skin tone looks even and hydrated. Foundation complete, it’s time now to add light and shade to lift and shape the face.
Unless the face is round you could skip shader completely if underneath the cheekbones is already defined, further shading can give you a more gaunt appearance. Instead, take a warm blush shade (pale pink is popular and peach suits all skin tones) and apply to the highest part of the apples of the cheeks. Even a little blush gives the impression of rounder, plumper cheeks and that’s instantly youthful.
Colour done, focus now on light where it’s most effective. Taking a light-reflective concealer, like last week’s ArtDeco version (€ 21.60) and use the built-in brush to add the liquid along the lines of the face. Nose to mouth, forehead, between the brows, apply concealer to each, quickly pat into place and move onto the next line. The light-reflection softens the appearance of lines and skin looks younger.
The final flourishes of the concealer lifts the entire face; simply add a touch above the cheekbones starting at the blush and out toward the ear. Apply a little more above the outer half of each eyebrow, and to finish run the brush just outside the lip line top and bottom to give the mouth a lifted and fuller look.
Who would have a guessed a gel foundation, touch of colour and a concealer wand could give you younger looking skin? Give it a try.