10 Makeup Tricks That Will Instantly Make You Look Younger

It feels like just yesterday you were coating your lids with eyeliner and mascara in an attempt to look old enough to sneak into that R-rated movie. Now? You’re desperately searching for the fountain of youth.

While we encourage you to embrace your age and the natural beauty that comes with it, we do understand the desire to appear slightly younger. We’ve already revealed a few makeup habits that make you look older, but if you’re looking for a surgery-free way to turn back the clock, have a look at the tips below.

1. Take care of your brows

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If you tweeze too much, you’ll have nothing left. | iStock.com

Your eyebrows should never be an afterthought. Beauty expert Taylor Chang-Babaian tells Total Beauty your eyebrows begin to thin out and droop as you get older. Not only will creating the illusion of fuller eyebrows keep your face looking youthful, it’ll complement the rest of your features, too. Luckily, you can emphasize your brows’ natural shape with an eyebrow pencil. Before buying, just make sure the pencil matches your hair color. We don’t know what message mismatched eyebrows will give off, but it’s definitely not youthful.

2. Curl your lashes

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Try using a lash curler before adding mascara. | Pixabay

Using an eyelash curler may seem archaic, but it’s actually instrumental to appearing younger. Once perfectly buoyant lashes begin to flatten when you’re about 35 years old, Allure reports. There are tons of different ways to curl your lashes, whether you invest in a heated curler or try the good ‘ol spoon trick, highlighted on Into The Gloss. No matter which option you choose, sweep on some volume-enhancing mascara for the ultimate finishing touch.

3. Moisturize

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Don’t forget to moisturize. | iStock.com/shironosov

Keeping your skin nourished seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re rushing out the house or too exhausted by the end of the day, moisturizing can be one easy step to forget. Slathering serums, creams, and lotions on your face each day matters, though.

Beauty website Birchbox notes hydration keeps your skin in tip-top condition and can help cells repair themselves at lightning speed. By adopting this habit early on, you’re less likely to develop tons of wrinkles than you would with a drier face. When shopping for a moisturizer, keep your eyes peeled for hydrating ingredients like vitamin E. If you’re in a pinch, coconut oil can work wonders, too.

4. Use a brown eyeliner

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Try brown instead of black. | iStock.com/imagehub88

It’s time to toss out that black eyeliner. While the hue adds a dramatic flair to virtually every makeup look, it’s a little intense. And depending on your age, it can make you appear older. Instead, Allure recommends adding a brown liner to your makeup case. “Deep brown has the impact of black, but looks less jarring,” makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen told the publication. “It gives you all the intensity, but in a more sophisticated, subtle way.” While we’re on the topic of eyeliner, don’t pile on the pencil, either. A thin line will do just fine.

5. Get rid of the deep lip

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If you do go dark, opt for something sheer. | iStock.com/Mendelex_photography

A dark oxblood or Bordeaux lip is very trendy, but it won’t do you any favors. Over time, your lips begin to thin out and look less defined. Though your pout will look fashion-forward, the deep hue will only enhance their signs of age. For a fuller look, Elle recommends you opt for a neutral or light pink lip. If you really can’t part ways with the of-the-moment color, try using a sheer alternative.

6. Add some blush

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Give your cheeks some color. | iStock.com/IngaIvanova

Want to add some warmth to your cheeks? Simply apply a bit of blush. This makeup step may be a no-brainer, but it’s important to use the right type. Harper’s Bazaar says a cream blush works better with most skin types, and it’s extremely easy to blend. It’s also important to note you need to apply it correctly. If you want the best results, Elle instructs you to start at the apple of your cheeks and sweep your blush up and back.

7. Choose the right foundation

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Your foundation matters. | iStock.com/pogrebkov

You wouldn’t add a harsh bronzer to only your face, so why would you pick the wrong foundation? According to Elle, it’s all about finding the right balance. Too light and you’ll look frail, but too dark and your face will appear heavy. Unfortunately, finding the proper shade for your skin is a matter of trial and error. You’ll also want to test the foundation on both your face and neck to make sure you’re getting the right color.

8. Use lip liner

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Try out lip liner if you haven’t before. | iStock.com/PavlovskiJenya

If swapping out your darker lipstick for a lighter hue doesn’t cut it, you might want to consider adding a liner to the mix. Your natural lip line begins to fade as you get older and, according to Allure, it makes it more difficult to keep your lipstick in place. Not only will adding some lip liner to the mix help keep your pout looking polished, but it can also help accentuate your lips’ natural shape. Anyone who rocks a signature color should look for a liner that’s a shade lighter than their lipstick, but a clear liner is an economical option for those beauty trailblazers.

9. Apply eyeliner to your top and bottom lids

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Try this approach to your liner. | iStock.com/Sasiistock

When it comes to eyeliner, everyone has their preference. If you only put liner on your top or bottom lids, you might want to consider doing both. Tracing your eyes in a kohl liner is a great way to make your eyes pop, plus it’ll brighten up the rest of your face. Between this and adding a subtle brown liner to your makeup routine, you’ll have younger peepers in no time.

10. Incorporate a highlighter to your beauty routine

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Highlighter is about to become your secret weapon. | iStock.com/Dejan_Dundjerski

You might have seen tons of highlighters lurking on your go-to beauty store’s shelves, but do you even know what a highlighter does? According to Allure, they can be very helpful in turning the clock back a few years. “It prevents the flat-face look,” Reiss-Andersen told the beauty site. “It adds a very subtle, youthful, and pretty dimension to your features.” If you want to add some extra dimension to your face without looking too shiny, apply a sheer, lightweight formula to your cheekbones.

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