Overly made up skin is a one-way ticket to looking much older than you actually are. As long as your skin is well hydrated, a fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion. Here are my best tips to keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful all day long.
1. Protect your skin
Keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun. There are many options, from the traditional face sunscreens to moisturizers and foundations with built in SPF.
SPF is not only limited to face products, there are also lip products that contain SPF.
2. Primer is your best friend
Face primers are incredibly light, provides a smooth base and helps to hold makeup in place. It goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup.
The same goes with eyes. Apply eye primer to minimize creasing and create a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Avoid using cream shadows on lids, opt for powder eyeshadow.
3. Go (almost) Naked
When it comes to getting that fresh look, it is crucial to make your face look dewy, not oily. Skip foundation and use concealer to cover up shadows, spots or blemishes. This means you won’t have to worry about blotting away your makeup throughout the day. If you still feel exposed, go for a tinted moisturizer. It will even out your skin tone, add radiance and still feel light. If you still prefer foundation, choose a light coverage foundation and set with translucent powder instead of foundation powder.
Everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter and your teeth white. When applying bronzer, concentrate on high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you – your cheek bones, middle of forehead, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin. Be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.
5. Stop Shine, Add Glow
Brush a light layer of shimmer copper eyeshadow across your lids for a more youthful take on smokey eyes. Or use a shimmery golden pink for a softer look. Place some lighter shadow in the corner of your eyes to help them pop.
For that instant glow, blend a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose.
6. Waterproof Mascara
The easiest way to avoid panda eyes at the end of the day is waterproof mascara. If you find that long wearing formulas irritate your eyes, sweep a clear coat of mascara over your regular mascara on your top lashes to seal the color and only use clear mascara on your bottom lashes.
7. Go Bright
Livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin.
If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks or a pop of color on your lips are both good places to start.
The finished look:
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)
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