With the right makeup tricks, you can give yourself a youthful makeover in minutes. And if you think you have to spend hundreds on facials and pricy cosmetics to look more youthful, it's just not so! The latest makeup innovations let you turn back the clock in minutes--right at home.
Prevent—and hide—fine eye lines with gel liner. A sweep of eyeliner instantly makes you look more awake, but older formulas tend to emphasize lines. To the rescue: gel liner! “It won't tug or skip the way traditional pencils can,” says celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. Plus, the smooth gliding gel melts into your skin, diminishing crepe-iness for a youthful boost! Try Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil, $8 at Ulta.
Get flawless skin with cushion foundation. Trendy cushion compacts are designed with a unique spongy base that dispenses just the right amount of liquid makeup. The result? A perfectly even complexion without any hint of aging cakiness. “They go on so smooth and natural that your skin will automatically look up to 10 years younger!” says editorial makeup artist Joy Fennell. Try Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation, $15.99 at Walmart.
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Get glowing with a blurring primer. “Primers fill in fine lines so your foundation goes on flawlessly,” explains Fennell. And the latest formulas take anti-aging a step further with micro-shimmer particles that reflect light to disguise imperfections and add a soft glow so skin looks lit from within. Try Makeup Revolution Blur Primer, $15 at Ulta.
Rejuvenate your lips with tinted lip oil. As we age, our lips lose pigment—but there’s good news! Non-sticky lip oils subtly stain lips to a natural-looking flush. And because they’re made with nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, they replenish moisture to fill in lines and add a sheen that makes lips look plumper. Try Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil, $8.99 at Target.
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Brighten your eyes with lash-tinting mascara. You could pay hundreds to have your lashes professionally tinted to make them look lusher—or you could try a new beauty innovation: tinting mascaras! They do everything normal mascara does but also gradually darken your lashes with a non-permanent pigment (it slowly wears off after your last use), so even after you remove your makeup, you’ll have bolder, brighter eyes. Try Rimmel London WonderLash Volume Colourist Mascara, $8.49 at Ulta.
Deep-clean your skin. Forget harsh bristled face brushes—Ulta’s Sonic Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush ($40 at Ulta has a gentle antimicrobial silicone surface that pulses 10,000 times a minute to break down makeup and excess oil. Bonus: After a deep clean, your skin is primed to better absorb your skincare products!
Treat—and prevent—blemishes. More than half of women experience an uptick in acne as hormones change with menopause. The fix: Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask ($34.99 at Target). It uses FDA-cleared light therapy (like the kind found in dermatologists’ offices) to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation in just 10 minutes a day.
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