Wine and cheese get better with age. Wish we could say the same for our skin and hair. Talk to any woman—at any age—and she’ll give anything to look younger. So we spoke to leading experts who’ve worked their magic on Bollywood’s finest for their expert tips on how to fake a younger appearance. Take that gravity!
Problem: Creased Base
There’s no magic formula to nix foundation settling into fine lines but there are techniques to minimize creasing. Start with well moisturized skin, then blot it off with a tissue because the “more cream on the face the more likely the foundation will crease,” says Ojas Rajani. If you have oily skin, ditch foundation altogether and just use a creamy concealer like Inglot Cream Concealer that won’t cake, she says. Meanwhile Arshis Javeri can’t stop praising illuminators. “For a glow that looks like lit from within apply the illuminator (Makeup Revolution Pro Highlighter – Illuminate) BEFORE dabbing on foundation so that your skin doesn’t look dull as the day goes by.”
Problem: Thin Brows
Over arched, thin brows look clownish. Period. The trick to sporting a lush, bold brow is to use a brown—NEVER black—brow pencil to fill in your brows. Rule of thumb: Use a pencil like Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper in Brown that’s a shade lighter than your hair color. “Use feathery, gentle strokes to resemble the natural eyebrow hair. Add height to your brows by arching them, then drawing slightly above the shape created,” says Rajani. Finally, add a little highlighter to the brow bone for an uplifting effect.
Problem: Thin Face
Nothing perks up your face faster than a quick swipe of blush. Namrata Soni recommends gel and cream blushes because “they glide onto skin, look dewy and last all day.” Just dust on the apples of your cheeks for an instant face lift. She suggests coral hues for Indian skin tones. Try Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush # Medium Coral. You can also use it to create contours and a chiselled jaw line.
Problem: Sallow Complexion
While it’s harder to regain the dewy, plump freshness of youth fake it by using a creamy luminizer or highlighter on the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones. Enter Strobing, the new, subtler way to accentuate your face without the fiddly, time-consuming application of heavy contour paired with highlighter. To learn how to strobe like a pro click here. All you’ll need are Colorbar Radiant Glow Face Illuminator, Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator and L'oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation.
Problem: Droopy Lids
“Fix the problem by recreating your socket line with good blending using a taupe shadow to create an illusion,” says Javeri. He says soft matte shades with hints of shimmer can light up your eyes. Try Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. “Simply apply a slightly deeper brown shade on and slightly above the socket line and blend away.”
Problem: Thinning Lips
Your lips don’t have oil glands to hydrate them and actually start shrinking as you age. Like blush lipstick can instantly lift up your face. Apply a color three to four shades brighter than your natural lip colour. “Pink, rose, apricot and peach in semi matte perk up lips in a flash,” says Rajani. We love Faces Go Chic Lipstick in Two Timing, Tango, Rock Solid and Wild Blush. As a finishing touch, outline your lips with a tiny drop of foundation for a polished look.
Problem: Eyes look Small
The dark black kohl that worked in your early 20s somehow makes your eyes look smaller in your 30s. Instead try a chocolate brown or plum eyeliner like Lakme Eyeconic Kajal – Brown or L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner – Plum for instant warmth. “Keep the line thin and soft and line only the outer three quarter of your eyes to open them up. Then blend upwards and side to side into the lash line so that it looks naturally defined,” says Rajani.
Problem: Hair Color Clashes with your Complexion
Simple solution: Go lighter. When it comes to hair color lighter hues takes years off your face. The darker your hair, the harsher the contrast with your skin, showing up wrinkles and lines near your face, eyes or jaw line. Either get highlights to lift your look or opt for warm browns in chestnut or mahogany to keep things looking natural. We love L'Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color in Light Brown, Mahogany Brown and Burgundy.
Problem: Yellow teeth
“Nothing ages you more than stained, yellowing teeth,” says Dr. Shalini Mirchandani. Frankly in this day and age with so many whitening and brightening options it’s almost inconceivable that you would want to walk around with a less than dazzling smile. Try using Closeup Diamond Attraction Visibly White Teeth In 1 Brush powered with Blue Light Technology and see your chompers light up!
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