Is Your Makeup Aging You?

There’s no doubt that makeup can cover flaws, enhance natural beauty and even create the illusion of youth, but can using cosmetics over time also take a negative toll on your skin or actually speed up the aging process?

JuveRest Co-Founder Dr. Goesel Anson recently told that makeup can’t prevent premature aging of the skin if you rely on it as the sole means for sun protection. Makeup or moisturizers that have sunscreen built-in are still not enough. Bottom line: Be sure to add broad-spectrum sunscreen to your daily beauty regimen.

Plus, always remove ALL your makeup before going to bed. Check out what happened when a beauty editor took up the challenge of sleeping in her makeup for a whole month. She was allowed to give her face a cursory wash in the morning, but wasn’t allowed to use any of her usual cleansing creams and had to apply new makeup each day. Granted, it’s stretching the point, but worth a look!

And here’s a warning about Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid and how certain ingredients in Make-Up Ages Your Skin.

Of course, the majority of us aren’t going to stop using makeup, so be smart instead. Here’s a few common sense tips from

  • Re-think your daily makeup routine. Do you really need foundation to go for a walk?
  • Invest in quality products. Think of what makeup items you use the most and choose the best.
  • Remove your makeup when you get home, not before bed.
  • Pay attention to your skincare routine and health; they are foundational for looking as good as you can.

So after you’ve committed to following these simple but important rules, can makeup be used to give you a more youthful appearance? Yes! But makeup artists told that if you’re not careful with your application, makeup can actually make you look older. Here are the top five tips we uncovered:

  1. Moisturize:When your skin is still damp from cleansing, slather moisturizer over your entire face and neck twice a day, says Look Younger And Fight Wrinkles. When skin looks too dry, it enhances wrinkles, says celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw speaking with com. Makeup with too little moisture or too much powder can age the appearance of your skin.
  2. Foundations:Use a foundation with yellow undertones to give your skin a warm, younger look, says 16 Ways To Look Younger With Makeup. To avoid caking, apply foundation with a damp makeup sponge. Put a dab of foundation on the back of your hand. Pick up the foundation you need with the tip and apply it in dabbing motions on your face. You may need to blend it with your fingers. com says avoid powder foundations that tend to settle into fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Unless your skin is flawless, powder can leave you looking like a wrinkly, powder-dusted doughnut.
  3. Blush:When your cheeks have lost that youthful flush, 9 Makeup Rules For Women Over 40 says it’s okay to use bolder shades like peaches and pinks that flatter aging skin better than dusty, muted colors, which offer little contrast against your natural tone. If you are starting to develop jowls, put your blush a bit higher on the cheekbone and away from your nose, advises com. If your face is flat, lacking plumpness, place blush on the apples of your cheeks to create roundness.
  4. Lips:Aging lips may lose their color and volume. To Learn The Makeup Tricks Behind Perfecting Your Pout, com says you’ll need five things: a concealer to prevent pigment from migrating; clear/nude lip liner around the perimeter of your lips; a lip brush to apply color near the lip border, and a moisturizing sheer, satiny lip color – not a matte finish that can leave lips looking caked and crumbly. For times when you’re not wearing lip color, use a protective lip balm with a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen.
  5. Eyes:com shared techniques to make eyes look younger, brighter — even more lifted — in minutes, using just basic makeup. For example, emphasizing your lashes deflects from wrinkly eyelids; and shimmery shadow can soften crow’s feet. Get Instantly Younger Eyes offers step-by-step instructions.

Following these tips will help ensure your makeup is age-defying, not age-advancing!