Joanna is the Junior Wellness Lead for SSEDITORIAL Magazine, specialising…
Ageing is a part of life that we either see as a gift or a curse. The pressure to battle the signs of ageing has grown into a global industry. Beauty standards are all about smooth skin and the industry has the products to match. We pack our products with ingredients aiming to slow down the ageing process as a society. Botox is also not as taboo as it used to be, becoming increasingly popular year on year. Even the ‘duck face’, although objectively unattractive, is still doing rounds on social media because the pose tricks us to look younger than we are. While we all will inevitably grow old one day, we’re constantly reminded that we shouldn’t. So, what’s the solution apart from stocking up those anti-wrinkle creams? Well, luckily there’s the power of makeup.
Below you’ll find some makeup tricks that can make you look younger.
While it seems to be a beauty trick reserved for parties and special occasions, it’s what you make of it. Depending on the eyeliner brand, it can be pretty discreet as long as you don’t go over the top. Simply apply a silver eyeliner to the corner of your eye and under the outer corner. It will brighten your eyes and make them seem bigger, drawing attention away from the dark circles under your eyes. If you feel like silver is a bit too bold, opt for a white eyeshadow.
In the 90s, it was all about a thin and emphasized arch. In the mid-2010’s the thick Cara Delevigne look arrived. But not many people know about the straight, full arch: a trend originating in South Korea that tailors makeup tricks to a favoured youthful appearance. The South Korean trick makes your face appear more innocent because it resembles the eyebrows mainly seen on children. To try it out, remove hair from the top of your brow.
2021 gave a rise to the trend that’s known as ‘mirror skin’. It works for two different reasons; it brings out the natural glow that is associated with youth and aims to make the skin look flawless, with no pigmentation or spots that indicate ageing. Again, we owe this technique to South Korea so if you really want to go all the way, get yourself a bb cream which is a type of foundation equipped with antiaging UV protection. Kill two birds with one stone – look younger instantly AND prevents wrinkles.
Depending on your age, you might benefit from adding a bit of blush to your cheekbones. As we grow older, our skin appears grey and dehydrated which is the opposite of youthfulness. Apply blush under your eyes and on the top of the cheeks to mimic blushing. Blushy cheeks can be a hit or miss but with the right approach, you can enjoy a carefree, bright look.
Avoid dark eyeshadows
Lastly, less actually means more. More isn’t always better and what worked for you ten years ago might no longer do you any favours. Bold eyeshadows may seem like a good idea but it can easily backfire by emphasizing fine lines and circles under the eyes. Instead, opt for something simpler and more appropriate to your skin condition. Settle for brighter eyeshadows or ditch them entirely and rock an eyeliner look that complements your eye shape.
Joanna is the Junior Wellness Lead for SSEDITORIAL Magazine, specialising in mental health, wellness and lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes to write scripts and dance.