Choose a lip color that contains a hint of pink.

Let’s take plastic surgery out of the equation and focus on those little makeup tips and tricks that we can all follow in pursuit of a more youthful appearance.

Let’s face it, we all want to look our best, and a more youthful appearance is what we all strive for. Of course, our appearance always starts with the basics that we’ve all come to know and love. We must practice a healthy, daily skin care regimen. Sunscreen is a must, and eating a healthy diet that includes lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is essential. And we always want to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking lots of water.

These little steps are an important part of maintaining our most youthful appearance—and they’re not an option, they’re a must. But what else is there? Let’s take plastic surgery out of the equation and focus on those little makeup tips and tricks that we can all follow in pursuit of a more youthful appearance.

10 Makeup Tips to Make You Look Younger Instantly

1. Go glossy

For choosing your lipstick shades, ditch the darker colors for lighter ones. Reach for the perfect nude, natural, rosy or mauve shades that contain just a pinch of pink. Apply your lip shade as you normally would, then add a splash of gloss to the center of your lips. That little touch of gloss will give you a much more youthful and sexy pout.

2. Lift those lids

Besides curling your lashes to open up those beautiful eyes, your eyelash curler can actually help lift the appearance of those sagging eyelids. Also, avoid applying mascara on your bottom lids to lift your look even more.

3. Easy on the powder

Look for loose powders and use them with a light hand. The less powder you apply to your skin the more dewy and youthful it will look. Remember, those powders have a way of seeping into any fine lines and wrinkles that you may have. When they do, they draw attention to those lines—and not in a good way.

4. Hide the imperfections

As we age, we tend to build up skin imperfections. Let’s hide those little imperfections in an effort to turn back the hands of time. Choose a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer with medium coverage. Silicone-based foundations will provide your skin with a more dewy or glowing appearance that will lend perfectly to a youthful appearance.

5. Line the eyes

You definitely want to accent your top lash line with eyeliner to make your eyes pop, but be careful. Choose a beautiful, deep brown color instead of black. Remember, no need to go too thick and heavy.

If you have lids that are more droopy or hooded, then you may want to create a very thin line or skip lining all together. Should you choose to wear liner, try angling it at 45 degrees to give the appearance of more lift. If you simply can’t go without liner on your lower lid, choose a lighter shade such as a very light brown or grey.

6. A pinch of blush will do

Here’s a little trick for you. Lightly pinch your cheeks, the same way you do before you take a photo, and try to match this flushed color to your blush. It’s more natural and youthful looking. Don’t apply your blush too low on your cheekbone. The higher the blush the more definition you’ll have, and your features will be lifted. Remember apply lightly, build gradually and brush upwards and outwards.

7. Lighten up the shadow

Try wearing eye shadow shades in lighter, shimmery colors found in a more natural palate. And avoid the darker browns, purples and black colors. For a bit of a pop, apply your lightest shade near the peak of your eyebrow, under and over, and the inner corners of your eyes.

8. Fill your brows with light

We all like to fill in our eyebrows so they look fuller and have stronger definition, especially when they start to get a bit thin as we age. So, lighten up a bit on both color and application to look more youthful. Brows that are too dark can really drag down a beautiful face. By choosing a lighter shade you can fill away and create gorgeous, full-looking brows without adding years to your

9. Look for length, not weight

Lashes tend to get a bit thinner with age, unfortunately. We start to think that we need to thicken them up a bit by applying thickening formula mascara. Makes sense but, here’s the thing: our lashes are already thinning and they can’t really support the heavy mascaras used to thicken the lashes. Instead, try a nice lengthening mascara that will provide you with gorgeous color but won’t look too weighted down and heavy for your eyes.

10. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This is the easiest and probably the most important tip. We need to hydrate inside and out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and apply your day and nighttime moisturizers regularly. When it comes to your makeup, keep an eye open for moisturizing and hydrating products as well. Avoid the powders and hunt down the creams. Hydrated skin looks soft and supple, and it’s one of the very best things you can do for your body.

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