Makeup is a great way to highlight your best features and detract from your flaws. When applied incorrectly, it can exaggerate the exact issues you wish to camouflage, plus it will add years to your face. The following tips will instantly help you look younger.

Foundation – Always apply your base with a light hand, in order to balance your skin tone. Do not attempt to cover every single minor imperfection or pigmentation problem. When you apply a thick layer of foundation, you will certainly age yourself, as well as have an excess of product cake up and migrate into your wrinkles and laugh lines.

Concealer – Proper usage of a concealer should brighten your eyes, while a dark corrector can neutralize discoloration and dark circles. It’s best to opt for a creamy product that’s not drying, and choose a light setting powder to prevent the product from migrating into the creases underneath the eyes.

Primer – Invest in a silicone primer to fill in and blur the appearance of fine lines and balance enlarged pores.

Blush – To lift your face, and add some color and life, apply your blush high on the cheekbones. Use the proper size blush brush, which works with the dimensions of your face. Next, move the blush upwards, to optically raise your cheekbones. You can use a lighter highlighter on the very tops of the cheekbones to give you an added glow.

Black Eyeliner – This universal and best-selling color can really showcase your eyes, when used on the upper lash lines and upper water lines. You can either omit eye liner under the bottom lashes or opt for a lighter color, in order to create a softer, younger appearance.

Eyebrows – Fill in all the gaps in your eyebrows with a brow powder. Use a well-sharpened pencil that can draw and reproduce the look of natural eyebrow hairs. Using two eyebrow products with different textures works best and helps give you that multi-dimensional effect of real brows. Lastly, set them with a brow set to keep them from migrating and help create makeup longevity. Well-shaped and defined brows can really help erase years from your face.

Complimentary Shades – Flattering makeup colors can really make a huge difference in the way you look. Know the undertones of your complexion in order to customize the colors to suit your skin tone. Choosing the wrong colors can make you look dull and tired. Once you’ve identified the shades that best blend into your skin tone in a harmonious way, you will be able to create a look that highlights your best features. In order to determine if you’re cool or warm, check your inner wrists and you will either notice that your veins appear more blue (cool) or green (warm). This will be the basis for the rest of your color palette.

Fortunately, a little powder and paint can make a woman what she ain’t. A little hope in a bottle and a few tricks of the trade can instantly transform you from bland to beautiful.

Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.