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8 Makeup Artists’ Tricks to Look Younger

Ever wonder how Hollywood actresses look like they never age? Chances are their makeup artists use some of these tricks for pretty, youthful-looking skin.

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Don’t be afraid of color.

If you always choose safe neutral, tan and brown tones for their makeup, that can dull you down. A little bit of a bright color can change your whole face, making it look healthier and more youthful.

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Apply moisturizer before foundation.

If you put on foundation without moisturizer, your skin will suck up the moisture in that foundation, magnifying wrinkles and dry patches.

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Go gold in your foundation if you’re over age 50.

Gold tones will neutralize redness, counteract that gray pallor, and make you look healthier and younger.

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Cover problem spots with concealer, not foundation.

If you try to camouflage everything with foundation, it accentuates wrinkles and doesn’t look natural. With foundation, less is always more.

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Ditch your powder if you’re over age 50, unless you have oily skin.

Powders settle into your wrinkles, cling to facial down, and make you look older.

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Choose a shadow color that is the opposite of your eye color.

This makeup trick will bring out the color of your eyes. If you have blue eyes, wear a shade that has brown, copper, bronze, plum or terracotta tones. Enhance brown eyes with blues, purples and greens.

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Line the upper inner rims (waterlines) of your eyes with a dark waterproof color.

It will make you look fresh and awake.

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Dab a bit of Vaseline or shiny lip gloss on the middle of your lower lip.

This gives the appearance of a fuller mouth, which makes you look younger. Try to avoid dark colors, which make lips look smaller.

Sources: Makeup artists Christina Bartolucci at DuWop Cosmetics, Alejandro
Falcon at Osmosis Skincare and Rebecca Perkins at Rouge New York

Originally Published in Reader's Digest