When used correctly, makeup can conceal a broad range of imperfections such as acne, dark circles under the eyes or wrinkles. Makeup can also enhance your best features and help you achieve a beautiful, more younger-looking appearance. However, the slightest mistake can have quite the opposite effect. In this blog post, Dr. Savalia of Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery takes a look at some of the most common makeup mistakes that can make you appear older, and ways to maintain a fresh, youthful appearance.
If you regularly use face powder, exchange it for a liquid or cream foundation formula to achieve a more polished look. Face powder settles into the creases around your eyes, forehead, cheeks and around the lips, enhancing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Gently apply foundation in specific spots to conceal blemishes and wrinkles and even out pigmentation. For a refreshed, youthful look, try the TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica. Dr. Savalia offers this all-in-one product to patients that wish to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and rough, dry skin. For uneven skin tone or discoloration, Dr. Savalia recommends the Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, an at-home treatment that can brighten the skin in as little as four weeks.
For a more long-term solution, BOTOX and injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Belotero can help. These injectable fillers can turn back the clock years by smoothing out wrinkles, laugh lines and creases.
Jagged or uneven eyeliner can cause aging or sagging eyelids to look worse. Instead of liquid liner, use a creamier, chubbier crayon to create a smoky effect. Avoid tugging the corners of the liner, as it creates crinkles. Eyeliner that is too dark or is over-applied can make dark under-eye circles stand out. Use brown eyeliner instead of black for a softer appearance. Apply eyeliner to your upper eyelids only for a more open, illuminated appearance.
For eyeshadow, be wary of metallic and shimmery shades that can create a garish look when applied to aging skin. These eyeshadows can call attention to creases, lines, crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Instead, use matte and warm-tone eyeshadows and apply them with a light touch.
For sagging, puffy eyelids, SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair is a great option. This at-home treatment can soften the appearance of the eyes and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. For a more permanent fix, Dr. Savalia performs eyelid surgery, which corrects sagging upper eyelids, drooping lower eyelids or both for rejuvenated eyes.
As we age, the borders of the lips soften, making it easier for lipstick to bleed or smear. Try lining the lips with a pencil to hold in the lipstick. Then, use a small lipstick brush to dab on a sheer color with a light hand by starting at the center of the lips and spreading to the corners. Opt for natural lipstick colors like nudes and soft pinks instead of darker lip colors, which can make your lips look thinner and older.
If you have naturally thin lips, or if your lips are no longer as luscious as they once were, Dr. Savalia can help. He performs lip augmentation using injectable fillers to fill in the lips and erase the fine lines around the lips that cause lipstick to bleed. Most of Dr. Savalia’s patients take one to two days to recover before they can enjoy their fuller, more beautiful lips.
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For more information on how to restore youth to your facial appearance, reach out to Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Savalia. Please call Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery at 949-759-0980.