The Power of Makeup: Look Younger Instantly

One of the main reasons we wear makeup is to enhance our facial features. But, if you’re applying your makeup incorrectly, not wearing the right colors for your skin tone and age, or not wearing any makeup at all, you may be making yourself look older than you really are.

At age 40, our redheaded model looks as if she is in her 50s. One of her biggest beauty concerns was her eyes. “When she wears eye makeup, she feels they look even smaller,” says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes. “Her eyes are a great color—a pale gray-blue-green—and I wanted to show her how she could get more ‘wow’ from them.” 

Freckles and redness can plague even mature skin. “She has a healthy complexion, but there’s a lot of red undertones,” says Barnes. For redheads, Barnes suggests using neutral-colored lipsticks or corals, which aren’t too pink, so they don’t create a muddy look.

“By making her eyes the focus with dark shadows and liner, I was able to create a wide-eyed, younger look. Her eyes appear fuller and bolder but not harsh or heavily made up. To alleviate some of the redness in her skin, I used a pinky-beige foundation, which gave a more uniform tone,” says Barnes.

What do you think of this makeup transformation?