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Embrace your age and look your very best with these simple make-up tips and tricks.

Make-up is undoubtedly an essential tool in making you look and feel your best at any age. However, it’s the application technique that counts in determining how well your look turns out. While it’s easy to get away with average application on young, healthy skin which looks great anyway, it’s slightly trickier to get away with it as you age—there are spots to cover, lines to conceal and a lot more. Lucky for you, you don’t have to be a great make-up artist to create perfect beauty looks as you grow older—just follow these easy tips that we’ve listed for you and thank us later!

1 Prep well
If you want a flawless make-up base, prepping the skin is an important and unmissable step. As you age, your pores are more visible and so, use a primer to minimise their appearance. Also, moisturise the skin well and generously before applying make-up.

2 Don’t layer too much
Using heavy layers on the face is never a wise idea, especially when the skin starts losing some of its natural elasticity. A heavy foundation topped with heavy concealer can look cakey, and can also invite undue attention to any flaws that you may wish to hide. So keep the layering as minimal as possible, and let your natural skin show through as well.

3 Devise a smart order of application
To make this layering process easy, start building your products smartly. The most basic yet important switch you can make here is to always apply foundation before concealer. This way, you can limit the use of the product only to necessary areas.

4 Move over mattes
Matte formulas may look great but they can age your look. Mature skin frequently looks dry and using mattes then can further make this look worse. Choose hydrating make-up products that leave a dewy finish, giving you that perfect youthful glean you desire.

5 Blush away
Gift yourself a great cream blush and watch it work it’s wonders! Dab some onto the apples of your cheeks (even on no make-up days) to mimic a healthy flush. This will not only define your cheekbones and make you look radiant but will also make you look a lot livelier. Who knew that a subtle hint of colour goes a long way!

6 Use creamy lipsticks
It’s a good idea to use creamy and moisturising lipsticks. These make the lips look fuller and also feather less. Using lighter shades can also help the lips look plump. Don’t forget to define your pout with a lip liner. Signs of ageing show first around the mouth, and so, lining the lips becomes important. You can also use a concealer around the lips to dull the appearance of fine lines, and then proceed to colour them.

7 Say goodbye to glitter
Leave those glitter eyeshadows and lip glosses for the teens! Avoid using make-up with chunky specs of glitter, specially on the eyes. As you grow older, you want the eyes to look lighter and brighter, and glitter will only work to weight them down. While we’re all for the ‘age no bar’ concept, a Britney Spears from the ‘90s kind of iridescent pout is a definite no-no!

8 Pay attention to those brows
Your eyebrows tend to thin as you grow older, and may lose their shape. Shape them with a good eyebrow pencil and fill them in with a brow powder to enhance the natural shape. Fuller brows can instantly make your face look more youthful—try this out for yourself if you don’t believe us!

9 Invest in a volumising mascara
If you’re thinking of what type of mascara to pick up for yourself, the answer is just one—the volumising kind. Thicker eyelashes can help define the eyes to a great extent, leaving you bright-eyed and youthful. So curl your lashes and swipe on a coat of two of a good volumising mascara.

10   Avoid stark colours like black
As you grow older, you may want to flaunt a softer look and so, it’s best to avoid heavy eye colour in stark black shades. Black can stand out too boldly, and draw attention to the wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. Instead, make a simple switch to deep blue or brown shades for your eyes.