Ah, the dreaded furrowed brow. It’s true: Wrinkles on your forehead are one of the first signs of aging. These telling brow wrinkles develop when layers of fat under the skin start to break down and separate or because of frequent facial movements. If you don’t want to visit the dermatologist for a Botox or gel filler injection, you can smooth your skin woes with painless techniques at home. With the proper makeup application, you can have a red-carpet beauty moment and temporarily keep your wrinkled skin a secret.
Things You'll Need
- Facial scrub
- Moisturizer with hyaluronic acid
- Makeup primer or topical wrinkle filler
- Liquid foundation
- Cotton swabs
- Cosmetic sponge
- Velour powder puff
- Translucent powder
Exfoliate with a facial scrub. When selecting a gentle facial exfoliant, choose a scrub formulation containing a high concentration of ground oats and almond. When used to exfoliate skin, these two ingredients are gentle enough for all skin types. Apply a dime-size amount of the product on your face. Using a damp washcloth and circular motions, gently scrub your face to remove dead skin cells and prepare your skin for moisturizing.
Hydrate skin with a moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid. This skin-plumping ingredient occurs naturally in the body and works well with all skin types -- including oily skin. Smooth on three to four dots of this anti-aging moisturizer with your fingertips to help inflate the lines in your forehead. To keep your makeup from disappearing, let the product absorb completely in your skin -- for about 10 to 15 minutes -- before applying any other makeup products.
Fill in lines on your forehead with a silicone-based makeup primer or a topical wrinkle filler. These skin smoothers will fill fine lines and soften edges. If the product comes in a tube, squeeze the filler along the length of the wrinkle. If it does not, apply the product to your index finger and spread the gel-like solution along the length of the fine lines.
Pat the filler or primer lightly with your ring finger to deposit the product into the forehead wrinkle. Let the product seep into your skin for two to three minutes before applying liquid foundation.
Place a few dots of foundation on the wrinkled forehead area with a cotton swab. Using a cosmetic sponge, blend the foundation gently into the skin to cover up the furrows. If you need extra coverage, layer a creamy concealer over the foundation with a foundation brush. Pat the foundation and the concealer lightly with your fingertips to help the product absorb into the grooves of your skin.
Set the foundation with translucent powder applied with a velour powder puff. Press the puff and the powder gently into your forehead for a flawless finish.
Tips & Warnings
- Because the topical fillers or primers may not last beyond three to four hours of wear, place the wrinkle filler, primer, liquid foundation and powder puff in your makeup bag for cosmetic touch-ups.
- As you get older, avoid using too much face powder on your skin. This type of makeup will highlight, instead of hide, imperfections.
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