There is an old wives’ tale that says that worrying will cause wrinkles, but for many people, it’s actually the other way around: wrinkles can be a major source of anxiety and worry. It’s only natural to be concerned once lines start forming on your face. After all, they are like a billboard announcing to all who see you that you are getting older.
Your appearance is the first thing people see when they look at you, so it’s only normal that you want to make a good impression. You want to look young and healthy, and a few wrinkles can put a dent in your self-confidence. You might even worry that they could affect your dating or career prospects. We’ll take a look at what causes wrinkles and highlight some clever makeup tricks that can help reduce their visibility so you can exude a youthful appearance and regain your confidence in no time!
WHAT CAUSES WRINKLES?
You might think that once you have wrinkles, it is too late to worry about how they got there. However, understanding what causes wrinkles can help you prevent further wrinkles from appearing or at least reduce their likelihood.
Wrinkles are actually a normal part of aging. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity. Repeated facial expressions like squinting and frowning are a big cause of wrinkles, which is why people get things like frown lines, smile lines, and wrinkles in between their eyebrows. Young skin is able to bounce back from these gestures, but older skin isn’t quite so resilient.
However, the biggest single cause of wrinkles is sun damage. Even if you’ve never been to a tanning bed, chances are you’ve been outdoors. All of the exposure to ultraviolet rays that your skin endures over the course of your lifetime, even if it’s just walking from your parking space to your office, accumulates and contributes to wrinkles later in life. That is why it’s vital to wear at least SPF 30 every time you walk out the door.
Smoking is also a big cause of wrinkles, not only because of the repeated mouth movement used to puff on cigarettes but also because it reduces the supply of blood to the skin. Some people’s jobs make them more prone to wrinkles, such as those who work outdoors.
Even your sleeping position can play a role; for example, lying on your side can tug at the delicate skin around your eyes, so sleeping on your back is best. Skin becomes even more fragile as you age, and suddenly you might find yourself with more wrinkles than you can count.
types of wrinkles
Wrinkles. Lines. Creases. Whatever you call them, they are probably the bane of your existence, taunting you every time you look in the mirror and reminding you that you are not getting any younger. There are four main types of wrinkles, and you might experience some or all of them at the same time.
Dynamic Expression Lines
These are the wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement that occurs while making facial expressions. Frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet are examples of this type of wrinkle. It can be very difficult to avoid getting these, and some people use fillers to alleviate them.
Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
These are fine lines on the face that almost appear to be parallel to one another. They are caused by the skin’s loss of elasticity that occurs with aging and can shift depending on your position. Moisturizers can temporarily plump the skin to reduce their appearance.
These occur when skin droops as a result of the effects of gravity over time, such as jowls. Again, this is something that is difficult to avoid, although they tend to be less noticeable on fatter faces. This is the type of wrinkle that is often treated with lifting procedures.
Permanent Elastic Creases
These lines can sprout up anywhere on the face, especially the cheeks, neck, and lip area. They are both caused and exacerbated by sun exposure, so it’s never too late to start using sunscreen religiously even after they start to appear.
five makeup tips for hiding wrinkles
Now that you know how to avoid wrinkles, here are a few ways that you can make the wrinkles that you do have a lot less noticeable using makeup:
1. Use a primer.
One of the best ways to smooth out wrinkles is to apply a silicone-based primer underneath your foundation. This magical potion will fill help fill in fine lines and other skin texture issues almost like spackle does, making a smooth base for your foundation to glide over. You can also buy primers that are made specifically for the skin around the eyes, which is a good option for those whose wrinkles tend to be concentrated in that area.Primer should be applied after moisturizer, making sure to give your moisturizer a few minutes to soak in first. A pea-sized amount of primer is enough for most people. You should pat it into your skin very gently. Using it all over will give you that uniform smoothness that you crave, but you can also add a little extra to areas that are particularly problematic. Let it dry for a few minutes before applying your foundation as usual. Your wrinkles will be much less pronounced and your skin will appear much softer and smoother.
2. Pass on the powder
Powder is many women’s first makeup item. For teenagers, it’s practically a necessity to soak up oil and reduce shine. It might not have even occurred to you to toss it, but once wrinkles start setting in, powder will do you more harm than good. The tiny particles that make up powder are prone to gathering inside your wrinkles and building up there. Moreover, powder has a tendency to darken on your skin throughout the day as it oxidizes. The result is that your wrinkles will become darker and look deeper and more noticeable than they actually are!Most women who have reached the age of wrinkles don’t need powder anyway, but you can try using blotting paper if shininess is still an issue for you. This also applies to blush; swap out powdered blush for a cream or gel variety to avoid drawing attention to wrinkles in your cheek area.
3. Use a lipliner
Lipstick has a funny way of migrating from your lips and settling into any fine lines or wrinkles that you have around your mouth. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this very frustrating problem: lip liner. However, when lip liner is not used correctly, it can do more harm than good.Choose a pencil that has a creamy texture; dry pencils will only dry out and tug at your lips, leading to even more wrinkles. Chubby pencils with moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter are a good choice for aging skin and have a tendency not to bleed into the surrounding skin. First, apply a lightweight lip balm all over your lips to smooth and hydrate them. Then apply your pencil just inside your natural lip line, taking care to never venture past it into your actual facial skin. Then apply your lipstick as normal, taking care not to extend past your lipliner. Then blot your lips gently.
4. Skip the shimmer
If you have wrinkles in your eye area, shimmery eye shadow is not your friend. Although it can be tempting to buy these pretty shades, think of them as highlighters that will only draw attention to your wrinkles. Less is more when it comes to makeup as you get older, and shimmery shadows should be avoided at all costs. The same is true of frosty shadows; they have a way of making crepey skin look even more crinkly.Stick to matte shadows around your eyes and try to use light, neutral shades that flatter and draw out your eye color. Letting your eyes themselves take center stage has the added benefit of drawing attention away from the skin around them.
5. Re-assess your foundation
As you get older, the same foundation that used to make you look like a million bucks might now actually make you look a million years old. Your makeup routine should evolve as you get older. Heavy foundation has an unpleasant habit of settling into fine lines and wrinkles, which will only serve to draw even more attention to the issue.If your skin is in good condition apart from the wrinkles, you might want to consider switching to tinted moisturizer instead of foundation. Moisture is what wrinkled skin needs more than anything, and today nearly every cosmetic brand offers several types of tinted moisturizers. These products add a little color and even out skin tone but are not prone to the heaviness and caking that often occurs with foundation.
If you have seriously uneven skin tone and can’t give up foundation, at least consider switching to a lightweight formula. Never, ever wear a shade of foundation that is darker than your skin; step outside and examine your face in sunlight with a mirror to make sure!
the bottom line
Even though wrinkles are perceived by some people as a sign of wisdom, almost nobody embraces them with open arms. If you feel self-conscious about your wrinkles, you should take comfort in knowing that the aforementioned makeup tricks can make a big difference when it comes to the appearance of wrinkles. Many women find that going under the knife simply isn’t necessary when makeup is used correctly to help camouflage signs of aging. After all, makeup exists to enhance our beauty, so make sure your makeup works in your favor. The right combination of products and technique can take years off of your appearance, so don’t be afraid to experiment!