How to use makeup to cover laugh lines

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How to use makeup to cover laugh lines
Clever make-up can help disguise laughter lines. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Laughter lines, sometimes called "crow's feet," are lines that develop around the eye area. Whether or not you can cover such lines with makeup depends on how deep the lines are. Clumsy application of makeup is likely to draw attention to them, since the makeup can become caked around the lines; you may need a bit of practice to perfect this technique.

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Things you need

  • Moisturiser
  • Eye serum
  • Skin primer
  • Liquid foundation
  • Cream blush
  • Powder (optional)

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    Moisturise. The first thing you need to take care of in terms of preparing your skin for makeup is moisture levels. Moisturising will plump and smooth the skin, making it less likely to attract caked make-up. You need to use appropriate products for the delicate area around the eyes; there are many specialist eye serums on the market. Take care not to allow the product to get into the eyes, and do not drag the skin around the eyes. Dragging will cause further sagging and wrinkling in this delicate area. Apply the serum and tap lightly with finger tips around the ocular bone, which is the ridge of bone surrounding the eye.

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    Prime. Many makeup artists swear by skin primer, which is a cosmetic made of materials such as waxes and silicone. Primer for skin acts like primer for walls, providing a smooth and evenly-coloured surface on which you can apply your foundation. Choose the correct primer for your skin type, selecting one with an anti-aging formula; this will contain ingredients designed to fill any creases seamlessly and without caking. The silicones and polymers typically added to a primer's formulation will ensure that you can still smile and create different facial expressions with caking, creasing or -- even worse -- cracking your makeup.

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    Apply your foundation. You should already be able to see that your fine lines and laughter lines are far less visible. When choosing your foundation you will find that there are many different formulations on the market. Some of these will contain light-reflecting ingredients, which will help minimise fine lines. You should also try to find a liquid foundation which contains sun protection, as this will help prevent further skin damage. Mineral foundations contain natural sun protection factors, and also light reflecting agents, so you might like to try one of these.

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    Apply blusher. Blusher is often applied very close to the area where laughter lines are present; since dry skin is to be avoided, you might consider using a cream blush, which will add much-needed moisture to the skin. If using a cream blush, apply it directly on top of your foundation. If using a powder blush or bronzer, it is generally recommended to use it after you have set your foundation with powder. However, powder is not always recommended for aging skin, since it tends to create a dry appearance and can crease. If using powder blush or bronzer, make sure it is matte and not shimmery, as shimmery powders will accentuate any flaws.

Tips and warnings

  • Invest in good brushes to apply your makeup with a professional touch
  • Look for silica powder, which disappears into the skin rather than sitting on top of it
  • Do not apply too much makeup; always err on the side of caution and remember that "less is more".

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