3 ways contouring can make you look younger

Anti-ageing makeup tricks to chisel your features

marie claire Contributor / September 26 2016

Clever contouring can flatter all faces – and its not just about the cheeks, says celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Here she shares her anti-ageing tricks for creating chiselled features.



Lids droop as we age, so to give the illusion of a higher socket, prime the entire eyelid with a light shade, then take a slightly darker shade and a blending brush “and go into the hollow where it’s not as defined anymore, using a back-and-forth motion,” advises Tilbury. Try Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate Luxury Palette.

TOP TIP: Tilbury notes that finely milled powder shadows are more forgiving than cream formulas.



Resizing lips that have become thinner and smaller over time requires a nude lip liner and lipstick that looks like a tawny version of your natural lip colour, explains Tilbury. Use a budge-proof liner (necessary to prevent fading and feathering) to draw over the outer edge of your natural lip line and then fill in with lip colour. We love Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Pencil in Nude Beige.

TOP TIP: Matte is a modern finish, but satin is also flattering on all ages.



Dip a contouring brush into a matte bronzing powder, then suck in your cheeks and follow the hollow, blending in a circular motion, says Tilbury. Then, to balance a wide forehead, dust the sides of the forehead and down the sides of the nose. Try Maybelline New York Master Sculpt Contouring Palette.

TOP TIP: If your jawline is not sitting where it used to, run the brush along here, too. “The nose continues to grow as we age, so dust a ‘U’ underneath the nostrils to lift this area,” explains Tilbury.

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