You may be old enough to have a son or daughter getting married, but that doesn't mean you have to look that way! We rounded up a few easy beauty tricks that will take years off mothers of the bride (and groom!) — instantly.
1. Remember that less is more with foundation.
It may be tempting to grab a full-coverage base and camouflage everything in sight, but that's the wrong approach. "Too much makeup will just settle into lines and wrinkles and feel heavy," says makeup artist Daniel Martin. Go with a sheer, light-reflecting foundation — it will provide just enough coverage to blur imperfections, while also brightening. Try Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Fusion Ink Foundation or L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder.
2. Think pink.
Dark colors can make lips look thinner. (Exactly what you don't need, right?) Opt for lighter shades like rose, mauve, and pink, and consider going with glosses over lipstick — they'll trick the eye into making your lips appear plumper.
3. Don't be afraid to blush.
Grandma was right: You do need a little color on your cheeks. "It adds youthfulness and radiance," says Martin. Grab a big fluffy brush and swirl a rosy shade on the apples of your cheeks and tops of your cheekbones to instantly liven up your face.
4. Shimmer subtly.
Iridescent glittery eye shadow is a no-no once you're out of high school. For everyone else, the key is to shimmer, not sparkle. Choose a shade that's close to your skin tone with just a hint of radiance to "brighten your eyes and look luminous," says Martin.
5. Boost your lashes.
Eyelashes tend to get sparse as we age, but we've got you covered: Brush on a few coats of black volumizing mascara (try Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up Colossal Waterproof Mascara), then apply two to three individual falsies (we like Ardell DuraLash Flare) for additional fullness. If your eyes tend to droop at the edges, Martin recommends placing the individual lashes at the corners to help eyes look lifted; adding the falsies towards the center will make your eyes look more open.
__ 6. Master your brows.__
Coloring your arches too dark is an instant ager. To avoid the super severe look, pick an eyebrow pencil that's one to two shades lighter than your natural hair color. "If you go with one that matches exactly, it will look very harsh," says Martin. We like Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil.