5 makeup alternatives to cosmetic surgery and dermatological procedures

March 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm in Fashion & Beauty by Lois Joy Johnson

Not quite ready for Botox, fillers, lasers or a little scalpel work? These makeup tricks can help delay, stall or put off medical intervention.

  1. Instead of plumping lips with filler:
    Use a lip-toned pencil to even out irregularities in the top bow.
    Join the cupids’ bow into a rounded shape instead of drawing points. Fill in lips with the same color pencil and top with a shimmery gloss.
  2. Makeup Wakeup

  3. Instead of filling naso-labial nose to mouth lines:
    Finish foundation application by smoothing expression lines with a damp sponge to prevent makeup from settling in the creases. Strengthen eye makeup and apply blush on the tops of your cheekbones rather than the apples. Both will keep attention on the upper face.
  4. Instead of an upper eye-lift:
    Try getting more definition from your eye liner. Use a dense black pencil and retrace it with shadow liner. Try lining the inner rims too. Have your teeth whitened or use at-home strips to de-age the lower face and bring attention back to your mouth with a flattering rose or berry lip color.
  5. Instead of a face and neck lift:
    Buff your foundation over the cliff of the jaw and down onto your neck. Then use a light contour powder or bronzer to subtly define the jaw- line. Opt for V necklines for a longer smoother look. Camouflage brown spots on neck and chest with an opaque water-resistant concealer.
  • Instead of a browlift or Botox:
    Reposition the brow and stretch it outwards with pencil or wax and powder for a lifted elongated look. Cut full bangs to camouflage forehead wrinkles.

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