If you have fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, a few expert makeup tricks may help to make your deep creases vanish. With a steady hand and key beauty products to smooth the lines around your lips, you can reverse the appearance of aging without going near a needle.
Wrinkles and fine lines occur because of a decrease in the amount of water held by the outermost layers of your skin cells. A hydrating moisturizer holds water in the epidermis and helps plump up the lines around your lips. Before applying the moisturizer, exfoliate your skin. A gentle scrub will help to remove dead skin cells and allow the skin cream to go on smoothly.
Gel Filler or Primer
A good gel filler or silicone-based primer acts like drywall spackle to fill in lines around the mouth. These skin smoothers not only mask and fill in the lines temporarily, they allow foundation and concealer to go on evenly. Top off a pea-sized amount of primer with a sheer liquid foundation to make your creases appear less deep. The best fillers and primers for aging skin have moisturizing properties that will also plump and hydrate your skin.
To smooth out lines around the mouth, the experts at BobbiBrownCosmetics.com recommend that you apply a lip balm around the lip area and don't try to conceal the wrinkles with foundation. A lip balm will not only fill in fine lines, but also keep the area around your lips moist and supple. After spreading on the balm, apply your favorite lipstick color -- but skip the dark hues. Dark shades can be unflattering on your mature skin, because they can draw the eye toward the lines you are trying to cover.
If after applying a moisturizer and primer the lines around your mouth remain, apply a cream-based sheer concealer to your face. Using a foundation brush or your fingertips, lightly press the concealer into the wrinkles. A sheer concealer will soften flaws around the mouth without creasing or caking around your lips. After smoothing on the concealer, apply a neutral lip liner around your lips first to prevent your lip color from bleeding into the lines around your mouth. Follow with a quick swipe of lipstick to complete your makeup look.
Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in NewsOK.com and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.