Who knew smiling could cause such unsightly creases in the face? Nasolabial folds are the parentheses shaped lines that form from the side of the nose to the mouth. Because these lines create shadows on the face, the key to improving their appearance is lightening the area. Use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone and foundation. A moisturizing concealer works best here. Anything dry will draw attention to any sort of line. A highlighting pencil or pen is an ideal tool as well. A pink-toned highlighter counteracts shadows on any skin tone creating a less shadowy appearance.

Things You'll Need

Apply foundation to your face as you normally would.

Wait a couple of minutes for the foundation to set.

Take the concealer and apply it with your pinkie finger making five tiny dots along each nasolobial line. Blend the concealer by gently patting it into the skin.

Allow the concealer to set for a few minutes.

Take the highlighter and go over the concealer with easy up and down strokes. If the highlighter is a pencil, draw in lines up and down directly on face. If it is a liquid highlighter, dot it with your pinkie finger.

Blend the highlighter along the nasolabial lines but also blend it just outside the lines by gently patting it into the skin with your finger or a makeup sponge.

Apply the rest of your makeup as you normally would taking care to avoid dusting the nasolabial area with powder, which would accentuate the lines.