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How to Stop Makeup From Creasing in Your Smile Lines

When it comes to mastering any makeup look, more goes into it than just finding your perfect shade match. From skincare products to application techniques to blending tools, so much goes into achieving the final look. It’s about more than the makeup products themselves, but also about skincare and how you apply your makeup. Every single step matters!

When applying makeup, the goal is for it to look natural no matter how much or how little you apply. Whether you prefer light coverage or full coverage, we’re all going for the ‘your skin, but better’ vibes. One thing you definitely don’t want, though, is for your makeup to crease. Here are five tips to prevent makeup from creasing in your smile lines for the perfect look every time.

1.    Focus on Perfecting Your Skincare Routine

More often than not, the cause of creasing isn’t actually the makeup you’re using, it’s your skin. The reason why makeup creases in the first place is due to the natural crevices in your face. We all develop fine lines and wrinkles over time due to natural aging. Sun exposure and certain facial expressions can make aging happen faster and these lines become more pronounced.

One other reason why makeup creases is due to a lack of hydration. If you aren’t using moisturizer, your skin will want to suck up all the hydration from your foundation. Make sure you’re using a high-quality moisturizer morning and night to prevent this. It’s also a good idea to incorporate an anti-aging treatment into your routine if you already have signs of aging. Using a prescription-strength treatment can reverse as well as prevent signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Pro tip: Your morning skincare routine should always include SPF. Applying SPF daily will slow down the skin’s aging process so your makeup can continue to look flawless.

2.    Find the Right Foundation for Your Skin

Just like with skincare, the makeup that works for one person may not work well for another. This is because different formulations work better with different skin types. Finding the perfect foundation can be difficult. As if finding a shade match wasn’t enough of a headache, there are a handful of other issues you could run into. Some might make your skin feel dry, others may not set well no matter what products you use. The list goes on.

Finding the right foundation for your skin type is a journey, but one that is well worth it. You want your foundation to look great but also feel great on your skin. You can have your skincare routine mastered and be using great products. But if your foundation doesn’t work well with your skin type, it will never look good.

When picking a foundation, first determine whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin. Also, think about other skin concerns. Is your skin acne-prone? Are you seeing a lot of signs of aging? Is your skin sensitive? These are all important to consider when choosing any skin product, foundation included.

3.    Always Apply Primer Before Makeup

Primer has become a staple product in every makeup routine and it’s easy to see why. This powerful product elevates your makeup look in more ways than one. A good makeup primer creates a smoother surface for foundation to apply more easily. It can also make your makeup stay on longer throughout the day and help you achieve a more even-toned complexion.

Primer should be used after moisturizer but before foundation. You can also mix your primer with your foundation if you like a dewy finish. Remember that primers can have many benefits, so choose one that will work well with your skin and treat your concerns. From anti-aging to color correcting to illuminating and hydrating, the right primer can make all the difference in your makeup look.

4.    Master Makeup Blending Techniques

Proper blending techniques are another great way to prevent creasing. When you blend your foundation in well, it provides coverage seamlessly and evenly. If you don’t blend your foundation in enough, it gives it the chance to seep into the lines and crevices in your face.

The best way to blend is by using a damp beauty sponge. Gently dab the sponge on top of the skin, paying extra attention to areas where you have fine lines and wrinkles. This process can be tedious, but it’s the best way to ensure your foundation looks perfectly airbrushed. If you don’t like using a beauty blender, use a dense foundation brush to blend makeup out. Then, use a damp beauty blender to buff certain areas out and achieve a flawless complexion.

5.    Don’t Underestimate the Power of Setting

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to set! Setting your makeup is just one more way you can ensure that it stays in place. Setting powders and setting sprays turn your entire makeup look into one cohesive layer. They don’t provide additional coverage; instead, they prevent oiliness as well as smudging and sliding throughout the day.

Incorporate a pressed powder and setting spray into your makeup routine if you want it to look its best. Using powder on areas where you have fine lines and wrinkles can prevent the makeup that you apply from moving or sliding. Then, setting spray is applied as a final step to complete the look and provide even more staying power.

Makeup can crease easily, and when it does, it’s frustrating. Why can’t it just look perfect all day? When fine lines and wrinkles are noticeable, even with makeup, it can get you down. But if you implement these simple skincare and makeup tips, you can turn that frown upside down.

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