How Can I Hide Wrinkles?

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated July 18, 2017

The right makeup can keep wrinkles under wraps.

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Frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet -- no matter how many cute names we come up with, the fact remains they’re still just wrinkles. While a multitude of creams claim to stop wrinkles in their tracks, everyone develops them at some point. Instead of trying to turn back the clock on your skin, try turning over a new leaf with your makeup application. The proper techniques will disguise wrinkles and restore a youthful smoothness to your skin.

Apply a pea-size amount of a facial moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid over your skin. This acid plumps up your skin temporarily, thus making wrinkles seem less noticeable.

Apply a pea-size amount of a line-filling primer to your skin in a light layer to fill in lines and wrinkles. If you have deeper wrinkles, apply an actual wrinkle filler cream lightly into the wrinkles. Simply rub the cream gently over the top of the wrinkle, instead of rubbing it in.

Apply 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of a cream-based foundation over your skin in a thin layer. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone and use a light touch so that you don’t wipe away the primer. Look for a foundation that has light-reflecting ingredients, which subtly blur the appearance of wrinkles to make them less noticeable.

Open a tube of brightening concealer that matches your skin tone and apply a tiny dab into the center of your palm. Dip a small contouring facial brush into the concealer. Drag the brush very lightly over the most visible wrinkles on your face. Brush the areas using another clean makeup brush to blend the concealer out and reflect more light off of the wrinkle.

Skip applying powder to your skin, which will cake into wrinkles and emphasize them. If you feel your skin is too shiny, blot it lightly with a tissue or special oil-absorbing papers to create a matte-looking finish.


  • Many makeup products have ingredients to treat wrinkles while they help disguise them. Look for foundations and concealers that contain retinol, vitamin A or peptides as a primary ingredient.

    Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 to 35 to prevent wrinkles from getting worse due to sun damage.

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About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.