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A dramatic makeup style can sometimes add years to one’s appearance, which may not be the intended effect if you’re actively trying to look younger.

Achieving that coveted youthful look is all about how you finesse your makeup to complement your features, following the golden rule of “less is more.”

If you’ve been rocking a bolder makeup look lately, it may be time to dial it back for a youthful glow. We’ve got some makeup tips from the Korean beauty guru, INBORA, to help you turn back the hands of time.

Makeup Tip #1: Achieving a Natural, Glowy Skin Texture

Think about the polar opposite of a mature, older look—yes, that’s it, the youthful, baby-faced charm! K-pop idols rarely flaunt heavy base makeup or a matte finish; instead, they opt for skin that exudes a perfectly balanced glow.

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Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

Their base makeup works to even out skin tone, accentuate supple cheeks, and provide a smooth, subtle glow.

Hydrate and prep your skin before applying makeup to prevent dryness, and choose a foundation or base shade that complements your undertone and skin tone.

INBORA suggests a hydrating, glowy cushion or foundation with medium to high coverage.

youthful base

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

To boost the base’s glow, pick a highlighter that matches your base shade and apply it to high points like the nose bridge, nose tip, cheekbones, and brow bone.

youthful highlighter

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

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Highlight the nose, nose tip, cheekbones, and brow bone. Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

Recommended Products:

  • Clio Kill Cover High Glow Cushion retails for S$31.74 at Watsons online, and S$38.89 on Shopee.
  • Clio Kill Cover High Glow Foundation retails for S$26.94 at Watsons online.
  • Clio Prism Highlighter Duo (01 Cream Fizz) retails for S$26 on Shopee.

Makeup Tip #2: Shaping Your Eyebrows

When it comes to that youthful allure, your eyebrows play a significant role. Experiment with the angle, thickness, and colour of your brows to complement your makeup look.

Thin, arched brows convey a more mature, sexy look, while thick, straight brows exude innocence and purity.

youthful mature brow

Thin, arched brows give a serious, mature look. Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

youthful young brow

Thick, straight brows make you look young and innocent. Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

And remember, even if the thickness and shape remain constant, the colour of your brows can still shift the overall look. Darker brows bring sophistication, while lighter ones soften the overall appearance.

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Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

INBORA recommends a matte grey-brown shade and a thin-tip brow pencil for precision.

youthful brows

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

When filling in those sparse areas, extend the end of your brows slightly beyond the eyes for that soft, youthful touch.

youthful draw brows

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

Recommended Product:

  • Clio Sharp So Simple Brow Pencil (#02 Ash Brown) retails for S$13 on YesStyle.

Makeup Tip #3: Matching Lip Texture to Your Base

Now, let’s talk about your lips. The texture of your lips next to your base can make or break your overall look.

Matte textures lean towards a more mature look, while glowy textures contribute to a youthful and fresh appearance.

youthful matte vs glowy

A comparison of a fully matte finish (left) and a glowy look (right). Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

The baby-like makeup style often features supple, juicy lips paired with a dewier base for a soft glow.

youthful glowy lips

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

If you’re aiming for a matte look, pair matte skin with a matte lip for a sophisticated aura.

youthful matte lips

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

And here’s a tip: if you have dry lips, a matte lip may highlight wrinkles, making you look older. Opt for a glowy finish to achieve a radiant, youthful look.

Start with a base lip colour of your choice.

youthful lip base

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

Use a beige lip pencil to soften the outline, and finish it off with a glossy lip gloss or tint for that radiant look.

youthful apply gloss

Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

Recommended Products:

  • Clio Chiffon Mood Lip (10 Fig Millefeuille) retails for S$23.20 on Shopee.
  • Clio Velvet Lip Pencil (02 Peach Beige) retails for S$15.92 at Watsons online.
  • Peripera Ink Mood Glowy Tint (12 Warm Gorithm) retails for S$15.01 on Shopee.

And there you have it! These makeup tips will have you looking younger and more youthful in no time.

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Photo credit: INBORA인보라/Youtube.

So, embrace that youthful glow and give these makeup tips a whirl!

Featured image credits: @INBORA인보라/Youtube, @for_everyoung10/Instagram, @_yujin_an/Instagram.