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A few clever makeup tricks can take at least a few years off your face.

1. Start with a soft foundation.

Don't load on the concealer and foundation. Heavy makeup accentuates wrinkles by settling into every line.

"Makeup doesn't cover wrinkles," makeup artist Sandy Linter, author of The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age, says. Linter has created camera-ready looks at New York’s Rita Hazan Salon for some of Hollywood's most famous mature faces including Sigourney Weaver, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn.

Instead, Linter recommends using a primer first, followed by a thin layer of lightweight or sheer foundation. "Don't try to actually hide anything. Just work with it," she says. "If you look at your face as a whole, the wrinkles aren't exactly covered. But if you do your makeup beautifully and appropriately for your age, you'll look great."

2. Wear makeup daily.

A little bit of makeup, skillfully applied, can be a great way to feel and look better.

"Makeup has a softening, glowing effect on the face," Linter says. If you don't want to wear a lot, she suggests at least putting on a little mascara and curling your lashes.

3. Play up your eyes.

Linter starts a makeup session by focusing on her client's eyes.

First, she uses an eye shadow primer or base to smooth out the eyelids. Then she lines the eyes with a dark brown or black pencil to widen them. For the top of the lids she uses neutral eye shadows -- dark brown or gray on the outer corners of the eye, taupe in the crease, and a light shade on the lid. The final touch is to curl the eyelashes and apply black mascara. The overall effect makes the eyes look bigger and brighter. 

4. Dial down dark circles.

It's hard to hide dark circles. But you can minimize them by using a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. "The principle is that lighter makes something project more, and darker makes things look more recessed," says dermatologist Nelson Lee Novick, MD, author of You Can Look Younger at Any Age: A Leading Dermatologist's Guide.