If years of brow-raising, frowning, and daily sunscreen neglect have left you with etched wrinkles across your forehead, don't worry (seriously, stop furrowing!). Here are 5 anti-wrinkle tips—both big and small—to hide the lines and look younger.
1. Layer your makeup
A light-reflecting primer such as Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer ($25; laurageller.com) camouflages fine lines. Follow with sheer liquid foundation. Bonus: Primer keeps makeup from settling into—and emphasizing—furrows.
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2. Use line-plumping creams
Moisturizers with peptides or retinol and retinoids stimulate collagen to plump skin, says David Bank, MD, a derm in Mount Kisco, NY. Use peptide-packed Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisture Cream SPF 30 ($68; elizabetharden.com) during the day and Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler from Ageless Intensives ($19; shop.neutrogena.com) with retinol at night—its narrow tip traces directly over lines.
3. Cut side-swept bangs
Soft, brow-skimming bangs are the easiest and most stylish veil for wrinkles, says hairstylist Rodney Cutler, owner of Cutler Salons. "Make a low side part right above your pupil," he says. "A center part only draws attention to the forehead by framing it."
4. Try Frownies
"If you wake with creases from scrunching your face in your sleep, these patches are helpful," says Los Angeles-based derm Jessica Wu, MD. Frownies Forehead & Between Eyes ($20 for 144; frownies.com)—a cult favorite—are stiff adhesive "bandages" that hold skin in place to prevent furrowing.
5. Invest in the big guns
Botox and Dysport are the only surefire forehead smoothers, says Dr. Bank. You'll need to get injections every 3 to 6 months to maintain the effects. Cost: about $400. To plump out especially deep lines, fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane (about $700 per syringe; results last up to a year) may be needed.
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