Makeup Tips For Marionette Lines

Are you worried about marionette lines? Here are 8 ultimate makeup tips for marionette lines.
AuthorBy Wendy Gould

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2023

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People are obsessed with youth and beauty.

A highly profitable industry has been built around this obsession — one that is fast becoming worth a trillion dollars.

What of the lines, creases, and dark marks?

Sometimes the need is real while sometimes it is the industry making up the need, and, we, beauty enthusiasts, embrace it with all of our hearts.

Laugh At The Lines

Laugh Lines

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There are people who would rather take the high road and call it quits with their laugh lines, whereas there are those who would be desperately looking up makeup tips for marionette lines[1], aka, expression lines forming on the sides of your mouth and down to your chin.

These have also been referred to as “puppet lines” for resembling the doll a puppeteer uses.

With aging, laugh lines around the mouth tend to become permanently etched on your skin.

Below are some of the main causes of marionette lines:

  • Aging.
  • Chronic dryness[2].
  • Excessive UV exposure.
  • Vigorous exercising and high intensity workouts.
  • Improper skincare.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Smoking.

Hiding Signs of Aging Skin

At the sight of wrinkles, laugh lines around the mouth are not so far behind.

Whether you are a big fan of makeup or not right now, you better get to know your cosmetics so much better, that is, if you are serious to blot out those marionette lines.

Listed below are 8 tips on how to use makeup to disguise marionette lines:

Tip No. 1: Have a Clear Strategy For Fading Your Marionette Lines

Always prioritize getting on the right skin care regimen appropriate for your skin type and age before you even think about covering facial wrinkles. For aging skin, below are some of your skin’s basic requirements:

  • Antioxidants

    Your skin needs more help in protecting itself from cellular damages that compromise your skin’s health.

    A combination of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Vitamin E is ideal for your skin.

  • Peptides

    These amino acids help your skin better cope with the general slowdown in cellular activities that happens as you age.

    Peptides help coordination between your cells happen efficiently.

  • Ceramides

    Older skin types become weak and more prone to environmental causes of aging. Ceramides help build your skin’s protective barrier and prevent skin thinning.

  • Healing Ingredients

    Aloe and calendula, as well as other anti-inflammatories, are necessary to relieve your skin of inflammation which often precedes irreversible skin damage, including wrinkles and marionette lines.

  • Skin Regenerating Ingredients

    Incorporate alpha-hydroxy acids in your routine which works best for normal to dry skin.

    If you have oily and combination skin type, beta hydroxy acid should work better.

Tip No. 2: Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Skin Hydration

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Aging and mature skin are evidently drier than younger skin types.

It is important that you keep flooding your skin with moisture but also, have products in your routine that will help repair your skin’s water capture and retention capabilities.

A well-formulated night cream will be helpful.

Before putting on your makeup, pack in an ampoule, essence, and serum in there, and a sheer, lightweight, water-based moisturizer.

Watch your marionette lines fade as creases are filled with moisture. When it comes to learning how to hide laugh lines with makeup, the foundation is still and always will be great skincare.

Tip No. 3: Prime Before You Cover

Other than your moisturizing creams, it’s always best to layer with a primer. This helps fill in the creases plus, priming also helps keep your makeup from slipping.

Tip No. 4: Don’t Pack In Too Much Foundation

Too Much Foundation

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Most people will get this step all wrong. Using too much foundation will not cover up more of your wrinkles. Instead, it will make them show more.

Take it easy on your foundation. Don’t go for powder-based which will tend to cake inside the creases and show your lines.

Instead, use cream-based, one that is sheer, lightweight, waterproof, and sweatproof.

Read Also: Tips and Tricks to fix Patchy Foundation

Tip No. 5: Consider Going For Products That Have Multiple Functionalities

Ever heard about wearing less makeup when you’re older? That’s rational advice.

The more that you wear, the more that you show more of your lines.

Consider tinted sunscreens or, BB creams that contain tinted moisturizer, pigment, and sunscreen.

If your primary skin concern is hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, consider using a CC cream.

Related: Simple Tips to Start With Your Makeup

Tip No. 6: Always Choose Long-Wear

Long Wear

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Don’t settle for anything less than makeup that stays in place and does not smudge.

Matte is always ideal but, you have to be careful with the shades.

Remember that dark colors make you look older.

At your age, natural and nude shades will suit you better.

Tip No. 7: End Your Routine With a Makeup Setting Spray

Even if your products are long-wear, it is always best to top off your routine with a setting spray to prevent makeup from creasing around the mouth and the rest of your face.

That should keep your cover on where they need to be for the rest of the day.

Tip No. 8: Consider Shimmer


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Whether you want it full-face or, only for highlight, a few spark-lies around your face will help make your skin radiate with a youthful look.

You can also use it to bring attention to another part of your face, such as your eyes. Or, a shimmer on your marionette lines will reflect backlight that will make it appear faded and less noticeable


Que: what are marionette lines?

Ans: Marionette lines are facial wrinkles that occur with natural aging. The lines run vertically between the mouth and chin, which can also create sagging in the lower half of your face.
Marionette lines look similar on a human face. They are creases or folds that start at the outer corners of the mouth and run down to the outside edges of the chin. In some cases, they run straight down while in others they curve outwards.

Que: what causes marionette lines?

Ans: Marionette lines are primarily caused by factors outside of our control. Outside of hereditary factors is gravity is the main perpetrator when it comes to marionette lines.


Other than makeup and topical anti-aging creams, you should also consider scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist who can show you the latest and most effective procedures for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and marionette lines.

Some of the most notable treatments for you to consider are laser skin resurfacing, radiofrequency therapy, and Cryo Oxygen Micro channeling Collagen Induction Therapy.

At least have a look at chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

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