Marionette Lines Makeup Tips

Know how to tackle Marionette Lines

Last Updated: Jun 1, 2021

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Marionette Lines Tips
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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

causes of marionette lines

Laugh Lines

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 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.

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  • 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 Lightening Ingredients

    Years of sun damage will have caused age spots on your skin. Lighten hyper pigmentation and promote a brighter overall skin tone with spot treatment or brightening creams like Juvabrite.

  • 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

prevent marionette lines by keeping your skin hydrated

Skin Hydration

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 help fill in the creases plus, priming also helps keep your makeup from slipping.

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

foundation can help to cover marionette lines

Too Much Foundation

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 a rational advice. The more that you wear, the more that you show more of your lines. Consider tinted sunscreens or, BB creams that contain moisturizer, pigment, and sunscreen. If your primary skin concern is hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, consider using a CC cream.

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Tip No. 6: Always Choose Long-Wear

cover marionette lines applying nude makeup shades


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 creasing around 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

best practice is considering shimmer for marionette lines makeup


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

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Other than makeup and topical anti-aging creams, you should also consider scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist who can show you around 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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