Bangs To Botox: How To #Fix Forehead Wrinkles

10 Apr 2013 at 9:00am

My affinity for the latest shoe, coat, belt or bag was sparked by my stylish pops. A staid grey suit? No problem.

The man could instinctively work a wisely chosen Windsor knot, gleaming Tiffany cufflinks, and wingtips polished to perfection.

And, although his best “accessories” were likely his ruggedly handsome wrinkles—I was not pleased to find them on my (not yet middle-aged) forehead. Would makeup, face cream or a needle “fix” my formerly smooth brow?


First I strolled into Sephora and was instantly confused by a barrage of wrinkle-camouflaging cosmetics. So, instead of slapping my credit card on the counter and buying blind—I sought out expert opinion and dialed up LA-based hair stylist and makeup artist, Gina Forestieri.

Gina, the self-proclaimed “queen of the shag and all things textured," said the easiest fake it, is of course, bangs. “Not only for coverage, but for a preventative— because your forehead is the first thing on your face that the sun hits.” Unfortunately, though, my face looks best bang-free (refer to any photo circa 1990 if you need heavily hairsprayed proof).

With that in mind, Gina insists on starting out with a good primer, which stops foundation from sinking into wrinkles (especially at the end of a long day). And if you have dry skin, make sure your foundation is moisturizing as that also fights the “foundation wrinkle sinking” phenomenon.

Gina also emphasizes steering clear of caking on light-colored foundation, highlighters or concealers. “Anytime you highlight something, you’re bringing it out. And when you darken something, you’re pushing it back. You don’t want to make your forehead as bright as the rest of your face.” Opt instead for a bronzer or a lightly applied blush in a natural shade.

And lastly, it may be time to ditch the super dark (or lightly-colored) locks, which can emphasize facial aging. “You want to reconsider harsh tones around the face. If you like to dye your hair black, you might want to come up to a soft brown or even if you’re used to doing a platinum blonde—as you age, you might want to add some gold tones to soften that color up,” she said.


And what about the boxes of StriVectin cream stacked up at my local Costco? I’m not a needle fan- so I would gladly slather cream on my forehead ten times a day to avoid getting pricked. I’d heard the cream had been touted as “Better than Botox." Was this claim true?