Makeup That Makes You Look Older

Makeup That Makes You Look Older
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(Last Updated On: May 10, 2021)

Did You Know Your Makeup Routine Could Be Aging You?

Every woman has a beauty regimen in hopes of looking younger. But did you know that sometimes applying certain types of makeup products and skipping out on others can actually make you look older? From your fine lines to your lash line, there are certain rules a woman should be aware of when it comes to her makeup application.

Here is everything you need to know about makeup techniques that are causing you to age yourself.

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20 Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older

And Makeup Artist Approved Tips and Tricks To Preserve Your Youthful Appearance

1. Using Powder Or Liquid Foundation That Doesn't Match Your Skin Tone

When it comes to foundation, it is crucial to purchase a shade that correctly matches your skin tone. This is one of the most common mistakes a woman will make when shopping for makeup. Years ago, there was a limited selection when it came to both liquid and powder foundations, but now companies around the world are expanding their products and want their business to be more inclusive for all skin tones and ethnicities. If you apply a foundation that is too light or too dark for your complexion, it can significantly increase signs of aging, ultimately making you look older.

2. Incorporating Bright Colors Into Your Eye Makeup

Along with leg warmers, bright and colorful eyeshadow is a trend better left in the 80s. While everyone is tempted at some point to experiment and play around with their makeup, leaving the house with a bright pink eye shadow on your eyes might not be the best decision. The pigments of eyeshadow creep into the corners of your eyes and can expose what we are all trying to hide – pesky crow’s feet. And the brighter the eyeshadow, the more obvious those wrinkles will be. When it comes to your eyes, stick to a neutral smokey eye for a more natural, flawless look.
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3. Overdrawing Your Brows

One 80s trend that has made a welcome comeback is thicker brows. Rather than over-threading or over-waxing our brow hair away, we’re finally embracing what we have (and adding perhaps adding a bit too much more). A brow pencil is now every girl’s best friend to get those signature flawless eyebrows. But, you might be taking it overboard. Overdrawing your brows could potentially be adding years to your age. If your eyebrow pencil is making its way to your brow bone, there’s a good chance you’ve gone too far. Avoid a thick and dark brow and instead, just try gentle strokes in the direction of your natural eyebrow hair.

4. Skipping Out On The Concealer

Dark circles are no one’s friend and are an obvious sign of aging. If you’re skipping out on concealer, there’s a good chance you’re committing one of the most serious makeup mistakes. The skin around your eyes is often an indicator of fatigue, but it also makes you look much older. A makeup artist pro tip would be to apply your concealer after your foundation and to always purchase one shade lighter. If your under-eye circles are more pronounced, this will help to brighten and lighten the area. Just be sure to blend in the product correctly and follow up with a setting powder so that any wrinkles and crease lines won’t be made obvious.
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5. Contouring With An Incorrect Blend Technique

Thanks to Kim Kardashian, “contour” is a daily word in our vocabulary and one of our most favorite makeup techniques. Contouring literally helps to transform your face into whatever you want it to be – slim down your nose, create the illusion of higher cheekbones or give your square jaw a more angular look. Whatever it is you’re looking to achieve, contouring is pure magic and can help you reach your makeup goal. However, if you’re not practicing the technique correctly, it is another one of those makeup mistakes that can age you. When you contour, be sure to blend it out using a brush or sponge in a sweeping motion. Don’t brush your contour in a downwards motion.

6. Not Applying Primer Prior To Your Foundation

Want the look of flawless skin? Of course you do, and so do we! That is why it is so important to apply a primer to your skin before beginning the rest of your makeup regimen. Whether you have large pores or fine lines, a primer will help you optimize the skin’s surface. Think of your skin like a canvas. When a primer helps to smoothen out the surface, your brush strokes will be more natural and flawless without the annoyance of creases and lines. Beauty begins with a primer, so be sure to not forget that important step in your routine.
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7. Applying Bold Eyeliner Above Your Lash Line

Remember back in 2010 when thick eyeliner and thin eyebrows were the latest makeup trends? Well thankfully, bold eyeliner is no longer trending, and for good reason! Thick liner application takes away from your youthful appearance and will make your face look significantly older. If you want to add some definition around your eyes, opt for a bolder lengthening mascara or a thinner eyeliner application. We should learn from our previous makeup mistakes and if you don’t believe this is one of them, go back and revisit any of your long-forgotten Facebook albums as a reminder.

8. Avoiding Red Lipstick

A bold lip color screams confidence. Many women believe that red lipstick is only suited for younger faces but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A true red lip can increase facial contrast and make you look more youthful and bright. So next time you’re going out, don’t opt for light nudes or brown lipstick tones. Take the risk and apply the reddest lipstick in your collection so that you can look and feel younger. As much as we think that makeup enhances our beauty, so do unapologetic sexiness and confidence – two characteristics you can find with a beautiful rouge lip.
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9. Using Clumpy Mascara

We’ve all done it before – used a mascara that was way past its expiration date. However, expired and dried-out cosmetics can actually make you look old. Whenever you’re applying the product to your eyelash hair and notice it has become clumpy, it’s a good idea to toss it and buy a new one. While you might be saving money by using the mascara until it’s finished, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Skip these common makeup mistakes, especially if you want to look younger.

10. Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes On A Regular Basis

Did you know that you should clean your brush every time you use it? A makeup brush is often a breeding ground for bacteria and can expose your skin to many unpleasant surprises. In addition to this just not being sanitary, it can also interfere with makeup application and make your skin look like it’s been invaded by thick, unnatural, and aging beauty products.
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11. Skipping Out On Moisturizer And Sunscreen

Did you know that skipping out on the SPF can cause sunspots and wrinkles? Research has shown that not wearing sunscreen will damage your skin’s collagen and connective tissue. By not wearing sunscreen, you can actually make your age seem older. A woman who skips or avoids moisturizers is also committing one of the most severe makeup mistakes. Moisturized skin holds onto makeup better than dry skin, and failing to moisturize before applying foundation can lead to product settling in your fine lines, making them more apparent.

12. Not Curling Your Eyelashes

Contrary to popular belief, eyelash curlers are not modern-day torture devices. If a woman wants to maintain her youthful appearance, curled lash hair is essential. Did you know that simply curling your eyelashes can help make your eyes look wider? It also diminished the look of hooding and dark under-eye shadow which often occurs later in life. So if you’re looking for a natural tip to reverse the signs of aging, don’t forget to curl your lashes.
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13. Using Powder Blush Or Eyeshadow

These makeup mistakes are a point of contention from one makeup artist to the next, but they are guaranteed to prematurely age your skin. The pigments found in powder blush and shadow can creep into your pores and the lines on your skin. This causes creasing and can further expose your wrinkles and lines around your eyes. If the goal is to look young, opt for liquid blush instead, or be sure to really blend your powder blush and set it with the appropriate techniques. Remember – less is more.

14. Overlining Your Lips With Lip Liner

Overlined lips are a trend right out of a 90s fashion magazine. While it can’t be denied that 90s nostalgia has made a resurgence and is definitely having its moment, let’s put down the lip liner before we go too far. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to pencil your lips but don’t cross that very thin line (pun intended). If you don’t want lip liner to age you, be sure to stick with a color that is similar to your lipstick. As any makeup artist would tell you, there is no need here for contrast.
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15. Having Unmoisturized, Dry, And Cracked Lips

Just like how unmoisturized skin can prematurely age you, so can dry and cracked lips. Not only are dry lips painful and unattractive, but they can even make a person look old. Be sure to always have a moisturizing lipgloss or chapstick on hand. Your lips will thank you.

16. Applying A Darker Blush Shade

Blush – either you love it or hate it but just ensure you’re not applying a color that is too dark for the tone of your skin. Blush is known to help give your face a pop of color, helping to alleviate signs of fatigue and aging. However, if you wear a shade that’s too dark, you can have the opposite effect. A light blush will give your skin the definition you want.
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17. Overhighlighting Your Brow

Everyone loves a good highlight but do sure not to overdo it near your brows. By applying a highlighter to your brow line, you run the risk of your brow hair also becoming highlighted. This can not only look sloppy, but it could highlight the wrong area and cause you to age yourself. So as a rule of thumb, just remember that a light highlight is the best highlight.

18. Layering Too Much Foundation

Have a pimple that just won’t disappear from the concealer? Well, packing on the foundation will give you a separate set of problems. Using a tinted moisturizer on your skin prior to foundation application will help your skin naturally conceal any signs of blemishes. If you put on too much foundation, you run the risk of exposing pores and creases, which as we discussed, are an obvious sign of aging.
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19. Forgetting to Sharpen Your Eye Or Lip Pencil

If you forget to sharpen your eye or lip pencils, just forget about using them. As we’ve discussed, bold eyeliner and an overlined lip won’t help you achieve that youthful appearance you’re striving for. Instead, it will have the opposite effect. Be sure to always have a sharpener on hand, otherwise just simply don’t use either of these products because the results won’t be as desired.

20. Not Using A Setting Powder And Exposing Your Fine Lines

To finish up your makeup regimen, you need to invest in a good setting spray or powder. Doing so will ensure that your makeup can stand the test of time and the elements of the day. Prevent creasing, drying, and melting by setting your makeup once it’s done. Overall, you’ve worked hard so let your makeup do what it’s supposed to.
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Are You Ready To Look Younger?

Makeup has the ability to make you feel and look young, but only when done right. The next time you’re doing your makeup, be sure to keep these 20 tips and tricks in mind for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance!

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