9 Makeup mistakes that can age you
Makeup is great, it can transform you in an instant. It brings a glow to cheeks that were pale, it lengthens and thickens even the tiniest of lashes and it can cover up all manner of blemishes and marks. Used correctly, makeup can take years off you, but get it wrong and it will pole the years back on. So avoid making makeup mistakes that make you look older by reading our nine tips and enjoy the fresh and younger look instead:
Makeup mistake 1: Skipping the blush or being heavy handed with it
Don’t skip the blush. Adding a touch of blush to your cheeks really can give you a healthy and youthful glow. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, be very light handed with it, if you want it to look natural and blend outwards, from the centre; it’s best to apply the blush with a special blush brush. Avoid letting your blush look like a stripe of color across your face or it will make you look gaunt and drawn.
Makeup mistake 2: Thick and heavy layer of foundation or concealer that looks like a mask
Use foundation sparingly. As you get older, like it or not, fine lines will begin to appear. Avoid the temptation of trying to cover up the lines with a foundation or concealer, as it will only settle into the lines and make them even more noticeable. You don’t need to cover your whole face with foundation, just use it to cover areas where there is discoloration in your skin.
Makeup mistake 3: Eyeliner overload
Cut down on the eyeliner. Eyeliner is great for bringing definition to your eyes, but too much of dark eyeliner can make your eyes look a lot smaller and can significantly age you. If you apply eyeliner, apply only to your top lash line and then, apply a light color to your bottom lash line, it will make your eyes look bigger, more natural and more beautiful.
Makeup mistake 4: Eyebrow threading gone terribly wrong
Don’t over pluck your brows. Very thin eyebrows will make your face look sharp and will draw attention to any puffiness under your eyes, thus, it can add you age. Keep your eyebrows neat and tidy, by all means, but don’t over pluck or it will make you look older and angry.
Makeup mistake 5: Excessive powder that settles into fine lines
Cut down on the powder. In the same way as the foundation does, too much powder will settle into fine lines and make them more noticeable. It will also hide the natural beauty of your skin, so use only a fine dusting of powder to finish your makeup; and give your preference to a translucent powder, as it will give a better, more natural effect.
Makeup mistake 6: Wrong eyebrow pencil color
As you get older, your skin tone, the color of your hair, as well as the color of your eyebrows, begin to slowly fade, so make sure that the strength of the color of your eyebrows matches the tone of your skin. If you are still using the same shade of eyebrow pencil you used, when you were in college, it might be time to tone it down a bit or it will look harsh against your skin. Use light, feathery strokes when shaping your brows and avoid drawing harsh and thick lines with your eyebrow pencil.
Makeup mistake 7: Lipstick bleeding across your lips
The border between your lips and the rest of your face softens with age, so use lipstick sparingly, or the color will bleed into your skin, before the day is out. Another way to prevent your lipstick from bleeding or feathering is to give your lips a perfect outline, using lip pencil of the same color as your lips.
Makeup mistake 8: Dark lip color can add age, so be careful with dark lipsticks
Watch out for dark shades of lipstick , especially if you have thin lips, as it will accentuate the thinness. In time, your lips might lose some of their volume and plumpness, and dark lipstick will make them look even thinner, so avoid.
Makeup mistake 9: Overload of shimmer on the eyes can emphasize fine lines
Use matte eye shadows, it’s safer. Frosty, iridescent or metallic eye shadows will just highlight the fine lines and creases around your eye and might make you look older. The safe option is always to use matte eyeshadows and, if you do feel like having a touch of glitter, then apply it just to the inner corners of your eyes.
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