You might feel set in your ways with your tried-and-true makeup routine, but sticking with your old routine might actually be working against you! As we age, the skin on our faces goes through a lot of changes, including acquiring new lines and wrinkles as well as losing elasticity and firmness.
So if you’re still using your same old makeup routine, you might end up doing things that make your aging skin look older than you’d like it to. But you can easily avoid making your skin look older if you know what you’re doing (and you will by the time you finish reading this post!)
Today we’ll be exploring 9 common makeup mistakes that can make us look older and learning how to avoid them. With just a few simple changes, you can ensure that your makeup routine is working in favor of your aging skin and helping you look energetic and beautiful.
I’m currently working on incorporating these changes into my own makeup routine, so we’re all in this together! 🙂
9 Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older
1. Flat Or Droopy Eyelashes
Curling your lashes is a quick way to infuse your look with a boost of youthfulness. It opens your eyes and makes you look more energetic!
Use your eyelash curler as the base of your lashes (carefully!) for about 15 seconds on each side. If your lashes are really long, you might need to curl them again about halfway down the lash to get the look you want.
2. Using A Too-Pale Foundation
Our skin becomes more pallid as we get older, so a perfectly-matched foundation can actually give you “washed out” look. Select a slightly warmer tone of your favorite foundation, or grab the next darker shade and blend it with your current shade on the back of your hand before applying. Either way, you’ll get a warm glow you’ll love!
3. Too Much Eyeshadow
A dense, cake-y layer of eyeshadow can cause your eyes to look heavy and weighed down. Instead of using more shadow, apply an eyeshadow primer to your lids first, then apply your shadow. With a primer, you’ll need considerably less eyeshadow to achieve your desired color, all without adding a heavy appearance to your eyes.
4. Amplifying Wrinkles With Concealer
Caking on concealer underneath your eyes might camouflage those dark circles, but it can also accentuate the fine lines under your eyes. To avoid drawing unwanted attention to wrinkles, apply concealer only on the inner half of your under-eye area.
5. Overdone Eyebrows
If you have light and fine brows, it can be tempting to use a heavy hand with your brow pencil. But severe and unblended brows can make you look older than you might want, so use your brow pencil lightly and then blend it with a brush afterward for softer, more natural looking lines.
6. Lipstick Bleeding/Feathering
Those fine lines around your lips are like magnets for lip color, which can lead to that dreaded effect of bleeding or “feathering.” I wrote a whole post recently addressing lipstick and lip color tips for older women, including tips on getting your lip color to stay where you want it. Check it out at the link below!
7. Not Using Moisturizer
Our hormone levels drop as we get older, and that can impact our skin’s ability to keep itself moisturized. Dry skin and makeup rarely get along, so make sure your daily skincare routine includes a good moisturizer! (For even more moisturizing power, apply a hydrating primer before starting on your makeup.)
8. Uneven Eyeliner
The skin on our eyelids becomes less firm over time and makes it hard to draw a clean line when applying eyeliner. To get around this, try using a liquid liner instead of a pencil (and be sure to avoid pulling or tugging while you apply it!)
9. Muddy Eye Color
When it comes to eyeshadow colors, warm shades like browns, reds, and yellows can make you look tired. Instead, reach for jewel tones that will make your eyes look more lively and awake!
What’s your best quick and easy makeup tip?