Makeup Mistakes You Are Making That Will Make You Appear Older
Applying makeup is very much an art form, and a tricky one at that. A good application can do wonders for your glow, but for all the good it can do, a heavy-handed or outdated technique can add years to your visage. Here are some easily avoidable mistakes you may be making that are aging you.
Applying extremely dark lip colors
They say that a telltale sign of a youthful face is a full, voluptuous set of lips. So, because deep, black colors typically make things appear smaller, it is best to steer clear of them, and stick to a brighter shade. Something warm and inviting like a peach, or any number of vibrant reds and pinks would do the job swimmingly. Additionally, you can often use a highlighter pencil to trace the upper line of your lip, buffing it out with your finger afterwards. This provides a more pronounced look overall, adding to the fullness on display!
Overdoing the foundation
A little bit of the stuff goes a long way, and too much application will cause fine lines to form, erasing all of the hard work you’ve put into having smooth, luminous skin. Additionally, you needn’t use foundation all over your face. Makeup artist Francis Hathaway says “Only use foundation where you need it to even out discoloration. You don’t have to cover every inch of your skin.” If your skin tends to be on the dry side, it is very important to keep it well moisturized by exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week and always moisturizing after cleansing your face at the end of the day. This will ensure the foundation does not look patchy or discolored. Be on the lookout for sheer liquid foundation that contains light-diffusing pigments.
Finishing with powder
A hallmark of youthful skin is that it reflects light, giving off a subtle glow in direct lighting conditions. While powder very well could have had it’s place in your daily routine for years and years now, the downside is that it tends to make lines in our skin appear larger, preventing that nice reflective glow in the process. To help ease you into the transition, you can opt to purchase a sheer translucent powder, only applying it sparingly until you are ready to switch to blotting paper or tissues.
Using traditional concealer on your under-eye shadows
If you’ve been using a thick, opaque concealer to remove the bags under your eyes, you need to be aware that there’s a better way: Using a brush-based highlighter pen with illuminating particles will provide you the same clean look, without accidentally highlighting the fine, unattractive lines in the thin skin around our eyes, like the regular concealer would do. Apply this pen very sparingly, using it only where the shows are most prominent.
Being overzealous with the lip liner
If you go even a little overboard on your lip liner, the results can be catastrophic for the overall look and feel of your lips, making them appear pursed and rigid. It is still important to use liner to prevent color from bleeding onto the skin around your lips, but be sure to take care when choosing which one to use. Using a liner that is too dark can give you the same negative result, so it is best to use a color that is extremely similar to your natural lip color, not that of your lipstick of choice. Also be sure to fill your lips in evenly and entirely, providing a good base for your lipstick to follow.
Wearing black eyeliner
Eyeliner is an undeniably beneficial addition to your makeup arsenal, but all too often people will choose a black, harsh eyeliner which can be unflattering to the rest of the face. “You want to define the eyes with softness and blending, not strict lines,” makeup artist Tony Surratt says. “A thick liner can leave the upper lids looking heavier than they are.” Instead, try opting for a color like brown, which can cast a subtler frame around the eyes. Try tracing a brown pencil liner around your eyes, touching up with a Q-tip whenever and wherever necessary.
Using mascara on your lower eyelashes
Using mascara or liner on your lower lashes may seem like a good idea on paper, but the actual result typically only serves to accentuate dark, shadowy circles and cause your eyes themselves to appear slightly droopy. Try curling your upper lashes instead, and using a volume enhancing mascara to maximize the effect on the rest of your eyes aesthetics.
Applying lipstick from the tube directly
Using the lipstick straight out of the tube is more convenient in the moment, but can cost you big in the long run. As we age, the borders of our mouths soften, making it easier and easier to accidentally apply too much pigment to the lips. Instead, use a finger to apply the lipstick, starting in the center and working your way to the edges.
Not applying blush
When blushing, your face receives an instant jolt of rosy life to the cheeks, and using blush, we can imitate this natural effect. To apply correctly, smile, and apply a bit of color to the palest section of your cheek, if not right above. Essentially, you just want to refrain from creating a stripped “band” of color, which can cause your face to lose its definition and luminosity.
Using an improper eyebrow pencil
When using an eyebrow color, it is essential that you choose one that is a shade or two lighter than your natural color, to really bring out the highlights. “Your brow color fades as you age, so the brow pencil that you were using at 25 will look too stark against your complexion at 50,” makeup artist Denise Markey says.
If you let your makeup work for you instead of against you, you can achieve a radiant, youthful look while avoiding the common pitfalls others make in the process.