The most common makeup mistakes that age you: never do this

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We all want to keep our skin looking young and beautiful for as long as possible, but sometimes makeup mistakes can visually add age. Keep in mind that your makeup style should adapt to your skin's age-related changes.

Experts have compiled a list of the most common makeup mistakes that actually add years. Try to avoid these so as not to clog your skin with multiple layers of foundation or rich eyeshadow. Instead, emphasize your natural beauty.


Foundation is the foundation of any look, but as you age, your needs change. Melissa Silver, a makeup artist at Maybelline New York, emphasized the need to follow the correct dosage. If you apply too much cream, it can settle into fine lines and creases, emphasizing your imperfections. With age, the skin becomes drier, so instead of a powder foundation, choose a cream with a moisturizing effect. Find a product that suits your skin type and provides the coverage you need.

If you want a natural look with a sheer to medium coverage, look for a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. If you want something that hides imperfections, choose a thicker foundation.

Excessive contouring

Aggressive contouring was a real trend a few years ago. And while it sometimes looked appropriate on young skin, for mature skin there is a risk of visually adding a few (or even a dozen) more years.

Murat Evin, creative director of The London School of Makeup, emphasized that the art of contouring is to improve the structure of the face. However, excessive definition can actually emphasize aging lines that are better hidden. There are certain areas of the face where mature women should not use highlighter, such as the brow bone, high on the cheekbones, or near the mouth.

Setting makeup with powder

As you age, your skin produces less oil. On dry skin, powder tends to seep into fine lines and wrinkles, so it's better to use a setting spray.

Using unsuitable tools and brushes

The quality of makeup often depends not on what products you use, but on how you apply them. The best way to look younger is to avoid applying a thick layer of foundation or other coloring products to your face. You can achieve the perfect result with the right brushes and tools.

A common mistake is to use brushes with thick, tight bristles. This actually covers your face with a thick foundation - the cream gets clogged in pores and wrinkles, and the skin does not breathe.

It's better to choose a softer brush no matter what kind of makeup you're applying, but especially when it comes to eye shadow - as we age, the delicate skin on our eyelids becomes less elastic.

Primer and concealer

For a glowing skin effect, you should use a primer to ensure that your makeup will last all day. A concealer, on the other hand, will be too thick to use under the eyes if you have mature skin. Try a lightweight formula and choose a shade that matches your skin tone.

If you have dark circles, look for a concealer with a yellow or peachy tint to counteract this. Don't go for shades that are too light. Apply the concealer only to the inner corner of the under-eye area, blend gently and sweep outward and downward.


You should also avoid using too much blush. Famous Los Angeles makeup artist Yang Ping said: "There was a time when the 'more is better' rule worked when applying blush. But in reality, the emphasis on the cheeks will not add naturalness."

Black eyeliner for lower lashes

Black eyeliner on the lower eyelid should be a taboo. It makes your eyes look smaller, emphasizes fine lines around the eyes and can visually add age.

"Use dark brown eyeshadow and an angled brush instead of a hard black pencil and forget about black gel eyeliner on the lower lid," explained Ariel Lewis, a makeup artist from Washington, DC. Another tip is to use white or nude eyeliner on the lower waterline - this life hack will add freshness and radiance.

Too much mascara on the lower lashes

Famous makeup artist Suzy Gerstein explains that thick mascara on the lower lashes can cast shadows and flake off, creating the illusion of dark circles. In addition, mascara can flake off and settle in the wrinkles under the eyes.

Metallic eyeshadow

Metallic shadows can add age. The shimmering effect will emphasize wrinkles around the eyes and can make the face look expressionless and pale. However, Lewis explains that if you want to wear a metallic color, especially during the holidays, add a little shine in the center of your eyelids.

Too dark lipstick

With age, lips become thinner and lose definition. It's time to start ditching the darker shades that make your lips look thinner. You can start with a nice neutral pencil shade that is slightly brighter than your natural color and fill in the rest with a tinted gloss that gives a softer, more youthful look.

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