Makeup And Fashion Mistakes That Are Aging You

Apr 21, 2021Ncuthu W

Calling all beauty queens! This is not a drill. We've located the fountain of youth. Well, kind of. While aging is a beautiful and natural process, we've gathered a few makeup tips and tricks that will level you up from drab to fab. We spend our efforts and money on hydrating serums and rejuvenating masks; the answer to a flawless look has always been simpler than you think. All you have to do is relax because you're about to learn the best tips you can find.

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Never Neglect Your Eyebrows

Stop reading if you're Lily Collins or Cara Delevingne blessed with the most lavish pair. Full eyebrows are the way to go. Ignore the notion that thin eyebrows are better, but they can actually reveal your age. It turns out bushy brows indicate that you're young and vibrant. So what do you do? 

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A Brow Pencil Should Be Your Best Friend

There's a simple solution. All you have to do is use a good brow pencil. The waxy tip is great for polishing the look, and the spoolie on the end of it will make the lines look softer. No one ever said beauty would be easy, but we'll help you along the way. 

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Don't Highlight Your Eyebrows Too Much 

Using dark colors to amplify and define your eyebrows can make your face look scruffy and age you. Use lighter tones that pull out the natural color of your eyebrows. The most important thing about makeup is that it should enhance the goods that you already have. You'll look gorgeous!

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Ease Up On The Concealer

You might want to consider this with every product you use. If you use lightweight formulas and apply as little as you can, you can get away with looking younger—especially the area under the eye. According to the makeup artist Stephanie Koutikas, less is more.

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Concealer Advice 

"Too much coverage can bring an aging appearance to the skin and can highlight wrinkles and lines in this delicate area. Prep the skin with a moisturizing eye cream, and keep the touch light," says Koutikas. Don’t dress "old" with these fashion items that make you look more mature! 

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Your Heels Aren't High Enough 

If your shoes are too casual, you run the risk of looking much older than you really are. Ditch the flats, uggs, and low-heels for a pointed toe pump. If you're not a heels person, then opt for a pointed-toe ballerina pump. It's still cute and sophisticated. 

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Let Go Of The Florals 

You have to really careful with florals and paisley because they can go wrong. If you want to make a statement, you could always do a geometric pattern and stripes in a shade of blue. That way, you will look playful and stylish. 

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Ease Up On The Blush

Blush is meant to help you look fresh and youthful. So be careful not to overdo it by opting for a bright color or a powdery finish. We suggest a cream blush as it gives you a little bit of color with a dewy finish. You can dabble it on using your fingers or a brush. Either way, the aim is to look natural.  

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Don't Overdose On The Powder Products 

Oily skin is common when you're younger, but our skin creates less sebum as we age. Using powder products tends to look too matte on older skin. Makeup cream formulas will have your skin looking dewy and luminous, which most of us strive for. 

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Powder Exposes Lines 

If anything, powder products will highlight lines on the skin that can age you. If you can't let go of the powder, you can also try a sheer translucent powder or a mineral-based one. Either way, you can achieve a radiant look effortlessly. 

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Careful With The Eyeliner Technique 

Stay away from harsh and thick lines because they will have you looking much older. And please do not limit it to your bottom eyelid. You want to avoid putting more shadow around that area. We suggest that you opt for a creamy, silky pencil and blend it into your lash line as lightly as possible. Or you can line define your eyes using the waterline.

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Pick The Right Foundation

When it comes to foundation, you have to make sure that you pick the right shade for your skin and blend it correctly. Make an initiative to learn about what's right for your skin. For blending, use a beauty sponge. Firstly, you have to get it, squeeze out the water, dab it into your foundation and tap it on your face.

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Don't Skip The Foundation

If you want to streamline your makeup routine, never skip the foundation step. A good foundation can have your skin looking younger, so you don't want to scratch it out. Once you find the perfect product for your skin, use it! 

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Primer Is Missing From Your Makeup Bag 

Fine lines are the enemy that we must fight! Only one thing can help you do that - primer. A lot of primers are made up of plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid and silicone. This helps ease the wrinkles and creates a smooth surface for your foundation.

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Primer And Concealer Make A Good Match

If you have dark marks under your eyes, ease up on the concealer. It actually attracts more attention to your problem areas and will show off lines and issues. Instead, use a primer with brightening elements and then add a light layer of concealer around the area with a brush.  

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Do Not Over Contour 

Contour made a huge splash a few years ago from high fashion to the everyday ladies. Contour can work for you if it's done the right way. "The art of contouring is that it enhances the structure of your face so that it appears more defined. However, too much definition can actually highlight aging lines that are better left concealed," says Murat Evin, creative director of The London School of Makeup. Still curious? 

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Be Careful With The Highlighter 

There's nothing as special as the bright shimmer of highlighter, but it's all about placing it in the right area. Mature women should avoid placing highlighter on certain areas of their faces. You don't want to do it on the brow bone because it can look dated. Stay away from smile lines and the eye crease too. Focus on the middle of the eye and your cheekbones. Let's move on to the lips.

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Don't Do Too Much Lip Liner 

Unless you're doing a 90s throwback, don't do the dark, heavily-lined lip. Lip liner is supposed to accentuate the lips. If you want a full look, follow the natural curves of your lips. This is so you can look modern and camouflage the lines around the area. But what about the lipstick? 

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Avoid The Wrong Lipstick

Lipstick can turn any look into a hit! It would be best if you weren't afraid to experiment with rich and eyecatching lip colors. However, we recommend that you don't use dark colors because they tend to make your lips look thinner. If you want fuller lips, overdraw your lips with a lip liner, just like Kylie Jenner!

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Don't Forget To Shade Your Lips 

We've mentioned quite a bit about lip liner, so you know it's important. But, you have to remember to shade your lips in the direction of the middle of your lips. Or you might end up with a fake mustache, and that's definitely not the type of look you want to go for. 

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Tread Lightly With Dark Eyeshadow 

While a smokey eye can go a long way, you have to be careful with your execution. Try not to apply eyeshadow to the whole eyelid area; it looks dated. The correct way to apply dark eye makeup is to dab a little bit on your eyes' outer corners. Let's learn more about what you can do about the dark marks under the eyes. 

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Don't Leave Out The Color Corrector

The dark color under the eyes is a common problem for most people. The more we age, the more we see the flaw. Like we said earlier, concealer isn't the solution here. You should apply a color corrector to create magic. Apply it to the dark parts of your face and lightly spread it! What about mascara? 

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Don't Use Mascara On The Lower Lash 

Avoid the lower lash because it draws attention to dark circles, not to mention that it doesn't look good at all. You also don't want to use a super thick product because it tends to look clumpy. Take care to coat the mascara on your top lash with dark mascara and curl your lashes to make the eyes look bigger and introduce a youthful touch.

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Getting A Tan Is Bad For The Skin 

The sun can provide you with a temporary youthful radiance, but it will age you. Research shows that ultraviolet rays can destroy your skin cells, causing pigment changes and dark marks on the skin. Make sure that you use sunscreen every day. 

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Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! 

Dry and flaky skin will age you more than anything. So it's important to hydrate your skin so that you have the perfect canvas for makeup application. It keeps your complexion healthy. A good moisturizer and hydrating primer will have your skin glowing. 

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Don't Forget To Exfoliate 

Despite what you've heard, moisturizing and exfoliating are totally different things. It would help if you exfoliated before moisturizing as it cleans your skin and removes dead skin. Starting with clean skin before you apply makeup is essential. 

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Unblended Eye Makeup

Blending your eye makeup is the key to a great finish. You can't wrong with blending. Get yourself an eyeshadow blush dedicated to completing the job. Use your brush to soften the color of the eyeshadow. If you use cream shadows, then your fingers would be best for blending. 

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Don't Ignore Your Eye Makeup 

Just as you would pick a hairstyle that suits the shape of your face, you have to pay attention to the shape of your eyes. This can help with the eyeliner technique for your eye shape. You can maximize your makeup just by refining your technique so learn more about your face. What about using bold colors?

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Bold Eye Makeup Is A No Go 

80s style makeup expired a long time ago. Playing around with makeup is fun, but it draws attention to eyelid creases. It also highlights wrinkles. If you want to do a less harsh version of this look, you should go for a neutral and matte shadow to cover wrinkles. 

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Calm Down With The Shimmer And Glitter Eye Makeup

Shimmery eyes may have looked great a few years ago, but they tend to be a little too much nowadays. If you want a little shimmer, don't do it across the whole eyelid. If you apply shimmer to the inner area and a matte shadow on the rest of the eye will give you the perfect balance. What about bronzers? Are they good or bad?

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Bronzer Mishaps 

Bronzer should not be smeared all over the face. The purpose of the bronzer is supposed to be used where the sun naturally hits the face. So if you're going to use bronzer, make sure that you use it on your cheekbones and jawline. Drawing the number three on the side of your face will help you do it correctly. 

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Using The Incorrect Tools 

Like we mentioned earlier, blending is an essential part of the makeup process. Using the wrong tools can have your makeup look crazy. Please stay away from heavy-duty brushes with thick bristles and soft brushes because they don't blend the makeup accurately. 

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Step Away From The Tweezer 

Skinny brows and over-tweezed look will have you looking way older than you really are. Go easy on the plucking because you may scar your hair follicles and stop hair growth. Getting a professional to do your eyebrows is a great investment, and it can shave off years from your age. With that being said, there's a color you need to be careful with.

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Find Warm Nudes 

A lot of neutral lip colors and eyeshadows have a grey tint. It can come off ashy and make your skin look lifeless. Try to go for browns because they have warmth and a red undertone, which has a brighter look for your skin. Make sure you sample the colors on your hand before you buy them. 

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Keep It Light 

A heavy hand is your worst enemy when applying makeup. Thick foundation and concealer can draw attention to lines and wrinkles. Light foundations are easier to blend, and they help cover the problem areas of your skin. Up next is a small tip that goes a long way.

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Be Careful With The Blush 

Applying blush to the apples of your check is outdated and unflattering. It would be best if you aimed for the cheekbones. Begin from the center of your eye and move upwards. Also, make sure that you blend it nicely, so it looks smooth and effortless. Up next is a product that is unfairly neglected.

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Use An Eye Brightener 

If you've never used an eye brightener, you probably start doing it. According to makeup artist Porsche Cooper, “Your eyes, especially in the age of wearing masks, are the focus feature everyone sees first,” Cooper says. “Eye brighteners and/or highlighters with a sheen reflect the light from your eyes to make them look lighter, bigger, and more rested at any age.” What about the finished look?

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Avoid Messy Makeup 

When you don't take the take, you need to do a proper job; things tend to look messy. We can't have runny mascara and smudging eyeliner if we want to present our best selves. You need to check that your makeup is applied well during the day and fix it up when you need to. 

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Don't Apply Lipstick From The Tube 

If you want to avoid your lipstick dripping over your lips, use your finger or a lip brush to apply the color. This controls the amount of pigment that you add to your lips, which helps you blend better. You can also add a lip gloss or lip balm to turn things up a notch. Up next is a common mistake that people make that ends up aging them.

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Missing The Neck 

Sometimes we get so focused on the face beat that we forget about the neck. The problem with that is your face looks flawless, but your neck reveals what's behind the makeup. Remember that blending and consistency are key. Show your neck some love too!

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Now that we've had a look at all the makeup mistakes that make you look older and some tips to avoid those, we're pretty sure that you're equipped with all you need to keep a youthful glow. Is there anything you enjoyed learning about the most? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to like and share the article with your friends and family!

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