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 you age, the skin on your face goes through a lot of changes. Your skin acquires new lines and wrinkles, and loses a lot of 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. So today I’ll be sharing 9 common makeup mistakes that could be making you look older, along with 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 remember, 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 might actually make you look a bit washed out. Select a slightly warmer tone of your 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 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. A little shadow goes a long way on primed lids, so you can have your color without adding heaviness 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. Use a brush afterward to blend and soften your lines so they look more natural.
6. Lipstick Bleeding/Feathering
Those fine lines around your lips are like magnets for lip color, and can lead to bleeding or “feathering” lip color. Not cute! I wrote a whole post recently addressing lipstick and lip color tips for older women, including tips on getting your lip color to stay put. You can read that post at the link below!
7. Not Using Moisturizer
Your hormone levels decrease as you age, and that can cause skin dryness. This can throw a wrench in your makeup routine, so make sure to use a moisturizer! You can also add a hydrating primer into the mix for more moisturizing power.
8. Uneven Eyeliner
The skin on your eyelids becomes less firm over time, which can make it hard to get a nice clean line when you’re applying eyeliner. Try using a liquid liner instead of a pencil, and make sure you’re not pulling on your eyelids when you apply!
9. Muddy Eye Color
When it comes to eyeshadow colors, warm shades like browns, reds, and yellows can produce a tired-looking effect. Instead, reach for jewel tones that will help your eyes look more lively and awake!