Makeup Mistakes Making Women Look Older

As you’re advancing in years, most of your habits are gradually altering, but that doesn’t go for your beauty regime – it retains its momentousness with a vengeance.

The thing is, you have to work up experience, for if your makeup mistakes somehow mattered less when you were younger, they tend to grow on you with age.

Now, going sans lip liner or applying a lot of concealer may make you look rather older than you really are.

As it’s the last thing you want, see if you avoid some makeup botches.

Smokey Eyes and Intense Dark Eye Makeup

You could do wonders with shadow and dark eye liner when you attained a fetching smokey look for partying, but as you are getting older, the dark around the eyes no longer creates a fine effect – on the contrary, the eyes begin to seem smaller and wrinkles become more prominent.

Time to go for lighter, softer hues. Black should be replaced by chocolate so that the accentuation is there but with less intensity.

Accentuating Lower Lashes Too Much

There are quite a few women who retain their twenties makeup procedures, but what looked all right ten years ago may be the wrong choice when your skin has aged some.

Eyeliner or mascara that is too dark can make your face look even older if applied to lower lashes or the bottom water line. It makes for too much shadow which is no longer flattering.

Avoid over-accentuating the lower part of the eyes; play up top lashes instead for added freshness.

Choosing the Wrong Powder Shade and Type

Powder is good for creating a shiny effect, yet as you develop wrinkles, a dense powder can fill them as well as large pores.

If you desire a fresher and softer appearance, your choice is a HD pressed powder that imparts a translucent effect and promises to give you sheer finish concealing the wrinkles.

Using Too Much Concealer

On the one hand, you have to rely on concealers more and more as you notice your skin aging; on the other hand, it gives you away showing the lines on your face.

So applying a concealer requires certain considerations.

First, get concealers that are liquid and highlighting, they will provide better moisturizing and will make the skin look smoother. Second, apply them under the eyes only on the inner halves.

Wearing Glittery or Heavy Eyeshadows

You are still all for experimenting, that’s all right, only you need to set about it with more care, because experiments that are too bold can give you a more aged look.

You won’t want to show up the bags under your eyes or your sagging eyelids!

Try shades around matte looking for a definition that wouldn’t be overwhelming.

Not Using Lip Pencil

Do you go for lipstick heavily?

Great, but if you could forget about lining the lips before, you can’t afford it now.

There have appeared thin lines around your lips, and your lipstick can show them up.

Work with the liner to give your mouth an exquisite well-defined pout and keep the lipstick strictly within the graceful lines.

Skipping Primer

More than ever you need a perfect primer that will do your skin justice and provide an excellent ground for foundation.

You want to disguise those facial lines and large pores so when you apply foundation you don’t have to worry about them.

Get a silicone-based primer best for dealing with your small imperfections.

Coloring Hair the Wrong Way

You have a history of successful hair shade experiments since you were twenty?

You’ve had your fun, but now you’re no longer an ewe-lamb, giving your hair one particular shade can look too exacting.

Give a try to multi-tonal dye and enjoy the way you can create a layer-like appearance that lends depth and youth-like expression.

Skipping Brow Makeup

Look at the Model of the Year winner Cara Delevingne as she presents an engaging appearance by accentuating her brows.

She looks older than she actually is, but for older women thick brows can be a youthful feature.

Give them a good arch with a shading in surrounding areas; see if you want a clear-cut line done with a pencil or a softer effect achieved with a waxy palette and an angle-tip brush.

In summary…

These Makeup Mistakes Make Women Look Older

  1. Smokey eyes and intense dark eye makeup
  2. Accentuating lower lashes too much
  3. Choosing the wrong powder shade and type
  4. Using too much concealer
  5. Wearing glittery or heavy eyeshadows
  6. Not using lip pencil
  7. Skipping primer
  8. Coloring hair the wrong way
  9. Skipping brow makeup

makeup mistakes that make women look older

About the Author

Daria Kurilko is the founder, writer and editor of – an online guide for women about beauty, health and relationships. She has a master’s degree in sociology with a number of scientific publications to her credit and extensive experience in marketing and PR.

Daria, who currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany, is also a loving mother and wife. Since 2007 she enjoys sharing her experiences and broad knowledge about all things nutrition and lifestyle with her readers.

32 comments… add one
  • trieza September 25, 2019, 5:30 am

    i think is ok to be yourself without makeup.

  • Dystonie Hummel January 6, 2018, 2:02 pm

    Never thought of those making me look older

  • dory June 6, 2016, 1:41 pm

    dnt use too much intense & dark eye make up or ull look like a vampire

  • ofel June 3, 2016, 1:18 pm

    i think that as long u dnt go overboard ull b fine

  • Julia May 31, 2016, 2:37 pm

    even as a young girl my mom told me when i grow up to never ever ever skip eyebrow makeup

  • geena May 28, 2016, 4:41 pm

    sum girls my age do really look older than they really are..i hope they get 2 read ur stuff

  • lizbeth May 26, 2016, 5:25 pm

    exactly d reason y sum women really do look older..hope they see these

  • eliana May 24, 2016, 6:28 pm

    always remember not to use too much make up & ull nver go wrong

  • hailqueen May 23, 2016, 3:54 pm

    i alwas skip primers cos makes my skin feel a lil too i knw i shouldnt

  • dakota May 21, 2016, 2:12 pm

    never leave d house w/out eye brows!! ds is a sin! lol

  • dianne May 20, 2016, 1:20 pm

    i think its important that u know d features u need 2 enhance too

  • rhoda May 19, 2016, 12:57 pm

    hair color defines ur skin tone as well so better b careful how ur color makes ur overall look

  • rona May 17, 2016, 1:28 pm

    glittery eyeshadows, who still does this? i mean 4a daily make up routine, u should toss this 1

  • gracia May 16, 2016, 7:49 pm

    i nver liked putting mascara on my lower matter how “water-proof” the mascara, it would stil smudge later on

  • fatima May 13, 2016, 2:30 am

    yes, lip liners aways do d me that well-defined pout <3

  • margie May 11, 2016, 11:51 pm

    i luv smokey effect on my eyes. i think as long as i dnt overdo it, then its ok..right?

  • ruby May 11, 2016, 5:11 am

    as long as u dnt go too heavy, i think ur good 2 go

  • ginger May 10, 2016, 11:28 am

    wow, didnt realize hair color could even make u look older/younger.. tnx

  • deanna May 6, 2016, 8:51 pm

    remember ladies.. make up should help enhance your features & not otherwise

  • natasha May 6, 2016, 1:26 pm

    completely right! this post will help a lot of women

  • josephine May 5, 2016, 6:24 am

    anything in excess is bad. yes, definitely including make up

  • mariah May 3, 2016, 8:55 pm

    everything should start w/ a clean, moisturized face & just about the right amount of make up

  • catalina May 2, 2016, 3:11 pm

    i luv the “no makeup makeup look”

  • krystal April 29, 2016, 8:28 pm

    i always have lip a liner w/ me, wearing one make me feel sexy

  • Tori April 29, 2016, 5:43 am

    oh gosh, i dont ever use primers. wouldnt all these products make u look too cakey?

  • Fe April 27, 2016, 12:24 pm

    wearing too much concealer will give u that older look esp on photos, this happened to me!

  • ivy April 26, 2016, 12:36 pm

    i could skip everything except my brow makeup

  • Mercy April 21, 2016, 8:13 pm

    glittery eyeshadows are just way too outdated

  • shay April 20, 2016, 6:13 pm

    Good read 4 sum1 Lyk me who needs sUm serious makeup lessons

  • Lani.K April 19, 2016, 6:47 pm

    great.. more reasons to hoard on lip liners lol!

  • Reine April 18, 2016, 4:09 pm

    Never used primers before guess ill be on the look out for good ones. TNX

  • andrea April 15, 2016, 11:19 pm

    oh my!!! never thought smokey eyes cud make me look older

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