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.
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.
These Makeup Mistakes Make Women Look Older
- Smokey eyes and intense dark eye makeup
- Accentuating lower lashes too much
- Choosing the wrong powder shade and type
- Using too much concealer
- Wearing glittery or heavy eyeshadows
- Not using lip pencil
- Skipping primer
- Coloring hair the wrong way
- Skipping brow makeup
About the Author
Daria Kurilko is the founder, writer and editor of Geniusbeauty.com – 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.