Did you know that you could be committing makeup mistakes that age you? Yup, that’s right! If you’re feeling like your makeup routine might make you appear old than you actually are (and that’s not your goal!), you’re not alone!
As we get older, our skin changes and requires different care and attention. The makeup routine we had in our 20’s may not work so well in our 30s and beyond, so in this article (and video!), I’m sharing some tips and tricks for keeping your makeup routine youthful and fresh!
7+ makeup mistakes that age you (even in your 30’s!)
So here are a few ways your makeup could be aging you:
Proper Face base
When it comes to creating a youthful makeup look, having a proper base is key. This involves applying a moisturizer and primer that work for your skin type. Here are some tips to help you achieve a flawless base for your makeup.
Not applying a moisturizer or the right one.
As you age, your skin may become drier, leading to wrinkles and other signs of aging. To combat this, it’s important to use a moisturizer that works for your skin type. If you have oily skin, opt for an oil-free moisturizer. If your skin is dry, choose a moisturizer that will hydrate and plump your skin.
When applying your moisturizer, make sure to give it time to absorb into your skin before moving on to the next step. This will ensure that your skin is properly hydrated and ready for your primer.
Not using the right primer
Primer is an essential step in creating a long-lasting and flawless makeup look. It helps to improve texture, increase the longevity of your makeup, and make your skin softer and smoother. When choosing a primer, make sure to select one that works for your skin type.
Apply your primer after your moisturizer has had time to absorb into your skin. This will allow you to build layers of moisture and primer, rather than mixing them together and decreasing the effectiveness of your primer.
Not giving Your Moisturizer Time to Absorb Before Applying Your Primer
It’s important to give your moisturizer time to absorb into your skin before applying your primer. This will ensure that your skin is properly hydrated and ready for your primer. Wait at least a minute before applying your primer to allow your moisturizer to sink into your skin.
When it comes to achieving a youthful makeup look, choosing the right foundation is essential. In this section, we’ll cover two important factors to consider when selecting a foundation: formula and color.
Not applying the correct foundation
The first step in choosing the right foundation is to consider your skin type. If you have dry skin, a cream or liquid foundation with a hydrating formula is a great option. On the other hand, if you have oily skin, an oil-free or powder foundation may be more suitable for you.
It’s also important to consider the coverage you’re looking for. If you have blemishes or discoloration you want to cover, a full-coverage foundation may be the way to go. However, a tinted moisturizer or BB cream may be a better fit if you’re looking for a more natural, sheer coverage.
Choosing the wrong Foundation Color
Choosing the right foundation color is crucial for achieving a youthful look. The wrong shade can make you look older or washed out.
To find the right foundation color, start by determining your undertone. If you have warm undertones, your skin will have yellow, peach, or golden hues. If you have cool undertones, your skin will have pink or blue undertones. If you have neutral undertones, your skin will have a balance of warm and cool tones.
Once you’ve determined your undertone, test foundation shades on your jawline in natural lighting to find the best match. Remember to blend the foundation into your neck to avoid a noticeable line.
Importance of Thickness
Your eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face. They frame your eyes and can make or break your entire look. As you age, your eyebrows tend to thin out, making you look older than you actually are. That’s why it’s important to make sure your eyebrows are thick and full.
Thicker brows make you look more youthful and can help to balance out your face. They also provide a nice contrast on your face, making your eyes stand out. So, if you want to avoid looking older than you are, make sure you’re giving your eyebrows some thickness.
Your eyebrows are too thin
One way you can age yourself with your makeup is by making your eyebrows too thin or too light. Thin brows tend to age you, so you want to make sure you’re not over-plucking or waxing them. Instead, let them grow out a bit and fill them in with a brow pencil or powder to create a fuller look.
Your eyebrows are too light
You also want to make sure your brows are not too light. The darker your brows, the better it looks as it provides a nice contrast on your face. So, make sure you’re using a brow product that is a shade or two darker than your natural hair color.
Concealer is a great way to cover up any blemishes or dark circles under your eyes. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when using concealer to avoid aging yourself.
Applying the wrong concealer Shade
One of the most important things to remember when using concealer is to apply the right shade. If you use a concealer that is too light, it can actually make you look older by emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, if you use a concealer that is too dark, it can make you look tired and dull.
To find the right shade, choose a color that is one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. You can also test the concealer on your skin to make sure it blends in seamlessly. Apply a small amount of concealer to the area you want to cover and blend it in with a brush or your fingers. If the concealer disappears into your skin, you’ve found the right shade.
Applying too much concealer
Another thing to keep in mind when using concealer is to avoid excess. Applying too much concealer can actually make you look older by emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also make your makeup look cakey and unnatural.
To avoid excess, apply a small amount of concealer to the area you want to cover and blend it in with a brush or your fingers. You can always add more if you need it, but starting with a small amount will help you avoid excess.
In addition, make sure to set your concealer with a powder to help it stay in place and prevent creasing. Use a small brush to apply a translucent powder to the area you want to cover and blend it in with a brush or your fingers.
By applying the right shade and avoiding excess, you can use concealer to cover up any blemishes or dark circles without aging yourself.
Not Choosing the Right Type Eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadows, it’s important to choose the right type for your skin type. If you have dry skin, avoid using powder eyeshadows, as they can absorb moisture and make your eyes look more wrinkled. Opt for cream or gel eyeshadows instead, as they add moisture to your eyelids.
On the other hand, if you have oily skin, powder eyeshadows can work well for you as they can help absorb excess oil and keep your eyeshadow in place for longer. However, make sure to use a primer before applying any eyeshadow to increase its longevity and improve its texture.
Wearing too-dark eyeshadow colors
Dark eyeshadows can make you look older, especially if you apply them all over your lid. Instead, choose lighter shades that will make your eyes look more awake and open. Shimmery eyeshadows can also help brighten up your eyes and make them look more youthful.
When it comes to eyeliner, avoid using thick lines as they can detract from your face and make you look older. Instead, opt for thin lines that will define your eyes without overpowering them. If you have dark skin, consider using a cream under-eye liner instead of a white one as white can be too stark and make your eyes look tired.
Using too much glitter eyeshadow:
Using too much glitter eyeshadow can be a dangerous mistake. Glitter eyeshadow can quickly make your look overdone, resulting in an unflattering and sometimes even clownish appearance. Additionally, using too much glitter can cause the particles to irritate or block your pores, leading to potential breakouts and skin irritation. To avoid this, use glitter sparingly and make sure to blend it out with matte shadows for a more natural look. You can also add a layer of shimmer on top of your eyeshadow for a subtle sparkle.
Using powder eyeshadow if you have dry skin:
As I said earlier, powder eyeshadow is not the best choice for those with dry skin, as it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, use a cream eyeshadow, as this will provide a smooth base that can be blended out seamlessly. Cream eyeshadows are also more hydrating than powders and will help keep your makeup looking fresh all day.
When it comes to eyeliner, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you are not aging yourself with your makeup. Here are some sub-sections to consider:
Eyeliner is too thick
Thick eyeliner can detract from your face and make you look older. To avoid this, make sure your line is not too thick. A thin line is recommended for a more youthful look.
When applying eyeliner, start at the inner corner of your eye and work your way outwards. This will help you avoid making the line too thick.
If you do make your eyeliner too thick, don’t worry. You can always use a Q-tip or a small brush to smudge the line and make it thinner.
Another option is to use a lighter-colored eyeliner, such as a brown or taupe, instead of black. This can create a softer look and make your eyes appear more youthful.
Mascara and lashes
Using too much mascara:
Using too much mascara can quickly make your lashes appear clumpy and heavy, resulting in an unflattering finish. To avoid this, use a few light coats of mascara instead of one thick coat. Additionally, use an eyelash curler before applying the mascara, as this will help create a more dramatic look with less product.
False eyelashes that are too big for your eyes:
False eyelashes are a great way to add drama to your look, but they can quickly become overwhelming if they are too big for your eyes. To make sure you get the right size, measure the lashes against your eye before applying them and trim off any excess that is longer than the width of your eye. Additionally, choose natural-looking lashes for a more subtle look.
Yes, the wrong blush can age you! Here are some ways blush can make you look older (and not in a good way!)
Too much blush:
Too much blush can make you look clownish and overly made-up. You want to apply the right amount of blush so that your cheeks have definition, but not so much that it looks like you’re ready for a makeup audition rather than your own daily life. To avoid this, apply a small amount to your cheeks and build it.
Incorrectly placed blush:
When it comes to blush, placement is key. Applying it too high on your cheeks can make you look like a doll, while applying it too low will give your face an unflattering gaunt appearance. You want to apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it outwards for a natural flush. Make sure to tap off any excess blush from your brush to avoid an overly intense look.
Using the wrong blush shade:
The most important aspect of blush is finding the right shade for your skin tone. Too light and you’ll look washed out, too dark and you won’t be able to blend it correctly. Experiment with different shades until you find one
Applying too much highlighter:
This one is a definite no-no. A little bit can go a long way – too much highlighter and you’ll look like a disco ball! Use it sparingly, and be sure to blend it out with your brush or sponge for a more natural look.
Applying glitter highlighter (use a shimmer highlight instead!):
Glitter is definitely fun and can be a great way to add some sparkle to a look, but it should not be used as a highlighter if the glitter is large particles. It can look too intense on the skin and can be difficult to blend out. Additionally, it can highlight wrinkles.
Instead, opt for a shimmer highlight that has glittery particles which are much smaller and more subtle. This will provide a nice, subtle shimmer without looking too overwhelming.
Not blending your highlighter:
Highlighter should never be left to look cakey or patchy. It should always be blended out properly in order for it to look natural. The best way to do this is with a brush or sponge, but fingertips can also work if you’re in a pinch.
When used correctly, it can add dimension to your face , giving it a contoured and sculpted look. However, when used incorrectly it can age you.
Too much bronzer:
When too much bronzer is used, it can make your skin look muddy and give you the appearance of being dirty. Overusing bronzer can also make you look older than you are.
Incorrect bronzer placement:
When bronzer is placed in the wrong places, it can give you an unnatural look. Applying too much bronzer to your forehead or down your nose can make you look washed out and give an unflattering appearance. It’s important to pay attention to where you are placing the bronzer so it looks even and natural.
Not blending bronzer:
When applying bronzer, make sure to blend it well for a seamless look. If you don’t blend it properly, it will look patchy and create an uneven tone on your skin. Blending the bronzer in with a brush or sponge will help to make sure it looks natural and doesn’t appear cakey.
Using the wrong shade of bronzer:
Using the wrong shade of bronzer can make your skin look too orange, too gray or too dark to where it doesn’t match your skincare.
Lipstick is an important part of makeup and can help enhance your natural beauty. There are so many different types of lipsticks to choose from, including matte, glossy, moisturizing, sheer, and long-lasting formulas. Here are some possible mistakes you’re making with your lipstick that can be aging you:
Too bright lipstick:
Using a lipstick shade that is too bright can make you look older. Instead, choose a color that’s flattering to your complexion and work with the natural color of your lips. For example, if you have fair skin, a pale pink or light mauve hue can look lovely. If you have dark skin, a berry hue can look stunning.
Applying too much lipstick:
When you apply too much lipstick, it can end up looking very cakey on the lips. This can make your lips look dry and cracked, making you look older than you are. To avoid this, take your time when applying and use a brush to blend the product onto your lips.
Exfoliating your lips before you apply lipstick is really important because it will help create a smooth surface for the lipstick to adhere to. Without exfoliating, your lips can end up looking dry and flaky, which can make you look older. A good lip scrub or a soft toothbrush can be used to gently exfoliate the lips.
Frequently asked questions: HUGE Makeup mistakes that age you
Why is my foundation making me look older?
The wrong foundation can make you look older than you really are. This happens when the foundation does not match your skin tone or type correctly. Rather than blending in with your skin to even out the tone and texture, it can draw attention to imperfections or cause an unflattering contrast.
Additionally, foundations that contain shimmer or pearlized particles can add an unnatural luminosity to your face, which can draw attention to wrinkles. The wrong foundation formula can also be a culprit in making you look older.
A heavy, cakey foundation formula can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, causing them to look more prominent. Try switching to a light, liquid foundation with a natural finish and look for those that are oil-free or contain hydrating ingredients to help keep skin looking youthful.
Does eyeliner on bottom make you look older?
Yes, applying a thick eyeliner line to your waterline (bottom of your eye) can indeed make you look older. This is because eyeliner adds contrast and can create shadows around the eye area that can make dark circles appear deeper. If you still want to wear eyeliner, try using a light pencil liner on the bottom lid only. This will help open up your eyes, making you look more awake and youthful.
Does makeup make you look older faster?
While makeup in general does not age you, it can make you look older fast if you’re not washing your makeup off every night. The longer your makeup stays on your skin, the more it can clog pores and cause breakouts. A buildup of bacteria and dirt in your pores can draw attention to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Additionally, if you’re using the wrong makeup formulas for your skin type, it can break your skin out.
How can I make my mature eyes look younger?
One of the best ways to make your mature eyes look younger is by using an eye cream. Eye creams are specially formulated with ingredients that help reduce puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles around the eyes. Additionally, using an illuminating concealer under your eyes can help brighten up the area.
What age should you stop wearing eyeliner?
There is no age limit when it comes to wearing eyeliner. You can wear eyeliner whenever you want. That said, older women may want to opt for a lighter pencil liner on the bottom lid only. This will help open up your eyes and make you look more awake and youthful. You could also opt for a smudge-proof waterproof liquid liner to keep your eyeliner in place all day.
Does makeup make you look older or younger?
Makeup in general does not make you look older or younger, it simply enhances your natural beauty. That said, if you’re using the wrong makeup formula for your skin type, it can cause breakouts or result in an uneven complexion.
Additionally, if you’re not washing your face every night, makeup can clog pores and draw attention to wrinkles or other signs of aging. Choosing the right products for your skin type and investing in a good skincare routine can help you look your best.
Does wearing makeup affect your skin?
Yes, wearing makeup can have an effect on your skin. Makeup can clog pores, resulting in oil buildup and breakouts. Additionally, if you’re using the wrong makeup formulas, it can irritate your skin or cause allergic reactions. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to use makeup that is specifically formulated for your skin type.
Additionally, be sure to wash your face every night before you go to bed and use a deep-cleaning mask once or twice a week to remove any dirt and makeup that has accumulated on your face.
While makeup is a great way to enhance your beauty, and showcase your creativity and personality, it can also age you in a way that’s unflattering when used incorrectly. I hope you’ve learned some tips in this article and video, and be sure to subscribe to my beauty youtube channel for more tips!