Though you probably never intentionally tried to master makeup mistakes that age you, they happen. There are so many makeup techniques that make you look older, and not in a high school kid trying to get into the club kind of way. The most common makeup mistakes can accidentally bring out your fine lines, highlight your wrinkles, and bring an unflattering focus to everything else that properly used makeup is supposed to hide.
Is your makeup aging you? Don't worry – even if you've accidentally made one of these mistakes, there are simple fixes. Whether you've occasionally overly lined your lips or mismatched your foundation, these tricks and tips will help you avoid those missteps in the future. In the end, a simple change in approach may be just the thing to give you a younger, more vibrant appearance.
Overly Darkening Your Eyebrows
The Mistake: You may want to color in your eyebrows with eye liner to make them look fuller, but add too much color and your brows will look drawn on.
The Fix: Don't let cartoon brow happen to you. Rather than using eyeliner, which is generally designed to go on dark and strong, select an eyebrow pencil that's close to your brows' natural shade. These are made specifically to go on softly and add subtle, lifelike color and volume.
Using The Wrong Color Of Foundation
The Mistake: Layering on foundation can make you look unnecessarily covered up. Plus, using a foundation that's too light can draw attention to fine lines.
The Fix: Try using a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer instead of heavier formulas. Don't be afraid to experiment with a shade that's just a hint darker or warmer, too – just don't overdo it. If going a shade up looks unnatural, even after blending, try mixing the darker foundation with your shade before applying.
Overloading On Mascara
The Mistake: Eyelashes tend to loose volume with age, but overcompensating by clumping on the mascara can result in... well, clumpy looking lashes.
The Fix: Eyelash curlers may look intimidating, but they're actually just the tool you might need. If you're looking for a quick way to liven up your eyes, try curling your lashes for about 15 seconds on each side. You can also use volumizing lash primer before applying your mascara to give the appearance of thicker lashes.
Neglecting Your Skincare Routine
The Mistake: No matter how great your makeup routine, you're not doing yourself any favors if you don't take care of the skin underneath.
The Fix: At the very least, remove your makeup every night to avoid buildup. Makeup removing toilettes are super cheap, quick, and sometimes even contain skin-improving ingredients. And always, always apply moisturizer and sunblock.