It’s a fact that when we look good, we feel good. The right makeup and application can give us that beautiful finishing touch and help us put our best features forward.
Makeup can be a powerful tool, but certain mistakes can make you look older than you want to look. There are some essential things to keep in mind to look your best and enhance your natural features. Here are ten common mistakes that can age you, plus some important tips to keep your skin looking youthful.
When you use a primer, you create a perfect canvas for makeup to glide on the skin. Think of it this way: If you were painting a room and you didn’t prepare the walls beforehand, your paint job would look terrible. Every nail hole or imperfection would not only show through the paint, but it would also appear highlighted. Not using a primer can make makeup settle into pores and fine lines, emphasizing them. A primer creates a smooth base and helps makeup last longer.
If you use a liquid foundation, applying a thick layer can make the foundation settle into lines and make your skin appear mask-like. Instead, prime your skin with a moisturizer and choose a light foundation to even out skin tone, or opt for a sheer look and let your natural skin show through.
Foundation powder is a great way to even your skin tone, but over-powdering can exaggerate fine lines and wrinkles by settling into them. Use a translucent powder instead, or use a makeup setting spray to finish your look. Makeup setting spray will make your makeup last all day and give your skin a dewy appearance.
Skimping on skincare can affect how makeup sits on your skin. Dry skin does not make a good canvas for makeup. Plus, well-hydrated skin will make your makeup sit on your skin properly and make it last all day. Moisturize well and use products that cater to your skin type to create a better canvas for makeup. Exfoliate and use products that will hydrate your skin. Look for moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, glycerin, lanolin, and ceramides. Caring for your skin is not just an outside job. Drink plenty of fluids to maintain moisture and take collagen supplements to keep the skin firm.
Using a lip liner that is significantly darker than your lipstick can age you. Choose a liner that matches your lipstick or is just slightly darker for a more youthful appearance. The color of your lipstick matters, too. Remember that makeup is supposed to enhance natural beauty. Choosing a color that is a big contrast to your skin tone will improve lip and mouth wrinkles. Choose neutral tones that compliment your skin. Another tip: when applying lipstick, look in the mirror and smile. Lipstick shades with undertones of yellow or red that may look great on your best friend can make your teeth look yellow, which will make you look older. A general rule of thumb, or lip, is if you have fair skin, stay away from bright or dark colors. For darker skin tones, don’t use light colors. Matte lip shades can also add years to your face. Use moisturizing lip products for the perfect pout.
Believe it or not, another feature that can make you look older is your eyebrows. Overly drawn or heavily filled-in eyebrows can give an artificial appearance and make you look older. Choose a neutral shade of eyebrow makeup and draw a natural shape that complements your face. Another important tip: When filling in the ends of your eyebrows, pull the ends in an uplifting manner. If your eyebrows arc down at the ends, stop the line where they begin to swoop down.
Overdoing blush or bronzer can make you look unnatural and overly made-up and accentuate fine lines. Use light, sweeping motions to blend blush and bronzer well for a more natural look or sun-kissed glow.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” Well-defined eyes can also make you appear rested and younger. To brighten and define your eyes, try different types of shadows, liners, and mascaras. Use mascara that doesn’t clump, or try natural-looking false eyelashes.
As we stated earlier, the last thing you want to do with makeup is highlight any imperfections and wrinkles. Applying shimmery or glittery products to areas with fine lines or wrinkles draws attention to them. Matte finishes will enhance your look without highlighting the areas you don’t want to highlight.
We are all probably guilty of not cleaning our makeup brushes enough. We’re probably also guilty of using the wrong brushes or ones that are old. Neglecting your meetings can affect both the application and finish of your makeup. Treat yourself to quality brushes and protect your investment by taking care of them. Clean them regularly with brush cleaner or mix some dishwashing liquid with water, work into the bristles, and rinse. If they are heavily soiled, soak them in the solution for a while and then rinse. Allow them to air dry or set them outside and let the sun work its drying magic.
Remember, makeup is meant to enhance your natural features. A natural, sun-kissed look will make you look years younger. Experiment with different techniques and products that work best for your age and skin type.
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