The 5 most aging makeup mistakes
Many of us wear makeup every day, and cosmetic innovations can go a long way to helping us put our best face forward. But what if all those dollars spent and minutes in front of the mirror were making us look older instead?
As we age the products and techniques we rely on can begin to fall out of step with what actually makes us look and feel fresh, radiant and youthful. Some mistakes are common and some are surprisingly simple. Are you doing any of these?
1. Wearing too much foundation
The best approach with foundation is to go lightly, allowing some of your natural skin tone to remain visible. Instead of choosing a very sheer formulation in a bid to stay ‘natural’ but subsequently adding extra concealer and powder, try taking a less-is-more approach with a more full-coverage fluid foundation. Apply sparingly with a dense bristle foundation brush focussing only on the areas that need it to hide redness, dark circles, pigmentation, veins, broken capillaries and uneven skin tone, rather than your whole face. bh loves: Lancome Teint Miracle Hydrating Foundation SPF15, $73
2. Trying to block out dark circles
A lot of people worry about dark circles and shadows looking worse as skin gets thinner under the eyes. Instead of choosing a thick, opaque cream concealer, choose a liquid concealer, with light diffusing qualities applied sparingly. Try to avoid extending concealer out past the outer edge of the eye socket as that’s where skin moves and creases and caking can become more prominent. bh loves: Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer, $ 56
3. Only lining the bottom of your eyes with black liner
Lining your eyes underneath can accentuate dark circles and make your eyes appear smaller. Instead, use a soft pencil in a slightly lighter shade of brown, grey or navy rather than black and line top lids close to the lash line, smudging softly afterwards with a dense eyeshadow brush. Always pair liner with mascara or it can make your eyes look smaller. To widen and brighten even more, line the inner rim or ‘waterline’ of the lower lid with a waterproof white or nude liner, which makes the whites of your eyes look healthy and clear. bh loves: Maybelline Master Drama Lightliner, $16
4. Skipping blush, or wearing it too low
Blush can be a brilliant tool for returning a youthful rosy glow to skin, but when you place it too low, ie. only on the apples of your cheeks, it looks a bit dated and can draw attention to slackening volume in that area. Instead, place it higher on the cheekbones, sweeping on an upwards and outwards motion. Pay attention to shade choice too. Some choose a brown color because they think they are adding definition and contouring, but it ends up looking muddy, dull, and like the makeup is just sitting on your skin. Others choose a product that is too soft in color, which can wash you out and age you as well. To find the right shade, pinch your cheeks and try to match the natural color that you get when you actually blush. A flattering shade for most is a neutral rose pink. bh loves: Milani Rose Blush Trio Palette, $30
5. Wearing a lot of thick, shiny and slippery lip gloss
It’s natural that as we age the skin around our mouth develops tiny creases. The problem with piling on very slippery and bright lip colours is they can quickly migrate into the lines, blurring the border of your mouth and making your makeup look messy. You can always try a good liner, otherwise wearing a cream or matte formulation with just a dab of gloss in the centre will give you the same look without shifting and bleeding into lines. bh loves: Clinique Pop Lip Colourand Primer, $49