Makeup can be a fun, non-permanent way to completely transform your every day look and immediately boost your self-confidence. Whether you go for a bold, natural, or understated face, the right makeup can mean the difference between an “eh” day and an amazing day. A simple sweep of mascara along the lashes or blush along the cheekbone can turn you from blah to ta-da. But with great power comes great responsibility. The mismatched shade of your lip liner or the wrong shade of blush can age you up to 10 years.
9. Mismatched Lip Liner
While not a totally necessary step in lipstick application, lip liner is essentially the primer for lipstick. The benefits include defining your lip line, keeping your lipstick in place, and making your lips look fuller. Nothing ruins a perfectly great coffee date, meeting, or brunch like lipstick color that has migrated farther than birds flying south for the winter. But what’s worse than lipstick that won’t stay? A mustache. Which is exactly what you will be sporting if you fail to match and shade in your lip liner color properly. To avoid a Dali inspired mustache, be sure to shade your liner in the direction of your natural lip.
8. Skipping Your Brows
Eyebrows are the hottest facial accessories right now. Just like eyelashes, eyebrows are prone to thinning with age. Full brows indicate youthfulness and vitality. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have retained most of your brow over the years, simply filling in the brows in the morning can take 5-10 years off your age. Be sure to match your brow pencil to your brow color as best you can. You want your brows to look as naturally well defined as possible. Boudreaux colored brows are just as bad as no brows.
7. Overly Powdered Face
Whether you knew it or not, oily skin and acne is not reserved strictly for your teenage years. If you still struggle with oily skin, you probably use a loose powder to set your makeup, to keep your face perfectly matte. If you’re fortunate enough to not suffer from oily skin, then you want to skip loose powder altogether. Loose powders have a knack for highlighting fine lines and wrinkles—the ultimate age giveaway.
6. Not Using Sunscreen
While not a traditional “makeup mistake,” skipping a layer of sunscreen before you dive into your face is a mistake. No amount of makeup can fake a youthful appearance when the skin underneath is sun-damaged. Daunting, as it may seem, applying sunscreen is an absolutely necessary step for staying youthful. If you truly can’t bear to add another step to your morning routine, look for a foundation or tinted moisturizer with at least SPF 25. Choosing a face makeup with added sunscreen is an investment in yourself and your health.
5. Not Using Moisturizer
The second most important step before ever applying any makeup is using moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, your face needs moisture in order to preserve its youthful appearance. Not only does moisturizer keep your skin fresh and supple, it provides a clean and smooth surface for your foundation to glide across on. If you insist on only moisturizing at night, consider a moisturizing or matte primer prior to foundation application. A primer or moisturizer prior to foundation application prevents foundation and powder from sinking into fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Heavy Black Eye Liner
Dark, mysterious with the perfect dash of dramatics heavy liner can be difficult to pull off. Save the drama for your mama and leave the overly lined eyes for that raccoon that won’t stop tipping over your garbage can. Our lashes and brows thin out as we age, so it’s easy to want to overcompensate. However, the dark pigment highlights any fine lines and wrinkles you have near your eyes, leaving no room for mystery about your age.
3. Bright Colored Eye Makeup
Unless you went to bed and woke up in 1962, put the blue eyeliner down. Sure bright colors are fun, but they don’t belong on your face after the age of 20. Perhaps you still like to hit up the club on Saturday nights, then sure go wild; it’s an anything-goes kind of place. But your everyday makeup need not remind everyone you fear your own mortality. If you’re looking for something to add color and make your eyes pop, opt for a brown or gray eyeliner. Remember, your makeup is meant to highlight your natural beauty.
2. Applying Blush Incorrectly
Want that after-sweat flush and rosy cheek looks without, you know, the sweat? The right shade of blush can give you that, well, blushing look. However, applied incorrectly, you can look more like a circus clown than a blushing beauty. Whether you’re using a powder or cream blush, color looks best on the cheekbone sweeping upwards towards your temples. Avoid placing color directly on the apples of your cheeks as this can make you look clown-like or juvenile.
1. Lip Gloss
Ah, lip-gloss. The sticky, sweet-smelling lacquer every 8-14-year-old loves. But if you’re an adult who wants to be taken seriously, it’s time to switch out your 2004 Juicy Tube for respectable rouge. Sure, lip gloss made you feel like you had a kissable pout as a tween, but now that you’re an adult, it just kind of makes your lips look like a glazed donut. Save your nostalgia for something like dark-wash flared denim and chunky platforms. No one is stopping you from reviving your youth, but just remember that when you wore lip-gloss, you also probably thought pink glitter eyeshadow was acceptable.