Beauty mistakes that are making you look older
Every woman wants to look a little younger. And you can turn back time with clever makeup trickery. The key is using your beauty products to their youth-boosting best. Here are some makeup mistakes that are aging you and how you can fix them to look much younger.
1. Not hydrating enough
Your wrinkles that bother you so much are most likely fine lines caused by dehydration. You can soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin with moisturizers. Try layering a balm over your serum for an extra injection of hydration before applying your foundation. Consider a serum containing humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin that attract water to the upper layers of the skin for a plumped look and feel. Try mixing a couple of drops into your foundation to increase the moisture.
2. Skipping primer
When it comes to makeup and ageing, a key is “less-is-more” approach, but don’t scrimp on primer. Depending on your complexion’s needs, they can work wonders. Some silicone-based primers can help diffuse the look of fine lines and open pores. Apply underneath your foundation and after your skincare for the perfect flawless face. If your problem is dullness, then try an illuminating primer instead. They will give luminosity to the skin and prevent makeup from sitting in any fine lines.
3. Not addressing skin tone
Pigmentation is also a common problem alongside with wrinkles. Age spots tend to be dark, so before foundation use a yellow-based color corrector. Pat that over the problem area to diffuse the depth of color before applying your foundation. On stubborn sun spots and patches of pigmentation, blend an industrial-strength cream based concealer using a fluffy eye shadow brush. This will give you an airbrushed finish while still hiding the problem.
4. Using too much powder
Powders have a tendency to highlight fine lines and leave skin looking flat. Instead, use a serum-based foundation. The secret is to avoid a full coverage. If you use too much foundation it will just sit in any creases. Mix a liquid highlighter into your foundation to super-charge your foundation’s youth-boosting abilities. If you have an oily skin, use an illuminating powder to mattify your T-zone, it will take down excess shine but leave your complexion looking dewy.
5. Using brushes for everything
Use your fingers to apply foundation and concealer. The heat from your hands can help to warm the products, making them mimic your natural skin and not sit in fine lines.
6. Not contouring
As we age our faces lose volume, so some clever subtle contouring can help soften your face. Use a liquid bronzer or darker foundation in the hollows of the cheeks and angled into the mouth – it will give a soft contour that will light and angle the face.
7. Not using blusher
Put a small amount of blusher on the apples of the cheeks, and it will automatically lift the look of your complexion. Peach tones are the best option – they are soft but will leave the complexion looking fresh.
8. Wearing too much makeup
Less is more – it’s a golden rule, especially when it comes to eye makeup. Shimmering textures and very dark shadows can draw attention to fine lines and creases around the eyes. You can define your eyes by filling in your brows and applying an eyeliner. Finishing your look with a little lip balm or gloss will help you look fresh, bright and youthful.