Monday, October 7, 2019

Aging Skin? Avoid these make-up mistakes

Using shimmer on your eyes

While a little shimmer on the eyelid may feel like a good idea, if you’re concerned about adding years to your face, this is a no-go. Shimmery eyeshadow in the crease and on the brow bone of mature eyes will accentuate wrinkles. So, what’s the alternative? Instead, try using a matte shadow in the crease, and a little shimmer on the smoothest part of the eyelid to make them pop and appear brighter.

Applying your blush too high on your cheekbones

Though you often hear that highlighting your cheekbones with a little color can accent your bone structure, putting your blush too high can actually add years to your face.  Sweeping stripes of blush all the way up the cheekbone to the temple is a sure way to show your age. Instead, try tapping cream blush on the apples of the cheeks, and blend with a brush or fingertips out to cheekbones. This will bring some natural looking warmth, which is flattering at any age.

Overdrawing your eyebrows

There’s no denying that the days of pencil-thin brows have come and gone and that full, lush eyebrows are in. That said, adding too much pencil to your brows may give you the opposite of the youthful.  It is certainly okay to use an eyebrow pencil, but it must be applied properly. Avoid drawing two lines in the shape of eyebrows, as this is a very outdated look. Instead, use a sharpened brow pencil to lightly draw hair-like strokes along the brow’s natural shape to fill in sparse areas and to coat grey or white follicles.  And if you’re worried about overdoing it with a pencil product, there are other options out there: “Powder and a flat angled brush could also be used. Finish by brushing through with a clean spoolie brush.

Not moisturizing your lips  

One surprising way you’re giving away your age? Not taking proper care of your lips before applying lip products. The good news? Keeping a moisturizing lip balm on hand can help you get the flawless canvas you wanted.  When lips are dry they look dehydrated, wrinkled, and deflated. Dry lips could also crack and flake, which does not look nice at any age.  A daily lip balm will instantly brighten, smooth, soften, and plump lips back to a pouty pucker.

Avoiding lip liner

Though many people have negative associations with over-lined lips, choosing a lip liner in a hue that matches your lips can help define your mouth and keep your makeup in place. Mature lips tend to have faded edges, causing lipstick to go on unevenly. This could look off-balance and even a little sloppy, as it will quickly travel outside the shape of the mouth. For a clean application, first, use a lip pencil in the shade of your natural lip tone—not the lipstick color—and even out the shape of the lip border. Use the pencil to fill in the entire mouth and then apply lipstick on top.

Relying on powder blush and shadow

While powder formulas may have been stalwarts in your earlier years, sticking to powder blush and shadow as you age could be making you look older than you actually are. If your skin is getting drier, you could benefit from the added moisture in a cream blush. A cream shadow may appear softer and more natural on your lids as you age.

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