We all want to look our best and by “best” we mean the most youthful version of ourselves. There are many ways to slow down the aging process such as wearing sunscreen religiously, eating lots of fruits and veggies, drinking boatloads of water, having a militant beauty routine, using quality skin care products, etc. However we use to make some mistakes that make us look older than we are. Here are 6 of them!
1. Mascara on your lower lashes
Twiggy and gamine catwalk waifs pull off this look super well. Mascara coated lower lashes draw attention to under eye imperfections like dark circles, crow’s feet and hyperpigmentation.
Try this instead: If a dramatic eye is what you’re after with all that mascara, you’re better off making the most of your top lashes by curling them. Apply it in an up and out motion starting from as close to the root as possible. See Angelina’s eyes? I want them!
2. Too-dark lipstick
As we age, our lips lose some of their youthful plumpness, our lip lines begin to fade and, as a result, our lipsticks no longer stay where we apply them. And, really, nothing makes us look more “grandma” than a dark red lipstick bleeding into the lines around our mouth.
Try this instead: With so many sheer, rosy-colored glosses (like The best Lip Gloss ever tried on) women of a certain age have plenty of options available.
3. Yellow, dingy teeth
While lipstick bleeding into one’s lip lines certainly ages you, yellow, stained, uneven teeth do too. In this day and age when there are so many whitening, brightening and straightening options available and at every price point imaginable, it’s almost inconceivable that anyone would deliberately walk around with a less than dazzling set of chompers.
Try this instead: Whether you want a super quick fix a la Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit, $19.49 or to commit more time (and money) by getting trays made at your dentist’s office, the choice is one you should definitely make.
4. Too much foundation or powder (or both)
Just as lipstick tends to migrate into vertical lip wrinkles, foundation and powder like to hang in the fine lines on our faces and make them look bigger. That’s not the look we’re going for — obviously. We want to be able to wear makeup to perfect our skin but not if it’s going to make it look worse! There’s hope. “People on the street now look like they have good skin,” says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose in Krupp’s book. “And, you don’t know whether they’re wearing foundation or not. That’s good foundation. We all want to look like we have beautiful skin.”
Try this instead: If you haven’t already, choose a makeup primer (see also Pores?? I can’t see any!), it will become your makeup’s best friend. Most primers contain silicone that works to fill in lines and wrinkles and helps to smooth out your complexion and creates an ideal canvas for foundation. If you love, love, love your foundation too much to give it up — yet — try this application tip: After applying foundation with a brush, press a damp makeup sponge all over your face. It will help to remove any of the product that has settled into your lines.
5. Overly tweezed brows
Guess what? As we age, our eyelashes, just like our lips and our hair and our skin, thin. You may have noticed that you need to pluck less and less often and that the brow hairs themselves seem thinner. They are. But, brows are important, so it’s important to know how to fake a full brow — and do it properly.The only thing worse than too-sparse brows is badly drawn in ones.
Try this instead: Walk through the steps of learning how to draw on brows that will perfectly frame your face. It may sound daunting, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a snap. See Eyebrows, The Top Secret of Beauty.
6. Blush worn on the apples of your cheeks
Sure, little girls have rosy, taut, cutie pie cheeks that flaunt little circles of color that light up their entire faces. But, as your formerly firm cheeks begin to sag, it’s not a great idea to highlight the situation — which is precisely what happens when you apply circular blush strokes to the apples of your cheeks after a certain age.
Try this instead: A big shift in how you look can result from a simple blush application tweak. Seek out the highest point of your cheekbones and apply the blush there instead of on your apples. Be sure to employ a sweeping back and forth motion using a wide, fluffy brush so you don’t end up with Grace Jones war paint-type stripes. See What is wrong with the blush?
Once the crow’s feet and sun spots have set in, there aren’t many ways to make them disappear short of spending tons of cash or getting cosmetic surgery. So our next best option is to fake it. And how can we fake it? No worries there is solution: The makeup, of course!