Makeup Application Mistakes That Make You Look Older
Let’s be honest: look does matter and we’re accustomed to dedicating a lot of effort and spend a huge amount of time and money to look as good as we can. The beauty industry offers numerous choices and various products to facilitate this need, and it’s up to you to use it as you wish. Finding the right products isn’t an easy job, and using them requires certain skills if you want to get the best out of them. This especially applies to makeup that can do more harm than good if misused, like making you look older than you really are.
The biggest problem is that many women aren’t even aware of mistakes they make while applying makeup, and if you don’t have an honest friend near you to tell you that something doesn’t look right, you may find yourself in a big trouble. In order to help you, we enlisted some of the most common makeup application mistakes and tips how to avoid them.
Foundation should cover all the imperfections of your skin and prepare your face for the rest of makeup. So, the most important rule is to never skip it. Many women think that, as they get older, wearing less makeup will make them look younger, but that’s a big mistake. Without the right base, your face will look unbalanced, dull and old.
To avoid this, prepare your skin with a quality and moisturizing primer that will illuminate your skin and conceal the imperfections. In order to get the best results, you should apply it with quality make up brushes, which can get to every corner of your face and gently cover all flaws. It’s also very important to choose a primer that complements your skin tone (both face and neck): if it’s too light, you will look pale and sick, while shades which are darker than your natural skin tone will highlight everything you’re trying to hide. To find the right foundation, test it on your cheekbones without blend it too much; if it’s close to your natural tone, it’s the right one.
The wrong shade of a blusher can spoil all other makeup effects so choose wisely when buying it. To get a fresh and healthy look, match a shade with your lipstick and go with soft and bright ones. The right color should be close to your natural blush, and, to get this right, the simplest way is to pinch your cheeks.
Don’t apply it only on the top of your cheekbones; start from there and spread it evenly to the back; and, of course, don’t forget to blend it well.
Whether you like it or not, as you’re getting older, you should give up of some things, like wearing dark lipsticks. With age, your lips slowly lose definition, so it would be better to choose brighter colors (such as mauve and pink tone) that will add fullness to your lips.
But, if you want to keep up with latest beauty trends which promote berry and wine hues, opt for a more glossy texture, which will moisturize your lips and add some volume to your lips.
Eye makeup mistakes
One of the most common mistakes women make is applying the eyeliner only on the bottom eye-line, which makes your eyes look smaller and your overall look older. It’s recommended to apply it on both instead, the upper and the bottom line, close to your lash lines. Then, blend it gently with a small brush with the rest of the eye-makeup.
Also, avoid applying too dark and metallic shades of eyeshadow; a simple and soft shimmer will make you look more appropriate and youthful.
Most women don’t care about their eyebrows too much and that is a huge mistake. It may be fine while you’re young; but, as you getting older, they’re getting thinner and lose their natural color, which, altogether, makes you look dull and even older.
To change it, fill a brow-shape with a pencil or brow powder in a shade close to your natural on or the one close to the color of your hair, considering your skin tone (avoid too dark shades). Well-shaped eyebrows will frame your face and make you look younger and neat.
The best way to found out what suits you the most is to be open and try out new things. Consider your age and be aware that what once was good for you doesn’t necessary mean it will fit you always. Find the right products and learn more makeup tricks to improve your skills and get best out of them; and, above all, enhance your look and feel good about yourself.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion blogger and graphic designer. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and photography. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.
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