Makeup is supposed to help you look fresh, clean, and young. Instead, many women actually end up looking older and even haggard by making common makeup mistakes. Avoiding these mistakes and finding simple solutions can help knock ten years off your look.
It’s In the Eyes
Your eyes are perhaps the most important part of your face when it comes to using makeup correctly. Common eye makeup mistakes are what add the most years to your face, but these are issues that are easily fixed.
Eye Liner: Two mistakes that are commonly made are: lining only the bottom lid, and lining all the way around too darkly. These are the makeup techniques of a pre-teen, but they are making you look much older. The solution is to lightly line both the top and the bottom lids, close to the lash line, and blend. Instead of black, choose a lighter neutral shade like grey to open the eyes.
Mascara: Dry, clumpy, too dark mascara is not only unattractive, but it adds years to your eyes. Instead, gently blot the mascara wand to remove clumps and maybe choose a smaller wand to suit the size of your eyelashes, especially on the bottom lashes.
Many women use concealer to fill in wrinkles and hide blemishes, but it ends up doing the opposite of the effect you are looking for. Heavy concealer cakes into the lines and enhances wrinkles instead of covering them up. Avoid trying to fill in wrinkles, as it only serves to enhance them.
Every great makeup job starts with a good foundation. The first rule is choosing the right color for your skin tone, and the second rule is to not use too much.
When choosing a foundation color that is right for you, try to find a shade that most closely matches your skin tone. When choosing between two shades that are close, choose the darker tone. Foundation that is too light ages you.
Apply your foundation with a sponge or, better yet, a brush. Avoid slathering or caking it on, and don’t use too much. It can cake into lines and make you look older than you are.
Little touches are what make your makeup look natural or stand out. These are some of the issues you need to watch out for:
Blush: Avoid using blush on just the apples of your cheeks, under the cheekbones, or using too much. All of these tend to make you look clownish and can pull your face down. Instead, using a light touch, start at the apple of your cheeks and move up along the cheekbone. Also make sure you are using a soft, sheer color that goes well with your skin tone.
Lips: There are two things that go wrong with using lip liner: One is using too much, and one is not using it at all. Using too much or too dark of a lip liner ages your mouth, which is a focal point of your face. Not using any lip liner can make your lipstick feather out into the small lines around your lips. For best results, use a lip liner that matches the color of your lipstick.
These makeup tips and techniques can take ten years off your look. Too many women are all making these same, all too common; mistakes that can age you instead of helping you look your best. Use these tips to take ten years off your look.