Sometimes it feels like some women are on a crazy race to fight the effects of growing old. They slather their faces with night creams and anti-wrinkle serums and dye their hair at the first signs of gray. However, they sometimes end up looking older without even realizing it and is often the fault of the wrong makeup routine. Yes, one wrong move or swipe of a brush and you could be tacking on 10 years to your face. Before you fall into a state of panic, read through these common mistakes and make sure you are avoiding them at all costs.
Too much powder: Going heavy-handed with powders can often lead to the dreaded cake effect, which basically spotlights every smile line and wrinkle that you have. Instead, opt in for a lightweight, liquid-based foundation and if you want to mattify or set your makeup, lightly — emphasis on lightly — dust your face with translucent setting powder. This will keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.
Heavy under-eye concealer: Dark under-eye circles and fine lines are a part of life, and while genius concealers and treatments are good at hiding these flaws. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Going overboard on concealer can work against you and actually accentuate those lines and imperfections, especially if you are not properly blending. Keep your concealer application light and your blending game strong.
Thin brows: Razor thin brows with disappearing tails can cause your eyes to look droopy and tired which equates to looking old. Avoid catastrophe and keep your brows full and defined by using the right filling and shaping tools.
Applying blush too low on the face: Rosy, flushed cheeks should be a sign of vitality and youth, but by applying some below the apples of your cheeks, you are actually pulling the face downward and making it appear saggy. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when applying face makeup is to always use upward motions. This helps create a lifting effect that lends a more youthful look. So, when working with blush, start at the top of the apples of the cheeks and work the brush up toward the temple.
Eyeliner on just the lower lash line: Just like blush, eye makeup can also create the dreaded sagging effect. Heavy liner designated to the lower lid will cause the eyes to appear droopy and can also draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles in the area. Give your eyes some lift by taking that thick liner and applying it to the upper lash line. You can still give the lower lash line some love, but keep the line light and thin.
Highlighter on the outer eye corners: Highlighter can be a great tool for creating a youthful, glowing look. However, just like concealer, it can work against you when misused. Applying highlighter on the outer corners of the eyes is just going to put your crow’s feet on display. Draw attention away from those lines and brighten up your eyes by applying a bit of highlighter on the inner corners and on the brow bone instead.