It’s no secret that we’re constantly seeking ways to look a little younger and compete with the natural passage of time. There’s an entire industry built around combatting fine lines and wrinkles, zapping away age spots, and creating a youthful visage that essentially fools the world. No one can be blamed for wanting to appear younger, but there are a few common beauty mistakes people make that actually result in an older appearance. Here are five faux pas to avoid.
1.You Overdo the Concealer
Concealer is a big yay—every cosmetic bag deserves to have at least one. The problem occurs when we pile it on with a sort of maniacal determination in an effort to minimize the appearance of dark circles. When you spackle it on this way, it actually has the reverse effect by sinking into the fine lines. The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, so anything you add to that area must be blended flawlessly for best results. We love Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer ($18.99). The wand allows for precise, fuss-free application, and it’s formulated to stay put for up to 16 hours.
2. You Skip the Blush
Blush is a genius beauty product. If you don’t wear it but constantly seek ways to look younger, you’re missing out on the simplicity of this color-packed powder. Designed to perk up a sallow complexion, blush emulates a natural inner glow and can look fresh and youthful when it’s applied to the apples of the cheeks. Try a silky product that won’t sink into lines, like Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush ($12.99).
3. You Line the Lower Lashes
You might be tempted to line your lower lashes, either out of pure habit or because you’ve seen it on the red carpet. It can look great if you’re aiming for a very specific look on a night out, but in day-to-day life it has an aging effect because it draws attention to the skin around the eyes. Nix this step to instantly look a little younger.
4. You Pack On the Powder
It’s fine to apply a light dusting of powder if you trust it to set your makeup. Some people swear by it. However, in many cases we go at it with a very heavy hand. Caked on makeup of any kind is a no-no, but that’s particularly true of powder because it settles into every single fine line and wrinkle and instantly ages anyone’s face. If you do prefer to wear it, use a powder brush to pick up a minimal amount of translucent product and dust it lightly over the skin.
5. Your Lip Game Isn’t Strong
You don’t need to be a makeup artist to rock fabulous lips all day long. The problem arises when we wear matte or dark shades that emphasize the mouth and draw attention to the lines that develop around the mouth. Matte formulas can also pick up on dryness and sink into those natural crevices in the lips. Opt for cream or sheer formulas in natural hues that are similar to your natural lip color. Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($19.89) is available in dozens of colors that flatter many skin tones.