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Foundation Mistakes That Age: These 10 most common foundation missteps to avoid!

We know how it is: in the morning you’re rushing around trying to get ready, with multi-step skincare seeming impossible. Then the evening comes and all you want to do is fall into bed instead of fussing with more products. When it comes to makeup, foundation is secretly the hardest product to master.  Speaking of foundation – oh, it’s the real silent cheater, especially as we get older. Why? How? Let’s talk! We’ll show you 10 foundation mistakes that make you look older!

Not moisturizing

As our skin gets drier with age, it's important to keep it moisturized

As our skin becomes drier with age, it is important to keep it hydrated. Good hydration is the key to a youthful glowing complexion at any age. A good skin care regimen should include at least a good serum and moisturizer. Apply moisturizer every morning before your foundation. Serums and creams should be lightly swept over the complexion – try not to massage too much as this can over-stimulate the sebaceous glands, producing excess oil that will cause your foundation to slip.

Foundation mistakes that age: don’t use foundation.

Dampen the makeup sponge before you apply for a hydrated, flawless finish

While not all skin types need foundation, it can be helpful when it comes to making sure your foundation lasts all day. A good primer can help reduce redness, blur imperfections, and prepare the skin for a long-lasting foundation.

Choose a very heavy foundation

According to experts, heavy foundation is a mistake they see alarmingly often

According to experts, heavy foundation is a mistake they see alarmingly often. People think that because they’re older, they need to use a thicker foundation to conceal their wrinkles, but in reality, it makes them more noticeable because the foundation settles into the creases. For women looking for a full coverage foundation, experts always recommend something that is rich in pigment and not texture, as this will cover with a lighter result. A light, sheer foundation that you can successfully apply to the areas where you want extra coverage.

Using darker foundation to look “bronzed”.

Some of us have resorted to using a foundation that is darker than our natural skin tone, believing that it will give us the look of a tanned goddess. However, this is a big mistake at any age and can look especially uncomfortable on older skin. Be sure to use a foundation that matches your skin tone – a foundation that doesn’t match your skin tone will instantly make you look older. If you want to add more warmth to your skin, go for blush and bronzer.

Use foundation that is too light

If you move too far into the light foundation range, everything looks pale


When you lose collagen, your skin looks thinner and duller. If you move too far into the light foundation range, and away from your natural skin tone, everything will look pale.  Always test the color of your foundation on your jawline to make sure you’ve found the right shade. Use a shade that’s just right for you, then lightly apply bronzer to your cheeks with a brush for a natural glow.

Foundation mistakes that age: Powdering the face too much

Foundation mistakes that age - Another common mistake is applying too much powder

Another common mistake is applying too much powder. Too much powder at once can really dull and clog the skin. Instead, focus on “freshness.” Powder is useful for setting makeup and mattifying the skin, but it should be applied in very fine layers rather than slinging it onto the skin. As we get older, heavier powders can look overdone, accentuate pores, flatten the complexion and generally age us.

Using the wrong foundation finish

Some of us have resorted to applying foundation that is darker than our natural skin tone at one time or another


As we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity and looks increasingly dehydrated. If you’ve always used a matte or satin foundation, it could now be exacerbating the appearance of dryness, fine lines, and dull skin. Go for hydration instead! If you’re looking for an anti-aging solution, choose one that is enriched with an anti-aging serum.

Foundation mistakes that age: Foundation that turns orange

Foundation mistakes that age - Wrong steps to take when applying foundation that you should avoid

On the other end of the spectrum is orange. This can happen if you’ve simply chosen a shade that’s too dark or too warm for your skin tone. Fortunately, it’s easy to fix. Always test potential shades on your wrist or jawline to make sure you choose the right tone. It could also be that your foundation is reacting with your natural skin oils and oxidizing. But don’t worry: using a foundation will create a barrier between your skin and the foundation to alleviate the problem.

Applying foundation incorrectly

Foundation mistakes that age - The way you apply foundation is important

Watch out: Don’t use your fingers. Instead, say hello to your new friend, the makeup sponge. Because the way you apply foundation is just as important as the foundation you apply. If you’ve always applied foundation with your fingers, now is the time to break the habit. With each passing year, we work with a unique set of fine lines and wrinkles . The key is to spread the product evenly, and this is where a makeup sponge is always superior to your fingers. Wet the makeup sponge before using quick, feathery strokes for a hydrated, flawless finish.

Use powder foundation

Since our skin naturally gets drier and more dehydrated as we age, powder foundation only makes things worse. It settles into all the fine lines, and the matte texture instantly ages you. Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Test potential shades to make sure you choose the right tone