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Makeup mistakes that secretly make you older: The 7 most common mistakes you should avoid

With makeup we can beautifully emphasize our natural beauty, change our facial features and hide our age. However, we must be careful to avoid mistakes that can have exactly the opposite effect and conjure up an older look instead of a fresh and rejuvenated one. That’s why we have summarized the 7 most common makeup mistakes that make you look older.

These are the most common makeup mistakes that make you look older

The most common makeup mistakes that make you look older

We work so hard to avoid fine line, wrinkles and uneven skin, but we often don’t think about the fact that our makeup could be exacerbating these problems. While there’s nothing wrong with aging, literally everyone does, sometimes the way you apply your makeup can have an unintended effect and the result looks different than you imagined. If you’ve ever applied makeup in hopes of achieving an even, fuzzy complexion, you know how frustrating it is when you feel like the makeup is making your skin look worse. Read on to find out what the 7 most common makeup mistakes are and how you can avoid them.

Eyebrows that are too dark and defined

Make-up mistakes that make you look older - Eyebrows too dark.

Eyebrows are an important aspect of the face because they give it expression. That’s why it’s very important to make them look as natural as possible.

The eyebrows that are too dark or too defined can make you look older, more severe and “fake”. If you make those super-perfect eyebrows, they may look good in photos, but in real life they will make you look very severe.

So be careful when buying an eyebrow product: the shade that suited you in your younger years may now make you look older unintentionally. We recommend you find a pencil whose color is slightly lighter than the natural color of your eyebrows, and finally apply more clear gel.

Use black eyeliner

Forgo the black eyeliner if you want to look younger

Black eyeliner is considered one of the most classic makeup looks, but you can use it to unintentionally draw attention to wrinkles that are around your eyes. That’s why we advise you to choose a colored pencil in brown, dark green, blue or purple instead of black.

Applying the wrong foundation

What foundation to use so you don't look older


Matte foundations in powder form can make your skin look older. So, if you don’t have particularly oily skin, choose a liquid foundation instead. Choose one with a fresh, rosy finish. It will improve the overall appearance of your skin by making it appear more hydrated.

Resist the temptation to load your face with a thick, heavy coverage foundation, and instead look for luminous BB creams or tinted moisturizers that allow your natural skin tone to shine through. Then, apply a creamy concealer to imperfections and set with a bit of translucent powder.

Makeup mistakes that age: Too much powder

Makeup mistakes that make you look older - Apply too much powder

If we apply just the right amount of powder to our face, we can use it to cover wrinkles, acne and redness. However, one of the most common mistakes is to apply mattifying and setting powder everywhere. Even the finest powder can settle into the fine lines of your face and highlight them. Make sure to use a powder that is appropriate for your skin type (oily, dry, normal or combination). Keep the amount of powder as minimal as possible by applying it sparingly only to the T-zone and avoiding the eye area at all costs.

Excessive concealer for dark circles

Carefully cover the circles under your eyes with concealer


With too much concealer, you can also unintentionally emphasize wrinkles, especially if you use a product in powder form. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a cream concealer and do not apply too much. To cover dark circles better, you should also make sure that you apply the concealer in the form of a downward triangle and not in a semicircle under the eyes .

Another mistake that many women make is choosing a shade that is too light. A concealer with a pink hue works best on light skin tones, while a concealer with an orange-yellow hue works better on darker skin tones.

Too much or too little blush

Apply blush correctly so you don't look older

Blush is a makeup tool that can do wonders to your face. It adds a touch of youth and playfulness to your flushed cheeks. So don’t forget about it, but be careful not to apply too much of it.

We recommend you to opt for powder, rather than cream blush, which you will then gently wipe away. With such a technique, you will achieve a rejuvenated look in a delicate way.

Apply it on the higher parts of your cheeks to achieve a lifted look. The old theory of blush on the cheekbones just doesn’t work anymore for women over 40.

Makeup mistakes that make you look older: Lipstick color

Pay attention to what lipstick color you choose

Anything matte or nude can make lips look non-existent and flat. These shades instantly take the life out of your face. You need something to brighten it up.

Instead, opt for bold, daring colors that are closer to your natural hue, with hints of rose and raspberry to define your lips while adding a youthful blush. If you prefer a darker shade for an evening outfit, go for a glossy finish.