20 Makeup Mistakes That Leave You Looking Older

A lot of us have been doing our makeup since we were teenagers (or maybe even younger if our mothers let us get into their makeup bags).

We might like to think that we know what we’re doing, but there are some pretty common makeup mistakes that leave us looking older because our skin just isn’t the same as it was when we were 13.

1. A lot of women forget to moisturize their skin, and this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

As you age, signs of dry skin are more prominent and make you look older than you really are.

I would LOVE to have skin as soft and glowy as this!

Instagram | @glitt3rpill

2. Forgetting the SPF is another major no-no.

Nothing ages your skin faster than sun damage. Make sure you’re rocking the sunscreen, even if it’s not sunny out. Your skin will seriously thank you.

Instagram | @noradila_mk

3. It’s important to start with a primer before you apply your makeup, as this woman has.

Forgetting this step can lead to problems with your makeup setting for the day, and you’ll probably find it muddy and melted off by the afternoon —which doesn’t help with the youthful look.

Instagram | @makeupbysia

4. When it comes to foundation, remember that your skin changes as you age and that your product should change with it.

If you’re using the same product you were using when you were 13 years old, that’s probably not a good thing.

See how this woman’s foundation evens out her skin tone?

Instagram | @youniquebykatiecox

5. Be sure to find something in the correct shade.

It’s easy to look much older if you’re wearing a foundation that has you looking washed out. There are a lot of great options out there, so don’t be afraid to speak with a beauty consultant to find the perfect match.

Instagram | @cxcbeauty

6. Be very careful that you don’t cake the foundation on too thick.

Less is more, and if you go overboard, it’s going to settle into the fine lines of your face and only make them more obvious. This lady got it right!

Instagram | @pawsoutdogwalking

7. Be careful that your concealer is the right shade and not too bright.

Also keep in mind that the concealer you use to cover your blemishes might be too thick for the thin skin under your eyes.

Instagram | @bobbibrown

8. Make sure that you’re not tugging on the skin underneath your eyes.

It’s easy to get carried away, but it can lead to puffiness and wrinkles much faster. If you’re applying makeup to that area, try dabbing to blend instead.

9. Using a powder foundation can leave you looking older than you are.

It tends to leave your face looking flakier, which means less of that dewy, youthful glow we’re all chasing after.

This is some gorgeous, dewy skin we all want!

Instagram | @sriapria

10. Make sure you’re using a setting spray to add that extra boost of moisture to your skin as well.

As a bonus, it’ll prevent your makeup from melting off like we talked about earlier.

Instagram | @makeupnetaustralia

11. Even something as simple as using the wrong blush shade can add ten years to your face.

The brown and bright red shades were often used in the ’80s and the style looks very dated.

If you’re going for the ’80s look like this girl was, then powder away.

Instagram | @enchantedsleepy

12. Applying it to the apples of your cheeks is another blush mistake that can really age you.

To properly apply it, make sure you’re putting small amounts on the center of your cheekbone and brushing it backwards.

13. If you want to know what shade of blush is going to look best, try pinching your cheeks and matching the shade to whatever color they turn.

Remember, you don’t want to go over the top with color or application!

Notice how the blush isn’t too “in your face” here?

Instagram | @_shelli72_

14. I hate to break it to you, but mature women should probably take it easy on the shimmery and metallic eye shadow.

It’s more likely to sink into the creases and wrinkles around your eyes, which again, will only accentuates the lines.

Instagram | @allaboutoyku

15. Instead, opt for a matte shadow. If you must have some sparkle in your life, try adding it to the center of the lid only.

It’s really the edges of your eyes where the wrinkles are that we’re concerned about here.

(Psst, we love crows feet! Women can totally rock them!)

Instagram | @jacivelasquez

16. It’s perfectly fine to rock eyeliner, but be careful when it comes to applying it to your bottom lash line.

An all-black line tends to make your eyes appear smaller and gives you an overall harsher look.

Just the top lid, as seen here, can still add so much drama.

Instagram | @joan.igawa

17. The same goes for applying mascara to the bottom lashes.

Too much and it tends to look overdone, and it’s probably best to just stick to the top lashes instead, like this woman has.

Instagram | @ballerinaaaa_

18. As you age, wearing brighter colors for eye shadow isn’t as flattering as it once was.

It’s recommended that you try wearing muted tones — for example, rocking a nice shade of plum (as seen here) instead of a shocking violet.

Instagram | @amor_radiance

19. Don’t neglect your eyebrows.

As you age, your brows will likely start to thin out. It’s okay! It’s normal, but don’t forget to fill them in to complete your makeup look.

Instagram | @atouchofcolormakeup

20. If your lipstick is too dark for your skin tone, it’s going to make them look thinner.

Also, make sure that you’re applying the right shade of lip liner, otherwise you’ll look like a ’90s disaster very quickly.

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