If you have been applying makeup for years, then you’ve probably mastered a routine that you think works for you. We don’t blame you; but did you know that it is important to switch up your tried-and-tested makeup routine as you get older? Yeah, sticking with your old routine might actually be working against you, girl.

Let me break it down for you. As you age, the skin on your face goes through a ton of changes, sad but true. It acquires new lines and wrinkles and loses a bit of its elasticity and firmness. That’s why if you don’t tweak your makeup routine every few years, you’re likely to end up looking older than you actually are. 

We know this is a bummer, but don’t worry. We are about to give you some super cool and ultra simple ways to avoid these common mistakes so you look young as ever for a long, long time.

 

Applying blush in circles

Applying blush in circles

It’s not really your fault, because ever since we were kids, we have been taught to apply blush to the apples of our cheeks. But this is actually one of the biggest makeup mistakes you can commit! This technique only ends up creating unnatural circles on your face and can accentuate wrinkles. Yikes! Instead, sweep your blush gently along the top of your cheekbone to give your face that natural flush of colour.

 

Wearing a thick black eyeliner

Wearing a thick black eyeliner

A bold black eyeliner may look extremely glamorous, but it may be making you look older. While just a thin flick of eyeliner helps open up your eyes, a really dramatic, thick one will make your eyes look heavy and weighed down. To keep your eyes looking lively and awake, apply thinner lines in a dark grey or brown shade.

 

Using the wrong concealer shade

Using the wrong concealer shade

Choosing the right concealer shade is extremely important because this is what will either expertly disguise those fine lines and wrinkles or make them pop. If the concealer you’ve chosen is either too thick or in the wrong shade, you will land up accentuating everything you’re trying to conceal. Go for a lightweight concealer in a shade closest to your skin tone, as a lighter shade will only make the bags under your eyes look bigger.

 

Ignoring your eyebrows

Ignoring your eyebrows

As you age, your eyebrows tend to get more sparse, especially so if you’ve had a history of over-plucking. Applying eye makeup but ignoring your brows is a sure-shot way to add years to your face, and nobody wants that. But don’t go overboard filling them in. A shade lighter than your natural brow colour will do the trick.

 

Using shimmery products

Using shimmery products

A little shimmer in your eyeshadow can be fun for a night out at a dimly-lit restaurant. But outside of that, shimmery makeup products will only draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, opt for tasteful matte shades that give the eye that subtle definition without appearing too overpowering.

 

Harsh lipstick shades

Harsh lipstick shades

You may think a bold lip colour will give you a fuller-looking pout, but the opposite is true. Lips thin out with age, and harsh lipstick shades make them look even thinner. This applies to those bright, vibrant reds and pinks as well. Opt for more neutral colours that pair well with your skin tone.

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