5 Makeup Mistakes That Are Dragging Your Face Down

Whether it is an anti-aging skin regimen,a youth-boosting diet,or a cosmetic treatment, you probably rely on a lot of different techniques to help you look your best—no matter your age. However, there’s one thing you might be overlooking: your makeup routine. Applying the wrong products or the right ones in the incorrect places is a fool-proof way to appear older than you really are. Since no one deserves to look prematurely aged because of a little misplaced eyeliner or powder, we talked with makeup artists about the biggest mistakes  women make in their daily routines. Take notes on these beauty blunders—and learn the best ways to use makeup to your advantage.

Just because you swore by a smoky eye and  shimmery blush in your twenties, doesn’t mean it’ll look the same into your thirties. “As we age, facial structure changes, fat moves around, wrinkles develop, and what worked at 25 definitely won’t work at 50,” explains makeup artist Mary Irwin. Not to mention, dryness and discoloration become more prominent, so you need to rethink your favorite products and routine entirely. While this may seem daunting at first, the best way to go about it is to seek advice from a pro on how to transition your look. “Make an appointment with a makeup artist and really explain your routine, your issues, and what you need from your makeup,” she says. “A good artist knows how to use what you have already and add in new products that change everything, plus teach you how to do it yourself.”

As you age, it’s imperative to find your perfect shade of foundation. Any color that’s a little off can add on the years.“The closer it matches your skin tone, the fresher the effect,” says makeup artist Kyriaki Savrani.

“The less obvious it is, the younger the result will be.” To better match your shade, test makeup along your jawline rather than on your hands for a more accurate color match, since hands tend to be darker than the face. 

And when purchasing foundation, opt for a base that has luminous, light-reflecting properties. “This brings light to the face while slightly hiding imperfections,” Savrani adds.

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