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4 Makeup Mistakes that Add Years to Your Face

4 Makeup Mistakes that Add Years to Your Face

Vicki Santillano | Divine Caroline

January 27, 2011

We wear eyeliner and mascara to make our eyes pop, foundation to cover up fine lines and blemishes, and blush to give our cheeks a youthful glow. But depending on how we use such products, and the age at which we use them, our good intentions can easily go awry.

Certain colors and product applications that look great on a twenty-year-old might not be as flattering on a sixty-year-old. Rather than enhancing one’s beauty, they actually enhance wrinkles and thinning skin. If an aging appearance worries you, avoid these makeup mistakes that instantly make us look older.

Using Too Much Foundation to Hide Fine Lines

If you put extra foundation on to minimize increasing lines as you get older, the foundation just settles into every wrinkle and crevice and draws attention to aging even more. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer that offers subtle coverage and a hydrating (and therefore anti-aging) boost for your skin. Try Olay Definity Color Recapture ($19.55).

Applying Eyeliner and Mascara on Lower Lids and Lashes

Lining the lower lids with dark pencil and coating the lower lashes with dark mascara can bring out under-eye circles and crow’s feet once we’re past a certain age. Plus, eyes can look smaller overall as a result. But don’t throw out those products just yet. Outline your upper lids with a thin, dark line that gets thicker toward the outer corner, curl your eyelashes, and then run the mascara wand over the upper lashes a few times. Voilà—eyes that pop.

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