Makeup Mistakes That Age You

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rebekah George of Prevention Magazine demonstrates the top makeup mistakes that age you.

    Rebekah George: In a recent prevention.

    com poll, more than 30% of respondents said they hadn't changed a thing about their beauty routine in more than 10 years. Meanwhile, trends evolve, colors go in and out of style, and the products and application techniques that flatter young, firm skin do us no favors as we age. Not to mention, many of us just aren't sure how to minimize fine lines, dark circles, and other signs of aging in a way that's fresh and flattering. Well, here the most common makeup missteps women make and the secrets and new products that will get you back on track.

    Mishap Number 1: Foundation Foul-Up. When fine lines settle in and sun spots multiply, many women reach for foundation. Unfortunately, instead of hiding imperfections, the more-is-better strategy brings attention to them. Excess product has nowhere to go but to settle into creases, which exaggerates wrinkles, and thick layers piled on top of each other, well it creates a dated mask like complexion.

    For smooth, flawless-looking skin, choose a lightweight liquid foundation instead of a powder. Look for an easy-absorbing fluid formula as seen right here on our model. Squeeze a nickel-size amount in your palm and rub it in like you would a moisturizer. Applying it with your fingers instead of a brush eliminates the chance of product overload.

    Mishap Number 2: Metallic Lids. When eyelids become less taut, usually around age 40, it's time to graduate from the glitter. Shimmer shadow settles into crinkles, magnifying crepey lids. Matte shadows on the other hand, are very flattering. Taupes, lavenders, soft peaches, and grays, they all work really well on skin tones like you can see here.

    Mishap Number 3: Vampire Red Lips. It's an age-old fact, a dark color be it on your floor, wall, or even your lips, makes any surface area look smaller. Because lips naturally lose fullness over time, the last thing we want to do is shrink them. For lips that look full and youthful, choose a coral rose or pink lipstick, or gloss with shiny finish like you can see here.

    Be sure to avoid these make-up mistakes and always look your best.