20 Makeup Mistakes That Leave You Looking Older

Diply 27 Jul 2017

A lot of us have been doing our makeup since we were teenagers — 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.

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This girl definitely keeps up with her skincare routine. I would LOVE to have skin as soft and glowy as this!

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

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Forgetting to moisturize is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

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

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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.

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Don't forget to wear sunscreen! 

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Even your weather app is telling you it's going to rain, just do it anyway.

Those UV rays will damage and age your skin faster than anything else in your makeup bag.

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

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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.

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

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You may want to give your makeup routine an upgrade as you get older.

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

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

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

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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.

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It's easy to look much older if you're wearing a foundation that has you looking washed out. 

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Mismatched foundation is a pretty rookie mistake, so hopefully by now you've gotten your shade down.

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

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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!

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

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

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

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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.

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9. Use the right foundation for glowing skin. 

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Powder 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!

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

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Keep the baking to a minimum in order to stop your makeup looking cakey or your skin looking too dry.

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

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

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

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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.

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Also if you are going with a bolder blush color, make sure to blend it out, girl!

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One of the biggest mistakes you can make is forgetting to blend, which can make your makeup look too harsh.

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

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

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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.

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This classic trick has lasted throughout the decades.

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

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Notice how the blush isn't too "in your face" here? The softer look is definitely more flattering.

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

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

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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.

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

(Pssst... we love crows' feet! Women can totally rock them!)

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Try using a waterproof mascara to keep it from smudging all over the place, as well.

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Running mascara is the worst thing that can happen to all of the hard work on that elegant eye makeup.

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

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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.

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Trust me, less is more when it comes to your color palate. 

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Maybe try to tone down the blue eye shadow and hot pink blush. It's cute when you're first starting off with makeup, but over time, it definitely looks a little overkill.

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19. Don't neglect your eyebrows.

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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.

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

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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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Do your thing, ladies, and keep these tricks in mind in order to look youthful and accentuate your best features. 

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