Posted by Andrea Blackwell on

Makeup is amazing.

When it is done right it can highlight our best features, make our skin look fantastic, and hide blemishes we don’t want the world to see.

When it is done wrong however, it can actually make us look older.

Who wants that?

No one, exactly.

Here are 10 common makeup mistakes that can actually make us look older!

#1: Using too much foundation or a foundation that is too thick. It will settle into fine lines and sap luminosity from your skin. One of the benefits of a custom foundation is the ability to thin or thicken based on the skin type of my client.

#2: Over-concealing your under-eye circles. This will draw attention to crow’s feet and other fine lines.  The best approach is to apply it near the inner corners of your under eye only. I use a 3-in-1 eye cream with SPF 35. It takes away dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. It is amazing and very popular with my clients.

#3: Wearing deep, dark lip color. Dark colors sharpen your features and can make your lips look harsh and actually smaller. Usually peaches, pink, vibrant reds over deep shades burgundies, wines, and browns. The trick is to use a highlighter pencil along your lip line then buff at out with your fingers.

#4: Press powder. Switch to translucent powder ASAP!

#5: Wearing black eyeliner and mascara on your lower lashes. Instead use a brown eyeliner and keep the lines thin.

#6: Using mascara on your lower lashes. This can make your eyes look droopy and draw attention to your dark circles. That is no good!

#7: Not using blush. Blush gives an instant lift to your face. Apply it higher on your cheek and not as much on the apple of your cheeks.

#8: Using an eyebrow pencil that is too dark. Use a pencil a shade lighter than your natural brow hair color.

#9: Not using lip liner. Lip lines fade with aging. Make sure you use a lip liner pencil to put the youthful edge back in your lips.

#10: Not using a setting mist. This is a must!! It sets your makeup for the day. I use my hydrating mist every day. It will give a luminous glow to your skin. I love it so much I keep it in my purse! It’s fantastic!!

If you have been making any of these mistakes stop now! I want you to look and feel your best!

Surprise everyone this weekend, try these suggestions, and look even younger!

Be beautiful,