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Makeup has the ability to transform your entire appearance—but make one wrong move and your favorite foundation, concealer, and blush could end up making you look older than you really are. For example, powder foundation can settle into fine lines and wrinkles—not what you want when you’re getting ready for the day, right? So, what can you do instead? Below, we’re outlining five common makeup mistakes that age your appearance and what to do instead, plus recommendations for products including our best foundation for dry skin.
The type of foundation you use—and how you apply it—contribute to how your face appears. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, using powder foundation or matte foundation could settle into lines, leaving you looking older. You also don’t want to put on too much foundation, since this can give you a cakey appearance. So, reach for a dewy foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, and use a light hand. For a seamless finish, apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. You can always build more coverage if needed. And don’t dust on face powder once you’re done with concealer, as, like we said, powder can settle into lines.
Concealer is great for covering up dark circles and dark spots, but it’s important to pick the right shade. When using a concealer under your eyes, make sure you don’t go more than two shades lighter than your skin tone, since this will just draw attention to your dark circles and the end result won’t be natural. When using concealer on the rest of your face, pick a shade that matches your skin. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer is available in 14 shades to match every skin tone and undertone. As with foundation, a little concealer goes a long way. Use sparingly and build coverage until you reach your desired level.
You might think that it’s best to apply blush solely to the apples of your cheeks—and to pack as much as possible on—but this can end up looking pretty harsh. Choose a shade of blush that’s not too bright (the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush has a great selection of shades) and sweep it up along your cheekbones as opposed to apples of your cheeks. This will help give you a soft, youthful pop of color.
Back in the day, heavily lined lips were one of the biggest makeup trends. But rock this look now and you’re sure to come across as dated—and older than you really are. When using lip liner, stick to a shade that matches your lipstick. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in a shade that closely matches your lipstick and be sure to trace the natural curves of your lips.
We’re not saying you can’t wear bright eye shadows or eyeliners—but oftentimes they can make you seem like you’re trying too hard to be a teen. Shades like black, brown, and navy are more flattering and age-appropriate. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black on your upper lid and in your waterline. Of course, we’d never tell you that you can’t wear bright shades on your eyes—if you want, one good way to do so is by using a bright color as a very thin line across your upper lids.
In addition to makeup mistakes, there are certain skin care habits that could age your appearance as well. Read our article, 7 Skin Care Mistakes That Could Make You Look Older, to find out how to update your skin care routine to help maintain a youthful look.