Makeup Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older Than You Are!

We can’t stay young forever, but there can be ways to tweak our beauty regime so we look fresh and youthful nonetheless. Before you pick up that eyeshadow palette though, do take a look at these common makeup mistakes that may be ageing you. Make note, and you’ll be able to extend those youthful-looking years – for a little bit longer!

Laura Mercier Primer makeup mistakes

Makeup mistakes – No 1: You’re not using primer.

If you are no stranger to fine lines or visible pores, primer is your lifesaver. Before using concealer or foundation, apply a thin layer of primer to fill in your wrinkles and pores so that your makeup applies smoothly. You can opt for primers formulated with hyaluronic acid or silicone to have that smooth, airbrushed look. We highly recommend using Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer, which features a lightweight creamy gel texture and creates a colourless, invisible layer so your makeup sets better and your skin is protected from harmful external factors.

Clinique superbalanced makeup
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You’re using the wrong foundation.

As we get older, our skin also goes through a series of changes. This means that your favourite foundation may not be doing you any good, any more. Choose a foundation that is heavy enough to smooth out your skin but is not cakey nor drying. Ageing skin needs more hydration, so make sure to look out for formulas that offer that. We love the Clinique Superbalanced MakeUp, a smart oil-free liquid foundation that features a silky texture that blends seamlessly with the skin. It delivers moisture and absorbs any excess oil to give you that air-brushed texture. It also comes in a variety of shades to match your complexion colour!

Makeup mistakes concealer

Makeup mistakes- No 3. You’re using too much concealer.

Concealers are great for hiding blemishes, but using too much can make you look older. Concealer is notorious for seeping into your fine lines, especially under your eyes, and accentuate wrinkles. Apply only to the inner area of your eyes and gently blend. Be careful and use the right shade as well, because using a lighter colour than your complexion can highlight more often than conceal! The iconic Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch/ Touche Eclat is your best bet for ageing skin. Featuring a magic facial highlighting pen, it blends seamlessly onto bare skin or over your makeup. The concealer also comes with an exclusive anti-fatigue complex so your eyes look awake and bright, day and night!

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You’re skipping on blush.

Blush gives your face a pop of colour and makes it look lively! But the trick is to not apply it to the apple of your
cheeks. Instead, put it on the centre of your cheekbone, then blend upwards and back. This technique
gives a lifting effect that makes you look even more youthful. Another tip is to opt for cream blush as it
blends onto your skin and does not give off a flakey or dry finish. Try the Chantecaille Aquablush, a cooling water-charged sheer blush with a high water content that delivers an instantly refreshing sensation to the skin. The high water content delivers an instantly refreshing sensation to the skin.

eyebrow pencil makeup mistakes

Makeup mistakes – No 5. Your eyebrows are overdone.

Thin, highly pencilled brows are making you look older. Go light on the brow pencil and blend using
a brush to give your brows a softer, more natural look. You can try tracing the arch a little higher on the
top of your brow and keep it light and feathery. Try the Yves Saint Laurent Eyebrow Pencil, a quick and smooth way to define your eyebrows in seconds. The brow pencil provides a soft and simple colour, that blends in nicely giving a natural finish.

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Your skin is not well-moisturized.

Good makeup starts with healthy skin. As we get older, our skin gets drier, so you MUST moisturize it. Start incorporating a good moisturizer in your skincare routine, and apply it before doing your makeup. If you need help choosing one, try those marketed specifically for ageing skin such as the Shiseido Bio Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream, a rich weightless and highly concentrated facial cream that comes packed with antioxidants to shield skin from free radicals and prevent wrinkles.