9 Beauty Mistakes That Are Aging You
Think your beauty routine is carving years off your face? It’s possible that common mistakes might be aging you...without you even realizing it. Curious to know what they are? Keep reading to discover nine egregious makeup, hair, and skin care blunders that can make you look older than your years—plus, quick fixes you should implement now.
Mistake #1: Over-Tweezing Your Eyebrows
Trends from the ‘90s are making a comeback in a huge way, but thin eyebrows are certainly not one of them. As we age, our hair—and our skin—can become naturally thinner, so going overboard with the tweezers can leave you with incredibly sparse brows. For a more youthful look, fill in your brows lightly with a brow pencil. Choose a shape and thickness that will frame the contours of your face. Ask your brow specialist for help if you need it.
Mistake #2: Skipping Primer
The main purpose of primer is to provide a smooth, hydrated canvas upon which to apply your makeup. Why is this important? Think of it this way: If you start your routine without priming your skin first, there’s a high likelihood that your foundation—BB cream, CC cream, concealer, etc.—will settle into fine lines or creases on your face and accentuate them. Many primer formulas can also help blur imperfections and brighten the appearance of your complexion before you even pick up a foundation brush. Not to mention, your makeup will often adhere to your skin better and last longer.
Need help choosing a primer? We’re sharing our favorite primers for every skin type, here.
Mistake #3: Choosing a Dull Hair Color
Any hair color expert will tell you that you’ll look older (and washed out) if your hair color doesn’t complement your skin tone and facial features. Pay a visit to your hairdresser to discuss cut and color options—think: highlights, low-lights, or a seamless balayage—that’ll add life to your mane, warm up your complexion, and make you look younger.
Mistake #4: Picking the Wrong Foundation
Foundation shouldn’t turn your skin tone a completely different color. If yours does, it’s time to retire it and get properly shade matched. Choose a formula that can camouflage blemishes, bumps, spots, and redness all while looking like second skin.
Editor's note: Using too much foundation is also a beauty blunder. When your foundation is caked on and too thick, it can settle into fine lines and weigh down your face. If you prefer full coverage, reach for a lightweight, blendable formula that’ll hide imperfections and melt into your skin, like Dermablend Blurring Mousse Camo Foundation.
Mistake #5: Ditching Blush
Ready for the sad truth? Skin can lose its natural glow as it ages. A solid skin care routine can help reintroduce luminosity over time, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a helping hand from your makeup. Pick a blush or highlighter with brightening pigments for a lit-from-within, rosy glow in a pinch. Just make sure you’re applying the product in the right spot to accentuate your face (and maybe even offer a little lift). Instead of placing blush on the apples of your cheeks, apply it to the highest point of your cheekbones. Avoid a harsh strip of color by blending it out with a big brush.
Mistake #6: Not Exfoliating Regularly
When your skin is bogged down with layers of dead skin, it won’t reflect light and look luminous. That’s why regular exfoliation is necessary. Not only does it help trigger surface cell turnover, it also helps keep pores and skin clean of gunk, grime, and bacteria. But don’t just target your face. Make sure to use a gentle body scrub while in the shower at least once per week depending on your skin’s tolerance.
Mistake #7: Not Wearing Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Who said sunscreen and makeup can’t play nice? They totally can, which is why you should never leave home without an application of SPF on your skin. The sun’s UV rays can prematurely age skin, as can free radicals caused by air pollution. By applying (and reapplying) broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher in tandem with antioxidants like vitamin C daily, you’re helping to protect your skin against devastating side effects like visible fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and even some skin cancers. Extend the SPF application to your entire body, paying close attention to commonly exposed areas like your neck, chest, and hands. It’s not a bad idea to invest in a pair of UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes, one of the first and more obvious areas of skin to show signs of aging.
Mistake #8: Overdrawing Your Eyeliner
If you have crow’s feet, fine lines, or creases in your eye area, a harsh application of eyeliner will only draw more attention to them, so steer clear of a thick black line on your upper and lower lids. If you want some color on your lids, opt for a softer shade like brown or grey or go for a tightlined approach with a thin liquid line.
Mistake #9: Wearing Mascara on Your Lower Lashes
Similar to eyeliner, too much mascara on your lower lashes can draw attention to your under-eye bags, dark circles, fine lines, and more. If these are issues for you, sweep some volumizing mascara on your top lashes only.