Make-up is designed to cover flaws and enhance natural beauty, but we don’t always get it right as we get older. Piling on the products in an attempt to look young could be having the opposite effect, adding years to your appearance. To make sure this isn’t the case, take a look at these make-up mistakes to avoid:
Heavy, mask-like foundations can have an ageing effect as they tend to settle in fine lines and make the complexion look dull. Instead, try to stick to sheer formulas that have an illuminating effect – we love Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation (£8.99). Apply with a damp sponge and ensure it is well blended under the jaw and down the neck.
Too much under eye concealer
In a bid to cover dark circles, it can be easy to overdo it on the concealer. But again, much like heavy foundation, too much concealer can settle in fine lines and enhance crows feet. Try using a brush to apply reflective concealers that will brighten the eye area – you can never go wrong with YSL Touche Eclat (£25).
Powder blush can give mature skin a chalky and dry appearance. For a more radiant look, try a cream blusher like Maybeline’s Dream Soft Blush (£6.49). This will keep skin looking nourished and hydrated.
Thick black eyeliner may have looked great when you were a teenager, but it may be a bit much now. Dark, ringed eyes can accentuate wrinkles and dark circles, so try a softer brown or navy instead – we swear by L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible eyeliner in ‘chocolate addict’ (£5.19).
While we all need a little face powder to help set make-up and eliminate shine, using too much can leave skin looking dehydrated and dull – a very ageing look. Rather than re-applying powder throughout the day, try to use blotting papers instead – try Bobbi Brown’s blotting papers (£17).
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