One of my best friends turned the big 3-0 last week, and while she’s relishing in her ability to say “when I was in my twenties…” she is also on the hunt for ways to fake that “fresh out of college” face. She’s not the only one, of course; what woman wouldn’t want to shave off a couple of years with a swipe of blush here or dab of highlighter there? The key, obviously, is not to go overboard. More makeup doesn’t always turn back the clock, so before take a step in the wrong direction, here are 6 beauty mistakes that will actually make you look older, not younger.
1. Drop the dark lipstick. While berry shades are super pretty–especially on deeper skin tones–dark lipstick makes your lips look smaller and ages you. Instead, opt for a brighter color to add a bit of a youthful glow to your face. If you absolutely must go for a deep wine shade, try a sheer, moisturizing formula that won’t settle into your lip lines.
2. Never draw on your brows. While a full brow can be synonymous with youth, there’s nothing worse than an overly-filled in arch. Stay away from the pencil and use powders instead–it’s harder to screw up a pressed formula (and it’s harder to detect, too).
3. Dark blush adds years. Blush can give a youthful glow; a pretty mauve or deep rose looks stunning on nearly any complexion. A dark shade, however, emphasizes any gauntness and looks like you haven’t moved on from the 90s. Also, be sure to swirl your brush on the apple of your cheeks and not from cheek to ear–that trick will bring out any hollowness in your face and add years.
4. Don’t skip the liner. A little kohl on the lower lash line is great, but it’s important to add some to your upper lash line, too. You don’t have to go for a full wing or even a cat-eye, but just a tad of color (either a dark brown or black) adds a bit of youth to aging eyes.
5. Let your skin shine through. You might think that more makeup will hide your fine lines and any wrinkles, but all it will do is cake and settle into those same creases you’re trying to hide. Instead of a heavy foundation, opt for a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream: they also pack coverage, but aren’t as heavy-handed.
6. Ditch the lip liner. Unless you’re going for an ultra-bold red, there is no need to go crazy with a lip liner. This isn’t the 90s–going overboard with that pencil will make you look like you forgot what decade you’re in.