When it comes to makeup and beauty products, it’s easy to fall into the same routine without even realizing it's not the best one for you anymore. The makeup routine you're so used to might secretly be holding you back from looking vibrant and youthful. Here are five common makeup mistakes that may be holding you back from looking youthful:
1. Skipping the foundation
Foundation is the one thing you should never skip in the name of streamlining your makeup routine. When you find the right one, it can even your skin tone, erase discoloration, and give you a youthful glow. Wearing the right foundation can be the game changer. Finding the right foundation for your unique skin type and complexion will be a trial and error process. When trying out a new foundation wear it for a few hours and check it out in natural daylight to see how it settles. For dry skin, apply liquid foundation or a tinted moisturizer with a slightly damp sponge. If you don’t want the foundation to highlight your fine lines, you can add a drop of moisturizer to create your own customized tinted moisturizer.
2. Choosing the wrong blush colour
Just the slightest pop of the right colour can help enhance your natural glow and cheekbones but when blush isn't harmonious with your lip colour or skin tone, it can look harsh. A subtle swap can make all the difference. Choose a blush shade that's closer to your skin tone. Women with fair skin look best in rosy pinks and peaches. Pinks and peaches work well on medium skin tones. Corals, oranges, berries, and rich bronzes complement darker complexions; avoid anything too blue or too light, which will look ashy.
3. Overdoing lip liner
Dark, heavily-lined lips will instantly date your look. Lip liner is meant to define your lips and lip colour. If you like using lip liner to fill in your lips, always follow the natural curvature of your mouth, to keep the look modern and de-emphasize any feathery lines around the mouth. You should focus on softening the lip look. Lip liner is really meant to hold your lipstick in check, preventing it from bleeding. To keep lip liner from looking severe, match it to the colour of your lipstick or to your natural lip colour. After lining your lips, use the pencil to fill them in, and then apply lipstick on top. Use a creamy pencil for best results.
4. Wearing super bright eye-shadow colours
When it comes to your lids, bold colour can backfire. Bright colours - though fun - can enhance creases and look jarring. Plus, when the colour steps too far out of the ordinary (like blue, lilac, and green), it can set you back a few decades to when those colours were truly trendy. Understated, more neutral shades - like brown, maroon, or violet - are not only far more flattering, but help your eye colour pop. But you don't have to abandon your dreams of bold colour - apply your usual shadow to your top lid, then dip an eyeliner brush into the statement colour and trace over the shadow at your lash line, for a cool but sophisticated look.
5. Neglecting your brows
When it is about framing your face, brows are your most important feature. As we age, it's common for hair to thin and become paler, which can cause your eyes to visually recede. So pay attention to your brows. To give eyebrows some natural-looking emphasis, fill them in with a pencil or gel that's close to your natural hair colour.