Part of the journey in learning how to wear makeup is knowing what a product is intended to do and knowing how much is too much. Makeup is meant to be fun and creative, experimenting with colors and techniques. But there so many makeup no-no's that can actually work against us instead of in our favor. The one thing you don't want your makeup to do is to make you look older- not like the cool, mature older we all wanted to be when we were 16-but OLD and not flattering. Here are the most common mistakes that can drastically age your face- and yes, I've been guilty of many of these!
1. Too much blush- Blush is supposed to bring out the natural flush we have in our face that gives us a healthy glow. But when its placed on the front of the cheeks in a bright pink color, you either lean on the side of scary mannequin doll or resemble one of the ladies from the nearby senior assisted living facility. It's just not pretty! Be sure to choose a color not too vibrant which will look too fake, no matter how much blending you do, and place the product near the back of the cheekbones, making your cheekbones look higher and your face slimmer.
2. Dark eyeshadow and dark lipstick- Ladies, unless were going to a Halloween party as Elvira, this is just a big no! I often see this in the younger crowd, girls that think this will make them look older to attract attention from guys. Well, ladies let me tell you- you will get attention, but not the good kind! Both a heavy eye and a dark lip close in the face, causing you to look tired and overdone. If you want to go darker and heavier in the eye, then balance your look with a nude lip or lip gloss to keep the focus on the eyes. Or if a bold lip is what you want, then stick to neutral colors for your eyeshadow.
3. Heavily Lined Eyes- I like to call this one the skunk or the "I look like I just got out of a fight" look. A thick line on the top eyelid and heavy drawn liner inside the eye on the waterline will make your eyes look smaller and your face look tired. Most of the time I see this done in a way that looks like a black circle was drawn around the eye, making the eyes look like black targets. If you want to do the dark eyeliner on both the top and bottom eye, keep the top liner thinner and buff out, or smoke out, the bottom liner with some dark eyeshadow. For an even softer look, try using brown instead of black.
4. Dark Outlined Lips- This one hits home because I'm guilty of doing this in high school. If you're gonna outline your lips in a dark color, make sure your lip color matches the color of the lip liner. Not only is this aging, but it's borderline clown makeup.
5. Heavily Drawn or Overly Tweezed Eyebrows- I'm one who wasn't blessed with a full and shapely set of brows, so brow products have become one of my must have products because without them, well, I just wouldn't have much eyebrows! If the eyes are said to be the windows to the soul, then the eyebrows are the window frames, and if those frames are not looking right, nobody will be looking at your pretty eyes because they'll be staring at your eyebrows!! Brows that are too dark for your skin tone will be unflattering and if drawn too thick, you'll end up looking like Oscar the Grouch. Work with your natural shape and pick a color that is actually a shade lighter than your hair color, or if you have blond hair, pick an eyebrow color a shade darker than your hair. Our brows tend to thin out as we age so over tweezing them will only sped up the aging process! Work with your natural brow shape and think in terms of grooming your brows, not giving them a full on haircut.
Keep an eye out for a future post on tips and tricks on how to achieve a young, fresh look, no matter what your age is. As always , leave your comments, questions, and ideas in the comment section, I'd love to hear from you!
When I'm not spending way too much time getting ready or drooling over the newest beauty product, I'm a stay at home mom of a rambunctious 4 year old boy, a sweet baby girl we lovingly call "sissy", and a wife to my high school sweetheart.