Is Your Makeup Making You Look Older Than You Ready Are?

Is Your Makeup Making You Look Older Than You Ready Are?

No one wants to look older than they really are, so when you get to certain ages, be it late 20s, late 30s, late 40s or older, it’s time to do a makeup check up. You may not realize that your style of makeup is too young for you or too old, depending on how you’ve been doing it.

You may be over doing or under doing your makeup. As our face changes, what we once did at one age can be the worst thing to do now. As with skincare, there is a need to change your look to keep looking as beautiful as always but start working on those little issues that are coming up. No need to name them, we all know what they are.

We all can remember in our teens and twenties choosing makeup on a whim or enjoying bold, shiny eye shadows, (bright blue anyone?) Heavy or mismatched foundation, not blending it in at the chin or too thick concealer, giving you the opposite raccoon look. How about that obvious blush in neon pink? Be it on someone’s else face or even your own, who else can remember their mother licking both her thumbs wetting down your cheeks trying to help make your blush less obvious?

Remember how in the earlier years of drugstore brands of blush even that couldn’t work, you needed to use major makeup remover?

Try changing from a cream or gel blush. It is better for your face as you get older, as dry blush doesn’t blend well as your skin loses the ability to hold on to moisture, as little lines start to appear around the eyes. Don’t forget those nasty smile lines. Keep the blush on your cheek bones to highlight them if they are one of your best features. Dry blush tends to cake on skin that is too dry. Apply dry blush about 20 minutes after you have applied your skincare products, including sunscreen.

How about those overly greasy or super glossy lipsticks, or a Kaleidoscopic array of eye shadows, often mismatched colors as forgetting certain shades of purple AND lime green do not go together at the same time! We all can get confused on what really looks good on us, in most cases pastels draw attention to and refresh your eyes, brights make the eyes look vibrant and muted tones softly add color or shape to the eye while dark colors add dramatic impact. Start experimenting at home with what you have.

Do a checkup on the way you’re doing your eyeliners, heavy doe eyed look doesn’t look good on any age! Heavy outlined eyes just makes you look older, great for teenagers to try out, but not someone who is trying to make an impression on a new boss.

It’s high time you really should consider making adjustments to one’s routine.

Even more examples of what not to do –

1 – The retro Marilyn Monroe look with the liquid-lined bedroom eyes, and pouty red lips, only she could really pull that look off.

2 – The Crayola Crayon-colored eyeshadows. Good for your 20s, not so good for your 30s and beyond.

3 – Spiky mascara that been in countless fashion magazines and billboards with what looks like only 5 or 6 lashes.

Over the years mascaras have changed from jumping out at you, fake lashes extremes to a more natural look, black-browns, even navy looks good if not overdone. There are some glitter mascaras that aren’t as wild as you might think, too, so don’t forget to at least look at them for nighttime use.

It’s time to think about changing to a classic, well blended look, where no one aspect of your makeup can be more important than the other.

As you create your new look, start thinking of more natural shades of neutral colors, just making sure that they work with your skin tone.

Try wearing only two coats of mascara, not three or more.

If blonde try brown or brownish-black As your hair color darkens, either by age or stopping coloring it, try changing your mascara color to bring out the natural beauty of your eyes. Not everyone should be wearing black mascara. But I will say, as a blonde, I do not like the look of brown mascara on me, you can’t see my eyelashes, so I personally wear black mascara.

There will always be a time and place for all types of free-self expression, but one should only leave the house looking as if one is on the way to a Halloween party, unless there is a Halloween party!

As much as you might not like it, overdone makeup or even the smoky eye look, if not done correctly, just makes you look opposite of what you are going for. We never want to look older than we really are!

When we all a certain age regardless of how many years add up, it’s time to discover a style that makes you feel beautiful, finding colors that enhances your appearance not take away from it. If you haven’t started yet, look up beauty tips or makeups online or go to your local book store to see what’s out there. Even fashion magazines of late are going towards less makeup is better looks.

Start practicing blending techniques that make your eyes look natural, not piled or painted on. Practicing creating one’s own style and stop being a slave to whatever the latest look and think before pairing of colors. Even a teenager can have a basic but undone look that enhances, not take, away from their natural beauty.

Check out what you have brought over the year and work on designing your own style, one you can call your own, need help try your girlfriends, who better than to tell you what looks good? We all need to stop being a slave to today’s “in” look, start showing off the real beauty that may have been hiding behind layers of the so called ‘fashionable look’.

Starting with soft neutral colors, blending them, creating a signature look that’s easy to put on in the morning for work, add glitter or more color to for nighttime fun.

Then start throwing out all those colors that make most teenagers daughters laugh at even the thought you might still be thinking of wearing it!

As we age, some colors just do not work for us. Wearing less might be what it takes to looking even more amazing than you are not! Try to at least wear mascara, fill in your eyebrows if needed, a little concealer under your eyes to take away any redness or darkness, and wear blush when you want out of the house.

Start today and tomorrow at work, just smile and agree when asked “Have you lost weight?” You may never know, even just a change in your makeup may change you into a whole new person.

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