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Looking Younger With Makeup: Are You Aging Yourself?

Being mistaken for much younger than your age is a wonderful thing. Especially when that age is 10 years (or more) younger than you really are! As we age, it can seem like time stands still for some women. They perpetually look youthful and fresh-faced, while their friends may start aging rapidly. And it is often their own fault.

It’s amazing how much our makeup choices can age us. Sticking with the same black eye liner since high school, wearing that dark lipstick every day, or simply not updating your eye brow routine. All of these mistakes can make you look much older.  I have some things to avoid and tips to use if you want to look younger with makeup.

  • Makeup That Ages Us 1 of 23
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    It's amazing how much our makeup choices can age us.  Sticking with the same black eye liner since high school, wearing that dark lipstick every day, or simply not updating your eye brow routine.  All of these mistakes can make you look much older.

  • Lighten Up 2 of 23
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    In general, as you get older you should be be wearing less makeup and it should be lighter in weight. Heavy makeup will age you, whether it is a harsh smoky eye or foundation that is caked on. When in doubt, go for the lighter option.

    Try:
    Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream $12.99
    Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush $7.99
    Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System $35

  • Blend, Blend, Blend 3 of 23
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    Regardless of your age, your goal should always be softness without any harsh edges. This rule works for eye makeup, blush, and contouring.

    Try:
    Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush $29
    e.l.f. Essential Blushing, Bronzing and Blending Brush $1
    Beauty Blender Sponge $19.95

  • Lighter Eye Brows 4 of 23
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    As we age, our brow color fades. Even those of us with black hair need to adjust the color of our brow pencil lighter. Opt for dark brown over black and always use a color that is within 1 shade of the actual color of your brows.

    Try:
    IT Cosmetics YBBB Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil $24
    NARS Brow Perfector $22

  • Prepare Your Lids 5 of 23
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    Priming your eyelids for shadow can make a big difference in your look. Shadows suddenly last all day, and can look just as fresh at 9 PM as they did at 9 AM. Primers can drastically cut down on (or even stop) creasing, which is worse with any wrinkles and just calls attention to said wrinkles. So, prime before you apply your shadow.

    Try:
    NYX Cosmetics High Definition Eye Shadow Base $6.99
    Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion $20
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer $20

  • Turn Down the Intensity 6 of 23
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    While a dark smoky eye was perfect when you were younger, the reality is that the black smoky eye is often too harsh as we age and calls attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Instead opt for light shades or turn to colors such as plum and dark green for depth and intensity.

    Try:
    L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Stacked Heels, $7.95
    Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-to-Set Eye Shadow Trio in Safari, $24

  • Avoiding Sparkle 7 of 23
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    Just because you are over the legal drinking age doesn't mean you need to leave all sparkle and shimmer behind and opt only for matte finishes. But, you do need to tone it down and use shimmer in very specific situations. Opt for a subtle shimmer or satin finish over glitter. Glitter will only emphasize any imperfections in your skin, but satin can catch just enough light to highlight features without aging you.

    Try:
    NYX Cosmetics Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette in No Tan Lines Allowed, $6
    NARS Single Eye Shadow in Abyssinia, $24

  • Change Your Eye Liner 8 of 23
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    Instead of opting for black liner and darker shadows, call attention to your eyes with lighter makeup. Opt for a thinner line of liner, and tightline if you can. Opt for an eye liner that isn't black. Brown, navy and charcoal grey are all great alternatives to black that offer intensity without being too harsh.

    Try:
    Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Corrupt, $19
    CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Violet Voltage, $7.89

  • Wing It 9 of 23
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    Have you noticed a little extra droop at the outer edge of your eye?  Take advantage of it!  Adding a small upward wing with the end of your eye liner will open up the eye.

    Image: Courtesy of Prime Beauty, from her post on how to choose the right eyeliner for you.

  • Curl Your Lashes 10 of 23
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    Your eyelashes aren't only getting more sparse as you age, they're also getting straighter. Spend a few seconds using an eyelash curler and you'll be amazed at how much more open your eyes look!

    Try:
    Japonesque Power Eyelash Curler $21
    Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler $12.50

  • Sparse Lashes 11 of 23
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    As we get older, our lashes thin out. While it's tempting to load up on volumizing mascara, it turns out that this often backfires as the lashes can't handle so much product. Opt for lengthening mascara instead, especially formulations with small fibers to add extra length.

    Try:
    CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara $7.79
    Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Extension System $35

  • Prime Before Foundation 12 of 23
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    A lightweight primer will smooth over fine lines and pores, offering a smoother look that lasts all day.

    Try:
    Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion $31
    Clinique Superprimer Face Primers $27
    Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer $8.99

  • Change Out Your Foundation 13 of 23
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    Rather than opting for more and more coverage as you age, you should be opting for less and less. Look for sheer foundations or just pick a BB Cream instead. Products with light diffusing pigments will add a little extra glow.

    Try:
    L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation $12.95
    YSL Le Teint de Touche Eclat $55
    Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup $34

  • Use Less Concealer 14 of 23
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    It is a great irony that just as we're getting older and need more concealer, that concealer can age us. Concealer can easily turned cakey, and especially if the color is slightly off you'll call attention to problem areas as the concealer settles in to fine lines and bags. Use a lighter weight concealer or even opt for a medium to full coverage foundation instead of concealer.

    Try:
    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $28
    Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free $55

  • Try a Highlighter 15 of 23
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    An alternative to using less concealer is to opt for a highlighter instead if you can. YSL's Touche Eclat has been a cult product among beauty fanatics for a reason! These products offer just the right balance of a little coverage and light deflection to smooth out problems areas. You can apply it under (or over) a light concealer. My favorite undereye trick is to mix 1 part highlighter to 2 parts concealer. The highlighter thins out the concealer and offers light deflection while the concealer offers enough coverage to hide everything.

    Try:
    YSL Touch Eclat $40
    Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener $20
    Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer $7.99

  • Avoid Looking Powdery 16 of 23
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    Face powder is great for setting your makeup, but it can look obviously powdery and flatten your skin tone. Opt for translucent rather than tinted face powder, applied only to your t-zone. Try a light diffusing powder as well for a younger look.

    Try:
    CoverFX Illuminating Setting Powder $32

  • Try A Skin Finisher 17 of 23
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    There's a whole new line of topical products out there, and they can be used as primers under your makeup or over your makeup to perfect the finish. Patting on a light layer of the product blurs fine lines and wrinkles, similar to the optical blurring in photography.

    Try:
    L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur $24.99
    Nanoblur $19.99

  • Cream Formulations 18 of 23
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    When in doubt, go for a gel or cream formulation over a powder. This is true for pretty much every makeup product, foundation, concealer, highlighter and blushes included. Non-powder products tend to give a more youthful, glowy look with great staying power.

    Try:
    Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Crème Color in Sweet Pea, $21
    IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Radiance Illuminator 24

  • Highlight Your New Cheekbones 19 of 23
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    As we age, we tend to lose the fat pads in our cheeks, which makes things droop down into the jawline. While it is easy to focus on that jawline, you can take advantage of the situation! The lost fat means that you'll have more prominent cheekbones! Applying a little highlighter to the tops of cheekbones, and no where else, will pull attention up from your jawbone.

    Try:
    e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal, $1
    NARS The Multiple in Copacabana, $39
    IT Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illuminizer $24

  • A Subtle Contour 20 of 23
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    Contouring is back, though not with the heavy stripes popular in the 1980's. A light contour under your cheekbone will add emphasis but can still look natural. Opt for a powder a few shades darker than your skin rather than bronzer to keep the effect very subtle.

    Try:
    L'Oreal Paris True Match Powder $10.95
    Chanel Les Beiges $57.50

  • Don’t Skip Blush 21 of 23
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    Remember those disappearing cheek fat pads? Adding a little blush to your cheeks will add help to distract from your softer jaw line and add a youthful flush. Opt for pink or peach, and instead of applying directly on the apple of your cheeks like when you were younger, apply to the top of the cheekbone and blend down.

    Try:
    NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic, $6
    Stila Convertible Color in Rose, $25

  • Stop The Bleed 22 of 23
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    We've all seen the women with bleeding lipstick. The pink or red tracking away from their lips is anything but youthful. Luckily there are reverse lip primers to help contain your lipstick. Applying a reverse lip primer will keep your lip color in check. A primer under your lipstick can also help hold it in place.

    Try:
    Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector $19
    Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics Soothing Lip Primer $32.50
    IT Cosmetics Reversible Lip Liner $18

  • Lighter Lips 23 of 23
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    As we age our lips thin out, and sticking with the same dark lipsticks can just emphasize the point. If this is an issue for you, opt for a nude to berry toned lip color to help enhance your lips without shrinking them.

    If you do have your heart set on your signature red or vampy lip, opt for a sheer lipbalm or gloss instead of an opaque lipstick. Allowing your own lips to shine through the color will make it less harsh and more wearable.

    Try:
    YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy and Beige Ultimate, $34
    L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Plush Plum, $7.95

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