Makeup can take years off your features and leave you feeling fresh and confident, but if done incorrectly it can add years to your face. There are several common makeup and skincare mistakes women make. Some are common sense like not sleeping in your makeup, but others you may not even have heard of.
Choosing the wrong foundation shade. Your foundation should match your skin. Don’t listen to your mother if she says you’re too pale and need her shade of beige. You’ll be left with a line underneath your jaw and a face that’s a different color than the rest of your body. If you want to add color different from your skin tone, dust your cheeks with bronzer or blush.
Visible lip liner or feathering lipstick. It sounds like common sense—you don’t want a lip liner that’s darker than your lipstick. Liner should never stand alone, it’s meant to define your lips in the same shade as your lip stick. Choosing a perfectly-matched liner will prevent lipstick feathering, which becomes more of a problem as you age. You can also prevent feathering by blotting lipstick with a tissue and switching to a matte product or lip stain.
Too much mascara. In this case, less is more. Applying too much mascara only leads to thick, clumpy lashes. Mascara should be discarded after four months. To apply properly, start with the wand at the base of your lashes and wiggle back and forth until you get to the tips. Let one coat dry before applying another.
Choosing the wrong formula for your skin. Foundation should not settle into lines or pores. If it does, you may not be using a moisturizer or makeup suitable for your skin type. For oily skin, skip the moisturizer or opt for a light one. Use makeup primer to smooth fine lines and pores and set makeup with translucent powder.