Matteo Valle

8 Makeup Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older


We work so hard to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin, but we don’t often consider that our makeup might be perpetuating those issues. When you end up making fine lines look deeper, your complexion sallow and dark circles worse, it’s time to rethink your application process. From the wrong foundation to an unflattering lipstick shade, these are the errors that are making you look older, and our tips on how to correct them.

Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older

Guerlain Blurring Active Primer



Mistake #1: You're Not Blurring Your Face

Makeup can settle into wrinkles and make them look worse. Beginning with a flawless base stops creasing before it starts. Unlike regular primers, blurring formulas soften and hide fine lines for a more youthful-looking finish.

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation



Mistake #2: You're Using The Wrong Foundation

Powder makeup can dehydrate and give skin an unnatural texture—not to mention accentuate crow's-feet, frown lines and wrinkles. Instead, use cream products that keep skin looking dewy and hydrated.

The Original Beautyblender



Mistake #3: You're Applying Foundation Wrong

Foundation brushes can be difficult to use—how many times have you tried buffing out streaks only to make them worse? Instead, use a damp makeup sponge to pat on your foundation. The result will be an airbrushed finish with a dewy, youthful glow.

Secret Concealer


Laura Mercier

Mistake #4: You're Highlighting Your Dark Circles

The older we get, the harder it is for our dark circles to go away naturally. Instead of trying to mask the problem with an overly light concealer, find one in the same shade as your foundation. You want to hide, not highlight.

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick


Bobbi Brown

Mistake #5: You're Not Accentuating Your Crease

If your eyes don't seem as bright and wide as they once did, try a little bit of chocolate brown shadow. Work it into your crease to create the illusion of bigger eyes.

Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Shade Truffle


Marc Jacobs Beauty

Mistake #6: Your Eyeliner Is Too Dark

Swap your stark black liner for one in a gunmetal gray. It won't look much different, but it will subtly make your whites pop without making your eyes look heavy and tired overall.

Le Rouge Lipstick in Beige Plume



Mistake #7: You're Making Your Lips Look Small

A deep shade of lipstick gives the illusion of thinner lips, which, in turn, ages you. Choose rosy pinks and raspberry shades to help define while adding a youthful flush. If you like a dark hue for an evening out, go for a glossy finish.

Beauty Elixir



Mistake #8: You're Not Rehydrating Your Skin

Makeup has a way of dehydrating skin, accentuating pores and highlighting fine lines and wrinkles. Keep a face mist in arm's reach for a midday refresh—the more hydrated your skin, the plumper it looks.