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Beauty regrets—we've all had a few, but with a little luck they're hidden away in photo albums and de-tagged Facebook pictures that will never again see the light of day. After all, with age comes beauty wisdom, right? Well, not always. If our favorite celebs—and their teams of makeup artists—can make these beauty blunders, then chances are, you're probably still falling victim to a few of them, too. Put them in the past with our expert guide to avoiding the top 10 aging makeup gaffes.
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Why it ages you:With age comes discoloration, sun spots, and uneven skin tone. And your natural reaction is probably to apply foundation like it's spackle. The sad truth: "Women think that adding more foundation makes these flaws less noticeable, but it actually does the reverse, because products tend to settle more into older skin," says Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Dusty Starks. "It will cake and crease in the area around the eyes and mouth and emphasize fine lines and wrinkles more."
Do this instead:Apply a lightweight liquid foundation (heavy formulas sit on the skin and make wrinkles more noticeable) over your entire face, but add more only in spots where you need to balance discoloration. Use a makeup sponge to apply a thin layer, starting at the center of your face and blending outward for a lighter, more even application than you can get using your fingers. Try Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24 Hour Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 (.50, elizabetharden.com), that boasts extras like antioxidant vitamin E and oil-absorbing bamboo silk. Here are 10 more anti-aging foundations.
Why it ages you:The same subcutaneous fat loss that makes your cheekbones look more striking as you get older means less plump lips. "They start to thin out," says Starks. And you know how your favorite LBD makes you look your slimmest? Well, dark hues on your lips have the same effect. "Dark, matte lip color may be trending now, but with older lips, it's best to steer clear because it makes lips look thinner than they already are."
Do this instead:Reach for creamy, sheer formulas in nude, rose, and coral hues, which add fullness and life to your look. "Anything with a sheen reflects light, lending a plumper look to the lips," says Starks. We like Charlotte Tilbury Beach Dewy Color Pop (, charlottetilbury.com) a creamy crayon with a moisturizing, almost translucent formula you can dab on lips and cheeks for a lit-from-within glow
Why it ages you:Greyish lipstick is a friend to no one, since grey undertones in lip colors make skin look dull, says James Vincent, a bi-coastal makeup artist and director of artistry and education for The Makeup Show. Here's how to spot the undertones in question: "Hold the product up to your face—if it accentuates under-eye discoloration or dark circles, it's not right for you." Another good rule of thumb? Avoid makeup shades that are similar to the tones in your skin that are giving you grief—think green, yellow, and brown-nudes, which tend to make skin look drab and flat, adds Adela-May Pino, a makeup artist at Lea Journo Salon in Beverly Hills.
Do this instead:Brighten your complexion by opting for a blue-based, yet rosy lip shade, like Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Shine Lipstick in Surreal Sun or Empowered (, ), which contains extra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid. To identify if a color is blue-based, swipe it on the back of your hand. If the color appears cool, it's blue-based; if it looks warmer, it's yellow-based. Bonus: cool-toned lip colors also create the illusion of whiter teeth and eyes for a fresher, younger look overall.
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Why it ages you: You've probably heard that you should highlight the browbone, but a frosty shade just below the brow adds up to a seriously dated look (a la 90s pop stars), says Vincent. Chalky, shimmery shades look unnatural on most skin tones and come with aging side effects: They accentuate under eye circles and worsen the appearance of creasing lids.
Do this instead:Choose a cream shadow with a dewy sheen (rather than outright bits of glitter or a metallic finish) in a shade just a bit lighter than your skin tone, Vincent suggests. And resist the urge to swipe it just under your arches: Dab a bit in the center of the lid, extending the color all the way to the lash line, to make the eye appear more open. We like RMS Eye Polish (, rmsbeauty.com), which adds radiance without a frosty feel.
Why it ages you:Red eye shadow, blue mascara, and purple lipstick might be trending during Fashion Week, but more often than not, they're harsh, unflattering, and, well, weird in everyday life, says Pino.
Do this instead:When picking your makeup palette, stick to classic colors. For lips, that means pinks and berries that complement your skin tone and eye shadows in timeless, elegant shades like browns, plums, or mossy greens. The best way to find the right shade for your skin tone is to hold a piece of silver jewelry and a piece of gold jewelry up to your face. If the silver complements your skin more, then cooler shades work best. If it's the gold, stick with warmer hues.
Why it ages you:We've all seen the "what was she thinking?!" celeb photos where a female star finds herself photographed looking like she just got in a fight with a bag of flour. Choosing the wrong brush could seal a similar fate for you. "If you use a big, fluffy brush to apply powder on the face, the product will go everywhere," says Pino. "The excess settles into—and draws attention to—fine lines and wrinkles."
Do this instead:For perfect powder application, use a brush tapered into an egg-like shape, so you can control the product," she says. "But it can’t be too stiff or the brush will pick up too much product." We like Make Up For Ever 128 Precision Powder Brush (, ), that features a layered, oval head to deposit loose and compact powders with control.
Why it ages you:"Aggressively tweezing your brows is one of the biggest mistakes you can make—it's an instant youth zapper," says Starks. A full, groomed brow looks more youthful because they visually lift your face and open up your eyes.
Do this instead:Fill in an over-tweezed brow with a brow powder slightly lighter than your natural hair color, which will make the eye area appear more open. Brush the hair upward to find the shape of your brow and fill in sparse areas with an angled brush, rather than painting in the whole brow, for more a natural effect, Starks says.
Of course, the best solution is to avoid over-plucking in the first place. Tweeze no more than once a week. Use a white eye pencil to draw your desired brow shape, and then only tweeze hairs that fall outside the line.
Why it ages you:"When blush is too bright or isn't well blended, it makes you look clownish," says Starks. Plus, it gives off a major I-don't-actually-know-what-I'm-doing-with-makeup vibe.
Do this instead:Color, texture, and application are key to creating a natural flush. Start with a shade that looks natural against your skin tone—they're toughest to overdo. Peachy, bronze shades look great on olive skin tones, while mauve and rose hues work best on fair skin with pink undertones. Cream formulas are best for mature skin, since their dewy consistency lends a radiant effect to skin, rather than making it look powdery or dusty. "Apply cream blush with the flat side of a makeup sponge, starting at the apple of the cheek and working your way towards your temples. If you feel like you've applied too much, use the clean side of the sponge to blend it." Nyx Cosmetics Cream Blush (, ulta.com) comes in nine shades so you can find one that works well for you.
Why it ages you:"Most traditional concealers are heavier in texture, so the application needs to be very light-handed or it will settle into fine lines and wrinkles," says Ashleigh Ciucci, a New York-based makeup artist with Hair Room Service. "Concealers with heavier textures cover flaws well but also tend to be drying, a problem for maturing skin that tends to already be dry."
Do this instead:If you're using a high-coverage concealer, Ciucci recommends using a small, soft, fluffy brush like Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush (, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) to apply product to your spots and dots. "Typically you would use a stiff nylon brush with creamy products, but using a soft eyeshadow brush gives you more of an airbrushed effect," she explains. To best identify where you really need concealer, she advises applying your tinted moisturizer or foundation first to see what it can cover. Once you've noted problem areas, follow up with your concealer to spot treat.
Why it ages you:Fine lines become more visible if you haven't prepped the lid with a primer, especially when you're using a matte shadow, says Starks. It may look fine when you leave the house, but the natural oils on your lids will help the pigment migrate to your lid’s creases as the day (or evening) wears on.
Do this instead:Prevent fading and creasing with an eye primer in a neutral shade that closely matches your skin tone. A thin layer is all you need to create a smooth canvas for your eye makeup; smooth a little onto your entire lid with your finger or a flat brush, then apply your shadow directly onto it.
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