Makeup Mistakes That Might Make You Look Older

Sometimes, instead of accentuating your best features, makeup can make you look older than you actually are.

September 12, 2022 4 minutes read
Young woman applying too much foundation

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Most of us use makeup to cover what we consider to be imperfections on our faces. We've all been there – feeling insecure about some of our facial features and wanting to hide them.

However, while playing with makeup, we often get carried away, using too much of it or applying it to all the wrong places. You've probably noticed countless times, after you're all done, that some of your makeup mistakes might be actually aging you.

If you want to learn more about makeup techniques that can help you look youthful instead of older, you have come to the right place. Check the list below to find out more on the topic!

Common Makeup Mistakes That Can Make You Look Older

If you want to use makeup to look more fresh, you should avoid a few things. Here's a list of the most notable makeup techniques that can add years to your face, as well as a few helpful alternatives to keep in mind.

By following the tips below, you're bound to look and feel young and beautiful, no matter what stage of life you're at!

Mistake #1: Heavy Contour

face contouring

Contouring has been around for years, but it's recently become more popular because of the fantastic sculpted look it can give. However, there's a thin line between making your face look sculpted and making it look too slim and narrow. If you already have a slender face, contouring could look too heavy on you.

So, in your case, you might not even need a contour. Instead, you can use a warm-colored bronzer to liven your skin and give it that sun-kissed glow. And remember to be light-handed while applying it.

Mistake #2: Dark Eyeliner

woman applying black eyeliner

While winged eyeliner is still very much in vogue, too thick and dark lines can make your eyes look smaller – especially if you have hooded eyes and if you like applying it to your waterline as well.

To achieve a softer look that will flatter any eye shape, we recommend going with browns instead of blacks and using eye shadow instead of liquid or gel liners. If you are a beginner at eyeliners, consider creating a small kitten wing just on the outer edge of your eye and leaving your lid space empty.

Mistake #3: Over-Plucked Eyebrows

woman plucking her eyebrows

Another thing to keep in mind is the crown of the face – the eyebrows. Over-plucked eyebrows were all the rage in the 90s, and now we're into the bushy brows trend again, just like in the 80s. On top of that, thin brows can also make one look older than they are, as brows thin naturally with age.

It would be best to keep your eyebrows looking natural and full. Consider getting an eyebrow pencil and brow mascara to fill in the eyebrows. You can even use eye shadow. But choose one or two shades lighter than your natural brows to get that effortless I-was-born-this-way look.

Mistake #4: Dark Lipstick

woman applying lipstick

Dark lipsticks are tricky as they look good with most outfits, but they can make your lips seem thin, another feature that can make you look older. This is not to say that thin lips are not beautiful, but there's no reason for you to be making your lips thinner than they actually are.

So, whenever you're getting ready for a night out, we recommend sticking to neutral or light-colored lipsticks. If you're set on using a darker shade, try going for an ombre effect where you use a darker color at the middle of the lips and a lighter one at the lip borders.

Mistake #5: Layering Concealer

woman applying concealer under her eyes

Concealer is another makeup product we tend to overuse as we try to hide the dark circles under the eyes, blemishes, or age spots. While it can certainly improve a person's look by hiding imperfections, too much of it will settle in all the possible creases and crevices, giving you wrinkles you don't have.

So, remember that little goes a long way with concealers. Apply just a tiny dot to those areas you want to conceal or brighten and make sure to blend it well.

Mistake #6: Too Much Foundation & Setting Powder

woman applying setting powder

Last but not least is the foundation, a product that almost everyone uses and often over-uses. If you overdo it with foundation and concealer and add setting powder on top of everything, you can end up with cakey makeup and textured skin.

It would be best to find a foundation that suits your skin tone, which can be warm, cool, olive, or neutral; apply just a little and blend it well. You can always build it up from there and add a little more later if you figure you need more coverage.

And, if your face tends to get a bit more oily, you can use setting powder on your T zone to set everything and make your makeup last longer. However, apply just a tiny bit of the translucent loose setting powder.


So, are you guilty of making these makeup mistakes that make you look older?! But even if that's the case, there's no reason to worry. All you need to do is follow our tips and choose products that fit your skin type, facial features, and skin color. Doing this will open up your face and eyes, making you look fresh and youthful.


Why is my makeup making me look older?

That might be because you're making some of these common makeup mistakes: going overboard with face contour, wearing heavy eyeliner, applying too much foundation or concealer, and setting powder.

What features make you look older?

Smaller eyes, sunken cheeks, as well as wrinkles and textured skin can all make you look older. To avoid these, use a smaller amount of face makeup and lighter brown shades on your eyes.

Should you wear less makeup as you get older?

Applying layers of concealer, foundation, and face powder can make your fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. So, wearing less will definitely help you look younger and fresher.

Does wearing makeup make you look older or younger?

Makeup itself doesn't age your skin. However, some makeup techniques can make you look older. For example, layering concealer around your eyes can make the fine lines more visible, or wearing too many face products can make your skin look rough and textured.

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