It goes without saying that make-up can make you look superior (see: lifted eyes and camouflaged dark circles), but if used in a certain way, it can also make you look older without you realizing it. Below, we present six make-up mistakes that could make you look older, and show you how to avoid them.

Wearing heavy foundation

Thick, mattifying foundations can make make-up removal easier, especially on areas with fine lines and wrinkles – making them stand out even more. Opt for a skin tone instead. If you didn’t already know, tints are makeup and skincare hybrids that offer lightweight coverage and a range of skin benefits, such as hydration and brightening – all in one. One of our favorites is YSL Beauty Nu Bare Look Tint, which contains skin-benefiting mixture such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate skin 24 hours a day without clumping, slipping or settling into wrinkles, for younger, fresher, dewier skin.

Too much concealer

While concealer can help conceal dark areas around the eyes, did you know that too much can actually accentuate fine lines in this area? To draw unwanted attention to your eye area, apply a non-covering concealer like NYX Professional Makeup’s Bare With Me Concealer Serum to the inner half of your eye contour. To enhance your youthful glow, try dabbing YSL Beauty TouchĂ© Eclat into the inner corners of your eyes to make them even brighter.

Excessive use of mascara on the lower lash line

Excessive use of mascara on the lower lash line can make your lashes (and therefore your eyes) look heavy and flabby. The solution: curl your lower lashes with an eyelash curler (we love LancĂ´me’s Le Curler eyelash curler) and apply a volumizing mascara, such as IT Cosmetics’ Superhero Volumizing mascara, to your upper lashes only. This simple change can help open up your eyes and make you look more awake.

Brown eyeliner instead of black

Brown eyeliner is certainly a softer alternative to classic black liner, but it can make the whites of your eyes appear more yellow and therefore older. We recommend surrounding your eyelids with a black kajal pencil, such as RMS Beauty Straight Line Kohl Eye Pencil.

Apply blush in circles

Applying blush in the middle of your cheeks doesn’t do much except make you look older. Bring heatth to your face by applying a cream blush like EM Cosmetics’ So Soft Blush to your cheekbones in an upward motion. What’s more, this technique sculpts your cheekbones at the same time.

A lipstick that’s too dry

We’re by no means saying you should avoid matte lipsticks, but if you have wrinkles on your lips and your lipstick tends to run or rub off, we recommend using a lipstick that’s a little creamier and more moisturizing. For a long-lasting lipstick that won’t dry out your lips, try Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational The Creams, Cream Finish lipstick.

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