5 Makeup Mistakes That Age You

image by Kelly Cappelli

Most of us put on makeup because we want to look prettier.
Those of us over the age of 25, maybe apply makeup to help us to look a little younger.
The problem is, maquillage mistakes can make you look much older than you actually are, and not in a flattering way.

Here are 5 common makeup mistakes that make you look older:

1. Too Much Powder


Powder’s job is to set foundation and maybe knock down a little excess shine. 
Over powdering your skin can age you 10 years. Instead of looking fresh and glowy and healthy, an over-powdered complexion looks dull, lifeless, dusty and old lady-ish.
Do yourself a favor and only use powder sparingly.

One of my pet makeup peeves is crushed mineral powder foundation. If you have perfect, flawless skin you can maybe get away with it, but for anyone who has even slightly dry skin this type of powdery foundation makes the skin look old, and very dried out, both of which are very aging.

2. Too Much Foundation


We all already know that “less is more”,and yet plenty of us pile on the foundation as though it’s a mask to hide behind.
Thick foundation settles into the fine lines and wrinkles, making them look bigger, and when foundation starts looking opaque (when you can’t see skin through it) your skin looks lifeless and much older.
 The trick is to remember that foundation should look like flawless skin, not like battle paint. Instead of spackling it on thick, find a sheer formula that gives you the coverage you need, and apply the finest coat possible. Let your skin look glowing and fresh and you will look years younger.

3. Abusing Bronzer


I swear bronzer abuse drives me crazy! especially when girls try to contour their cheeks with bronzer.
 Getting the bronzer equation wrong can be super aging too. Some of the culprits are: using a bronzer that is too flat and matte, using a bronzer that is too dark, coloring the face in too much with bronzer, using a bronzer that is too glittery or sparkly.
Remember that bronzer is supposed to make you look like you’ve been outside in the sunshine. Use it to create a little warmth in the complexion.

Try Laura Mercier Matte Radiance baked Powder Bronzer

4. Eye Makeup Overkill


Too much eye makeup makes you look much, much older than you need to. An overly smoky eye or a heavy eyeliner can really make you look aged and tired.

Opt for softer colors, avoid black liner, sparkly finishes, and heavy eye makeup. You can make your eye look fantastic by defining it with soft, neutral shadows and choosing an espresso brown liner instead of a black one.

Try The Eye Pencil Primatif in Basic Brown by Kevyn Aucoin

5. Lips Too Dark


I love a big, bold, dark lip.
But dark lip colors are super aging. They compress the lips and make them look thin, pursed and angry.
Deep, dark, heavy lip shades make you look older, and can also make your complexion look drained, so choose soft, medium toned shades instead.
Another super-ager is matte lipstick on an older girl. Opt for a satin finish to your lipstick and let your lips look luscious!

4 Tips For Keeping Your Tan ~ Beauty Tip Of The Week #29

I just got back from the beautiful beaches of Sicily and have the absolute loveliest tan that I really do not want to lose.

Did you follow the Corinna B’s World Glam Italia Tour on Instagram?

Curvy girl in horizontal stripes on Pozzallo beach in Sicily

We all look good with a golden glow to our skin, and at the tail end of summer most of us want to hold onto it for as long as we possibly can – I know I do!


Here are 4 Tips For Keeping Your Tan (just a little bit longer)

1. Shower Smart

Keep your shower water warm instead of hot, use gentle soaps and don’t over lather or over scrub your skin.

2. Moisturize

The more you moisturize, the better. As your tan starts to fade breathe life back into it with a self tanner. Jergens Glow does double duty, keeping your skin hydrated and golden.

Self Tanner

3. Drink Lots Of Water

Your tan will fade faster if you (and your skin) get dehydrated, so drink as much water as you can. I keep a Starbucks 20 oz water cup on hand, and do my best to keep drinking water all day long.


4. Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Of course you need to keep up with the sunscreen to protect your skin, but spending as much time as you can outdoors is a fantastic way to keep up your tan.
Biking, hiking, eating lunch outside – just being outdoors as much as possible not only helps you keep your color, but makes you feel fantastic too!

DIY How To Get Thicker Brows With 3 Simple Ingredients ~ Beauty Tip Of The Week #28

I’m in the south east of Sicily now in the beautiful baroque area of Ragusa, leading the Corinna B’s World Glam Italia II Tour.
Are you following us on Instagram ? I’m also posting on Facebook, so check us out there too!

I will be posting some fabulous travel stories from the trip when I get back, so stay tuned.

Today however we have a little DIY remedy for eyebrows.
Specifically eyebrows that need thickening, or that need to grow back.

DIY – How To Get Thicker Brows With 3 Simple Ingredients

DIY: This 3-Ingredient Serum Will Give You Thicker Brows

PHOTO: taylormariehill.com

Were you an overzealous plucker as a teen? Leave kids alone long enough with a magazine and they’ll start experimenting to look like their favorite celeb—#thingsweregret. 

Some of these bold beauty adventures leave behind permanent effects in the form of thinned out brows, or worse—blank spaces. Even if we manage to refrain from waxing, tweezing and threading for a bit, some hair just is not growing back—on its own. 

According to eye specialist and esthetician Denise Wilson at Sublime Eyes, a walk-in brow bar in Hollywood, there IS a solution. You can promote hair growth in these otherwise “lost cause” areas by following a fairly simple nightly routine—no pricey products required. 
According to Wilson, “Apply a mixture of castor oil, vitamin E, and argan oil each night by rubbing it into the brow with a Q-tip or your finger, and keep it on until morning. 

Pay attention to the areas where you are no longer growing new or thick hair. It’s an old beauty secret we’ve been using at the salon to help clients achieve a fuller brow and even out hair. Clients usually see results in a few months.” A few months is a small price to pay for getting your brows back!

If you’re in Hollywood, stop by the salon; it gives away a free vial of the oil combo to all clients. 

Otherwise, shop for organic cold-pressed Poppy Austin Argan Oil($22), Greatfull Skin Vitamin E Oil ($30), and Organic Castor Oil ($19) to DIY a potion at home.


Have you tried applying cold-pressed organic oils to promote brow growth? Did it work? Sound off in the comments!

This story was originally posted on Byrdie.com