10 Beauty Mistakes That Add 10 Years
Posted by Linda Hong, Skincare Specialist & SofTap Permanent Makeup Technician on 15th May 2015
The wrong hair, makeup or skincare choices can add years fast.
But a few quick tricks will turn back time
1. Letting Foundation Settle Into Fine Lines
Think you're hiding wrinkles by piling on the foundation? Excess makeup just exaggerates them.
Fix 1: Apply moisturizer first. Then after applying your foundation with a brush or fingers take a damp makeup sponge and gently press it all over your face. This removes any foundation that has settled into lines, and creates a soft finish.
Fix 2: Use a large blush brush to dust loose mineral makeup over your entire face, jawline and neckline.It can be applied over your foundation makeup or over moisturizer. The fine mineral makeup diffuses the light and gives your skin a soft glow.
2. Skipping Eyeliner
Even if your Saturday nights no longer end on Sunday mornings, you don't need to start ditching eye makeup. As we age, our eyes start to droop at the outer corners-and liner and mascara can do wonders.
Fix 1: Fake a lifted look by lining your upper lashes with black pencil, making the line a bit thicker at the outer corners.
Fix 2: Next, curl your lashes and add a few coats of mascara-straight lashes may make lids appear hooded.
Fix 3: Would you like to "Wake up with Makeup"? Consider getting permanent makeup eyeliner. My clients love it – no more fussing with using a pencil or liquid eyeliner to draw a "perfect line" that never turns out perfect. What a time saver in the morning.
3. Not Exfoliating
The older we get, the longer it takes for dead skin cells to slough off. Translation: dull skin.
Fix 1: Giving yourself a youthful glow is as simple as using an at-home facial scrub once or twice a week after a thorough cleansing. My clients LIKE Theraderma Bamboo Scrub. Bonus: It will make any anti-aging products you are using penetrate better.
Fix 2: Once a week pamper your skin by using an exfoliating mask. My clients LIKE ilike Organic Pumpkin and Orange Mask.
4. Wearing the Wrong Lipstick
Metallic or iridescent lipstick finishes may look pretty on the runway, but they don't work after 40.
Fix 1: Go for a lipstick formula with a sheen – not a heavy shimmer.
Fix 2: My clients LIKE semi permanent Stay On lipcolor Lipsense by Senegence. The formula is made to stay on the lips even after you eat lunch. Simply reapply the gloss and your lipcolor is brightened up. The Lipsense lipcolor does not come off your coffee cup or any drinking glass. Oh, and even more important: the Lipsense lipcolor does not bleed off your lipline — it stays put!
5. Blunt Haircuts
6. Neglecting Your Hands
Fix 2: Slather on a sunblock before leaving your house to do errands. My clients LIKE Solar Protection Formula SPF 58 Water Resistant.
Fix 3: Massage a retinol product onto the backs of your hands every night to fight wrinkles and keep the skin firm. My clients LIKE Theraderma Vitanol A Serum.
Fix 4: Plagued with brown spots? Apply a pigment lightening Gel on the back side of your hands and you'll begin to see a difference in about four weeks. My clients LIKE PCA Skin Pigment Gel pHaze 13.
7. Not Using Sunscreen
We may forget to floss occasionally, but you'll never catch us forgetting to apply sunscreen! Here's why: nearly all wrinkles and fine lines are due to sun exposure, so skip sunscreen in the morning and you're basically asking for trouble.
Fix 1: Covering your face with a broad-spectrum formula will take a few extra seconds every morning-but can keep years off your face. Just do it and thank us later. My clients LIKE Theraderma Sun Protection Cream SPF30 and Solar Protection Tinted Formula SPF 60.
8. Wearing Frosty Eye Shadows
Metallic and frosted eye shadows were iffy back in junior high-and they're even less flattering now. Why? They look too harsh and highlight fine lines.
Fix1: Select shadows that have a subtle sheen when they hit the light-not a full-on sparkle fest.
9. Loading Up on Bronzer
Everyone wants to look like they just spent the weekend relaxing on the beach. But faking it can just make you look older, because the yellow and brown bases of bronzer give skin a dull appearance.
Fix 1: Instead of brushing it all over, create a halo effect by dusting only your hairline, cheekbones, and jawline (and blending well). Avoid putting it around your eyes, nose, and mouth-darkness in these areas can age you.
10. Getting Overzealous with Your Concealer
Applying concealer with a heavy hand can end up looking almost as bad as letting your dark circles show.
Fix 1: Tap a very small brush into a liquid concealer and pat it under your eyes, focusing most of the color at the inner corners, where discoloration is usually the worst. Then blend it well in a crescent-moon shape under the eyes. When you're done, set it with a little loose mineral makeup powder.
Fix 2: To make your concealer work double duty, mix it with a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or peptides before applying, and you'll smooth wrinkles as you hide them. My clients LIKE Theraderma Micro Silk C Eye Cream and Theraderma Vital Silk Serum.