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5 Beauty mistakes that age you

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Avoid these aging beauty blunders

Some beauty mistakes can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles, adding years to your look. Avoid these beauty blunders and don't allow your makeup and hairstyle to age you.

Woman applying makeup

The wrong foundation

Foundation that is too light will exaggerate wrinkles. As you get older, switch to a warmer shade and look for sheer liquid foundation with light-reflective particles. It will make dull skin look healthy, younger and glowing. When applying foundation, do so sparingly. Thick foundation also makes you look much older than you are.

Face powder near your eyes

When it comes to powder, switch from compact to loose. Also, avoid your eye area or any other places that you have wrinkles. A dusting of powder on your nose and chin is great for reducing shine, but steer clear of your eyes because it makes fine lines seem more pronounced.

Eyeliner on your lower lashes

Eyeliner on your lower lashline will just make your eyes seem smaller and draw unwanted attention to any dark circles or crow's feet. The same thing goes for mascara. Instead, curl your eyelashes and then line your upper lids with a precise line that is thicker toward the outer corner of your eyes. Add two coats of black mascara on your upper lashes only, and your eyes will look bigger, brighter and younger.

Harsh lipstick

Since lips tend to thin as we get older, don't wear lipstick in dark, harsh shades. Instead, pick hues that are just slightly darker than your natural lip tone. Avoid matte formulas, which don't have enough moisture. Also be sure to always use lip liner to keep your lipstick from feathering into any lines around your mouth.

Outdated 'do

If you haven't changed your hairstyle in years (or decades), it's time. An outdated hairstyle can make you look much older than you are. Adding bangs is an easy way to look more youthful. Also check out these other ways to look younger with a new 'do.

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