We may have given up on the quest for eternal youth shortly after reading Tuck Everlasting, but our quest for looking eternally young is a completely different story. Namely, if it will (naturally, gracefully) delay ageing in any way, give to us—sooner rather than later, please.
Unfortunately, while we spend our paychecks on cutting-edge plumping serums and rejuvenating masks, it turns out that there are certain things in our beauty routine that cancel them out. In other words—prepare for this bombshell—you might be ageing yourself without even realising it. But don’t freak out just yet—we’re here for you. Keep scrolling for eight common beauty mistakes that are ageing you!
Unless you’re Lily Collins or Cara Delevingne, chances are your brows could benefit from a brow pencil. Why? Most makeup artists would tell you that thin, arched brows are actually a dead giveaway of age, while full, bushy brows à la Delevingne signify youth. Not sure which pencil is for you? We suggest Billion Dollar Brows’ Universal Brow Pencil ($18)—the shade is seriously flattering on everyone, the waxy tip is perfect for blending, and the spoolie on the other end will soften any harsh lines.
Need a visual? Here’s our step-by-step guide.
If fine lines are the bane of your existence, allow us to introduce you to your new best friend: primer. Most primers are made with plumping ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and some silicones, that fill in your wrinkles and provide a smooth, airbrushed canvas for your foundation.
If you’re plagued by dark circles and under-eye bags, don’t just pile on the concealer with abandon; over-applying can cause it to cake under your eye and draw more attention to problem spots. Instead, try using a primer with brightening, smoothing ingredients first, then applying a thin layer of concealer with a brush. We’re obsessed with Amazing Cosmetics’ Line Smoother + Primer with Neodermyl ($35), which is proven to increase collagen density by more than seven times and is filled with antioxidants to treat and brighten while it plumps.
Time for a wakeup call: Your lazy attitude towards maintaining your hair color is aging you. Dull, flat, one-dimensional hair color can make you look older, and according to this study, healthy (as in, shiny, bouncy, glossy) hair signifies health and fertility. To keep your strands vibrant between salon visits, try an at-home gloss or go in for a gloss—your strands will shine like new, without the price tag of a new dye job.
A makeup artist once told us that harsh, thick eyeliner will age you like none other, especially if you only apply it to your bottom lash line. Think about it this way: Why would you want to add more shadow to that already-annoying area? Instead, choose a creamy, silky pencil, like Jillian Dempsey’s Khôl Eyeliner ($20) in Jet Black or Rich Brown, then blend softly. Or, just line your waterline for a barely-there effect.
Blush is supposed to look like a natural, youthful flush, so don’t overdo things by choosing a too-bright color or glittery finish. A soft cream blush, like the one in CK One Color’s Cream + Powder Blush Duo ($25), is the easiest way to add a touch of color and dewiness (and if you want to intensify the color, just use the powder on top of the cream!).
Need help? Here’s our visual guide on how to apply cream blush like a pro.
Stick-straight strands and blunt ends can make your face appear “heavy” and actually sag your features. Instead, ask your hairstylist for long layers, soft volume, and lots of movement to help frame your face and soften harsh lines.
Did you know that dark, ashy colors can actually bring out gray, ashy tones in your skin? Opt for warm tones (think caramels, instead of taupes) and face-framing highlights to brighten your skin and make you look more awake.
Are you guilty of these beauty mistakes? Tell us your best beauty trick for looking younger below!