4 makeup mistakes that can age you

Depending on how you apply it, makeup can accentuate your features or age you. Here are four errors you should never make and some foolproof steps to avoid them!

Choosing a foundation that’s too matte or too dark.

The most important quality of a foundation is its subtlety: it has to hide imperfections and give a uniform look to your skin without being noticeable. Its role is not to create a tanned look—let your bronzing powder do that! Foundation a shade darker than your complexion will harden your features and give the impression you’re wearing a mask.

Your foundation’s texture should be similar to your skin’s. Unless you have very oily skin, it’s best to avoid matte foundations. They not only reduce the radiance of your complexion, they accumulate in furrows and wrinkles, accentuating their appearance—exactly what you don’t want!

foundation - 4 makeup mistakes that can age you

Instead

Look for a foundation that matches your skin-tone (and sub-tone!) as closely as possible. You know you’ve found the right tone if there’s no demarcation between your face and neck after you’ve applied some to your jaw. It’s the best place to do this colour test because it’s the lightest and lowest part of the face. If you’re still having trouble finding the best match, choose a shade a little bit lighter than your own to maintain brightness. Apply your foundation to your neck as well for a more uniform and harmonious look.

As for the foundation’s finish, choose a fluid formula that will subtly camouflage imperfections and keep your skin supple and moisturized. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding one: today’s trend is toward translucent, nourishing, ultra-natural formulas.

Teint Lumière Foundation, 26 ml
Lise Watier

Teint Lumière Foundation, 26 ml
Flawless Foundation, 27 ml
Marcelle

Flawless Foundation, 27 ml

The overuse of blush

Blush can be a precious ally or a formidable enemy: an over-applied dark shade looks fake and ages your face.

Instead

Opt for a fresh, cheerful complexion, like the one you get after a good night’s sleep or a walk outdoors. To get this look, choose light and natural shades like peach, pink and soft coral and apply them with a light hand. One good habit is to tap the brush on the back of your hand first, which will remove any excess powder. Apply blush to the upper part of your cheeks (the apples) and continue the application upwards in a straight line to flatter your face shape.

You can also use an illuminator, which refreshes your complexion while remaining translucent. Apply some to these same areas of your cheeks as well as to the bridge of your nose, the heart of your lips, the centre of your forehead and chin: all the areas of your face that reflect light.

blush
Fit Me Blush, 4.5 g
Maybelline New York

Fit Me Blush, 4.5 g

Enhance skin tone with a natural, silky-smooth blush that blends seamlessly.

Joli Blush Blush, 6 g
Clarins

Joli Blush Blush, 6 g

This ultra pigmented blush has a powder texture mixed with tint pigments that provide an instant and beautiful colour on the skin.

1. 2. 3. Blush! Blush Trio, 6 g
Personnelle Cosmetics

1. 2. 3. Blush! Blush Trio, 6 g

Personnelle Cosmetics Blush will make you glow with happiness! Apply one or more colours to your cheekbones for a flawless look in no time flat. A healthy glow guaranteed!

Applying a lipstick that’s too dark or dull

For several seasons, the trend has been toward dark, dull lips. However, this look isn’t for everyone because it emphasizes cracks and reduces volume. Dark shades are not a good choice for thin lips because they can create a severe look. Matte textures can make lips look dry and emphasize lines, adding a few years.

Instead…

Consider light, nude or rosy tones or a classic bright red for a vampy look! Choose soft textures that moisturize and leave a satin or shiny finish.

Remember the golden rule: keep your lips soft and well moisturized. Don’t skimp on lip balm at bedtime or during the day and try using exfoliants and masks a few times per week. For maximum effect, use a collagen formula on your lips before applying your makeup: it will penetrate your skin to give you that luscious look!

lipstick
ROUGE PLUMPISSIMO Lipstick
Lise Watier

ROUGE PLUMPISSIMO Lipstick
L'Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick, 4.5 g
Lancôme

L'Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick, 4.5 g

Enhance your true colours with Lancôme's Mademoiselle Shine. This lipstick will give your lips the beautiful luminous shine finish they deserve. With its fresh & fruity fragrance, gliding soft texture, and balm effect, your lips will feel comfortable and soft all day long. Unleash your inner Mademoiselle with our shiny 15-colour shade range.

Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lip Plumper Lipstick
L'Oréal Paris

Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lip Plumper Lipstick

Give your pout instant plump & shine with our new Colour Riche lipstick that provides a glossy, radiant finish and comfortable wear. In just one addictive application experience all-day moisturized feel and a lasting shine effect coupled with a healthy flush of subtle color. Lips appear soft, glossy, and visibly plumped.

Black eyeliner under the eye

Liner lesson 101: a line drawn above the eye, pointing up, opens the eye. A dark line under the eye, however, makes the eye look smaller and droopy and can accentuate dark circles, the perfect recipe for tired features.

Instead…

Apply makeup to the upper part of your eyelids only, extending the line towards the outside to create a cat’s eye!

If black liner seems too intense, choose softer shades, like navy, grey or brown. You can also use a bevelled brush to apply charcoal shadow along the eyelashes for a diffuse, smokey line.

eyeliner
Infallible 24 H Waterproof Gel Liner, 1.1 g
L'Oréal Paris

Infallible 24 H Waterproof Gel Liner, 1.1 g
Dramatique Gel Liner, 1 unit
Lise Watier

Dramatique Gel Liner, 1 unit

Retractable pencil. Sharpener included.

A general rule:

no matter your age, makeup should highlight your features, not transform them. If you have any questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to ask your Jean Coutu cosmetician for help!

×

Send to a friend

4 makeup mistakes that can age you

Depending on how you apply it, makeup can accentuate your features or age you. Here are four errors you should never make and some foolproof steps to avoid them!
From:
To:

Loading...