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.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Make Up
Estée Lauder

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Make Up

Long-wear: proven 24-hour wear. Medium-to-full coverage. Matte finish. Oil-free. Oil-controlling. Dermatologist-tested. Non-acnegenic; won't clog pores. Fragrance-free.

Flawless Air Serum Foundation SPF 15, 30 ml
Marcelle

Flawless Air Serum Foundation SPF 15, 30 ml

A flawless complexion, light as air!

True Match Super-Blendable Foundation SPF 17, 30 ml
L'Oréal Paris

True Match Super-Blendable Foundation SPF 17, 30 ml

Liquid foundation that matches skin tone and texture. Light-medium coverage. SPF 17.

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
Maxi Blush Powder Blush, 9 g
Rimmel London

Maxi Blush Powder Blush, 9 g

Natural, healthy glow for any skin type.

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.

Cheek Pop Blush, 3.5 g
Clinique

Cheek Pop Blush, 3.5 g

A burst of colour, buildable and bright.

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
Lip Lacquer, 1 unit
Personnelle Cosmetics

Lip Lacquer, 1 unit
Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer, 3.8 g
Clinique

Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer, 3.8 g

A pretty pop of bold yet see-through colour + smoothing primer in one coat.

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
Eyeliner, 1.1 g
Personnelle Cosmetics

Eyeliner, 1.1 g

Enhance your look with Personnelle Cosmetics Eyeliner. Its creamy texture is easy to apply and blend, for a perfect line every time. The colour is richly pigmented.

Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner, 1.2 ml
L'Oréal Paris

Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner, 1.2 ml
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!

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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!
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