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Make-up blunders that add years to your face


Issue Date 29 July - 04 Aug, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Dark lined eyes, shimmery hues and caked up faces are all fun and games when you are in your 20s. But by the time you hit your 30s, you want to watch out. Here are seven grave make-up errors that can make you look older than your actual age.

1) Liner that is too thick
The purpose of make-up is to accentuate our features but thick, jet-black liners are not always a good idea. As we age, our eye lashes thin out and we compensate for it by overdoing our eyeliner. Instead of complementing your eyes, this slip-up draws attention to the wrinkles around your eyes and takes away your youthful appeal. An alternative suggestion is to use a brown or a grey eyeliner which, in fact, makes facial features pop – especially on warm, South Asian skin tones.

2) Contrasting eye shadow
There’s nothing wrong with pulling off a little spunk with unconventional lip colours or neon manicures, but the colour palette of your eye shadows should complement your skin tone, or it would make you look outdated. Nudes and natural hues go a long way and so do dull golds and plums when it comes to our warm, sun-kissed skin. Candy pinks and electric blues are always a big ‘no’.

3) Minimal foundation is always the way to go
The purpose a foundation serves is to hide your blemishes, even out your complexion and illuminate your face. As long as the product is doing the above-mentioned, there is no need to glaze up your face with layers of product. Not only does too much foundation make your skin look flaky, it wrecks your pores, accelerating the whole aging process. It is advisable to invest more on skin care products than lathering layers of foundation. A more effective alternate to foundation, when it comes to every day make-up, is a tinted moisturiser. Not only will it make your skin smooth and radiant, it is less harsh on your pores too.

4) Take it easy on the blush
Gone are the days when intense rouging and blushing cheeks were vanity must-haves. The shade, texture and tint of the blush can make or break the entire look, so you have to be extremely careful in your product selection and application. Just like foundation, too much powder blush can make your face look flaky. Those of you who fall in the domain of normal-to-dry skin type, liquid blush is definitely worth investing in – but that too, keep it subtle.

5) Keep your brow game strong
Too much make-up on a face with unkempt eye brows is never a good idea. While trimming, tweezing and maintaining the overall shape of your brows, make your face appear neat and symmetrical, a little make-up for that brow-line doesn’t hurt either. Warning though – never shape your brows with a pencil that is darker than your hair colour because that would be a make-up sin that will add years to your face instantly!

6) Hold back on the concealer
Slathering concealer all over your face will cause your skin to crack, making fine lines more visible, which entirely defeats the purpose of this make-up product. Be conservative when it comes to your concealer and apply it only to the inner corner of your eyes or the darker areas of your face.

7) Strong lip hues
Although deep browns and burgundy lip colours are the ‘in’ thing these days, trust these shades to add a couple of years to your face. What makes you look younger and fresher are either sheer lipsticks or a natural pink pout. Light-tinted stains also keep that young look alive while defining and accentuating your lips at the same time.





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