It’s no surprise that the beauty industry was worth well over $500 billion in 2019. Experimenting with makeup is a right of passage during the teenage years and as we get older it becomes an essential part of our daily routine. With the right beauty products, the signs of aging can be masked, but with the wrong ones, it’s easy to draw attention to what we are trying to hide. In fact, applying makeup incorrectly can actually make you look older. The perfect foundation should hydrate your skin while making your skin look glowy, without settling into wrinkles or fine lines. These are foundation mistakes to avoid if you want to look younger.
For many of us, powder foundation has been an essential item in our makeup bags for decades. As you get older and your skin starts showing signs of aging, we recommend switching to an anti-aging liquid foundation. Powder foundations can clog your pores and it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making your skin look dull and heavy.
One thing for sure is that liquid foundation is much better than powder foundation for older skin. The key to using liquid foundation is not overapplying it. Naturally, when you age your skin gets thinner and a thick foundation only highlights fine lines and wrinkles. When we think of thicker foundations, we think that they allow more coverage, but this isn’t the case. One of the secrets to looking younger is applying lightweight, minimal makeup.
Products With Alcohol and Parabens
Many beauty products are more than open with the ingredients that they don’t contain. You may be wondering why this is. It’s because it’s as important to know what’s isn’t in your products as what is in them. The two products that should never be in your beauty products are parabens and alcohol. Parabens are preservatives that cause DNA damage and speed up the aging process. Alcohol is known for drying out your skin, which makes it appear older. Before you buy foundations, double-check the labels and make sure these ingredients aren’t in your foundation.
Choosing the Wrong Color
Buying the right color foundation is important at any age, but especially crucial as you get older. We’ve all fallen victim to wearing a shade that’s too dark for us, in order to look tanner after the summer ends. A shade too light can make you look sickly, so make sure you get a foundation that’s just right for you. If you desire to look darker or lighter, use blush, bronzer, or highlighter.
How to Achieve Younger-Looking Skin
We’ve already talked about the most common foundation mistakes that can make you look older, so now, it’s time to discuss how to look your very best self. You can achieve younger-looking skin in three easy steps.
- Moisturize or Use Primer Before Applying Foundation- Hydrated skin is the best to work with and it will make your foundation go on smoothly. The first step is to start with a moisturizer or primer.
- Buy a Foundation With SPF- It’s imperative to protect your skin from the sun at any age, which in turn prevents it from showing further signs of aging. The only way to do this is to apply sunscreen. Sure, it won’t reverse the damage you might have done to your skin, but it will prevent more from happening.
- Choose a Light Liquid Base and Pair it With Concealer- We already said that a liquid foundation is the way to go. If a lightweight concealer isn’t enough for you, you can always add a concealer.