7 Hair And Makeup Mistakes Women Over 40 Should Avoid

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As we age, our skin and hair change. So, it is inevitable that the type of moisturizer and makeup we use and the way we apply our makeup should change. Additionally, the way we care for and style our hair should change too. Change can be a great thing, it means we are growing, evolving and accepting reality.

Our skin changes the most, so it is important that your makeup changes along with it. For instance, if your skin becomes oily, then it is best to opt for oil-free products. However, if your skin is a tad bit drier then it was in your twenties, choose makeup products that have plenty of moisturizer. Many moisturizers and foundations have effective sunscreen protection with an SPF of 15 or greater and UVA protecting ingredients such as avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. You can rely on products with these ingredients for sun protection if they are applied liberally and evenly all over the face.

The following are 7 beauty mistakes to avoid as you age:

1. Avoid Skipping On Sleep: A good night’s rest is what everyone needs because our bodies repair and restore our skin as we sleep. Lack of sleep can make the skin appear dull and lifeless and will accentuate dark circles under the eyes, so get plenty of beauty rest.

2. Avoid Using A Lighter Concealer: As the skin ages it may cause some wrinkles, bags or dark circles under the eyes. Opt for a concealer that matches your skin tone and foundation. Also, a good trick is to apply your concealer lightly on top of your foundation and use a stiff flat brush or your finger to pat/blend it into your skin.

3. Avoid Powder Blush /Foundation: Powder blush tends to sit into fine lines on your face which may cause your skin not to look as smooth as you would like. There are many other blush formulas like cream, mineral and cheek stains that will give you that flawless look you desire. Women who have dry skin should also avoid powder-based foundations. This is also not the best option if you have flaky skin. The powder content tends to make this type of foundation a tad bit too drying for someone who already has dry skin. Also, women with very oily skin might want to be cautious, because powder based foundations can get a thickened, pooled appearance as oil resurfaces on the face during the day so once again try out other foundation formulas such as cream, matte, liquid and mineral.

4. Avoid Over Plucking Your Eyebrows: This is a common mistake that a lot of women tend to make no matter what age they are. Grooming your brows can change the appearance of the shape of your eyes. For example, droopy eyes can be changed by slightly arching your brows and extending them outward toward the temple.

5. Avoid Extremely Dark Lipsticks: Even though you are a little older now that does not mean you can not wear a nice burgundy or deep red lipstick or lip gloss. Just be mindful if you have fine lines around your mouth, really dark lip colors may settle in or bleed into those lines which may age you a little. One trick to help prevent bleeding is to apply a lip liner to your lips. You can choose a lip liner that’s similar to your natural lip color or a color that is more similar to your lipstick. Lip liners can help keep the color from moving outside of your natural lip line. Also, a clear lip liner works wonders around the outer edge of the lips to prevent your lipstick from migrating. If you’re very prone to feathering/bleeding with your lip colors, opt for more matte formulas because glossier products have a tendency to bleed more.

6. Avoid Neglecting Your Hair: Whether your hair color is black, brown, blonde or grey, be sure to keep your hair looking fabulous by getting regular cuts/trims, deep conditioning treatments and the occasional hair mask if your hair is dry or coarse.

7. Avoid Over-Coloring Your Hair: When you color your hair, it is best to aim for a color that complements your skin tone and enhances and enriches your natural color. If possible, try to stay away from going really dark or too blonde as both have the tendency to mature you.

What other beauty mistakes do you try to avoid? Let us know in the comments.


By: Chantel Alford

Photo Source: Huffington Post


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