Makeup is supposed to be the finishing touch that gives us confidence. But here’s what many women don’t realize: The way you apply your makeup could be adding years to your appearance.

Here are the top 5 makeup mistakes that can make you look older… and what you can do to roll back the clock.

Makeup Mistake #1: Heavy foundation

Foundation is a great way to smooth out your skin tone and give you a flawless, airbrushed look… if you don’t overdo it.

Many women make the mistake of layering on their foundation, but thick layers can create a mask-like effect. Even worse, heavy foundation also has a way of settling into — and magnifying — every tiny line and crevice on your face. That can add years to your appearance.

Fast Fix: Try a mineral foundation instead. You can get luminous, breathable coverage without that heavy, caked-on look.

Makeup Mistake #2: Frosty eye shadow

Metallic and shimmery shades may look pretty in the container… but once you’re out of your teen years, it’s tough to pull them off.

It’s tricky because the eye area is a notorious trouble spot for dryness. Applying frosty shadows to dry eyelids creates an uneven, wrinkled look.

Fast Fix: Choose an eye shadow with a matte finish to avoid that crepe-like look.

Makeup Mistake #3: The wrong blush

Somewhere along the way we’ve been conditioned to stay away from certain colors of blush. When we were younger, this healthy fear probably kept us from looking like clowns with bright red cheeks.

But as we get a little older, dusty shades of blush can make us look washed out, leaving behind a dull, ashen appearance. Dark blush is also a surefire way to emphasize sunken cheeks.

Fast Fix: Try a light shade of pink or creamy peach to illuminate your face. Sweep it lightly in a circular motion over the apples of your cheeks up toward your temples. Blend with a makeup sponge for a natural glow.

Makeup Mistake #4: Dark lipstick

This is an age-accelerator for two reasons. First, dark lipstick creates sharp edges and stark contrast that can give you a harsh look. But that’s not all. The color can bleed down into the tiny vertical lines around your mouth and attach itself to your teeth as well.

On top of that, it makes your features appear smaller. Nobody wants a smaller pout!

Fast Fix: To keep your look youthful, go for a more natural shade of lipstick that complements your skin tone and hair color. A dab of gloss in the center of the bottom lip is a youthful touch.

Makeup Mistake #5: Forgetting to start with a clean canvas

To be agelessly beautiful, it’s important to start with clean, moisturized skin. I always follow an easy, three-step skincare routine every day, and the results have really paid off.

The first thing you want to do is clear out the pollutants and dirt that can clog pores. I use a purifying cleanser with rose hip seed oil. (It’s called Splash.) It has a special blend of essential oils and plant extracts to keep my skin youthful. Best of all, it has no parabens, mineral oil, petroleum or artificial fragrances.

After cleansing, you’ll want to apply a revitalizing toner. I know a lot of women are tempted to skip this step… but it takes just a few seconds and you can really see the difference. I use CoQ-Tone because it has CoQ10 and hyaluronic acid (HA). I love it for evening out my skin tone, making my pores appear smaller and helping my skin hold on to moisture.

The final quick step is moisturizer. I love Revive because it makes my skin feel really hydrated, and that fights wrinkles. I really feel it slows down and seems to actually reverse the signs of aging.

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Autumn brings more than cool weather and beautiful fall colors – it also brings a new batch of makeup trends, styles and shades. Read on for the best advice on how to switch up your fall beauty routine. 

So long summer: How to tweak fall makeup

When the weather cools off, it’s important to change up your makeup routine. But, before you start reaching for the latest shades and styles, remember that it’s most important to start with a healthy base. If your skin type changes from summer to fall, be sure to switch up your skin care routine. Most often, as the climate shifts to cool and crisp, skin becomes dry. Swap your light summer moisturizer with an emulsifying formula. In addition to moisturizing, don’t forget to exfoliate twice a week. By exfoliating from head to toe, you slough away the dead skin cells that make your appearance look dull, and expose the fresh, radiant skin beneath.

Fresh faces

Just as the seasons change, your skin type also slightly alters. While summer skin might be oily, fall skin tends to get dry and flaky from the cooler weather. Pay attention to how your skin changes and prepare accordingly. If you’ve been using a cleansing gel with acne-fighting ingredients, it might be time to add a creamy and moisturizing cleanser to your morning routine.

Next, swap your summer makeup kit with formulas and shades that are inspired by the season’s latest trends.

Foundation: If you skipped foundation during the steamy hot days of summer, it’s time to take it back out. A clean, clear complexion is the perfect canvas for every look this fall. If your skin tends to dry out a bit with the cooler, drier air that autumn brings, opt for an oil-based foundation. Be sure to match your color closely, as your pale spring complexion probably darkened a bit over the summer months. Product pick: For a not-to-heavy full coverage foundation, try Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals - Golden Glow. This unique formula is blended with mineral extracts and aloe vera to help lock in moisture for skin that looks and feels healthier and more even all day long. Blush: Color your cheeks with rosy reds and peach pinks this fall. Be adventurous with placement and consider a streak across the upper or lower part of your cheekbones. Lids. Gold has always been a girl’s best friend; now add this stylish shade to your makeup bag. For the bold and brave, layer your lids with shimmery gold hues and add a few extra sweeps of your brush for a more vibrant, sultry look. Celebrity makeup artist Carmindy adds that using a cream topped with a powder formula can also add some intensity. For minimalists, there are also gorgeous matte shades of gold. Experiment with copper undertones, too. Liner. For a super chic look, think winged cat eyes for the fall. Simply pencil the upper lid with a sloping line of thick, dusky liner. Harper’s Bazaar adds that aqua blue liner across the top lid makes a chic statement. For the minimalists among us, simply coat the inner rims with white pigment for a fresh, trendy highlight of the eyes. Lashes. Forget the rules when it comes to dramatic lashes. Thick, clumpy lashes are all the rage. If soft, subtle lashes are more your style, go for a short, spidery look that’s also been seen on the runways. Product pick: Transform your lashes with Stila Major Major Lash Mascara - Black . This long-lasting formula boosts your lashes for a fuller, more vibrant appearance that lasts all day and all night. Brows. Strong, bold brows are being embraced for the fall. So skip the tweezers and let your brows thicken. Fill in any sparse areas with a powder or pencil. Product pick: TALIKA Eyebrow Extender Light Brown is an advanced, easy to use solution for filling in over-plucked eyebrows. Simply apply as needed for eyebrows that appear naturally thicker. Lips. Paint your pucker with red – merlot, ruby, copper, crimson and all shades in between. Fruit-inspired hues of cantaloupe and watermelon in matte or shiny textures will also make your lips pop.

Also, don’t be fooled by the cool autumn air – don’t skip the SPF. Sun or snow, always protect your pout with an SPF balm.

Product pick: DuWop Pure Venom Pure Berry Lip Stain embodies the red-inspired shades of the season. This all-natural and mostly organic lip stain paints and plumps your pucker for a show-stopping smile. Nails. Bold manicures with metallic shades of silver, copper and gold are fall’s favorite trend. Harper’s Bazaar reports that bold shades of yellow are also a welcome look this fall. Choose matte hues that sparkle, or for a more subtle effect, opt for sheer shades. And file down your long nails for a short look that’s neat and clean. Match your nails with your eye makeup for an extra-chic look.

Finish with fragrance

Now that you’re in tune with fall’s trendiest colors and shades, take some time to find a fragrance that’s autumn appropriate. Swap summer’s light citrus and floral scents with warm, spicy aromas that better complement the season’s favorite shades. Fall fragrances feature vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli undertones in addition to coffee, spice, woody amber and musk.

All about autumn

It’s easy to remember the season’s trendiest shades – just fill your palette with the colors of your favorite autumn leaves. Copper, yellow and reds of all kinds mixed with some gold or peachy hues are sure to freshen up your look this fall season. View the original article here

During a long day at work, it's easy for your makeup to run, smudge and fade throughout the day. Use these simple tricks to conquer the elements and keep your look cool and polished at the office.

Not all makeup can overcome heat, humidity, rain and eight hours of the office environment. But thankfully, even the most seemingly dire makeup mishaps can be fixed discreetly in the office with a carefully packed tool kit. And better yet, most catastrophes can be prevented in the first place by using the right products.

Read on to learn what to pack in your tool kit and how to use these products to refresh your makeup midday.

How to fix – and prevent – common makeup mishaps at the office

Faded foundation

Uneven lipstick

Prevent: The simplest way to keep lipstick evenly distributed is to use a lip primer, which essentially creates an even base for your color and keeps your hue strong throughout the day. As M.A.C. Cosmetics Senior Artist John Stapleton says, “If you want paint to stick on the wall you need to prime it first.” Try a primer like Too Faced Lip Insurance to keep your lipstick from fading, bleeding and creasing.

To learn more tricks and tips on lipstick, see our article Change Your Look: Eye Makeup History and How-To.

Fix: If you have a lipstick dilemma but are without your makeup bag, try dabbing a cotton swab dipped in a little moisturizer over the smudged area to diffuse the color. To redistribute color and give your lips a renewed look, swipe on a sheer lip gloss or balm.

Smudged eyeliner

Prevent: Unfortunately, eye pencils don’t bode well in the hot summer months, and often end up looking smudged or patchy after a few hours. For all-day wear in the summer, switch to waterproof liquid eye liner, like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

To learn more about eye liner, see our article Change Your Look: Eye Makeup History and How-To.

Fix: If you don’t have your eye liner with you to reapply the line, use a cotton swab dipped in a bit of water or moisturizer to blend the smudged areas. Better yet, keep an eye liner brush in your desk for a more professional-looking fix.

Creased eye shadow

Runny mascara

Prevent: Mascara can easily run in humid weather, so start by choosing a waterproof brand, like Colorescience Pro Waterproof Mascara, especially in the hot months of summer. Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff explains, “Regular mascara tends to flake off and rub off.” If you prefer your regular water-based mascara, at least use a waterproof brand as a second coat. If you still have trouble with running, try skipping mascara on the lower lashes, which is where mascara is most likely to smear and run.

To learn more about mascara, see our article Mastering the Art of Mascara: History and How-To.

Fix: If you find yourself with runny mascara midday at the office, blot the smudge away with a wet cotton swab or paper towel. Apply concealer under your eyes to cover up any remaining dark tinge.

Packing your office makeup tool kit

To fix your makeup during office hours, your basic office makeup tool kit should fit inside a small, portable bag and consist of:

Many office makeup mishaps can be avoided by using long-wearing products that won’t smear or smudge. But if you find yourself in a jam, you can easily freshen up your look with these simple tips and the right tool kit.

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With a change as simple as thicker eyeliner or a brighter shade of eye shadow, different eye makeup applications can drastically alter your look. Read on to learn about eye makeup's deep heritage, how to decipher the different types of products on the shelves, discover some tips on flawless application and find out how to choose the right colors for your complexion.

Every woman has her own signature cosmetic item that she wears even on days when she goes “makeup-free,” whether it's lip gloss, eye liner or mascara. But whatever your preferred product is, there’s no denying the dramatic power of eye makeup in the right situation. Once you learn a little more about eye makeup – how to create a look specifically for day or night, proper application and shade selection – eye makeup will become an effortless step in your daily beauty routine.

Eye makeup's smudged roots: Kohl

Eye makeup has been around for centuries, but its original purpose wasn’t cosmetic. Kohl, the great ancestor of today’s eye makeup, is a lead-based black eye paint that’s now known to be toxic when used long-term, but it was used as far back as Ancient Egypt and the Bronze Age.

Kohl was not used for decoration, but to shield the sun’s heavy rays, much like athletes do today. In fact, some mothers even carefully spread kohl around their infant's eyes in the belief that it would bring strength and good health while warding off evil spirits. Since the average lifespan was much shorter at the time, women didn't suffer from the poisonous effects of kohl, like cataracts, as they would now.

During these times, women were also known to decorate their eyes with emerald green paint made from a malachite powder mixed with an adherent, most likely animal fat. And, since brushes were yet to be invented, the makeup was often applied with a small stick or bone. Research today suggests that this emerald malachite powder may have also helped kill bacteria around the eyes.

Eye makeup today has evolved to safer, non-toxic formulas, but it still has that same dramatic effect. Although kohl is now banned by the FDA in the United States because of its toxic properties, its prominence in eye makeup lives on, and you can find imitation “kohl” eye liners that give that dark, charcoal-like effect, sans the safety risks. However, some parts of the world still use kohl, so be safe and check the ingredient list when buying eye makeup abroad.

Types of eye makeup and how to apply

While you might be overwhelmed by all the different tools and products, a professional-looking eye makeup application is really just a four-step process. Begin with a base or primer, then apply eye shadow and follow with eye liner. Finish the look with mascara. To learn about the history and how-to of mascara, read our complete guide here.

Step 1: Base

Eye makeup primer. If your eye makeup wears off easily or creases as the day goes on, a simple solution is to start by applying an eye makeup base, which contain silicones and polymers that hold the shadow in place throughout the day. Some primers, like bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, aim to brighten your eyes while providing a smooth, even palette for your color. In a pinch, you can also use foundation or tinted moisturizer as an eye makeup primer.How to apply. To ensure a flawless, even look, always select a shade that matches your skin tone. To apply, makeup artist Bobbi Brown instructs, “Use a large shadow brush and saturate your lids with the color from your lash line to your brow bone.”

Step 2: Shadow

Powder eye shadow. Powder shadows are probably the first shadows you’ve tried and are the easiest to blend and contour. They’re typically sold in a handy compact – although mineral formulas come in small, separate containers. When choosing a color, remember that the shadow might look dark in the compact, but it’ll appear lighter and more translucent on your lids. Cream eye shadow. Cream eye shadows give your lids a smooth shade that’s more defined than powder shadow. Even though they’re waterproof, creams can wear off easily when applied to oily skin. Most cream shadows, like NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow, can be easily applied with your fingertips or a convenient pen applicator and are a good choice for on-the-go application.How to apply. Using a brush or your fingers, simply glide the color on right up to the crease of your eyelids, adding a second coat to give the shade a deeper glow in the evenings. Liquid eye shadow. These shadows dry as soon as they touch your lids, giving your eyes a bold, shimmering effect that’s best for nights out when you want a more dramatic look.

Step 3: Liner

Pencil or crayon eye liner. Whether powder-based or wax-based, this type of eye liner is extremely versatile. They’re the best choice for blending into the lash line for a natural daytime look, yet they can easily be smudged for a smoky eye effect for evening wear. Some pencils, like bareMinerals Big and Bright Eyeliner Pencil, even come with a smudge tip on the other end.How to apply. Using short strokes, begin on the outer upper eyelid and move inward above the lashes, keeping the pencil as close to the lash line as possible. It's important not to literally draw a line – some women prefer to draw a series of dots along the lash line and then blend them to fill in the spaces. To set the liner, apply a loose layer of powder at the end.

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If the thought of completely redoing your makeup in just half an hour makes you cringe, you’re not alone. But creating an evening-ready look at the end of a day at the office doesn’t have to be painful, even in a short time span. Try these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a stress-free evening in no time at all.

The trick to going swiftly from day to night makeup is preparation. You should have all of your necessities ready to go, so when your day is done, you can create your look whether you’re sitting in your car or using the office restroom. Find out what you need for both day and night, and how to get ready in just a few simple steps.

The office makeup: Your morning regimen

If you know you’ll be in a rush to create your evening appearance later in the day, start the morning with a lighter look. As we all know, that third coat of mascara just doesn’t look as fresh as your morning efforts. Here are a few quick tips to start out your day.

Skincare: Make sure to thoroughly wash your face in the morning, and use a toner or scrub to get it squeaky clean. Then, use a good moisturizer to ensure your skin stays hydrated when you do your makeup a second time later in the day. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Mascara: The key is to find a mascara that comes off easily, as you won’t want to be scrubbing off black streaks in the office bathroom. Waterproof mascaras are too difficult to remove, so use just a single coat of a glossy mascara and save the dramatic lashes for the evening. Blinc Kiss Me Mascara Medium Brown can be removed with just plain water, or you can add another coat over the top.

If possible, create a blank slate

Have 10 extra minutes? If you can, remove your daytime makeup before starting on your nighttime look. Since you’re only removing makeup, not deep cleansing, you’ll only need three products:

Cleansing wipes. These are your staple in quick makeup removal, as they don’t require water – which is perfect if you’re doing your makeup in the car. Korres Pomegranate Cleansing and DeMake Up Wipes are rich in antioxidants and moisturize skin while cleansing. Lotion. To keep skin feeling hydrated after you’ve used a cleansing wipe, use just a dab of a lightweight lotion as your final step.

Evening makeup made simple

Now it’s time for the fun part. Your evening makeup should be more dramatic than daytime makeup, but you won’t have time for the smudging and contouring that you might normally do. Here’s how to keep it simple, yet sophisticated.

Face. Now that you’re working with clean skin, your foundation should go on smoothly and evenly. Try a dewy, lightweight foundation like Illuminare Fantastic Finish Foundation Florentine Fair, and dust your face with translucent powder if your skin has gotten shiny over the course of the day. Eyes. Add drama to your look with a thin line of dark eyeliner. Black is the most dramatic, but you can also use a smoky grey, deep purple or dark navy. Follow with a lighter shade on your upper eyelid, and finish with a coat of black mascara – a staple for any look. Makeup artist Lala Flores tells Cosmopolitan that if you’re really in a hurry, you can skip eye shadow and use two or three coats of volumizing mascara instead.

The shortcut

Let’s face it – sometimes, you just don’t have time to remove your makeup and start from scratch, no matter how equipped you are. If you’re going to keep your makeup from the morning, here’s how to touch up:

Face. StyleList suggests starting with a sponge dipped in foundation to touch up spots where your foundation has worn thin, followed by powder to fix shiny patches. Eyes. Instead of redoing your eye liner and mascara from earlier, sweep a neutral shade of eye shadow across both lids and under the lower lashes. Use liquid eye liner to trace over your old liner – this should glide over your lids easily and really make your eyes stand out. If you want to make your eyes pop even more, Green Health Research suggests using a darker version of your daytime eye color – a dark purple if you’re wearing lavender shadow, or a deep, smoky grey if you’re wearing a lighter shade like silver-grey.Lips. Select a lip color that’s two shades darker than the color you’re already wearing. StyleList suggests using a lip brush for a more precise application.

Multi-purpose makeup

Some items that you can keep in your makeup bag serve multiple purposes. Here are a few:

Foundation. In addition to the obvious, you can use foundation to smooth out creases on the eyelids and brighten the area under the eyes. Dip a sponge in foundation and use to touch up the morning’s foundation or conceal blemishes. Moisturizer. Use small dots of moisturizer to hydrate dry spots and smooth roughness before adding foundation. You can also use moisturizer to remove eye liner. It’s an easy item to keep at work, and a good way to remove makeup without dehydrating the skin around your eyes. Just avoid medicated lotions, such as those with salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Loose powder. If you have oily-prone skin, loose powder is a great way to ensure a shine-free night. You can also use it as a finishing powder, sweeping it over eye makeup, face makeup or even lipstick. Try an illuminating powder like Philosophy The Supernatural Moonlight to highlight your complexion and add shimmer to your eye makeup.

If you’re prepared, your transition from day to night should be simple. The basic idea is to use makeup that can be removed easily in the morning, then remove all traces of your old makeup at the end of the day. Finally, with just a few staple items – foundation, blush, eye shadow, mascara and lipstick – you can easily create a stunning evening look in a hurry.

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