9 beauty mistakes you didn’t know you were making (and how to fix them) 14



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We all want to look our best, and when we’re in our 60s, we tend to stick with routines we used in years past. But this may mean we have been making some beauty mistakes that were wrong – I know I’m guilty of a few!

Here’s 9 of the most common beauty mistakes and how to fix them.


1. Applying makeup with your hands

The goal when you apply foundation is to look natural and it not be obvious you’re wearing any. It’s tempting to slather it on with your hands, but to ensure it’s truly blended, you should use a foundation brush (and clean it regularly), sponge (teardrop-shaped ones are best) or a stippling brush. You’ll notice the difference, not to mention you’ll avoid spreading bacteria on your hands to your face.


2. Wearing too much lipliner

Lipliner should be applied to stop lipstick from bleeding, and should be the same colour as your lipstick, however many women choose different colours to line and fill. Use a small liplining brush to apply your lipstick colour to your lip line, drawing within your lips and not around the edge. This can make the pencil bleed into the fine lines around your mouth.

3. Using too much powder

As we age, we should adapt our makeup routine. What you might not realise is that applying powder to wrinkles is a bit of a no-no and powder instead should just be applied to your T-zone – your forehead, nose and chin. Its purpose is to eliminate shine, not cover up.


4. Applying makeup in bad lighting

I’m definitely guilty of this! Using the unnatural light from our bathroom mirror to apply makeup every morning might give you a rude shock when you go out in the daylight. Try to place a mirror near a window with natural lighting so you can be sure your makeup looks great.

5. Testing foundation on your hand

When trying to find a new foundation or concealer, a lot of women will test the shade by applying it on the back of their hand. But in reality, this technique isn’t effective because the colour of the skin on your hands isn’t necessarily the same as the skin on your face. Test the foundation on your jawline – it’ll give you a much more accurate shade.

6. Using expired makeup

It’s one of our worst beauty habits but using expired makeup can be bad for your skin. To see how much shelf life your makeup has left, click here.


7. Curling eyelashes after applying mascara

We’re not sure where this tip started but many women try to curl their lashes after they have put on their mascara. It’s the other way around! This will stop the device from pulling out your eyelashes and making the curler dirty.



8. Using the wrong colour blush

Back in the 80s, bright blush was all the rage but now, subtle tones are far better. If you find that your blush looks unnatural, try switching from powder to cream, or vice versa. And make sure your applying to the apples of your cheeks, and it’s a blush look, not a flushed look.


9. Drawing eyeliner on just the lower lid

Only applying eyeliner to the lower lid can give you a severe look, instead of a soft, subtle one. Instead, apply just a little and blend in with your lashes on both the bottom and top. Black eyeliner is suited only to black lashes, so try to find a colour that suits your natural eyelash colour.


Tell us, which were you doing wrong? 


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  1. Rarely wear makeup. What I have is expired -still works for the rare occasions when I feel like tarting myself up.

  2. Rules are made to be bent. I love makeup because it seems to transform me. Its always been a part of the grooming process I use before going out. I am not a natural beauty, my skin is blotchy and make up evens out my skin tone and is definitely an improvement.
    Anyone who can transform themselves by using make up in a flattering way, I am sure appreciates it.

  3. Makeup is part of who I am but I do update my style regularly. I will now read about what I doing wrong!!!

  4. One big issue I have with girls applying makeup is that many only apply it to their chins and not down to their necklines. I was taught many seasons ago that your face ‘ends’ where your neck attaches to your body. The same tender care you give your face needs to be applied to your neck as well. How often do you look at wedding photos and the bride looks like she has a mask on because her face is a shade lighter than her neck? The hint I was given is to ‘drag’ your make down your neck, thereby lightening the colour to blend in better. I have always done this and although I use foundation and powder, I always get told that I look very ‘natural’. Why only be kind to the skin on your face with all the moisturiser, toner and creams and not your neck? See how quickly that can age you?? This is something I told my daughters as well.

    But then, again, I suppose it depends on how much you really care for yourself – and any daughters you may have.

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    • I too was always taught the same thing and have applied that teaching to my daughter. Nothing looks worse than when the makeup stops at the chin. Looking as though you are wearing a ‘mask’ is a good description.

  5. I always wear make up makes you feel better and even in the garden I put lippy and a bit of blush on I’ve always worked with the public and was just about the only one that wore make up to work but always felt dressed for the day ☺️

  6. The older you get, the more natural you should be.. Thick make up, over done eyes & heavily colored lips can look terrible on anyone but when you are old it just looks pathetic..

  7. The secret is to look like your not wearing foundation and blush it’s all about the blending of them. I always wear makeup if I don’t I just washed out look and my lips are very pale too, it takes a bit of time to apply but I love doing it and wearing, I use a tinted foundation and you can just see my freckles peeping through and a very light dusting of loose powder and Bobs your uncle.

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