Are Your Old Makeup Habits Making You Look Older?

make up tips for aging skin


Old habits die hard and when it comes to using makeup it is so easy to just stick with the products you like using. As you get older and the number of lines start to increase and things get a little droopy, there are some make up habits that can make you look older and nobody wants that.

In days gone by I would not step out the front door without a face full of makeup, but now it does not worry me in the slightest. If I am going out and getting dressed up, using makeup finishes the look and I think would feel naked without it. I am all about enhancing what I have but I sure don’t want to add any more years than necessary to my face. It might be time to look at some of the products that you use incase they are no longer the best choice.


Every new mascara that comes on to the market promises you super long lashes and mascara is one of the most beneficial things you should include in your daily makeup. As you age your hair becomes finer and this even includes your lashes. Choose a mascara that focuses on thickening your lashes instead, to help create a frame around your eyes that will give them a more open and brighter look.


This has been one of the hardest habits to give up as I have gotten older as I just can’t resist sparkly things and will gravitate towards a metallic eyeshadow like a magnet. BUT, metallic eyeshadow will find every little crease on your eyelids and will make themselves right at home and in turn make sure everyone can see them. A matte eyeshadow will not accentuate the fine lines nearly as much and using a light cream coloured shadow just under eyebrows will take the attention away from the eyelid that is now a lot more hooded that it was in our 20’s.


The exact opposite applies when it comes to lipstick. In recent times matte lipsticks have become the in the thing, but their formulation lacks moisture to help them create that look. A creamy lipstick will moisturise your lips which helps to soften the lines and plump up the lips making them look more youthful. If you have not been a fan of lip liner in the past, using one now can really help stop lipstick from bleeding up into creases around the edge of your lips.


Bold brows have been popular for decades, and as our eyebrows thin out and even have to deal with the addition of a grey one or ten, it is tempting to add all the colour to combat this. A softer brown shade will still add some accentuation without the harshness and is a much less aging choice.


Regular exfoliation, using a good moisturiser and a primer will create the smoothest base to apply your makeup on to and give you the most youthful look possible. We all should embrace every line and be thankful that we are still here, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t step out the front door feeling and looking good!

What’s your favourite makeup must have these days?

Do you need to ditch any old makeup habits?

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15 thoughts on “Are Your Old Makeup Habits Making You Look Older?

  1. Thanks for this. I adore metallic eyeshadows and it’s the hardest thing for me to give up, I’ve also reluctantly had to rethink my matte lippies…#teamlovinlife

  2. Thanks for this timely post, Nikki! I’m too heavy with the eyeliner. I’m planning to take it easy with the eye colour and contouring for work tomorrow and gradually weaning myself off the eyeliner.

    SSG xxx

  3. Good advice Nikki. Makeup needs a refresh on a regular basis I reckon. My go to at the moment is the Garnier BB cream. It gives me some colour and minimises uneven skin tone, add a pop of lipstick and I am out the door.

  4. Great tips – thank you! My make up routine has changed as I’ve gotten older. Less is more really. I like some foundation (but just light), some mascara, eyeliner if going out somewhere that needs it but none if not, lipstick and the new thing I do now is eyebrow pencil. There are more greys and less hair in the eyebrows than once there was so I like to darken and thicken. Never had to do that before. Oh well! lol #TeamLovinLife

  5. I could definitely do with a makeup makeover as I having been using the same makeup and application methods for decades. Thanks for these useful tips. #TeamLovinLife

    1. It so easy to stick with what you know, but I have definitely noticed a change is required….those damn lines.

  6. The metallic eyeshadow seems really ageing on others for me. I follow a few local makeup artists and a lot seem to use it for bridal parties and I think it often doesn’t suit the older members of the bridal party as – you’re right – it can look very wrinkly.

    I don’t stress too much about my wrinkles but I would like to work out what to do about the wrinkles above my top lip. I’ve never been a smoker but it looks like I have…. sigh. #teamlovinlife

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