While there's a certain brand of elegance and wisdom that can only come with age, we don't want to look older than we really are. If you think you're piling on the years with the makeup you put on, read on for 10 makeup mistakes that you might be guilty of!

1. A HEAVY BASE
You know that luminous glow young people have? Piling on the foundation won't help you nab that. Heavy foundation creates a mask-like look that's anything but flattering, and excessive amounts of it will just settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, opt for sheer formulations like tinted moisturizers and BB creams. "The more skin you can see, the better. As long as it is well-hydrated, fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion," makeup artist Sandy Linter advises.

2. CAKED ON CONCEALER
While concealer is a must-have for covering up blemishes, one with a too-thick consistency isn't suitable for the delicate skin under your eyes. It will just cake up and settle into creases, further emphasizing the area instead of downplaying it. Make the switch to a liquid highlighter pen to mask dark shadows instead.

3. TOO MUCH POWDER
An excess of oil is an issue Filipinas are all too familiar with, but this sheen is actually what gives skin a healthy, supple, and youthful look. So while you shouldn't completely avoid powder, limit it to your nose and chin. Makeup artist Sandy Linter points out that powder anywhere else "exaggerates wrinkles and can make skin look too dry." A better alternative? Oil-blotting sheets which, in our opinion, should be every girl's best friend!

4. UNNATURALLY DARK BROWS
If you think your brows are non-existent now, wait until you get older! "Your brow color fades as you age," points out makeup artist Denise Markey. "The brow pencil that you were using at 25 will look too stark against your complexion at 50." There's nothing harsher than two dark swoops standing out from your face, so pick out a brow liner or powder that's a tone or two lighter than the color you were born with.

5. EYELINER AND MASCARA ON LOWER LASH LINE
The under eye area is particularly susceptible to dark circles and crow's feet, so the last thing you would want to do is attract more attention to it. Mascara and liner on the lower lash line will also definitely smudge in the heat, lending your face a haggard look. Furthermore, "Mascara there can emphasize any dark under eye circles, and that makes you look tired and older," says Doris Day, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center.

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1_aging-makeup-mistakes.jpg6. SHIMMER OVERLOAD
When you reach a certain age, you never want to appear like you're trying hard—and you can bet sparkles and excessive shimmer give off that image. A little luminescence won't hurt though, so be strategic when applying illuminators. A dab or two on your brow bones and on top of your cheekbones is more than enough.

7. LOOK-AT-ME BLUSH
When it comes to blush, leave the intensely bright shades to pop stars on music videos and models at photo shoots. For real life, barely there hues like soft rose and subdued pink are better. It's also important to know where to apply your blush. Patting it on the apples of your cheeks will give off a clown-like appearance, while sweeping it way below the cheekbone will emphasize sagging skin. Your best bet would be to brush it just above the cheekbone using upward sttrokes.

8. DARK LIPSTICK
Lips generally get thinner as you age. So how do you bring back the full kissers of your youth without resorting to cosmetic procedures? By foregoing deep, dark lip shades like plum, burgundy, and wine. Instead, reach for lighter shades like bright corals and rosy pinks, or light-reflecting glosses that give the illusion of a plump pout.

9. HEAVILY LINED LIPS
Can you say '90s throwback? If the thought of looking like Victoria Beckham back when she was known as Posh Spice scares you (do a quick image search on her name plus "lip liner"—it's not pretty), then have a light hand when applying lip liner. We also can't stress enough the importance of picking the shade that matches your lips, so that when your lippie fades and your liner stays put, you won't be left with a ridiculous outline around your mouth.

10. EXCESSIVE BRONZER
Thanks to the good folks of Jersey Shore, the words "fake tan" have come to bear a negative connotation. No woman worth her years should ever aspire to look like Snooki and friends, so ease up on the bronzer. Interestingly enough, bronzers don't just give the appearance of aged skin. It actually dries the skin up, no thanks to an ingredient called mica, "so your skin ends up looking really parched, old, and cakey," warns television makeup artist Carmindy.

(Photo by Catalin Pop via sxc.hu)

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