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15 Beauty Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older Than Your Age

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There are a lot of changes to adjust to as you get older. Your metabolism slows down, those dreaded gray hairs pop up, and hangovers become an all-day event. When it comes to maturing, you already know what products to buy and what tips to try, but do you know what mistakes you've been making? With a few simple tweaks to your beauty routine, you'll feel and look as fresh as you did when you were in college . . . just don't attempt any tequila shots.

Wearing the wrong powder: The whole point of dusting on powder is to decrease shine — but is the product you're using highlighting your flaws? Look for an HD formula: the microfine particles won't settle into (and draw attention to) fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. 

Passing up primer:The whole point of primer is to give you a perfect canvas upon which you can apply your foundation. Silicone-based primers are especially effective at smoothing out your complexion and filling in wrinkles and pores, so when you apply foundation on top, you'll look flawless — and your makeup will last much longer.

Dyeing hair all one color:That raven-black dye job was cute in high school, but now that you’re a little more mature, it looks way too severe. Visit a colorist and ask them about adding dimension to your color. Brighter face-framing layers will warm up your complexion and make you look more youthful.

Not exfoliating regularly:Exfoliating is essential for all ages. Not only does it prevent bacteria from building up in pores and turning into acne, but shedding those old, dead layers triggers cellular turnover. That means your skin will work harder to create fresh new cells. You should be exfoliating your face and body at least twice a week.

Not drinking water:Hydrated skin is firm, radiant, and healthy. While regularly moisturizing (every day!) goes a long way, you can give your skin a major boost by helping it glow from the inside out. Drink up! Click here to learn how to figure out how much water you should be drinking daily.

Rarely wearing sunscreen:This should seem like an obvious point, but it bears repeating: you should wear sunscreen every single day. Even if it's not sunny outside, even if it's Winter, and even if the only times you'll be outdoors is walking from your car to your office and vice versa. 

Wearing too much black eyeliner:That harsh hue is drawing attention to your crows' feet! If you can't give up lower liner, consider a softer shade like charcoal or chocolate.

Skipping out on lip liner:You mastered applying red lipstick without a mirror long ago. It’s time you incorporated liner into that routine. As you mature, fine lines form around your mouth (especially if you were or are a smoker), and color can migrate into those lines. Keep your lip look on lock by lining your pout first — the firm formula of the pencil will prevent creamy product smears.

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