Getting older has its fair share of perks. For example, a mature woman often carries around a natural sense of refined elegance, is most certainly wiser than her early 20s self and is far more stable in terms of pretty much everything (financially, emotionally, etc.).
Here at AOL Shopping, we urge you to own your age. Not only because being an older woman has its advantages, but because wearing the makeup or clothing that a teenager prances around in doesn't do you any favors. (And while we're being honest here, some of those fashion and beauty choices don't do the younger generations any favors, either).
In terms of cosmetics, older women should wear their makeup differently than a woman in her teens, 20s or even early 30s might. While you'd think that super heavy eyelashes and a splash of shimmery purple swiped across your eyelid would create a more youthful look, the exact opposite often happens.
Below are four examples of beauty mistakes that age a woman beyond her actual years. Read them, absorb them and then avoid them at all costs.
Dark, Matte Lipsticks
Sporting the wrong shade -- or even type -- of lipstick can age a woman pretty fast. Steer clear from super dark lipsticks in shades like brown, deep purple or red and choose a creamier, glossier lipstick over a matte. Matte lipsticks tend to settle into and highlight lip lines while creamier options create a more moisturized, youthful appearance.
To keep lipstick from spreading into wrinkles around the mouth, line the lips with a neutral lip liner that's the same shade as your lipstick. We love the quality of Bobbi Brown Lip Liner
($20) and L'Oreal's Colour Riche Lip Liner
($6.78). Maybelline's ColorSensational Lip Liner in Clear
($5.99) comes in hand when sporting lipsticks difficult to match.
Some of our favorite age-appropriate lipsticks include NARS Satin Lipstick
($24) and Clinique's Different Lipstick in Ripe Raisin
To create that bee-stung look, try a lip gloss that circulates blood to your lips to make them look fuller and rosier. We like DuWop's Venom Flash
($17) or Physician's Formula Plump Potion Lip Plumping Cocktail
Bright, Shimmery Shadows
A little shimmer is okay, but when it comes to adding color to your pretty peepers, leave green and purple to the Millennial generation. Also, keep the shimmer and sparkle to a very bare minimum, as shimmery eyeshadow can settle into wrinkles and highlight them the same way matte lipstick does to lips.
Instead of sporting the colors of the rainbow, stick to neutral eyeshadow shades. Then, to accentuate your eyes, wear several coats of thick mascara and curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, like this basic curler from Shiseido
As for eyeshadow, you'll find a keeper in NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadows
($33). These shadows are a little on the pricey side, but last for a long time and are easy to blend and are also crease-resistant.
Other eyeshadows we give our 100% approval of include Physician's Formula Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadows
($6.79), Ulta Matte Eyeshadows
($7) and MAC's highly pigmented eyeshadows
For some reason, many women shy away from color on their cheeks. This is a real shame, as bright blushes in shades like rosy pink and shimmery, golden mauve highlight a woman's vitality and youth.
On the contrary, choosing a boring blush -- or forgoing blush altogether -- often results in a sunken-in, tired look. And who wants that? Answer: Not this lady (and you shouldn't, either)!
If your skin is on the dryer side, opt for a creamy blush and apply with a sponge to blend in. Cream blushes that'll flatter include Philosophy's The Supernature Lit From Within Healthy Cream Blush
($9), LeMetier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tints
($28) and Revlon's Cream Blush
If creamy blushes make you nervous, you can always go with a traditional powder.
Try one of the following shades -- or similar -- for an especially youthful look: NARS blush in Angelika, Orgasm or Taj-Mahal
($25), CoverGirl Instant Cheekbones Countouring Blush in Purely Plum
($5.49) or Trish McElvoy Powder Blush in Peony Pink
Over Plucked Eyebrows
While the other extreme -- letting brows grow unkempt -- is never good, over plucking your eyebrows can age you just as quickly. Instead of going unkempt or over plucked, find a healthy medium. Also note that as you age, the hairs in your brow line grow much slower and, in some cases, some hairs never return.
You'll find the most flattering look is a defined eyebrow that's shaped and healthy-looking. You can achieve this look by reducing your tweezer's job to an every-other week role and by employing products like eyebrow pencils and eyebrow gel.
Use an eyebrow pencil in a shade that either matches your own or is one to two shades darker. Products worth investing in include It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
($24), MAC's Impeccable Brow Pencil
($15), Clinique's Instant Lift Brow Pencil
($15) and Tarte EmphasEYESTM For Brows High Definition Eyebrow Pencil
Also try an eyebrow kit, like this Brow Powder Duo by Laura Mercier
($24). And after you've defined the brows, set them with a product like Studio Gear Brow Set
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