We can all agree that the purpose of make-up is to enhance your appearance by amplifying the beautiful features that you already have. As a result, if your make-up makes you look like an entirely different person, there is a problem. Sometimes, your make-up may not change your appearance but it could make you look much older than you are.

Here are some make-up mistakes that make you look older and how you can avoid them.

Dark lipstick

Dark-coloured lipstick is a bold choice that can be tricky to pull off. Dark lipstick makes your lips look smaller than they are and that's not the look you should be going for.

Solution: Look for brighter shades of lipstick for a fuller and youthful look. There are a million shades to choose from.

Thin eyebrows

Not everyone has been graced with the ability to their eyebrows. Some people attempt to trim their eyebrows and end up shaving most of them, leaving a small unflattering thin line where the eyebrows should have been.

Solution: Get a professional to do your eyebrows and make sure they do not shave too thin. If your eyebrows are naturally thin, use your make-up to fill them in for a thicker set of eyebrows and fewer years.

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The foundation enthusiasm

Foundation is an integral part of facial make-up that is used to cover flaws and create an even tone. Nevertheless, used wrongly, it can add flaws! For instance, too much foundation will crease on your face and give an illusion of wrinkles!

Solution: Moisturize your face and apply a primer before using the foundation. When you start applying the foundation, only use a sizeable amount; just enough to cover your flaws and create a smooth complexion. Also, make sure you use the right kind of blender to smooth the foundation.

Wrong shade of make-up

We have all heard the horror stories of a bride wearing a magnificent gown and make-up that was just horrible. The worst mistake you can make when applying make-up is to use products that are too light for your skin tone. Lighter products will not only leave you looking like a clown, but they will also give an illusion of age.

Solution: Always match the product to the shade of your skin before leaving the store. Some stores allow you to apply a test product on your skin to see if it matches. You can also ask for help from a beautician.

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Not using sunscreen

The face is almost always exposed to the sun. While your skin needs Vitamin D whose primary source is the sun, the sun is also a source of harmful rays that speed up the ageing process.

Solution: Get some sunscreen and use it daily. Do not let anyone deceive you that black women do not need sunscreen. Also, drink lots of water. Your skin will thank you for it.

All that glitters is not gold

Glitters and shimmery make-up may work for Halloween or  a wild night out. However, for your daily make-up, glitters and shimmers tend to add more years to your face as they accentuate your fine lines and wrinkles especially as you age.

Solution: Stay away from the shimmers. If you must have some glitter on, make sure it's on the lower side.

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Make-up is much more than getting a bunch of products and applying them to your face. A single mistake can ruin your entire look and leave you feeling confidence deprived.

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