Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ladies Corner: Makeup And Clothing Mistakes That Age You



Hello Ladies, Thought to share these with you.

Your choice of clothing and cosmetics can highlight your sense of style, compliment your best features, and keep you looking fresh and full of life. But sometimes these decisions can backfire: an ill-fitting dress that stretches and sags in all the wrong places, or a shade of makeup that accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. Women don't always update their fashion and beauty routines as they get older,the same products and pieces that once worked so well for them could suddenly give away their real age-or worse, make them look even older than they really are. Here are15 common beauty blunders, and anti-aging advice and how to fix them.

1. Dressing Too Trendy
Unless you're on an unlimited budget, steer clear of fashions that seem very in-the-moment, you won't be able to wear them for very long before they (and you) look dated and behind the times. "Rather than invest in pieces that could stay overtime and still look trendy. Stick to classic, sophisticated items that will stand the test of time,". That doesn't mean you can't infuse some edgier styles into your wardrobe, though. "Look to trends that are here to stay: leather, military, dark florals, plaid, and slimmer cuts such as tailored pants and pencil skirts." 


2. Being Nostalgic About Clothes
A lot of women tend to hang onto things that just don't fit right. "Some are way too big and boxy; some are so small you can barely button them-but they keep them, either because they spent a lot of money on them or because they have sentimental value." Consider having these pieces tailored, if possible, so you can continue to wear them with confidence,Otherwise, give  them out or sell them to those mallams that would give you a plastic bucket in exchange.

3. Wearing Your Hair Too Long
Many women associate flowing locks with youth, and short styles-i.e. "mom haircuts"-with maturity. "But as you get older and begin to lose fat in your face, really long, straight hair can actually make you look more drawn,". Choosing a cut with face-framing layers and lots of body, on the other hand, can help your face appear rounder and more youthful.

4.Using Heavy Black Eye Liner
Dark, dramatic eyes can be tricky to pull off, they tend to be less and less flattering on most women as they age. "Our eyelashes thin out as we get older, and women sometimes try to overcompensate for that with lots of black makeup," she says. "All that does, though, is draw attention to the wrinkles around your eyes." Instead of a black liner, choose a dark brown or grey, and remember that less is more. Skip liquid liners, too, which can be too heavy, and opt for a soft, easy-to-apply pencil.(I'm guilty of this)





5. Ignoring Your Hands And Chest
Of course, even if you're wearing sunscreen on your face every day, chances are you may be neglecting other parts of your body. "Your hands, neck, and chest are also exposed to sun on a daily basis, and women tend to forget about protecting them the same way they do their face.These are the areas that can be a dead giveaway, even if your face looks really youthful." (In fact, a 2013 Australian study found that women who used sunscreen on their hands every day showed no signs of aging after four years.) Along with a regular SPF, a daily moisturizer can also keep skin looking and feeling smooth and baby soft.

6. Going Too Tight (Or Too Loose)
Anything in the extreme-whether it's too tight, too loose, too short, too long-can draw negative attention especially if you're visibly uncomfortable or self-conscious while you're wearing it. If you're wearing tight fitted clothes because you think it will make you look younger-and you're ignoring the fact that you're bulging out of it-then that's all anyone else is going to see." But don't go too far in the other direction.

7.Wearing A Belt
For looser silhouettes that may be comfortable but not ultra flattering,please add a belt."Choose one that matches for an overall slimmer picture, or one with a contrasting color to really highlight a slim waist and hourglass figure.If you're wearing thick or loose clothes, a belt is a great way not to get lost in the clothes.


8. Wearing Dark Lipstick
A well-defined pout can help define your features, but one that's too dark (or too bright) may just draw attention to laugh lines. A lot of women are really stuck on the idea of always using heavy lipstick, but I think that gloss gives a softer, more youthful appearance."
Too Bright?
9.Using Too Much (Or The Wrong) Foundation
The solution to fine lines isn't always to cover them with loads of makeup, says Ping; in fact, if you use too much foundation you'll risk it settling into those creases, only making them more noticeable. "The key is to spot correct only where you need it, with a liquid or cream foundation, concealer, or even just a tinted moisturizer." (Powder-based formulas can cake in creases, she says, and they can make dry skin-a common problem as you age-look flaky.) Also, be sure your foundation matches your skin tone, which can also change as you get older. "A lot of women use the same color forever, but you should really reevaluate every few years to see if it's still the best fit."

10. Going Rogue With Rouge
Too much blush doesn't just look bad-it can really label you as an "old lady,". "There was a certain era when more was better when it came to blush, and you can still spot those women today because they're still piling it on." For a more natural looking glow, applying bronzer to your hairline and jawline, then rubbing just a tiny amount of cream blush (again, powder can flake and settle into creases) into the apples of your cheeks.
   
11. Staying Neutral
So now you know that too much eye or lip color can make you look older-but so can not enough, according to a 2013 study from Gettysburg University. When volunteers were asked to compare pictures of human faces, they rated those with more facial contrast as looking younger. Darker lips, eyes, and eyebrows seemed to make the most difference, say the researchers, possibly because lips tend to get thinner and eyebrows tend to turn gray as a person ages. A good makeup application will pump up a person's natural contrast, darkening the eyes and lips (and filling in thinned out eyebrows) without being too obvious or over-the-top.

12. Dressing Too Young
Wearing something that your daughter (or granddaughter) might pick out? Chances are, people will notice-but not the way you want them to. "In our society, we expect to see certain trends from certain age groups. "If you're a 50-year-old woman and you dress like a 9-year-old or a 19-year-old, it's not going to gel with our expectations. The incongruence can be pretty harsh, and it can accentuate your age rather than hide it."

13. Mismatching Tops And Bottoms
Wearing styles that don't work well together is unflattering for all ages, and can add years to an otherwise youthful appearance. "A great rule of thumb is that if you're wearing a skinny silhouette on the bottom, choose a more forgiving, flowy piece on top. Or flip it: If wearing a tighter top, add a looser, flared skirt or a wide-leg pant to balance out the proportions." Not only does this strategy let you show off your best assets, but it can also hide the trouble spots you're not totally confident about.

14. Falling For Color Trends
Experimenting with colours is good only if they are a good fit for your complexion, they can make you look washed out and tired. Instead of banking on fads that will come and go, curate your wardrobe to have a strong base of classic colors like black, navy, gray, olive, camel, and white. "Use accent colors-like red, purple, cobalt, and emerald-to fill it out and add a punch. "Add a perfect pastel accessory, for example, like a pretty tote, statement earrings, or pointy-toe pumps.#ColourBlockers Take Note!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 15. Abusing Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive, but it's also the skin women tend to be harshest on. We apply all kinds of creams and cosmetics there, but you can do more harm than good if you're too aggressive." Too much rubbing, poking, and prodding can not only damage the skin and it can cause red, puffy eyes, as well-not a good look at any age. Always remove eye makeup at the end of the day (sleeping in it can cause irritation and infection), but use a gentle cleanser and a soft towel or cotton swab; avoid scrubbing too hard or using a rough washcloth.

 Info Culled From Yahoo


Meanwhile, i hope you were able to pick a thing or two? I sure did. Drop a line and lets read something new you learnt from this piece.


Cheers

5 comments:

  1. Crunchy apple ur blog backgroud is not encouraging to d eyes

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this....

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  3. Beautiful advice especially on hand cream usage.Am so so guilty of non usage and my hands are so rough n coarse that pple ask if I grew up in da village,hehehehe.

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