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5 Lipstick Mistakes That Can Make You Look Older





Makeup trends may change, but beauty is timeless! With over 26 years in the beauty business here at A'PROPOS, we really have seen it all! Here is a quick list of 5 Timeless Tips to help your lips look beautiful at any age.


  1. Wearing Lipstick That Is Too Dark or Too Bright! Bright and bold lip colors are fun to wear, but it's important to be more selective about color as we get older. Lips tend to become thinner as we age and darker shades of lip color tend to accentuate that. Lighter colors like pinks, corals and some nudes can give the lips a fuller and more youthful look. Loud and bright colors can draw attention to fine lines around the lips, any unevenness or imperfections in the lip and make women look older.

  2. Not Wearing Lip Liner! We often hear our clients say they don’t use lip liner, as it conjures up outdated images of dark liner with light lip color.  However, lip liner serves multiple functions in creating a beautiful, polished look for lips. It prevents feathering and bleeding of lip colors into the small creases around the mouth, which no woman wants to draw attention to!  It also allows for correcting and enhancing the shape of the lips. Use a lip liner that matches, or is a shade darker, than your lipstick to help lips look plumper. Our Waterproof Lip Liners create the perfect barrier to keep lip colors and even glosses in place and lasting longer.

  3. Choosing The Wrong Formula! The lipstick's finish should also be a consideration. While matte lipsticks are increasingly popular right now, they can also be very drying and make lips appear older. A creamy lipstick or a lip stain with a bit of gloss, on the other hand, can be quite nourishing to lips and make them look younger. High-shine finishes can also draw attention to lips in an unflattering way.  Lacquer-like lip glosses and glossier lipsticks are typically made for younger women (and we’ve all seen some of them overdo it!)  and can look unflattering on older lips.

  4. Picking The Wrong Shade For Your Skin Tone! Understanding your skin’s undertones of warm or cool will guide you to the best lip color choices as well.  If you look better in pinks, and silver or white metal jewelry, you are a cool tone.  If you look better in peach colors and gold jewelry, you are a warm tone.  If you are one of the lucky few who can wear any of it well, you are a neutral tone-lucky you!  So how does this lesson translate into lipstick? If your skin has a cool undertone and you want to wear a red lipstick, pick one that has blue undertones as opposed to orange ones, and vice versa if your skin has a warm undertone. Staying within your own undertone will keep your look crisp, classic, and clean. To identify whether a lipstick has warm or cool undertones, test it out on your skin (a wrist or forearm, for example). Lipsticks with blue undertones will have a deeper, richer color and a lipstick with orange undertones will be brighter and more vibrant.

  5. Skipping Hydration and Exfoliation! Your lips need exfoliation and hydration like the rest of your face and body! When you apply lipstick to dry lips it can sink into cracks, which not only amplifies the look of aging but also makes for uneven lipstick application. We recommend  using A’PROPOS Lip Balms and Lip Scrubs to combat dryness. Applying lip balm nightly as well as a gentle lip scrub a couple times weekly will leave lips smoother and more youthful looking.

Need help picking a shade, formula, product or application?  Stop by for some assistance or schedule a Makeup Lesson or Makeup Application for a complete update!


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