This Is the Number-One Makeup Mistake Older Women Make, According to Bobbi Brown

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With the right products and application technique, makeup can seriously enhance your look. But if done incorrectly, it can have the opposite effect, even going as far as making the things you were trying to hide (i.e. fine lines and wrinkles) look worse than they did before. According to makeup artist and beauty mogul, Bobbi Brown, it's common for women—especially women with mature skin—to fall victim to the same makeup mistakes again and again, and it’s making them look years older.

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“Many older women wear foundation that's too heavy,” says Brown. “It makes the skin look drier, and I think it makes them look even older.” Luckily, this is an easy mistake to fix. “Using a tinted moisturizer [instead] is great, or I really like when you just spot-cover,” Brown explains. “Women don't really need coverage everywhere. So, for lighter coverage, I use moisturizer and then I'll mix one of my favorite bronzers in with a big brush and use that to kind of create a sheer tinted moisturizer.”

Not only does mixing bronzer with your favorite moisturizer give a light, natural veil of coverage to the skin, but it also saves you money because you won’t have to buy any new foundations. Talk about a win-win.

  • Terriwith2arfs
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    Yes and no. I've had skin problems all of my life (I'm also an Aesthetician) and am 59. IF you buy the right foundation for your skin, you won't have the mask, old lady look. I would never wear concealer under my eyes, around my mouth (hello, grandma) but have found that light application of the correct foundation is the key. A lot of us still need full coverage, just be very discerning before buying. I love La Prairie's "Caviar Foundation with concealer in an attached container on the top. Very expensive, but it the absolute best and lasts forever!

  • Shirley
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    Im guessing it is powder bronzer? That you use With a moisturizer?

  • Jaysie
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    Is Bobbi recommending mixing a powder bronzer with moisturizer? Cream bronzer? Gel bronzer? Whichever it is, we need more bronzers with an SPF.

  • Anna-Laura Lawson
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    Older women? No, that's also for29!

  • Michele Pfaff
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    Love it and it makes sense. The thing I'm finding is tinted moisturizers are all not the same...neither are BB creams which I don't like anymore then foundation. Does Bobby have a good tinted moisturizer??

  • Anonymous
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    I agree... been doing that for some time now and it works! Don't like foundation

  • Mary Rivera
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