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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 but they should; otherwise, 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 are 5 common beauty blunders and how to fix them.

Dark, dramatic eyes can be tricky to pull off as they tend to be 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. 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, which can be too heavy, and opt for a soft, easy-to-apply pencil.

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. The perfect shade is just a bit bolder than the person's natural lip colour. A lot of women are really stuck on the idea of always using heavy lipstick, but we think that gloss gives a softer, more youthful appearance.

 Some ‘store-bought fake tans’ are very heavy and can make you look older. Some cheaper brands dry out your skin causing the tan to seep into your skin giving the impression that you are older. Also, too much tan looks like you are trying to hide something!

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, apply bronzer to your hairline and jawline, then rubbing just a tiny amount of cream blush (again, the powder can flake and settle into creases) into the apples of your cheeks.

Although not a make up blunder it’s something that can impact your look drastically. Many women associate flowing locks with youth, and short styles—i.e. "mum 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.

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