5 Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Old

 makeup mistakes that make you look old

I find it comical that when I first started wearing makeup, I wanted to look just a little bit older. And, now that I’m older, I want to look a lot younger.  

Maybe this sounds all too familiar?

But, here’s the problem. In an effort to look younger, many of us over 40 end up making makeup mistakes that make us look olderYikes!

Today, I’m going to share 5 makeup mistakes that make you look old.

Mistake #1- Using black liner on your lower lashes

Guilty. I think I’ve used black eyeliner because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. But what I didn’t know is our eyes easily give away our age. Using black eyeliner not only draws attention to our age, it can also look a bit harsh. 

The fix: We need to create a softer focus around the eyes. We can do this beautifully by using white eyeliner on the lower water line (just above the last line.) White liner not only creates a softer look, it makes the eyes appear more open and awake.

Mistake #2- Using a traditional finishing powder

Typical finishing powders contain talc which dries out the skin and loves to settle in fine lines.

The fix: Using a mineral finishing powder instead of traditional powder covers shine beautifully without over-drying the skin and it’s silk-like consistency allows it to sit on top of our fine lines.

Mistake #3- Skipping a light reflective product

A matte finish is usually best for aging skin, but it can sometimes make the skin appear dry.

The fix: Using light reflective products like a luminizer or highlighter brings back the look of healthy, fresh, supple skin you had in your younger years.

Mistake #4- Skipping a Lip Liner

Lipstick worn without liner will eventually bleed over the natural lip line, settling into fine lines around the mouth. Enough said!

The fix: Lining your lips not only prevents lip color from spilling over, it also allows you to make your lips appear fuller when you outline the lips just above their natural line.

Mistake #5- Skipping a Moisturizer

You would think this would be a given, but, in our everyday hurriedness, it can be easy to skip this step.

The fix: As we age, our skin gradually loses its ability to retain moisture. This makes it more important than ever to replenish it.

Do you find yourself making any of these mistakes? Is there something you add to your routine to keep your skin looking younger? Share your secret in the comments below.

5 Reasons Why Your Foundation Doesn’t Cover


There’s nothing more frustrating than a foundation that doesn’t give good coverage but, before you assume the foundation itself is to blame, consider the top 5 reasons why your foundation doesn’t cover as well as you expect.


Reason #1- You’re Using the Wrong Shade or Undertone

You’re probably wondering what using the wrong shade have to do with getting great foundation coverage? How about EVERYTHING!

Because when we wear a shade or undertone that’s all wrong for us, any discoloration like brown spots or redness we try to cover can end up bleeding through our foundation much darker than it would otherwise. So how can you be sure if the shade or undertone you’re wearing fits? Click here to find out now.

Reason #2- You’re Expecting Too Much From a Bargain Brand

I’m all for saving money, and seriously, these days, who isn’t? But, while you might save money by using a bargain brand of foundation, you’ll most likely be sacrificing coverage, because most of these products have very little pigment, and great coverage requires quite a bit of pigment. Bottom line here is when it comes to foundation, you almost always get what you pay for.

Reason #3- You’re Being Unrealistic

There’s nothing wrong with wanting flawless looking coverage in a makeup. But thinking your makeup finish will look runway perfect or magazine flawless is completely unrealistic. It’s actually impossible really, that is without filters and a little photoshop. 

I found it refreshing a few years ago when A Celebrity Makeup Artist friend of mine, Stephen Dimmick told me that while he could make someone look next to flawless (outside of a cover shoot), he doesn’t do it because perfection lacks the look of personal character, meaning every mole, every birthmark, every skin tone tells a story. And it’s these differences that make us who we truly are.

Reason #4- You’re Not Using the Right Tools

Great coverage has a lot to do with the tools you use to apply it. Tools can be a combination of fingers, sponges and brushes. Imagine what a painting would look like if the painter didn’t use tools to perfect his work. The finished product would look flat, lack character and texture, and the same goes for flawless looking coverage.

Reason #5- You’re not Using the Right Technique 

You can have the perfect foundation and the perfect tools, but both are useless without the “know how” or technique needed to get great coverage. And the surprising thing is, although it sounds involved, it’s really not Rocket Science. The right technique is as simple as applying your foundation one layer at a time, incorporating a little concealer where needed, and taking the time to blend your makeup. Believe it or not, bad coverage most often happens because we’re in too much of a rush.

Slow down, girl!

Do you have any tips on how to get the best foundation coverage? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Itty Bitty Beauty Samples. What’s the Point?

Everyone that knows me knows I’m a makeup and beauty geek. Always have been. Always will be.

Confession: I would subscribe to magazines just for the samples inside. I know. Sad, but true.

But looking back, I remember spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to remove the foil from the sample, only to reveal 1 or 2 drops. Hardly enough to sample. So frustrating! I thought the whole idea behind samples is to give someone a chance to give the product a test drive before they commit to purchasing a full size. 

And then there’s the makeup counter. Sure, you might be able to get more samples to try. You might even get a mini makeover. But the pressure from the person behind the counter can be overwhelming at the very least. 

I remember buying products strictly out of guilt, just to get them home and hate what I bought. 

There’s got to be a better way!

Wouldn’t it be great to take as much time as we needed to sample? No pressure and plenty of product to play with? Maybe that’s too much too ask.

Or, is it?

I believe in my products so much, I’ve made this kind of sampling a reality for those interested in trying our products by creating the Clear Skin Challenge 3 years ago. 

The Challenge gives 4 lucky ladies the chance to try full size makeup and skin care products for themselves free with no strings attached. All we ask is the winners share their journey with their social media followers and give us their honest opinion of our products.

And we’re doing it again this summer!

If you’ve got acne or problem skin and have always wanted to try our products, there has never been a better time!

We’ve made it super easy to enter. All you need to do is click here, and you’ll be prompted to take a 5 minute quiz that helps us get to know you and your skin a little better.

On Friday, July 21st we’ll announce our 4 winners. We’ll be giving them a full-size kit collection of makeup and skincare products to play with for 30 days so they can see first hand for themselves the difference KmS products can make for their skin. We’ll be working closely with each of these ladies, showing them how to use their products so they can get the most out of the experience.

You could be one of these lucky ladies, but you can’t win if you don’t enter. What do you have to lose?





Is Your Makeup Drying Your Skin?

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So, you’ve been successfully wearing mineral makeup for years, but now you’ve hit 40, and it’s almost as if you’ve suddenly “outgrown” it. And lately your skin not only feels drier, it looks drier, and you faithfully use moisturizer.

So what gives?

As we age, our skin gradually loses moisture, so in order to keep it looking hydrated and younger, we have to do whatever we can to lock that moisture in.

Sometimes that means switching out our skincare products for a formula that better meets the needs of dry and aging skin.

But changing those products may not be enough. We need to take another look at the makeup we use.

Loose mineral makeup powders are great for normal, combination and oily skin, but it can make dry skin even drier unless you’re lucky enough to find a formula that was made for dry skin like KmS Mineral Essentials anti-aging Select Botanical makeup.

Select Botanical Foundation is a luxurious blend of pure mineral makeup, infused with 7 soothing botanicals. Our incredible formula hydrates and nourishes the skin with a combination of Green Tea, Rose Hip, and other natural botanical extracts that work together to create a moisture barrier or “lock”. Most importantly, Select jumpstarts Collagen production, which improves the appearance of tired, aging skin.

There are of course skin care “experts” that argue whether or not botanicals in makeup are as effective as they are in skin care.

Our customers seem to think so. And maybe it’s something you need to see for yourself. 

I want to know. What do you think about botanicals and skincare? Truth or hype? Share your thoughts below.