Most women make at least one mistake when applying their eye makeup and lipstick.

Here's how to avoid the most common ones::

applying eye mascara

Don't' wear shimmery eye shadow; it draws attention to aging signs, such as wrinkles, lines and sagging lids.

Use matte shades for a smoother look.

Don't apply color to the inside rim of your eye; your eye will look smaller, not larger. Instead, line underneath the bottom lashes.

Don't begin applying eye shadow at the inner corner of the eye. It will draw your eyes downward, emphasizing their natural tendency to droop. For a more uplifted look, work eye shadow from the outside corner in.

Black eyeliner will not make your eyes look larger-in fact, lighter, brighter colors do.

Lipstick should harmonize with your skin tone, not match your clothes.

Eye shadow should not match your outfit; it should coordinate with your eye color and complement your clothing.

Glossy eye shadow will not make you look younger; you'll actually look older because it brings out wrinkles and lines around your eyes.

Cheek color or blush should be at least three shades lighter than your lipstick.

For long-lasting lipstick:

applying lipstick

First, apply a foundation to your lips.

Then dust your lips with a brush dipped in loose powder.

Outline your lips with a lip pencil. Select a color that's a shade or two darker than your lipstick.

Apply your lipstick with a lipstick brush. By using a brush, you'll be able to fill in lip corners and edges without smudging or applying too much lipstick.

If your lips are thin, select a color that's a shade brighter than what's currently fashionable to make them look fuller.

If you have full lips, choose a muted color.

For a shinier look, blend in a coat of lip gloss.

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Finally, blot your lips with a tissue.

Remember that makeup changes with the times, just like fashion. Some women think that once they've found the "perfect" makeup combination, they can and should wear it forever-but you'll date yourself if you wear the same makeup you wore 20 years ago.

If it's head to let go, try a gradual transition; one (or two) new products to your established routine, then perhaps one (or two) more. Or drop a routine or product that's not really needed. You'll be current before you fully realize it!