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As you know I love to hear from you about your fashion and style challenges by email. Last weekend, I received an email from a reader asking me about the worst beauty mistakes in fashion over 40. Immediately, a couple of common mistakes popped up in my mind. However, I won’t want to rank them in their harm for our look. Any of them can make us look a couple of years to a decade older than we actually are. Read on so you can avoid them.

  1. Aging Is Not the Problem – The Worst Beauty Mistakes Are
  2. It’s a mistake not to look your best at any age
  3. Top of the World Style linkup party No. 259

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Aging Is not the problem – The Worst Beauty Mistakes Are

The problem is not the age, we all want to live long. Consequently, we are all fine with looking a couple of years older in a couple of years or a decade older in a decade, two decades older in two decades, you get the idea. 😉 And, aging is not a crime.

Age just gives the number of rides you took around the Sun. #ageisjustanumber Click To Tweet

It’s a Mistake not to Look Your Best at Any Age

The actual problem of any beauty, style and fashion mistakes is to not to look our best at any age. While I was answering the email, the list of mistakes and tips to avoid them got longer and longer. Since this reader’s question is of general interest to all women interested in beauty and fashion over 40, I thought you would appreciate my sharing it with you.

  1. Gray hair that obviously is just growing by nature.
  2. Too dark dyed hair. It emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. A solid block of hair color.
  4. Visible gray roots. Use root touch-up or a similar product or root spray between salon visits.

    Stylist’s tip: When you don’t have these handy, apply eyeshadow that matches the color of your dyed hair.

  5. Gray hair that looks like it was treated with butter.  See the post at the link how to look awesome with gray hair.
  6. Dyed hair that looks brassy.
  7. Patchy gray hair.
  8. Hair color in any unnatural color unless you made a life around a statement bright/bold hair color, i.e. it is your personal style.
  9. Too short bangs – short bangs are for kids.
  10. Bangs that look like being trimmed by a non-professional.
  11. Long hair parted in the middle. It looks like a leftover from the late 60s, early 70s, and hence plain irony on any baby-boomer.
  12. Long, thin hair or long hair with uneven or split ends.
  13. Grown-out perm.
  14. Any perm that looks similar to the hair style on British coins.
  15. Too much hair spray or gel.
  16. A matronly or old-fashioned updo.
  17. Wearing the same haircut since more than two decades.
  18. Eyebrows several shades darker than your blond (dyed) hair.
  19. Dark (read black or espresso) eyebrows with white or gray hair.
  20. Too thin or over-tweezed eyebrows.
  21. A unibrow. It didn’t even look good on Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev. 😉
  22. Caked-on/overly done eyebrows.
  23. A full strip of false lashes. Keep people guessing. Go for single clusters of lashes placed strategically instead.
  24. A mustache or other facial hair in odd places. Shave or wax them or do whatever to get rid of them. A female mustache is never in style. #agelessstyle #beauty Click To Tweet You are not Bigfoot‘s sister.
  25. Too dark eyeliner. Instead, go for barely there.
  26. Too thick eyeliner. Thin is always better than thick eyeliner. See how to do makeup right over 40 for tips and tricks.
  27. Eyeliner in odd/weird colors. It didn’t even look chic in high school. So where is the point to repeat it?
  28. A full circle of eyeliner. So yesterday or better yester-decade! We have already dark undereye circles and a racoon looks better with them than we do.
  29. Dark undereye circles. 
    fashion over 40 woman in casual weekend look
    Example dark undereyes: Fossil denim jacket, Hermes collier de chien bangle, BP espadrilles (all own), halftee c/o Halftee, and maxi dress c/o Just Fashion Now


  30. Undereye bags.
  31. Lining the inner lids. So 70s!
  32. Any retro style on eye makeup. It’s just plain ironic when you have been around for a while.
  33. Glittery or too matte eye shadow.
  34. Crayon shades of colors as eyeshadow.
  35. Obvious, eye shadow, especially in green, blue, purple. It looks like you are a victim of domestic violence. You won’t want do that to your significant other.
  36. Clumpy mascara. So middle school gal.
  37. Mascara in any unnatural color or a color that is too dark. So high school!
  38. Overly matte lipstick. Go for a dewy look instead.
  39. Too dark lipstick.
  40. Lipstick bleeding into fine lines.
  41. Visible lip liner.
  42. Lip liner in a color different from your lipstick.
  43. Lipstick on your teeth. Check in a mirror after any re-application of lipstick.
  44. Yellow or gray teeth.
  45. Stained teeth.
  46. Too white teeth or veneers.
  47. Teeth (dental veneers) that go straight across. It looks fake at any age.
  48. Chipped teeth.
  49. Missing teeth.
  50. Silver fillings. How long ago is it that they stopped doing them? Twenty years? Thirty years? I can’t even remember!
  51. Receding gums.
  52. Skipping exfoliation.
  53. Too few or too much makeup.
  54. Not using a primer. The primer creates a smooth surface so the foundation and makeup can be applied evenly.
  55. Foundation that is too thick, cakey and/or overly matte. Instead, go for a dewy look.
  56. A foundation demarcation line between your chin and neck. So middle school first makeup trials!
  57. A makeup that doesn’t match your skin tone. Not even in Alaska!
  58. Using powder blush or foundation. It settles in the lines and makes you look just old.
  59. Looking too tanned.
  60. Not looking tanned at all, i.e. unhealthy.
  61. Uneven streaky tan from self-tanning lotion.
  62. The bright orange of self-tanning lotion on the inside of your palms.
  63. Matching finger and toe polish. So 60s.
  64. Nail art.
  65. Bright red nail polish.
  66. Discolored nails.
  67. Dragon-like artificial nails.
  68. Spider veins, bumps and lumps. Use a leg spray to hide them when you don’t want to wear nude or sheer black pantyhose. When you go for nude pantyhose that looks the most natural. Donna Karan The Nudes, Leggs and Hipstik do the trick on me. Nude fishnets are also great to hide flaws. Further benefit, they are It
  69. Hairy legs or arms. You are not Godzilla‘s sister.
  70. Obvious regrowth in your armpits. Either go for underarm hair or shave when you like to follow the hairy look trend.
  71. Callus on your feet.
  72. Wearing sandals without toe polish. Paint them in any color, have them painted at the nail saloon or DIY with Spray PerfectNail Polish.
  73. A full row of fake lashes. Go either for little pieces here and there or apply a lash serum to enhance the growths.
  74. Not filling in your brows when they are thinning. Better try a brow regrowth serum. See for instance my review of Vegamour’s lash and brow serums.


By all means this list of common beauty mistakes is probably just the top of the iceberg of beauty mistakes. However, it is a start and great cheat sheet to pin at your bathroom mirror as a reminder.

What would you add to this list of beauty mistakes?

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Top of the World Style linkup No. 259

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Welcome to the 259th Top of the World Style linkup party.

Iris of La Moumous in pink hat and white eyelet lace dress
Iris’ post at La Moumous became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post.


Cheryl in graphic Tee, maxi skirt and puffer jacket with sneakers
Cheryl of Cheryl Shops became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post.


Lucy Bertholdi wearing a dress with a skirt
Lucy Bertholdi of Confessions of a Montreal Style Diva became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post.


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