Steer clear of these blunders. 

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Southern women are experts in the art of aging beautifully and gracefully. And we're not opposed to relying on the latest and greatest products to help stop the clock, from the loyal serums, trusty oils, and powerful moisturizers that help us outsmart Father Time.

You might not even realize it but your makeup routine could be sabotaging your valiant effort to remain as youthful-looking as possible. Don't put yourself through endless facial conditioners and rejuvenating masks only to cancel out the wrinkle-free progress with a bad makeup technique – especially where bronzer is concerned. Of course we love the golden powder that helps us resemble a suntanned goddess in the dead of winter, but if used incorrectly bronzer can drastically age you. We've gathered a list of five common bronzer mistakes that could be making you look older. Steer clear of these beauty blunders and you'll be one step closer to looking like your younger self.

Bronzer Mistake #1: Coating your entire face

It's easy to get excited when applying bronzer – who doesn't want to look glowingly sun-kissed? But it's imperative to be strategic with your placement (stick to areas where the sun would naturally hit: forehead, cheekbones, jawline, and the top of the nose). Otherwise it will look overdone, emphasizing hyper-pigmentation instead of making your skin look radiant and healthy.

Bronzer Mistake #2: Using a shade that's too dark

Using a bronzer shade that's too dark for your complexion will make your skin appear cakey and overdone. Fake. The goal is sun-kissed not sunburnt. Aged skin tends to look unnaturally muddy when tinted with overly deep hues. Avoid this problem by choosing a bronzer that's no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

Bronzer Mistake #3: Sticking with powder

Mature skin often shows signs of dehydration and dullness. Consider swapping out your go-to powder bronzer for the liquid variety. While powder bronzers tend to make already-dry skin look flakey, liquid makeup achieves a renewed and dewy look. It's ideal for filling in wrinkles and fine lines, which are often more visible on mature skin. We recommened Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer for mature skin.

Bronzer Mistake #4: Skipping the primer

Makeup primer doesn't get the buzz it deserves. Most people are under the impression that primer is a take-it-or-leave-it product, but it can work wonders on mature complexions. The underrated tool helps to create a flawless foundation by smoothing the skin and ensuring your bronzer doesn't diminish or get spotty. Filling in fine lines and large pores, primer is a hardworking product, and a step that should never be skipped. CoverGirl Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundation Primer is one of the best primers on the market because in addition to priming, it also acts as an anti-aging serum.

Bronzer Mistake #5: Overdoing the shimmer

Shimmery bronzer can be enticing at first, but don't buy into the myth that more sparkle equals fresh, younger-looking skin. After a few hours of wear, shimmery bronzer can make you look sweaty and oily – magnifying fine lines and giving the appearance of crow's feet. If you insist on adding a bit of sparkle, use shimmery bronzer only as a highlighter on the cheek bones and nowhere else.

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