Adding lipstick to your look equals instant wow factor. But, certain lipstick application techniques can actually make you look older. Before you pucker up, check out the one lipstick mistake women over 40 make that’s aging them.

As you age, it’s even more important to add color to your lips, according to Huffington Post, because you start to lose pigment in our lips. But, don’t use that as an excuse to turn into Leonardo da Vinci when you paint your lips, especially if yours err on the smaller side.

If you can pull off the dark lipstick look, consider yourself lucky because not every woman can. But, know this—the darker the lip color, the smaller and thinner it makes your lips look. According to The Fashion Spot, your lips lose volume over time (sad!), so coating them in a deep plum or burgundy can make it seem like you’re aging even faster. Maybe save the dark hues for a special occasion.

Using shimmery lipstick colors can also speed up the appearance of aging by drawing attention to wrinkles around your mouth. A lipstick with a highlighting effect does just that—highlights your entire mouth, but not in the way you might have imagined.

Try to stick with lighter lipstick colors, like nudes, and make chubby sticks your makeup BFFs. The thick tubes on chubby sticks make application much more precise, so you don’t have to worry about getting any outside the perimeter of your lips.

This story was originally published on SheFinds