The Biggest Makeup Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Gone are the days of glitter eyeshadow, bronzer as finishing powder, and wearing so much lip gloss that your lips looked constantly wet (of which we were all guilty). However, just because we’ve made it past these atrocities doesn’t mean we’re not still making mistakes in our daily makeup routine.
These makeup “mistakes” we’re referring to aren’t necessarily mistakes; they’re spots in your routine that can make a huge difference in your overall look. Hence, we’ve compiled some tips to help you avert common makeup blunders that are easy to integrate into your current routine. Remember, applying makeup is not about the [makeup] wand... it’s about the witch/wizard. Once you have the right tools and process, you’ll be able to work makeup magic!
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APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION WITH A BLENDING BRUSH, NOT A SPONGE
Foundation is meant to look natural and blend in with your skin as much as possible. Applying your powder foundation with a brush (not the sponge it comes packaged with) usually does a better job of covering your entire face instead of appearing heavy and uneven in select areas.
PRIME YOUR SKIN
Priming your skin is often overlooked either because of limited time or not knowing what it actually is. Priming involves applying a base lotion, similar to a moisturizer, to your face prior to foundation that is specifically formulated to prep your skin for further makeup application. A primer supports a more even application and smoothes out imperfections for consistent coverage. Primer also prevents clogged pores by adding a protective barrier that keeps your skin from absorbing the makeup itself, which causes varying degrees of skin irritation.
USE THE RIGHT SHADE OF MAKEUP PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
The key to your makeup appearing seamless is making it look like you have none on in the first place. How to do that? Make sure you’re applying the right shade. When shopping for makeup, shop for the skin tone you are now, not the one you hope to be later (i.e., don’t use a tan foundation when you have paler skin).
You can find the right color by getting color-matched at your favorite cosmetics counter. But, if you’re on your own or even at the drugstore, test a makeup shade by swiping some along your jawline. This takes into account the color of neck, which is often paler than your face. The makeup should disappear into your skin and blend between your jawline and neck for an overall even complexion.
APPLY CONCEALER AT THE RIGHT TIME
A common misconception is that concealer is to be applied before putting on your foundation in an effort to layer coverage. In fact, it’s best to put concealer on after you’ve finished with your foundation. It will actually offer more coverage because it will not be bogged down by your other makeup products and have a thicker form. In addition, your foundation and powders have natural concealing qualities as well, so dotting on concealer as a final step ensures you don’t use more than is actually needed.
USE AN 'EYES-OPEN, NO-TUG' METHOD FOR LIQUID EYELINER
We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush to get out the door but you need a dramatic look for the night. So, you stick to your trusty method of closing your eye and tugging on it slightly to apply eyeliner on a smooth surface so it forms a continuous line across your eyelid. Done. We hate to burst your bubble, but this doesn’t actually do you as many favors as we’re all taught.
First, it’s recommended to keep you eyes as open as possible so you can visually see how one eye’s liner is compared to the other. Second, try not to tug on your eyelid. When you’re finished applying your eyeliner and release your eyelid, the eyeliner also bounces back and creates a bumpy texture because of the missed spaces. Instead of tugging on your eye to form a seamless line, try holding down your skin with your fingers and tracing out a line with eye pencil beforehand, “connecting the dots” as you move along.
This is particularly good for achieving a winged eye or cat eye look. You can draw a dot as far as you want your wing to go, connecting with the outer corner of your eye with liquid eyeliner, gradually moving towards the center of your lashline.
USE CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES AND TOOLS
Dirty tools are a no-go. Old makeup and germs stay on your tools and go back into your skin when you reuse them. Plus, the makeup will not appear fresh and clean. It’s best practice to either replace your tools or clean them properly with a cleanser (or as instructed by the manufacturer) every year. This will not only help your makeup application process run smoother, but prevent damaging breakouts and skin conditions in the long term.
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