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10 Major Makeup Mistakes

10 Major Makeup Mistakes

Hey everyone,

Everybody makes mistakes! I look back at some old pictures of myself and I cringe so badly. What was I thinking? The crazy thing was, I thought I looked good. Even celebrities are often photographed on the red carpet with makeup mishaps. It happens to everybody. Today we're going to talk about the common makeup mistakes so you don't have to learn the hard way.


Too much Foundation
A good foundation can do all sorts of promising things for the skin's appearance but too much of it will add years to your skin. People are often misunderstood and think the entire face should be applied with foundation. You should only apply foundation on areas that need coverage (targeting redness / discolouration). Too much foundation will make the skin look caked and heavy when the whole idea of perfect foundation is to look as if you're not wearing anything. Matte or velvet foundation tends to have a heavier consistency while sheer foundation tends to give a more natural & youthful appearance. Simply put, the heavier your makeup, the older you will look.


Using the wrong shade of Foundation
Foundation is supposed to even out the skin tone, not change it to or cover the skin like a mask. Foundation isn't supposed to make you more pale or tanner. Lots of girls choose to let their foundation do the tanning rather than the bronzer. Always pick a foundation that matches your skin tone. Never test a foundation on the back of your hand. Test the foundation along your jaw line as this is where the face and neck connect. If your neck and face is very different, use your neck colour as a guide line. Also, pick a foundation that matches your under tone. Look at the veins of your wrist - if they look blue, you are cool toned. If they look green, you are warm toned. If they blue green, you are neutral toned.


Unprepped skin before Foundation
Moisturised skin is the best base for foundation. I don't even like to think about the thought of myself applying foundation on dry flakey skin. Foundation will only emphasize dry skin. The smoother your skin, the smoother the makeup application. If your skin is naturally dry, go for a foundation with a hydrating formula and stay away from powder and matte foundations.


Using an under eye concealer that's too light
Using a concealer that's too light will only make the undereye area appear ashy. It doesn't cover up the dark circles at all. If you have dark circles like myself, go for a yellow/orange tone corrector / concealer as they neutralise blue/purple better. May I also add that too much concealer will also add years to your age? A good concealer goes a long way. Undereye concealers would be light weight (so it doesn't cake under the eyes) yet opaque (for good coverage) and doesn't migrate.

Too much powder
I once had a girl do my makeup in Yves Saint Laurent. She did my foundation beautifully but then she went ahead and applied too much powder. My skin was youthful, dewy and glowy before but the powder completely
mattified my skin taking away the natural glow. My face immediately looked older when it was caked with powder. Go easy with the powder. You rather gradually built it up than apply too much at a time. The most natural way to apply powder is to apply it in an A-Shape (from forehead down the sides of the nose into the jaw line and above the lip area). It eliminates shine but keeps the skin looking fresh and dewy. I personally prefer translucent powder over tinted powder.


Over illuminating the Skin
I'm a huge fan of highlighters/illuminators. They're fantastic for giving the skin the illusion of glowy radiant skin but go easy on it or you will look like a human grease ball. For subtle highlighting, concentrate the highlight on the outer Cs of your eyes (temples and cheekbones) and it will go a long way to give you a healthy beautiful glow. Avoid anything too shimmery (has chunky glitter). If your skin is warm toned or tan, use a gold undertone illuminator. If you are cool toned or pale, use a pink or peachy undertone illuminator.

Drawn on brows
If you already have beautiful full brows, there is no need to fill your brows in. Harsh 'drawn in' brows adds unnecessary years to your face which is something no girl would want. Brow gels and powders give a more natural look. If you like using brow pencils, make sure your brow pencil is a few shades lighter if you are dark haired and few shades darker if you are light haired.

Everyday Harsh Eyeliner
I'm not sure why I used to do this but I used to wear heavy black eyeliner rimmed around my eyes for everyday. The harsh black just totally swallowed up my eyes making them appear smaller. Brown is much softer on the lower lash line and looks 'friendlier'.

Lipstick on teeth
I remember a guy once said to me "Oh... you have lipstick on your teeth" and it was so embarrassing. Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth by doing the Finger trick after your lip colour application. Place your index finger between your lips (as if you're sucking on a Popsicle) and drag your finger out. This removes the excess lipstick / lipgloss.

Lipstick on dry chapped lips
If your lips are dry, do NOT wear lipstick because it will only emphasize the dryness. Exfoliate chapped lips with a toothbrush to remove the dead skin and apply lipbalm to soothe the lips. Once your lips are prepped, go for a tinted lip balm or a lipstick with a hydrating formula. I always carry a good lip balm with me at all times.

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