Makeup mistakes are controversial in the sense that art can never truly be wrong or right. I do think cosmetics need structure however, and I without doubt believe that my makeup improved when I admitted to my own blunders.
I learnt certain skills at makeup school, but most came from assisting and just applying products to as many faces possible.
Disclaimer: I have done all of these makeup mistakes before.
Over blending blush
This usually creates patchiness. It is always wise to build up product gradually and apply layers smoothly.
Trying to use foundation instead of concealer
Foundation primarily evens out your skin tone and creates a good canvas. 2 pumps are generally recommended for your entire face. If you find yourself pumping double, either purchase a higher coverage product or buy a concealer. Concealer helps to conceal and cover what foundation can’t.
Applying mascara one way
Luckily, I have long and curly eyelashes, but they need a huge helping hand in making them show.
I start by tilting my head back slightly and lifting my eye to get to the root of my lashes. I wiggle my brush back and forth. Then I turn my brush upright and brush over the lashes on my outer edge. From there, I turn my brush diagonal and go near my inner corner lashes. My final step is to brush an additional coat in the centre.
Confusing? It is super quick once you practice. The point I am making is to work your mascara wand. Ensure you focus on every section.
Walking with smudged lipstick
Red particularly is an awkward colour. It may be on our teeth, around our mouth and most-likely on every glass we drink from. If you want some help with reds, you must read my popular guide on ten do’s and don’ts.
I recommend a hint of concealer around the edges of your lips. You ultimately need a good base. If you apply a heavy lip balm, let it soak in for a few minutes before lipstick. Exfoliate beforehand – a toothbrush can work wonders. And layering is important; one lipstick layer – press a tissue over your lips, then another layer.
I personally do not think lipliner is always necessary but it can stop lipstick from smudging.
Powder receives a bad rep because people are fearful of their skin appearing to matte and potentially dull. Some consider the product in itself a part of their makeup mistakes.
Firstly, a loose powder should set your face. Pressed powder is for touch-ups throughout the day.
I prefer a puff over a brush. From my experience, it sets far better and many makeup-artists out there agree. Mac puffs are my favourite. They are not too expensive and last a long time.
Tap your puff on your hand first to dispense extra product. Apply in your T-zone areas and then use powder left on your puff to apply elsewhere.
Too much shimmer under the eyes
I love shimmer, nevertheless it is an outdated look to go full on under your eyebrows. Highlighting has shifted towards a ‘well-lit’ finish.
From my experience, nearly everyone likes a subtle shimmer or possibly just a bright matte to help open up your eye area.
If you do love a shimmery finish – take a fine eyeshadow brush and apply a sparkly eye shadow very thinly, straight under your eyebrows.
Not blending upwards and out
When you blend up, you create a lifting effect.
Starting with a bad base
The key to achieving the best base possible is to determine your skin concerns.
With winter now upon us, you may notice that your skin is feeling tighter, drier and perhaps flaky. Skin types stay the same whereas conditions – dehydration, sensitivity etc. can alter.
If you have oily skin and you start to notice any symptoms of dryness, you could be dehydrated. A serum would work wonders. If you have dry skin naturally but notice that it is feeling tighter, it may be wise to buy a richer cream.
Foundation does not blend as well on dry skin as it does on oily.
It is also best to not leave too long of a gap between moisturising and applying foundation.
Not checking your lighting
Have your curtains open when you put on your makeup and preferably apply near a window. If you apply makeup in a dark room or one with fluorescent lighting, when you go out in daylight it will look different.
Suddenly, foundations lines might appear or that eyeliner you thought was flawless has gaps near the root of your lashes. All these issues will be noticeable under the right light.
Although it is not the best for storing, applying cosmetics in a bathroom is a good idea. As bathrooms are smaller, more light reflects in.
Following the trends you do not like
I know that I have written this guide and it is direct. Be that as it may, I constantly tell others to do what makes them happy.
I have had clients before say oh: “I have to stop wearing browns because this article I read said that they are boring”.
Anything is boring if you are bored of it. There is a million different ways to wear any colour and every advice out there should be taken with a pinch of salt – including mine.
How many of these makeup mistakes can you relate to and do you agree?