Whether you’re new to makeup or have been your own MUA for years, you’ve run into some missteps while perfecting a look. There are many makeup slip-ups women make time after time that you could be guilty of yourself. Peruse our list of makeup no-no’s to be sure you won’t continue to commit these makeup crimes.
1. Dusting on powder
It turns out we’ve used powder brushes wrong for years! I’m sure you’ve swirled a large makeup brush in powder and buffed the product into the skin. Although the powder may look fine, chances are you’ve moved around the foundation and concealer underneath it. Get in the habit of pressing and rolling your setting powder into your skin with a velour puff, then dust a clean powder brush over your face. Try it and you’ll notice your makeup will stay put all day.
When used properly, eyeliner can open up small eyes and shrink large eyes. I’m sure you know someone who has the same makeup look everyday; mascara, lipstick, blush and black eyeliner in the bottom waterline. Eyeliner in the bottom waterline is a great finishing touch to a smokey eye, but it’s very unflattering on its own. You’ll find it instantly closes the eye and most eyeliner formulas will run down your face causing the dreaded raccoon eye.
If you’re looking for an instantly refreshed look, line your top waterline with black eyeliner and set it with black eyeshadow so it will stay in place making your lashes look thicker and sexier.
Sometimes you’re at a loss for a makeup look for the day and you turn to matching your eyeshadow with your outfit. Big mistake! You can find colors that compliment your ensemble rather than match it perfectly. Alter your mindset and think tones instead of colors. For instance, if you’re wearing a brown shirt pair it with warm tones.
Also, mix up the colors on your face, avoid using the same color for everything.
You know the old trick about smiling and applying blush to the apples of the cheeks, but not all faces are created equally; some women have large pores on the cheeks and as we age our cheeks don’t sit as high.
Everyone applies their makeup in a different order, and for the most part, it doesn’t matter except for your foundation. Have you ever perfected your mug and then put eyeshadow on only to find it all over your face? That’s commonly called “fallout” and it’s especially common with cheaper eyeshadows.
Instead of wiping off your makeup and starting over, apply eyeshadow first and then wipe your face with a makeup wipe to remove any fallout. After your face is clean, you’re free to perfect with foundation and concealer.