We all want to look our best, but sometimes we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to achieving that goal. If you’re not careful, your makeup routine can end up doing more harm than good. Here are 10 makeup mistakes you might be making and how to fix them.
1. Not blending your foundation.
If you can see lines or streaks where your foundation meets your skin, you’re not blending properly. The key is to use a damp beauty blender or sponge and stipple the foundation into your skin until it’s evenly distributed. If you’ve opted for a dry foundation, use a brush to buff it into your skin in circular motions.
2. Wear the wrong shade of foundation.
This is a common mistake, but an easy one to fix. The next time you’re at the makeup counter, make sure to test the foundation on your jawline rather than your wrist or hand. The color should disappear into your skin without leaving any lines of demarcation.
3. Applying too much concealer.
Concealer is great for hiding blemishes and dark circles, but using too much can accentuate rather than camouflage those imperfections. Use a small brush or beauty sponge to apply concealer only to the areas that need it, and then blend well. A good tip to find the right color is to go one shade lighter than your foundation.
4. Not setting your makeup.
If you don’t set your makeup with a powder or spray, it will likely slide right off your face by midday. Setting your makeup helps it last longer and keeps it from smudging or transferring onto clothing.
5. Overdoing it on the powder.
The powder is essential for setting makeup, but using too much can leave you looking cakey and overdone, the opposite of what you’re going for. Instead, use a light hand when applying powder and focus on the areas that tend to get shiny, like your forehead, nose, and chin.
6. Skipping primer.
Primer creates a smooth canvas for your foundation and helps it last longer throughout the day. If you don’t have time for a primer in the morning, try using a BB or CC cream instead, most of them contain primer already mixed in. A BB cream is a better option if you have oily skin, while a CC cream is great for dry skin.
7. Applying bronzer all over.
Bronzer should be used to create subtle shadows on your face to give the illusion of dimensionality not as an all-over colorant. When applying bronzer, use a big fluffy brush and focus on the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and jawline. Then blend outward for a natural-looking finish.
8. Going overboard with blush.
Like bronzer, blush should be used sparingly for a natural look. Use a light hand when applying blush to the apples of your cheeks, and then blend upward and outward toward your hairline. You want there to be a gradient of color, not just one solid stripe of blush across each cheek.
9. Not filling in your eyebrows.
Eyebrows play a big role in framing your face, so if yours are sparse or non-existent, take the time to fill them in with a brow pencil or powder. Start by drawing light strokes where your brows should begin and end, then fill in the rest with short feathery strokes. Use an angled brush dipped in brow gel to tame unruly hairs.
10. Wearing the wrong shade of lipstick.
Lipstick is supposed to enhance your natural lip color, not cover it up completely. If you’re not sure what shade of lipstick will complement your complexion, ask a salesperson at the makeup counter for help matching you with the perfect hue. Also consider opting for the perfect shade of red lipstick, a color that looks good on almost everyone.
Conclusion: Don’t Forget Lash Extensions
If you want to look your best, it’s important to avoid making the above common makeup mistakes. But even if you’re doing everything right, there’s one area where you might not be giving yourself the attention you deserve, your lashes.
Lash extensions are a great way to enhance your natural lash line and give yourself a boost of confidence. They can also help you save time on your morning makeup routine. When applied correctly, lash extensions will not damage your natural lashes. They could even help to protect and strengthen them over time.
If you’re considering lash extensions, be sure to do your research. You can opt to find a reputable technician, but consider opting for DIY lash extensions as well. Many major beauty stores now sell high-quality lash extension kits that you can use at home.
No matter what route you choose, just be sure to take your time and be careful. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect lash look for any occasion.