Whether you’re new to the world of cosmetics or a veteran, you could be making some of the most common makeup mistakes. These mistakes can keep you from achieving the flawless look you want.
Many women struggle with how to apply makeup properly because of the wide range of products and techniques. This keeps them from a frustration-free regular makeup routine.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 common makeup mistakes that many women make, as well as how to avoid them. Continue reading to find out how to step up your makeup game.
1. No Preparation
Some of the most common makeup mistakes happen before you put any makeup on your face. An example of this is a lack of skin prep, such as not knowing when to moisturize.
Your skincare routine is an important part of achieving a flawless makeup look. This starts with a clean face and moisturizer. Moisturizer helps you avoid uneven application of foundation and concealer.
It also means less foundation is needed to achieve a smooth finish. For extra smooth application, be sure to apply a face primer, too.
Finally, make sure you have the right products ready-to-use when you need them, with good organization. Our friends at For Her Vanity have a great palette holder organizer that can be found at the following link:
2. Concealer Misplacement
It’s debatable whether to apply concealer before or after foundation. We lean toward applying it after your foundation to help cover up any flaws.
If you choose to use this method, make sure to avoid heavy application. While you may cover any dark circles or imperfections, too much concealer will actually highlight the area you’re trying to cover.
Also, keep in mind that one concealer doesn’t satisfy all of your concealing needs. We recommend using a variety of colors to help you achieve the look you want.
3. Mis-matching Foundation
We’ve all seen the method of trying out a new foundation on the back of your hand when selecting different foundation shades. However, this is not the best method to use.
It’s very common for your hands and arms to be a darker tone than your face, especially in the summer. Consider all of the sunscreen and makeup you wear that protect your face from sun exposure.
Matching your foundation to your hand could result in a very noticeable line between your neck and your face.
For this reason, we recommend matching your foundation to your neck. Yes, even if it’s lighter than your face. When you apply your foundation, you are covering the skin on your face, but most of the time you aren’t covering the skin on your neck.
Matching the skin on your neck will allow for a seamless transition between your face and neck and avoid those annoying makeup lines.
4. Too Much Blush
Blush is great to give your cheeks a pop of color, but applying it incorrectly will leave you looking like you belong in a circus.
This can come from applying too much or just in the wrong location. It can also be related to using the wrong tools for application and blending.
We recommend applying blush along your cheekbones, avoiding the apples on your cheeks. The application along your cheekbones brings your face up so that you appear awake and youthful.
Applying blush to the apples of your cheeks causes your face to appear more round.
For tools, we recommend an angled brush meant for blush. The angled edge will help you achieve a more blended look.
5. Harsh Eyebrow Lines
This is one of the most common makeup mistakes. Eyebrows can be challenging and it can be confusing which products are best for you.
When filling in their eyebrows, many women make the mistake of using too much product in their regular makeup routine. This leaves them with unnatural-looking eyebrows.
If you are selecting an eyebrow pencil, we recommend matching your eyebrow hair color or choosing a color that’s only slightly darker. Be sure to avoid harsh lines as much as possible by blending.
A better option may be to use eye shadow. You can apply a matte eye shadow with an angled brush. Since it’s a powder, it’s easier to avoid harsh lines and achieve a blended look.
6. Clumpy Lashes
Lots of women want long, beautiful eyelashes. To achieve this, some make the mistake of applying too many, uneven coats or using outdated products.
When selecting a color, go for a shade that is two shades darker than the color of your eyebrows. This will make your eyelashes stand out without being too dark and unnatural.
When it comes to applying, use two coats at most. After two coats, the product will start to clump and look messy.
Another one of the commonly made mistakes is not replacing your mascara regularly. In general, mascara should be replaced every 2 or 3 months. Outdated mascara clumps easily.
7. Too Much Contour
Contouring has increased in popularity in recent years, but many still don’t know how to apply makeup bronzer.
Proper application is related to your face shape, but there are some general guidelines to abide by.
Bronzer is meant to identify the areas where sunlight would hit your face naturally. These are the only areas it should be applied to. For example, stick to applying it near your hairline, on your forehead, your cheekbones, and your jawline.
Finally, blending will keep your contour looking as natural as possible. So invest in a good blending brush.
Start Using Our Tips on Avoiding Common Makeup Mistakes
Now that we’ve discussed the most common makeup mistakes and how to avoid them, you’re ready to up your makeup application game.
Get your products organized, get your face prepped, and start applying your makeup with confidence.
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