Top 10 Makeup Mistakes: How Not to Apply Makeup
How to Avoid Makeup Mistakes
Here are the top 10 makeup mistakes women make when applying their makeup.
The first unwritten mistake is being timid. Confidence in oneself has always been at the top of every beauty geniuses list out there. If you allow fear of what others think of you then you won't be willing to be as experimental and try out new things.
You should listen to constructive criticism when it's given, but remember that the ultimate decision is up to you.
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1. Not Blotting Lipstick
Red lipstick can be a girl's best friend! It can also be our worst nightmare and makeup mistake.
If you don't blot the center of your lips, either by rubbing off excess with your finger, or gently biting down on a tissue, then you run the risk of having the lipstick smear on your teeth every time you smile wide or attempt to eat something.
Don't forget to always blot excess lipstick.
2. Not Blending
Curious as to why your makeup looks blotchy? This might be why. Just like cells are the building blocks and foundation of life; blending is the base and foundation of makeup. All in all, it is the art of makeup. When colors are not properly blended and merged together you end up looking like a "paint-by-numbers" painting.
Make sure you blend your concealer, blush, foundation, eyeshadow, and setting powders. It's often best to purchase a special blending brush that will get all these tasks done, but if you don't own one, a clean finger or makeup sponge will get the job done well.
Another good tip here is to check your makeup in different lights. Often makeup will look better under natural sunlight or a yellow-toned light, but under the classic office neon light, the colors and lines take on a whole new look, so make sure you look put together under all lighting.
3. Abuse of Bright Colors
Bright colors are amazing for the summer and spring (any season really), but there is such a thing as too much color. Make sure you remember that bright colors attract attention to the regions they are applied, so if you have huge eyes and hate them, maybe neon green is not the way to go.
Neutral tones are easier to work with. Bright colors are best used when they are added as an accent piece to an already neutral palette of colors. A good example would be using a colored eyeliner or mascara on a relatively neutral eyeshadow color like brown, taupe, tan, and other woodsy colors.
Be Careful With Your Blush Colors
4. Not Adapting to Your Age
Let me be as blunt as possible.
You can not wear the same makeup you wore when you were 16, at 60. That's all there is to it. Not only will your skin require different methods of application and different skin regiment routines, but also, that is a difference of 44 years.
A woman can be beautiful at any age, but your face WILL change over time, and so should your makeup. You don't wear the same CLOTHING you did when you were 16, so why should makeup be treated any differently?
5. Wrong Foundation
I don't blame you ladies. There are SO many choices of foundation out there all claiming to do amazing things, and in the end, few hold true to the hype.
Most people have predominantly yellow undertones in the skin, not pink. And most foundations on the market are pink toned, so there's your problem. When looking for a foundation, go with a color that will blend with your neck color and the hairline, because ultimately, this is where foundation needs to be blended into. It isn't wrong to use two different shades of foundation if you have more that one color on your skin, just make sure you blend well where the two colors meet.
6. Waxing Gone Wrong
When you wax or pluck your eyebrows, you don't want to over-pluck. It will give people the impression that you are hairier than you really are and that you need to wax constantly. Make sure that when you wax your eyebrows, they still remain as long as the length of your eyes, and that the outer edges hit just slightly further than the end of your eye.
The idea that hair will grow back thicker is a myth. In fact, constantly waxing will eventually dissuade the hairs from growing. However, there is a downside to this. If you constantly wax the wrong way. Eventually, you will never have that hair back, and then it'll be pencil for the rest of your life. Avoid that fate and wax correctly.
7. Not Curling Your Eyelashes
Many people think this isn't necessary. And it isn't. Nothing is REALLY necessary. But if you actually want to use mascara for the purpose and way it was intended to, then buy a lash curler, and curl your eyelashes. It will open up your eyes so much better and make you look more awake.
8. Blotchy Makeup on a Bare Face
Another reason your makeup can look blotchy is because the skin has a lot of natural oils, whether you have oily skin or not. If you apply blush without applying foundation or at least a setting powder underneath, don't expect it to last for more than a few hours. The oils in your skin will make your makeup look blotchy because applying any kind of liquid (normal body oils you produce also count) to makeup, makes it look darker and more prominent (why do you think black liquid liner is darker than regular pencil eyeliner?)
However, if you have a powder or foundation underneath, the oils will soak up that powder first, and you'll be left with that original vibrant color.
9. Applying Matte Lipstick Wrong
There is something just wrong about applying a matte lipstick without moisturizing your lips first. It looks BAD. Don't do it.
Since matte lipstick has most of the essential oils that help moisturize your lips, stripped away in order to give it a matte finish, you need to compensate.
Apply a moisturizing lip balm first. Then line your lips with a color that matches the matte lipstick. And lastly, apply the matte lipstick. This way, you don't sacrifice the matte finish that you want from the lip color, but you also don't damage your lips while you're at it.
How do you put on matte lipstick on chapped lips? You don't. In fact...you skip lipstick altogether and apply lip balm and a light gloss on top. Eesh.
If you ever want to be able to wear matte lipstick, you better not be smoking. Smoking dries out your skin faster than coffee, the sun, the wind, the anything will. Smoking constricts blood vessels and deprives your skin of oxygen.
There is only so much makeup can do. Makeup always looks better when applied to a healthy face, but if you are trying to cover up health mistakes with makeup, you can't expect to go far without using half the bottle of foundation, layers of concealer, and face powder.
Over application of makeup should be the 11th makeup mistake on here. Remember, less is more.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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