When it comes to crimes against makeup application, none are innocent. No matter how makeup-savvy one is, it is impossible to get by without at least one makeup mistake. Whether it’s over-doing the bronzer, or under-tweezing the brows, there is no such thing as perfectly perfect makeup application! Here’s a look at the top five makeup mistakes, and ways to avoid being caught red-handed.
Proper blending can make or break your beauty makeup application. Blend too much and all definition is lost. Blend too little and you’re left with blobs of color all over your face. High-quality blending brushes make all the difference when it comes to blending. Investing in a large, fluffy powder brush for the entire face, and a smaller, fluffy brush for the eye area will make blending a breeze.
- Eyeshadow colors should be blended so that they seem to graduate into one another, though you want to maintain the separation of dark and light shades.
- Blush must be blended into foundation so that it appears as if your cheeks are being naturally colored from the inside out.
- Foundation needs to be blended just under the jawline in order to prevent the Foundation Line of Despair. (Foundation should only be blended down onto the neck if the shade is drastically different from your natural skin tone, which brings us to mistake #4…)
Ah, mascara, the queen of Makeup With Rules. Mascara is a fussy makeup product, but it’s an essential, so we have to deal with it. There are three main mascara faux pas: clumping, flaking, and smudging.
- Clumping occurs when too much mascara is applied, or a wet coat is applied over a dry coat. To remedy mascara clumping, choose a long-lasting, volumizing formula that provides extreme results without reapplication.
- There are two causes of flaky mascara: either your formula is too old, or it’s poorly made. If you’ve had the tube for a while before the flakiness begins, chances are you’re due for a new tube, even if you haven’t run out. (Mascara should be replaced every three months, no matter what!) If your new mascara is flaking, you may need to purchase a higher quality formulation.
- Non-waterproof mascara smudges. That’s all there is to it. If you apply mascara to your lower lashes, using a waterproof formula is the best way to avoid smudging. The downsides to using waterproof mascara include a higher chance of irritation, and more difficulty removing the product. Tubing mascara also provides smudge-free results with the added bonus of simple removal, though it is difficult to achieve volume using tubing products.th