Not exfoliating and moisturizing your skin prior to makeup application. Trying to apply your makeup to dirty or dry skin is just going to end badly, trust me. Makeup sticks to dry patches and applying to dirty skin can leave to uneven application and even breakouts in the long run.
Fix it: Take the few extra minutes it takes to quickly exfoliate your skin with exfoliating pads like these, or just using a exfoliating cleanser (my favorite is Yes to Blueberries Softening Exfoliator). Then, follow up with a daytime moisturizer.
Not blending your foundation. This is BY FAR the most common foundation mistake I see. It’s easy to apply foundation properly to the parts of our face we naturally see in the mirror and forget about blending.
Fix it: You want to take your foundation all the way back to your ears, up into your hairline, down your jaw and onto your neck to avoid any makeup lines. Using damp beauty blender is the best method for this as it is designed to replicate real skin and helps the foundation blend seamlessly while also preventing you from applying too much makeup.
Caking on concealer. Sometimes, less it more. It’s true if you’re going for a full coverage makeup look, taking a thick amount of concealer in a big triangle shape can be great, but for everyday looks it’s just going to make you look cakey and won’t help brighten the face.
Neglecting eyebrows: Poor eyebrows, always so neglected. A well done eyebrow can make a face pop, so don’t leave them out. On the flip-side, of course, don’t over do it either.
Fix it: Using a pencil (or powder & angled brush) in a shade one shade lighter than your natural eyebrow, fill in the gaps in your brows. I’m planning to do a whole post all about my eyebrow routine, so stay tuned for a more thorough eyebrow post.
Applying a light, shimmery shade all over the lid. Don’t get my wrong, I love a champagne colored shadow, but applying it all over gives your eye shape zero dimension.
Fix it: A light shimmery color is great to apply on the inner 1/3 of your eye, but try packing on a matte brown on the outer 2/3 and softly blending it into your crease. This gives your eyes shape and opens it up.
ALL THE BLACK EYELINER! This is such a common mistake and I used to make it myself all the time. Something in our mind tells us loading on the black liner makes our eyes look better, but in reality it just looks too harsh and actually makes your eyes look smaller.
Fix it: Now, I’m not saying to put away your black liner -that would be a tragedy- let’s just not put it everywhere. Try using a white or nude liner on your water line (that’s the bottom lash line). This opens your eyes up. Then take black into your tight line (inside of your upper lash line) and on your lid along the lash line. If you want to get more dramatic here, then go for a thicker line.
Fix it: When applying your mascara, softly wiggle the brush back and forth in order to coat each lash and prevent them from sticking all together. When any clumping begins, you’ve got enough on, stop while you’re ahead.
Going to heavy with the blush. I totally understand this mistake, because blush is usually my favorite step. It just makes my skin look so alive! But, there are benefits in controlling your excitement.Fix it: Blush, in general, shouldn’t go too close to your nose nor should it go too far below your nose – bringing blush too low can make your face look droopy. Taking blush on your brush, give a big smile and find the applies of your cheeks. Apply the blush here and then sweep it backward towards the top half of your ear.
Over-powdering your face: This is a common mistake for ladies with oily skin because they want to make sure to control shine all day. The problem is over-powdering can make your skin look dry and too matte.
Fix it: Be more purposeful with your powder application. Sweep it only where you need it most (where you get oily, such as your t-zone). If you worry about makeup smudging off during the day, try finishing with a makeup setting spray (such as Urban Decay’s De-slick) which will prevent this without making you look dry.
Applying too light of a lip color: There is nothing wrong with light lips, but they aren’t always the best choice. I assume many girls think light lips are a more “safe” choice than a bright color, but they run the risk of washing you out.
Fix it: Don’t be scared of color. Pick a lip color that’s good for your skin color (check out my Choosing the Right Lipstick Color post for help) and try patting it on your lips and rubbing it in with your finger. This gives your lips a tint of color without over-doing it and brightens up your face instead of washing you out.
There you have it, the top 10 Makeup Mistakes I see and how to fix ’em! I hope this post was helpful.