By Aishwarya Kaushal, Monday, 6th January 2014
Today I am going to be taking you through 10 of the most common makeup mistakes that I wish people could avoid.
There are many YouTube videos and blogs that you can follow for makeup inspiration. Pick up any magazine and you will see a flawless face on the cover. No, celebrities don’t wake up in the morning looking that pretty. A lot goes into making them look as we see them. They have a crew of makeup artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists following them. However, on a daily basis we should aim to look and feel our best.
So, as promised in my last post, here a few of my personal makeup pet peeves and how to get past them :
1. Miss Cake Face :
This is one of the most common makeup mistakes. Cake face isn’t pretty. We don’t need absolutely full coverage on a daily basis, even if you suffer from acne scarring. It looks highly unnatural and attracts further attention to the skin.
The sun is NOT your friend. It will highlight any problem you have. Instead of caking on concealer, use a BB cream, tinted moisturizer or a sheer coverage foundation and spot conceal. This will not only even out your skin tone but also conceal any problem areas. Let your foundation cover most of the problem first then you can conceal if you need to.
Also, full coverage makeup is suitable for the night and flash photography. You can get away with a lot more at night time. If you have good skin, please don’t feel the need to use foundation, concealer and powder. Flaunt your lovely skin by highlighting your under eye area and using some powder to reduce shine.
2. Miss Glitzy Face :
Too much glitter on the face can look creepy and unnatural. You should always use glitter/glow on one aspect of your face and own it. If you want glowing skin, keep everything else relatively matte. If you’re wearing glitter eye shadow then skip the gloss and wear matte lips. Dewy skin with sparkly eyes and glossy lips can sometimes look too much. It may look beautiful in magazines and on runways but it doesn’t translate so well in real life.
3. Miss Color Bomb Face :
Too much color on the face can look clownish. It is safe to stick to neutrals on a daily basis. Something that you can do to make your features look harmonious is match the color of your lipstick to your blush. You could also use your bronzer as eye shadow to create uniformity.
4. Miss Excessive Face :
A good rule of thumb to follow is to either play up your eyes or your lips. There may be exceptions like black smokey eyes with red lips which can beautiful during the night. But, on a daily basis, heavily kohl-ed eyes with bright lips can be a bit much. If you want a loud mouth, keep your eye makeup minimal with just a bit of defining on the top lash line and mascara. It will not distract from your beautiful features while still highlighting what you want to put forth.
5. Miss Different Colored Face :
I cannot stress the importance of matching your face to the rest of your body. Your face and your body have to look like they belong to the same person. Please accept your complexion and skip the fairer foundation or darker foundation, unless your body is tanned and the face is not.
6. Miss No Lashes :
Do NOT skip mascara! Mascara is a very important step in your daily makeup. The effects are beautiful! It opens up the eyes and makes you look more awake. I see so many girls with beautifully Kohl-ed eyes but no mascara! Why? Oh why?
7. Miss Red Teeth :
I will agree I have also suffered from this horrendous disaster. The best way is to use matte lipstick. If that isn’t your cup of tea then use gloss sparingly. Another wonderful trick is to take your finger and wrap a tissue around it and clean inside your inner mouth with it, that way, the lipstick that would’ve gotten on your teeth is now on the tissue.
8. Miss What Happened To Eyebrows? :
Eyebrows are such an essential part of your face that often get neglected! They frame your face in a wonderful way when done right. Do not over pluck them but do not leave them bushy and untamed. You can fill them in with brow powders, pencils, gels, brow pens etc. and set them with brow gel or hairspray. If you’re lucky and have dense brows naturally, just give them a brush through with a spooly and set them with brow gel/hairspray. Essentially, the color of your eye brows should match the color of the roots of your hair.
Always remember, if your eyebrows look great, people are going to notice how beautiful your eyes are but, if your eyebrows look wrong, they’re going to notice how bad your eyebrows are!
9. Miss Flaky Face :
Flaky dry patches on the skin are not attractive. Anything you apply over a dry patch will cling and only highlight the problem. Applying a good moisturizer suitable for your skin type is so important. Also, using a primer will help minimize pores and make the foundation glide on your skin. Your makeup will look fresh and last longer this way.
10. Miss Powder Face :
Powder is very essential to set your makeup, especially for oily beauties. But, overload of powder makes you look dry and flat. Only powder shiny areas like the T-zone and to set your under eye concealer. Use a light hand and before touching up your powder later in the day, blot the oil on your face with blotting sheets or a single tissue, then apply the tiniest amount of powder on top.
Makeup should be used to enhance your natural beauty and give you a boost of confidence. A mistake is not the end of time and don’t give yourself hell over it. There is always a next time! 🙂
Also, NEVER sleep with your makeup on. no matter how tired you are. If you really are too tired to wash your face, tone and apply moisturizer, at least wipe it all off with a makeup wipe.
I hope you found this helpful.
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