These are some of the most common mistakes I see that women make when applying makeup. These are all tips and mistakes to avoid which I have learned in school, and in applications I have done over the years. I love sharing the knowledge I have to assist others and make women aware of things to steer clear of. Hopefully you’ll take from my tips and create beauty day to day!
- Unless you are going to a major event or taking professional pictures… never over apply foundation. Too much application is too obvious on the skin for daily wear and can create cracks/ wrinkles in your face.
- Never wear foundation which is too light for your skin. This can make your skin appear gray or ashy. It is always better to stick with a color as true or natural to your skin or a color ½-1 shade darker then your skin.
- Always apply foundation down the neck to the décolleté area and remember to blend.
- Remember to consider your skin type when choosing the right foundation option.
- Normal Skin: liquid foundation or powder foundation is suitable.
- Oily/Combo/Mature Skin: mattifying & oil free liquid foundation is recommended with use of powder over your oily sections if needed. Never use just a powder for mature skin; it will accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. Powder alone also sticks more over oily sections which results in a very uneven application.
- Dry Skin: use liquid foundation or you can use moisture-replenishing technology powder only.
- Steer clear of red toned/ orange based foundations, which will make any skin color appear off.
- Make sure you are using the correct foundation brush for the type of foundation used and coverage needed.
- Not cleansing your brush can result in bacteria buildup and also affect your application of foundation.
- Don’t use glitter! Use shadows which are metallic or shimmer based pigments. Glitter can be harsh on the sensitive eye area, create eye irritation, oversize your eye, and just looks messy.
- When deciding on dramatic eyes or smoky eyes, make sure that you down play application of other facial features.
- Use eye colors for eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara which accentuate your eye shape, pupil color, and skin tone.
- Never over apply mascara otherwise you will end up with spider lashes. Also, only apply mascara to the top lashes and bat your lashes together to get a perfect lower lash application.
- If you have crepe lids or wrinkled lids, apply a shadow primer or instant wrinkle filler over target areas/ entire lid depending on the product used. Wait about 1-2 minutes before shadow application.
- If you have oily skin and your eye shadow creases or won’t stay on, utilize a primer. If that doesn’t work either, then use a maximum coverage oil free concealer. Wait about 1 min before shadow application and never use crème or liquid based shadows.
- To open up your eyes, utilize false eyelashes. However for smaller eyes use only a half of the strip or use individual lashes towards the outer end of your lash line.
- Never use lipsticks made with glitter. Stick with matte colors or colors with shimmer.
- For dry lips or mature skin around the lip area, make sure your use a lip primer or an instant line/ wrinkle filler to hydrate and plump your skin.
- On that note, don’t forget to use your anti-feathering products to keep your color from escaping your lips.
- The darker your eye makeup, the lighter or more natural your lips should remain.
- To make your lips appear plump or full, use lip gloss.
- To add some color or shimmer to your lips and to help adhere lipstick to the lips longer, apply your powder over your lips before color application.
- Watch your application on the cheeks! Never over apply your cheek color. Start with a small amount first and then add as desired. If using powder, always make sure to tap off excess powder before each application.
- Stick to light through dark shades of coral and mauve. These colors are universal shades to almost every skin tone and will help keep you from looking over done or too bland.
- Apply blush in between the apples and hollows of your cheeks; up to your ears. This will help create cheek structure and appear more natural in appearance. Also, make sure you blend in your blush to your foundation around the edges.
- Use the correct blush brush for the application you prefer. I suggest an angled brush for a great application.