Hello, my Lovelies!
Let’s talk mistakes, beauty mistakes that is. I think we have all been there at some point and some of us may still be making certain blunders when it comes to applying makeup and not even be aware of it. My personal philosophy on makeup is that you should only use as much as you need to enhance what you’ve got not mask it. You may be surprised when learning what some of these common beauty blunders are…
I am hoping that as you read this post you will have as many ah-ha moments as I did when discovering that I have made all of these faux pas myself at one time or another. Some of them not so long ago. If you have fallen prey to any of these don’t worry about it. You are not alone. 🙂
1. Wearing the Wrong Foundation and Wearing Too Much of It –
This is the one product you really want to make sure you get right since it covers pretty much your entire face. There are actually 3 factors involved when it comes to selecting the right foundation. So when I say wearing the wrong one here is what I mean:
- Choosing the wrong shade
- Choosing the wrong formula
- Choosing the wrong texture for your skin
- Applying too much product
Let’s take a closer look at each of the above so that you really understand what I mean. I have gotten all 3 of these points wrong more times then I care to mention and it was actually just last year that I finally got a clue. Haha!
Wrong Shade –
Ah, the dreaded obvious line along your jaw… Whatever face base you choose it should perfectly match your natural skin tone. It shouldn’t be too pale, too dark, too orange, pink, yellow or brown. If the color is off in any way it will not look good at all. So this is the first step that you want to get right. A lot of women bring their makeup down onto their neck in order to try to fix this mistake or to ensure that everything is “blended”… WRONG!!
Wrong Formula and Texture –
The formula of your foundation should be correct for your skin type and for whatever products you will be using underneath it. For example, if you have dry skin and you use an oil-based moisturizer and/or primer you will also want to also use an oil-based liquid or cream foundation. Same goes for if you use water-based or oil-free products. Oil and water just don’t mix. In addition to your foundation needing to be the correct shade and formula, it also needs to have to right texture for your skin. The perfect foundation, BB cream, CC cream or tinted moisturizer should blend seamlessly into your complexion and be virtually undetectable. If you can see it on your skin then it’s not the right one for you.
So how can you tell if you have gotten the above wrong?
- It enhances the size or settles into your pores
- Clings to dry patches
- Is too thick or thin
- Settles into fine lines and wrinkles or enhances them
- makes your skin look rough or uneven
- Too dry/matte or dewy
- Wears off after a short period of time
- Looks patchy
- Appears powdery or mask-like
Applying Too Much –
If you have been applying 2-3 coats of a foundation, tinted moisturizer or other similar products to your face please STOP!! Seriously no one needs that much coverage. Your skin needs to look like skin, not plastic. I can’t tell you how many tutorials I have watched of beautiful women with fantastic skin just piling on the foundation and concealer. Ya just don’t need that much! You are smothering your skin which will eventually lead to blackheads and acne. It also makes you look older, which I am sure is the opposite of what you are going for. You also don’t need to apply it to your neck. If you have the right shade, formula and texture there is no need to do that.
Tips for getting it right –
First things first if you go into a makeup store or walk up to a beauty counter and the sales girl is making any of the above mistakes abort the mission and run away! All joking aside here are some helpful tips to help you find your perfect match:
- Properly prep your skin – it should be washed and well moisturized prior to you trying on any makeup products.
- Check to make sure you have the right formula to go with your moisturizer and primer. Do you need oil-based or oil-free?
- Swatch several different shades along your jawline and forehead and then check the colors in natural light. Go outside if you have to.
- Once you have gotten a color match make sure it is the right texture for your skin. If you can see it sitting on your skin or if it is not just blending right in try something else. It has got to be the same texture as your natural skin. If your skin is not naturally matte and opaque in appearance then you don’t want to go with a super matte foundation for example.
- After you have found your perfect foundation only apply one coat and only apply it where you need it. If you have a really clear even textured complexion you can skip the foundation altogether and opt for a light tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream instead. And for those of you with problem skin again, don’t go too crazy. Just add coverage where you really need it.
All of the above information applies to concealer as well. If you are trying products on at home again make sure you are checking it with adequate lighting. For information on proper lighting click HERE to read more. Below is a really excellent tutorial from one of my favorite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge, she is known for helping women achieve the perfect flawless looking complexion.
2. Too Much Powder –
Applying loads of powder is a thing of the past. Back in the day, this was necessary because the foundation formulas were very oily or sticky but luckily this is no longer the case. So put down those puffs and big fluffy brushes! And if you notice a little shine after a few hours don’t powder your nose! How much is too much?
- Your complexion appears flat or dry
- Makeup looks cakey
- Only apply a light amount of powder using a small brush such as an eyeshadow brush or small fan brush.
- Apply only where you absolutely need it – under the eyes to set concealer and on any spots and across the t-zone.
- Use blotting papers. If you notice some shine throughout the day do not apply more powder as this can cause your makeup to look cakey. Blot the area instead.
3. Not Blending Your Makeup Enough –
While this is a pretty extreme example it is a common beauty mistake. It should never be super obvious that you are wearing makeup. I don’t think any of us have ever thought to ourselves – you know what? When I walk outside today and other people see me I want to be like BLAMO! Look at all of this makeup I am wearing! No. We just want to look fresh and alive. So, blend, blend, blend! There should never ever be any harsh lines of shadow, liner, blush, lipstick or contour. If you look even remotely like the picture above you are doing it wrong! Here is an example of perfectly blended makeup done right –
See the difference? You want other people to notice you and not your makeup. So it is important to take that extra few seconds to really smooth it all in.
4. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes –
Got grungy makeup brushes and sponges? This is something a lot of makeup wearers tend to slack off on despite all of the bacteria horror stories you may have heard going around. Not cleaning your beauty tools often enough or well enough can lead to some pretty serious skin infections or at the very least cause your skin to break out. So it’s very important that you start paying attention and get into the routine of washing your brushes and other tools that will be coming into direct contact with your skin and more importantly your eyes. For more information on how to properly clean them and how often click HERE to read more.
5. Curling Your Lashes After Applying Mascara –
While it may seem logical to curl your lashes after you apply your mascara this is actually wrong and can lead to shedding and breakage. Your lashes are quite delicate so you want to curl them while they are bare, soft and pliable since once mascara is applied it makes them stiff. So, again curl first apply mascara second to help prevent breaking your lashes.
What are some of your favorite beauty tips or tricks? Leave us a comment below!
Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.