Women have to spend their entire 20s experimenting to get their makeup right. Nevertheless, even after spending countless hours in front of the mirror trying to look perfect, we might not be still satisfied with our makeup. But, the world is buzzing with inspiration and here we bring to you the top 14 makeup mistakes you should avoid at all cost.
1. Applying Make-up on Dry Skin
Applying makeup on dry skin can be thought of as the greatest makeup blunders of all time. It can make your face look the way it shouldn’t, by appearing dull, old, cracked, and tired. Properly hydrating your face is the key to making your makeup look perfect and last longer.
2. Washing Your Face Excessively
You obviously have to wash or cleanse your face before applying makeup. Nonetheless, overly washing your face can rip your face off the natural oils and make your skin appear dry and flaky. Wash your face twice daily with a mild cleanser and let those natural oils do their job on your skin.
3. Getting The Blending Techniques Wrong
Makeup is more of an art than dabbing and brushing your face with concealer and eyeshadow. You need to master the blending techniques in order to rock that natural look. Grab some good brushes from the store, and invest your time in watching some videos and tutorials online. Remember also to blend the makeup down to the neck to avoid creating a noticeable line below your jawline.
4. Applying Matte Lipstick On Dry Lips
You need to moisturize your lips like the rest of your face to keep them ready for some lipstick. Aside from exfoliating and hydrating your lips once a week, you can also apply a lip primer prior to applying the lipstick. Not only would the primer make the lipstick look bolder, but it will also not compromise with your lipstick's matte effect.
5. Using That Black Eyeliner
Black eyeliner is not a one-size-fits-all thing. If you have a darker skin tone, you are good to go with using black eyeliner. Nevertheless, if your skin tone is lighter, brown eyeliners should be your go-to product. On the last note, never use black eyeliner if you have blond hair and blue eyes (never a good option, gals!).
6. Not Letting The Old Foundation Go
As we get older, like the multitude of things, even the elasticity of your skin changes. Certain parts of your face that used to be tight give way for wrinkles, and droops eventually. Thus, the foundation you used last year would prove to be inefficient in hiding such areas. Find a foundation that can align with your skin’s changing needs, and opt for a liquid foundation to keep your skin always hydrated.
7. Applying Way Too Much Mascara
As human beings, we love to get a little extra of everything. But, when it comes to mascara, a little bit too much can make your eyelashes look tremendously clumpy. Two coats of mascara are more than enough. Also, make sure your mascara isn't older than 3 to 4 months. The older the mascara, the clumpier your eyelashes look.
8. Having Obsession With Face Powder
If there is one thing you would find in every lady's purse, it ought to be face powder. We are so obsessed with face powder that we consider it the perfect makeup finale. However, face powders highlight all the fine lines and wrinkles, making you appear aged. Only use face powder on your T-zone and completely avoid using it as you age.
9. Sleeping With Your Makeup On
If it’s a healthy skin that you are aiming for, removing all traces of makeup before going to bed is a must. Failure to do so can lead to your skin getting dried up. It can also lead to acne and skin infections, which can make your face look completely off track.
10. Keeping Your Brushes Dirty
Dirty brushes are the abode of harmful bacteria which can cause skin irritations and acne. Wash your brushes at least once a week to make them stay in good shape for as long as possible.
11. Not Applying Sunscreen
Sunscreens are not a part of every woman’s makeup routine. However, sunscreen plays an important role in protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. It also makes for an excellent base for your foundation.
12. Testing Foundation On The Wrong Spots
We always test the makeup shades on our hands. But, our hands have more redness than our face, which leads to an indication of the wrong tone. Test the shades on your jawline to find the right shade. As for lip colors, use a clean brush to test the counter samples on your lips.
13. Highlighting The Wrong Places
A single eyeshadow color spread all over your entire eyelid doesn't always look good. Golden and silver highlighters work well with almost all shades, so use one to enhance your brow bone to add a realistic look.
14. Dolling Up Both Your Eyes And Lips
If you want your makeup to look perfect, either glam up your lips or dazzle up your eyes, never both. If you are working on your eye makeup, keep your lips neutral or nude. If you are planning to steal the thunder with your lips, keep your eye makeup neutral.