Very few of us go to cosmetic school but that does not stop women from believing they are makeup experts just because they can wave a mascara wand. If you were to take a visual canvas of your neighborhood or office, you would see painful makeup mistakes a plenty. I did recently and I found myself thinking about a movie my boyfriend forced me to watch called, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” Overall, I’d say most of us did it right but there were a few makeup application transgressions I saw over and over again. It is time to get it right by learning the five makeup application mistakes you should avoid.
Here are they are in no particular order of ugliness.
The Foundation Mish Mash
During the process of your day, you might eat a snack, soak up a little sun or blow your nose. Each little task rubs away your foundation makeup and leaves your skin exposed. It is no wonder we touch up our face after spending hours on the office phone or if we tend to be oily, after a sweaty meeting. However, if your makeup isn’t up to par you patch job will be obvious and not flattering. Avoid a foundation mish mash by using makeup that doesn’t darken or change colors when reapplied. Just rubbing on more foundation isn’t the answer. Try this simple procedure to get a smoother foundation finish.
1. Dab any excess oils from your face with oil blotting tissue.
2. Tap on a tiny amount of foundation with a makeup sponge.
3. Pat the makeup sponge on the area that needs reapplication.
4. Allow the makeup to set for 30 seconds.
5. Apply a finishing mineral face powder to leave a smooth, uniform look.
I love eyeliner! I use it nearly every day and I rely on it to make my eyes stand out. There are a thousand good ways to use eyeliner but there is one application you should never use. Never, ever apply eyeliner to your bottom eye only. Bottom eye eyeliner will make you appear stoned, drunk or at the very least half-baked. Don’t believe me? Try it for kicks. Apply your eyeshadow as you normally would then roll on the eyeliner. Apply the liner to the bottom lashes only. Top it off with mascara and you will see what I mean. This application looks best on, well no one, but I have seen tons of teenagers donning it. For shame, teen divas!
Hooded eyes can look lovely but not when wearing frosted all over eyeshadow. Not sure if you have hooded eyes? Look in the mirror at your eyes. If your eyelids tend to droop or sag, you have hooded eyelids. Wearing frosted eyeshadow over the sagging portion will highlight the condition rather than conceal it. If you must have frost, use it only under brow bone and keep it off your lower lid and out of the crease. Instead, use a darker matte color to create depth instead of using frost to make it look “pooched.”
Orange You Scared
There is no arguing that celebs like Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore look hot with their bronze glows. Bronzing powders, beads and makeup are good tools to have and to use but please, use them sparingly. Too much of a good thing may leave you orange instead of bronze–think Snooki. Go easy on the bronzer, especially during fall and winter months. Apply your bronzer in a well-lit area so you can get a good look at what your skin really looks like. Orange is scary!