What’s this? I am finally doing a makeup post on my beauty blog?! Ha ha.
Nobody is perfect at doing their makeup, not even the best MUA’s of the world. Some people just have their own ways of doing makeup. When I first started doing my makeup I had NO CLUE at what I was doing and I just kind of winged it and hoped for the best. I always create little shortcuts in my makeup routine to make it shorter, and in reality I know it’s not doing any good. For example I don’t use a different brush for my foundation and concealer when in theory I should because they are two different shade butttt who’s got time for that?! NOT ME.
Before I get into this post I just want to give out a little disclaimer saying that firstly I am not a makeup artist, I have simply just learned my tips and tricks from experience, and secondly if you do these things and they work for you then YOU GO GIRL. As long as you are comfortable doing what you’re doing then keep at it, these are just a few little pointers I have picked up along my makeup journey. So here are some basic makeup mistakes you might not even know you do.
You don’t prep your skin before apply any makeup.
I put my hands in the air and will be the first to admit I am guilty of this. However not using a primer or a simple moisturizer before you apply your foundation or concealer opens your pores up and the makeup can clog them up causing those dreaded spots or black heads. EW. Using a basic moisturzier or splashing out on a primer will keep your skin hydrated and will prep your skin for makeup. After applying it, it is best to wait three to five minutes just to let you skin soak it up.
Your foundation is the wrong colour.
This is such a common mistake and can happen to even the best of makeup artists. For example, I went out in the sun the other day, got burn’t and now my foundation is too light for my skin. Absolute nightmare. To fix this you can buy products which lighten or darken your regular foundation by mixing it on the back of your hand. Or if it is just the simple mistake of choosing the wrong colour when you buy it, either take a friend shopping with you so they can help you swatch it on your skin or go to the shopping assistance on the makeup counter as some of them have machines that can pick the right foundation for you! Genius right?!
Your applying your foundation with your hands.
Just when you thought you got the foundation right it all comes crashing downnnn. Applying your foundation with your hands can be a big mistake for several reasons. Firstly your hands, I hate to break it to you, are covered in germs which can get into your pores if you apply your foundation with your hands. This can again lead to everyone’s worst facial nightmare… spots. Also by applying it with your fingers you can move the product around more than you blend it in, which exposes anything you want to cover rather than hides it. Foundation brushes can come really cheaply so why not buy one?
You don’t wait for your foundation to dry.
The whole concept of a liquid foundation is in the name… it is a liquid, therefore it takes time to dry after your apply it. By quickly applying your foundation and then dusting your powder or concealer on top of it, without letting it dry, it will make the powder or concealer stick into one place, making your foundation patchy. This can also lead you to wasting more product than your realise. So just wait for up to five minutes depending on how thick and how much foundation you applied.
You don’t know how to contour.
“I know what contouring is you just suck in your cheeks and define the hollow bits” is probably what everyone thinks when it comes to contouring. But it is more complex than that because if you get it wrong you just look like you have a brown/orange smudge on your face. I won’t so a whole ‘How to contour’ post now, but it is best to apply bronzer in the shape of a three on your face (forehead, cheekbones and chin), then apply a deeper shade to contour your cheekbones from the top of your ear to half way into your eye, and then buff out the deeper shade with a fluffy brush to make it look more natural.
Your never learned how to properly do winged eyeliner either.
Who wants to join me in the club of spending hours trying of perfecting winged eyeliner and failing miserably? I have walked out the house many times with asymmetrical flicks because I have just given up on getting them perfect. The best way to get matching and neat flicks is so place masking tape on the corner of your eye that lines up with the end of your eyebrow because then you can trace the shape and hopefully they should match up. It is also one of the most satisfying things in the world to peel off the tape afterwards!
I have decided to end there because I could go on further but I don’t want to bore you with too long of a blog post. If this has helped and if you would like another post like this let me know below.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes?
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