I know there’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve looked back over your Facebook photos and cringed at the sight of your own face. I know this because I’ve done it. Many times. What was I thinking going out in that turbo-tan foundation/face full of makeup/blush that took over my whole cheek? There are those types of mistakes (the ones you delete IMMEDIATELY), and then there are the ones that you might be still doing every day without even realizing it. Here are 30 of them — with easy fixes, I promise.
Wearing the Wrong Shade Of Foundation
We all do it one point or another. Just choose two shades that come closest to your skin tone, apply each of them to your jawline, and then go outside to natural light and look in a mirror. Use your own judgment to see which one looks most natural.
Applying Makeup To Dry Skin
You should be exfoliating once a week because applying foundation onto dry skin will accentuate flakiness, and it will sit on the top of your face instead of blending in. Heed her advice by exfoliating weekly, then applying a rich moisturizer after.
Wearing The Wrong Shade Of Blush
Blushes should complement your natural blush tone. If you are wearing a bolder lip, pair that with a subtler shade of blush.
Applying Too Much Bronzer
Applying all over the face instead of just the forehead, temples and nose is a big no-no, she says. She also warns us not forget to apply to the neck.
My number one mishap I see: women applying makeup with dirty brushes or old, unwashed sponges and then wondering why their makeup doesn’t look fresh, or even breaking out. You can wash your tools with a mild shampoo or instant brush cleaner and replace your sponges regularly.
Not Switching Your Makeup Seasonally
Finding that your eye makeup keeps running now that the season has changed? Switch over formulas during spring and summer to waterproof pencils and mascaras as well as cream eye shadows to stop your makeup [from] melting away.
Wearing The Same Foundation Year Round
Much like your color cosmetics, your foundation needs to be switched up during the summer months. You have a summer wardrobe and winter wardrobe — the same applies to your face. Nine out of 10 people have a complexion that is one to four shades darker in the summer time.
Testing Makeup Shades On The Wrong Areas
It’s common to use the back of your hand to color-match a new foundation or lipstick. Your hands can have more redness than your face. Apply foundation on your jawline, and for lip colors, ask for the counter sample to be disinfected with alcohol and then apply with a lip brush to sample.
Not Testing Makeup At All
You wouldn’t just hold up a pair of jeans to see if they fit. You have to try on your makeup, too. You can’t trust what it looks like in the bottle as liquid products oxidize on the skin and in the air, changing the color and texture.
Forgetting To Prime
Taking the necessary steps to prime the skin for [makeup] application is one of the biggest opportunities you have to impact your application. After moisturizing and before foundation application, apply a Skin Primer to create a smoother, more hydrated surface that’ll hold your makeup in place for longer.
Getting Your Concealer Shade Wrong
A common mistake is using an under-eye concealer that’s two or three shades lighter than your foundation. It doesn’t do anything to diminish darkness and only brings attention to the area. He notes that when trying to hide dark circles, you need a color corrector, usually in a peach tone that’ll counteract dark blue and purple under eye tones.
Applying Too Much Powder
Over powdering throughout the day can make your face appear heavy and cakey. The best way to avoid over powdering is to use blot film papers throughout the day to absorb oil.
Powdering In The Wrong Places
If you are partial to the powdery-fresh look and feel, though, make sure you aren’t swirling it onto your whole face — just use where needed. Just because the powder says translucent doesn’t mean it is invisible! Apply powder only where needed, which is usually in the T-zone. It’s best to use a brush, tapping away excess product and gently pressing into your face.
Shading Your Brows Too Dark
Go a shade lighter or use a less intense touch to fill out your brows. Using a brow pencil that’s as dark as your natural brow will make it look too heavy or intense.
Getting Stuck in A Rut
We all have one staple product we have worn for years and won’t give up. We buy it time and time again, and it could be holding you back from updating your look. If it’s a particular shade or texture of lipstick, take it to a makeup counter and ask to try out lighter and darker tones, or examples of that tone in a different hue or finish. Instant style upgrade!
Wearing Too Much Makeup
Let your skin show. Unless you have severe acne, foundation should only be used to correct minor redness and imperfections. Being heavy handed will actually make you look old. He says to only apply a light coat of foundation and then use concealer to target specific problem areas.
Not Matching Your Eye Shape To Liner Style
The shape and placement of your eyeliner is just as important as the color. If your eyes are closer set, the thickest, boldest part of the liner should be at the outer corner to widen them. Whereas for eyes that are spaced further apart, the thickest part of your eyeliner should be concentrated at the inner corner. Try an eyeliner that lets you control how thick or thin you can paint on your liner angle.
Over-applying Lip Gloss
It’s not 2004, guys. Applying lip gloss across all of your lips does not provide shape, it just makes the lips look overdone.
Curling Your Lashes Last
“Curlers work best usually on clean lashes so there’s no chance of ripping any out. Then apply mascara and wait for it to dry. You can go in and re-curl after (carefully!), but if the mascara is still wet or tacky all you can expect are stuck together, sticky lashes. Never a good look.
Over-Exaggerating Your Eyebrows
Yep, bold brows are in, but only if they suit you. Women with thin eyebrows try to create a fuller brow with a pencil that’s much darker, and this can look very harsh. If you are a brunette, try a shade lighter than your natural color, and for blondes and redheads, go a shade darker. She says to brush hairs up with a clear brow gel and then fill in the blanks.
Getting Your Contouring All Wrong
We gave you a guide to contouring, but many of us still can’t get it right. Most don’t blend their shades enough or get the placement wrong. Instead, use two shades of your foundation for the most natural look — your usual foundation and one shade darker.
Fab also hates the over-powdered look, but offers up an easy way to fix it. Not Blending Your Face to Your Neck
Aside from using the wrong shade of foundation for your face, that seeing the line of foundation at your jawline is one of makeup’s biggest sins. Always blend down so your face is the same shade as your body. If it’s not, you are using the wrong color.
Going Crazy On The Blush
We’ve all done it before. Applying too much blush can leave you looking clownish. Blush is supposed to give you a healthy glow and add life to your complexion. Smile and focus the color on the apples of the cheeks, [then] blend backwards towards your temples, making sure there are no harsh lines.
Wearing Lip Liner That’s Too Dark
It was cool in the 90’s, not so much anymore. The key to blending your liner perfectly is choosing one that’s just one shade darker or brighter than your natural lip color.
Applying Too Much Mascara
Hello, clumped-up lashes. To avoid this take the time to separate your lashes. First apply by holding the wand horizontally at the base of the lash and wiggle out with your first coat. Then hold the wand vertically for thee second coat to build up length, curl and separation.
Wearing The Wrong Shade Of Eye Shadow
Go for the opposite of your eye color, not the exact match. This’ll bring the color of your eyes out more. For blue eyes, try shades like brown, copper, bronze, plum or terracotta, and for brown or hazel eyes, blue, purple, green or mahogany will enhance.
Using Too Much Glue on False Lashes
Plus trying to fit your lashes on when the glue is still wet. You only need a minimal amount of eyelash glue. Gently coat the rim of the lashes and wait 30 seconds for the glue to become too tacky. Any less time, and the lash will slip around and won’t stick.
Applying Matte Lipstick on Dry Lips
We all know how that’s going to end… Exfoliate your lips every day to remove dead skin and follow up with a lip balm for hydration. Matte lipsticks are really on-trend but your lips need to be in the proper nourished condition to wear them.
Letting Tired Eyes Give You Away
There are easy tricks for this. Use a pencil on your water line (the watery, inner rim of your eyelid) to brighten up your eyes and remove any redness. If you’re fair, use a white or cream pencil.