There are some common beauty faux-pas that make beauty lovers cringe! Of course, not everyone is going to be a makeup pro, but it's important to make sure your face looks clean and fresh, regardless of how much or how little makeup you're wearing. We all know the feeling of struggling to concentrate on what someone is saying when they have lipstick in their teeth or has overtly crooked eyeliner...or maybe we've even been there ourselves. Here are some popular beauty mistakes and corresponding tips to make sure you can avoid being a culprit.
The best way to avoid foundation that does not properly match your neck and chest is by doing your makeup in natural light. This will help you ensure it is properly blended and that the colour is not too light or too dark. Before purchasing foundation, ask for a sample so you can test it out at home and in natural daylight before you commit to buying the entire shade. If your skin tone tends to change a lot throughout the seasons, keep a darker foundation or some darkening drops on hand so you can mix it with your lighter foundation accordingly.
This one is the ultimate faux pas; not only is it extremely unattractive and unnatural looking, but it makes your skin look worse than if you weren't wearing makeup. The term, "cake face", refers to thick, piled on makeup, that enhances the texture in your skin. Avoid looking like you have several layers of foundation on by ensuring your skin is as smooth as possible to begin with. Always try to treat acne first with a good skincare routine rather than trying to cover it up. If your skin only has minor acne scars or active pimples, make sure to have a light hand with the foundation and make sure the one you are using suits your skin type. Most importantly, avoid using cream or liquids over powders as that will cause makeup to look patchy and thick.
Having mascara fallout beneath your eyes or worse, leftover eyeliner from a previous makeup application, will make you look tired and disheveled. Be sure to thoroughly wash your face and make sure all makeup is removed for a clean canvas as under eye concealer will do no good when you have smudged black pigments remaining under your eyes. Next, be sure to set your concealer with a powder as this will greatly prevent mascara from smudging onto your under-eyes throughout the day.
Crooked eyeliner is a pretty common mistake since it can be hard to get both eyes to look the same. While some unevenness is natural and will not be noticeable, having a line that looks messy and scraggly certainly does not look cute! Your best bet is to use a magnifying mirror and anchor your elbow onto the counter to steady your hand and give you the best precision.
We know when you're chowing down on that delicious dinner, it can be hard not to get lipstick on your teeth. But when you're out and about, use this trick to avoid getting lipstick everywhere: when you're done applying your lip colour, make an "O" shape with your mouth and stick your finger between your lips and then pull it out. This will make sure any lipstick that is on the inner part of your lips will come off so you can worry less about it getting on your teeth. Using a lip liner or lining the edges of your mouth with concealer can also help give you a nice, clean line.