When it comes to makeup, there are a few cardinal sins you can commit that will result in an overall less-than-flattering look. If you’re guilty of any of the following, don’t worry – we’re here to help you get back on the right track. Read on for six makeup mistakes you should avoid at all costs…
1. Skipping primer
If you want your makeup to look its best, you need to start with a good base. That means using a primer before applying anything else. Primer creates a smooth canvas for your foundation and concealer, and it helps your makeup last longer. If you don’t have time for anything else in your beauty routine, at least take the extra minute to apply primer. Your skin will thank you!
Powder is great for setting your makeup and absorbing excess oil, but it can also be very drying if you use too much of it. When applied correctly, powder should give your skin a matte finish without looking cakey or dry. Be sure to use a light hand when applying powder, and only use it where needed (usually on the T-zone).
3. Wearing the wrong foundation shade
One of the most common mistakes women make is choosing the wrong foundation shade. If your foundation is too light, it will make you look washed out; if it’s too dark, it will give you an unnatural “tan” look. The key is to find a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. This can be tricky if you’re shopping for foundation online, so we recommend going to a store and getting color-matched by a professional before making your purchase.
4. Using the wrong tone of lipstick
Another common mistake is using the wrong tone of lipstick – either one that’s too light or too dark for your skin tone. If you have fair skin, steer clear of dark lipsticks; they will make your teeth look yellow and give you an overall gothic appearance. If you have darker skin, avoid very light lipsticks; they will make you look washed out and sickly. Instead, opt for a lipstick that’s somewhere in the middle – a “my lips but better” shade that complements your complexion without looking too harsh or artificial.
5. Not paying attention to your brows