Sometimes we look in the mirror and all we can see are laugh lines and under-eye bags, because our makeup has settled into the small lines and made them appear larger. You might blame aging on the sun or the limited time you must apply your make-up, but it might just be because of a couple of mistakes you are making while applying your makeup. Thankfully all of the mistakes below are easy fixes and you won’t need to attend beauty school to do your everyday make-up flawlessly.
No Base No Case.
If your face is dry and bare, the foundation is going to be absorbed by your pores, making them look so much bigger. If you don’t prep your face before your foundation or other crème/liquid products, expecting porcelain skin would be a little unreasonable.
Exfoliate your face once a week to remove the dead skin on your face so your foundation can blend in. Make sure to put makeup on a clean, moisturized face after you put a foundation primer on. The moisturizer and the primer will create a barrier between your skin and the makeup, creating a smoother application with a smaller amount of foundation.
You should always opt for a moisturizer with spf of at least 30 sun protection to make sure the wrinkles appear as late as possible in the future.
Your Foundation is all wrong.
In the winter it is too dark and, in the summer, it is too light. Well, there was that one day in the spring 2 years ago when it matched perfectly, so there is that, but why does your foundation look patchy or cakey on most days after only a couple hours of wear? There can be a couple of reasons for that.
Consider your skin type when you are buying your foundation.
Don’t stick with the same shade all the time.
Blend your foundation.
Do not buy bad-quality products.
Don’t put too much foundation on your face.
Foundation is probably the most important makeup product since it covers the largest area. Therefore, your foundation must match the rest of your body to create a more natural look.
The needs of our skin change during different seasons. Your face might be dry and cracking during winter but super oily in the summer because humidity levels and temperatures change every season. Just like the type of your skin, the color can change during summer as well.
A couple of days at the park or a weekend getaway to the beach and suddenly your foundation makes you look like a ghost. It is important to change your foundation along with your skin's needs that change when the sun is brighter, and the skies are clear.
Always remember to blend your foundation into your neck, ears, and temples to match everything and never wear a foundation you have not tested under the sun to an important event. If you’re a makeup girl on a budget, sometimes the foundations you buy can oxidize and turn orange or red, a nightmare situation.
Invest some time into researching drugstore foundations that won’t get cakey or oxidize with heat and if you can, save up some money to invest in your foundation. It is the thing you can see the most, after all. Apply only enough to cover and neutralize the colors of your face and remember powders, concealer, contour, blush, and highlighter are still going to go on your face so you don’t need to cover everything to perfection.
Use as little foundation as possible and build upon the areas that need a little bit more TLC. There is no reason to put pumps and pumps of foundation on all over your face just to cover up one small pimple.
You're useing too much powder.
While baking works for some, it really doesn’t for others. Nothing worse than swiping the powder off from under your eyes and them looking like they’re begging for some moisture. If you have dry or combination skin, test the powder on your face on top of your favorite foundation to make sure they go well together.
While powders are supposed to matte and set the foundation, they really aren’t here to make you look like you have been baking for the last hour. Chose a fine translucent powder and instead of applying a lot in one go, apply a small amount while putting your make-up on and touch-up throughout the day.
Your eyebrows are too much, or too little.
Our natural eyebrow shape is usually what fits our face the best. While not all people are blessed with thick, glorious eyebrows or have plucked them out to death back in high school, thin eyebrows make us look older.
Our eyebrows lose strength and color as we get old, so thickening your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil might make you appear much younger like you’ve had a mini eyebrow lift. Eyebrows that are too thick or way thicker than your natural shape would shorten your forehead and hide your true beauty. Always stick with an enhanced version of your natural brow shape and color.
Your look should be balanced.
A focus point on your face is a great goal for make-up.
You have beautiful eyes? A thick liner or densely packed eyeshadow would make your eyes pop and draw all the attention.
You have big, luscious lips? A lipliner and dark blip combo would be perfect for you.
Or you like heavy contour and a lot of blush. While pulling a heavy makeup look may best be kept for night time events, there is nothing wrong with choosing one or two focus points on your face, daily. Use a subtler blush if you are going for a bold lip or opt for lighter contouring if your eyeshadow is on the heavier side.
Balance your looks between natural and full-glam.
Give these tips a try if you have started to have bad make-up days more often. Let’s face it, finding eternal youth is a myth and one day, sooner or later, we are all going to be old with wrinkles.
While age comes with its own beauty, there is no reason to start looking like you have wrinkles because you’re making a couple of makeup mistakes.