It doesn’t matter how much you love to play round with makeup, if you’re not a professional makeup artist I’m pretty sure you are still learning new things about it every single day (we all are). There are some things that beauty gurus on youtube sometimes forget to mention (come on, I’m sure I’m not the only one who learned how to do makeup through the wonderful world of youtube). That’s why today I’ll talk about the main makeup errors that I’ve noticed most people make and the worst part of it all is that they don’t even notice. Don’t let that be you!
1. Putting pressed powder all over your face
Pressed powder was probably one of the first makeup items I owned and until a year ago I still thought that it was meant to be used all over my face, when in reality the purpose of pressed powder is to aid those parts of your face that need it the most. In my case, I have very oily skin, so using pressed powder on the “T zone” (your forehead and nose) is a must. This way you’ll always look fresh and natural (not all cakey, if you know what I mean).
2. Placing bronzer or highlighter everywhere
Bronzer and highlighter have become so much more popular since Kim Kardashian confessed she used them, but there’s a thin line between knowing were to strategically place these products and looking like a very fake tanned Dorito, so be careful.
3. Doing a bold lip and bold eyes at the same time
Bold eyes + bold lips = Disaster.
Save this look for a runway or a broadway show.
Just pick one. If you are planning to rock a very deep purple color on your lips for a night out, try to keep the eye makeup simple, maybe a few neutral shades and a simple brown shade for the crease of your eyes.
If you want to wear a very intense eyeshadow (any color that’s not neutral or black), keep the lips to a soft pink or nude color.
4. Not cleaning your brushes
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but just ask yourself: When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? And by cleaning I mean to deep clean your makeup utensils with actual anti bacterial soap (baby soap formulas work best because they are hypoallergenic and they don’t damage your expensive brushes). Many skin breakouts are caused by the oils and germs that stay in your brushes, that’s why it’s so important to keep them clean.
5. Keeping products forever
Who would have known? Makeup has an expiration date too, just like you check the expiration date on your milk carton, you should also check the expiration date on your makeup. If you keep using expired makeup, your skin could suffer some damage, I’m talking about allergies and sudden acne breakouts.
Take mascara as an example, you’re supposed to change your mascara every 4 months, if yours is way past its time, you need to toss it and get a new one.
6. Going crazy with the dark eyeshadows
Black eyeshadows are the hardest to control, you have to learn how to build the intensity of your look little by little. Don’t try to put a bunch of dark eyeshadow on your lids because you will make a mess. I try to use lighter shades on my actual eyelid and save the dark and intense colors such as black and deep brown as an outer-corner color only. I guarantee that by using this method you will end up with a super clean and perfect look + you can make it as dramatic as you want by adding the eyeshadows little by little and blending nicely in circular motions.
7. Sharing certain products
It doesn’t matter how much you love your sisters or best friends, there are certain makeup products that are meant for personal use only. For example, all the eye and lip products such as eyeliner, mascara, eye makeup brushes, lipsticks, lip glosses etc. These particular products can contain bacteria and put you in risk of infections.
8. Wearing makeup 24/7
Wearing makeup is so much fun, it’s perfect for that little confidence boost we all need sometimes but we also need to let our skin breathe. I’m assuming that all of you make sure to remove your makeup before going to sleep and wash your face to get rid of all the oil and bacteria that build up during the day, but it is also important to go makeup free for at least a day a week. Your skin will thank you.