5 Makeup boo-boo's you need to stop making

5 Makeup Boo-boos You Need to Stop Making

Harmini Asokumar by Harmini Asokumar on Jan 16, 2016
Why you should care

Between the two of us, you might be making a few makeup mistakes. Don’t worry, here’s how to fix them!

Makeup can make or break a ‘Good Face Day’. You may even consider it an art form since it involves colours, brushes, strokes, and blending.

It’s too easy to mess up your makeup. There’s so much to consider – be it types of makeup, the do’s and don’ts, and what suits your skin type best. Here’s to saving you time with the lessons we’ve learnt from experience (the hard way).

1 Foundation Blunder

This is the most common mistake because it’s just too easy to make. When trying on foundation, apply it onto your jawline and blend it in until it matches and blends in with your skin tone. If you’re like the most of us, you’ve tested it on the back of your hands – which is inaccurate – as the skin colour differs between your face and hands. The purpose of using foundation is to cover up and even out your skin tone while maintaining a natural look. If you have semi-flawless skin, you can opt for something with less coverage such as a tinted moisturiser. Foundation, when used excessively, can leave your skin looking cakey and unnatural.  Make sure to use it sparingly and blend it well to get the best results.

2 Eyebrow Plucking And Drawing

Plucking EyebrowsEyebrows frame your face, so it’s important that they’re always on fleek. Plucking eyebrows can be a tedious task, one that requires quite a bit of patience and a lot of accuracy. One hair wrongly plucked hair could ruin the entire look, so find a good eyebrow specialist for your plucking, threading, or waxing sessions. Drawing in and colouring your eyebrows are equally important, especially for those with thinner brows. The idea is to make them look as natural as possible. Make sure to choose the closest colour to your natural brow colour, use short and light strokes, and blend, blend, blend!

3 Picking Your Lippies

Picking The Right LipstickSimilar to your foundation, lipstick is not supposed to be tested on the back of your hand. The best way is to test it directly on your lips. Yes, we know in-store testers are not the most hygienic, but you can always ask the salesperson or makeup artist to sanitise the lipstick  before you try it on. Alternatively, you can DIY and clean the lipstick with a tissue to remove the exposed layer. Remember to check what the lipstick looks like after one or two layers of application, so you’ll know what you’re in for.

4 Dramatic Eyeliner

Dramatic EyelinerThe purpose of eyeliners is to add emphasis and depth to the eyes. However, because of its prominence, there is much room for error.  A common mistake would be to leave a gap between your eyelashes and eyeliner, which will make you look tired and messy. Avoid any space in between or colour it in after drawing your eyeliner. Another common mistake is imbalanced winged tips. The cat eye requires a lot of practice to perfect, so try it at home before you’re ready to hit the town!

5 Wash Off All Evidence!

Makeup Mess
While it’s a dread to spend 30 minutes removing every trace of makeup after a long day, it’s necessary. Tedious as it may be, this habit can save your skin in the long run. A clean face means that your pores get to breathe. Wipe your face with a makeup remover (twice to be sure!), and use a gentle face scrub to remove the rest.

Besides thorough face cleaning, it’s important to clean your brushes. Dirt and oil trapped within the bristles easily transfer to your skin, clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Wash the brushes at least once a week with baby shampoo and olive oil to keep them clean and soft.

Why you should care

Between the two of us, you might be making a few makeup mistakes. Don’t worry, here’s how to fix them!

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