Great make-up, is, I think you’ll agree, pretty great! Today we’re transfixed by the latest runway looks, stocking up on ever-improving beauty products and learning to contour like Kim Kardashian, but amongst all this, some make-up mistakes have gone unnoticed.
Learning to avoid these is key to making sure your efforts to look beautiful are not in vain. So below we have outlined some of the most common make-up application mistakes that are best avoided to make sure your love affair with make-up is as good as can be.
Forgetting your eyebrows
While they may have been getting a lot more attention these days thanks to a certain bushy-browed model, many of us are still forgetting our eyebrows! A well-groomed brow is essential for completing a beautifully made up face. If yours are quite bushy, keep them well trimmed and have regular eyebrow waxes to maintain a flattering shape for your face. When applying make-up, use a matching brow pencil to gently fill them in. We love Seventeen Brows That! Brow kit (£5.99).
Not blending your make-up
We have all spotted someone with badly blended foundation, so be careful to make sure you’re not the next victim by investing in a decent blending brush such as No.7’s Foundation Brush (£14). Contouring is all about blending and making the most of the natural lines and bone structure of your face. For a great guide to contouring, check out this Youtube tutorial.
Lipstick that is too dark
Lipstick that is too dark for your skin tone is very unflattering and can make you look older – especially the vivid matte products. For a natural, younger look, we have a special guide to choosing the right colour and using the right tools to make sure your lipstick perfectly enhances your complexion.
Too much bronzer
It can be very easy to overload on bronzer, but bear in mind bronzer is designed to provide a subtle, natural sheen to your complexion – not an all over orange tan. Apply bronzer sparingly and refer to the contouring tutorial on acing the best application. For a great buy, try Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer (£20), which you can apply to the face and body.
Using too much black eyeliner
Applied correctly, black eyeliner can enhance your eyes. Applied incorrectly (i.e. too much) it can leave you looking tired and your eyes looking smaller. Avoid this unnatural look by using dark eyeliner only your top lash line and a light or nude eyeliner on the inside of your bottom lash line. For a sultry, intense look, try Clarins’ Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil (£17).
For more advice on expert make-up application, please see our back to basics make-up blogs.
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